It is easy to connect a wired printer. You just need to pick the right cable and then plug one end into the printer and the other end into a computer or network. Connecting a wireless printer is not as easy. Even when everything goes well, as it usually does, it is still more complicated than plugging in a cable.
One issue that you must keep in mind is that there is more than one kind of wireless printing. Bluetooth-enabled printers are wireless printers, and they are printers that have IrDA or infrared connections. When most people talk about wireless printers, they only mean WiFi printers, which is what is usually focused on.
There is more than one way to connect a wireless printer, and for each basic kind of connection, the steps differ as it depends on the printer that you have. That makes it impossible to cover all of the variations in any detail in one sitting. The goal is to cover the key information that is needed together with the strategies for troubleshooting problems that you may run into. The combination should give you a change of getting your wireless printer to connect even when the process does not run smoothly.
The steps for connecting a printer through WiFi depends in large part on what you want to connect to. The three choices are a WiFi access point on a network, one or more individual computers directly or through a tablet or smartphone.
Any WiFi device, including a copier, can support one or more of the three different WiFi modes, the ad hoc, infrastructure and WiFi Direct. The infrastructure mode needs a WiFi access point, which is usually built into a router. The idea is that all the WiFi devices on your network connected through the access point. If you have a network with an access point, both it and every other WiFi device on the network should already be set for infrastructure mode. Virtually any WiFi printer will support this kind of mode.
As for direct computers, if you are installing the driver on a computer, it should already be connected to the network so setting up the printer consists of two steps: establishing the WiFi connection between the network and printer and installing the driver so it knows how to send print jobs to the printer.
How you establish your WiFi connection depends on the printer. In some cases you will find a setup wizard in the printer menus to walk you through each setting, asking you to enter the SSID or network Service Set Identifier. In others, you will find separate menu options that you will have to choose and fill in individually. Others, the driver installation program on the disc that came with the printer will take care of entering the information in the printer, usually telling you to connect by USB cable as it can send the settings to the printer.
As for smartphones and tablets, fortunately, AirPrint has made is so much easier to print from iOS devices to compatible printers. through you must print through an access point, with both devices connected to a WiFi network. With AirPrint, you can print from within supported applications by selecting Print, choosing an available printer and setting the number of copies that you need.
Meanwhile, on the Android side, the Mopria Print Service application takes advantage of the built-in print features of Android to enable setup-free wireless printing to compatible printers. A small but growing number of printers from different manufacturers are certified by the Mopria Alliance, a consortium of printer manufacturers and other technology companies.
If you have more questions about wireless printers or copiers, you can contact your local copier leasing in Buffalo.