Hello! I myself recently was able to optimize my workspace, so in this article I want to share how to set up the printer via a Wi-Fi router. With a little background and personal experience for all occasions for almost any printer model. Getting started!
Do you have any add-ons? Does your printer connect differently? Share your story with other readers in the comments!
Bit of theory
There are several ways to organize wireless printing on a printer:
- Wi-Fi direct connection – if the printer has built-in Wi-Fi. Our article is not about that, because we already wrote about this, and here a lot depends on the specific model of the device.
- Connecting the printer via USB to a computer and organizing network access through a router.
- Connecting the printer to the router via USB – and already all devices will be able to print when accessing their router. This is the main topic. We will dwell on it in more detail.
We wrote about all the ways to connect the printer in THIS ARTICLE.
In my practice, for many years the printer was connected to a computer, and it did printing through a regular network printer. Printing is convenient. But I was faced with the fact that the computer ceased to be constantly turned off. Total: if you want to print – turn on the computer. It began to strain a little.
As a solution, the idea of organizing work through a router appeared. Fortunately – it had a USB port and the capabilities of a print server. As a result, I connected, went through tons of manuals (not so simple), installed utilities everywhere – and everything works 24/7 without unnecessary gestures, because the router in the house is constantly on.
Not all routers with a USB port support printers. Be sure to check the specifications of your printer before you begin – after all, the time spent cannot be returned.
The basic connection to the router is via a USB port. In the router settings, you need to activate the print server on USB. Connection to a router for printing is carried out through special utilities. The most common routers for this are ASUS and TP-Link (not all models are suitable).
ASUS Setup – USB
The ASUS Printer Setup Utility utility is available for ASUS routers – download the current version from the official website (use the search), connect the printer to the router and start the program.
Designated support for printers Canon, Epson, HP, Brother (but not all).
Once again we are convinced of the correct connection (actually it is not necessary through the LAN wire, it is possible immediately via Wi-Fi) and click the “Next” button. The process of searching for connected printers begins.
After a while, the utility will find your printer and offer to install it using standard tools. After this installation, you can already start typing. In the case of a problem, the following window will fall out:
What we do in this case:
- Once again, check the connection.
- Check the router support for your printer.
- We recall whether you previously made strange settings in the router, such as network isolation (or creating virtual networks).
TP-Link Setup – USB
And this is exactly my case. I show the TP-Link TL-WR1043 router and the HP P1102 printer as an example.
- We connect the printer to the router. I have a corresponding indicator of a connected USB device – we check that the light comes on. If it doesn’t catch fire, we don’t forget that the printer still needs to be turned on (we look that the bulbs on it also light).
- Download and install the utility from the TP-Link website (use the search) “TP-Link USB Printer Controller”.
- If everything was connected correctly, the utility itself will find your printer:
- Additionally, I recommend making our printer “auto-connect”. Select it in the list and click on this item:
In my case, it was required on the laptop to download a separate driver for the printer. To speed up the search, you can temporarily connect the printer via USB to your laptop – then the drivers will be installed automatically, and later use it via Wi-Fi. Perhaps your driver will be installed immediately without such manipulations.
Additionally, in the settings of the router, you should make sure that the print server is working:
Printer and router via Wi-Fi
If you have a printer immediately with Wi-Fi support, most of them are now simply connected to the router using WPS without a PIN code. Next, find out the issued IP address and enter it into your operating system as a network printer at this address.
Now in more detail. The first step is to connect the printer to the router via Wi-Fi:
- If there are WPS buttons – using WPS.
- If there is no WPS, we are looking for our access point on the printer and enter the password as standard.
I recommend clarifying the method of connecting YOUR printer in your instruction manual. You cannot guess for all printers. In addition, do not forget that current printers mainly work only with 2.4 GHz networks. The modern 5 GHz network for them may simply not be visible.
Next, go to add our printer:
- Printers and scanners – Add a printer or scanner:
- Because There is no direct connection, the printer will not be found here. Click "The required printer is not listed":
- Add a printer by its TCP / IP address or host name:
- We begin the setup. The device type is “TCP / IP device”. IP-address – IP ROUTER, writes nothing to the port (it will fill itself). We remove the checkmark from the driver auto-installation:
- The device is still not found. We click on "Special":
- Next, the driver installation will begin. If you left the checkbox with automatic installation and believe in it, everything should be set by itself. Otherwise, download the driver and put it with your hands:
- Close printer sharing:
Everything should work.
For Android and iOS
It’s best not to use standard tools on mobile devices. If the manufacturer has a proprietary application for your printer model – download it and use it without a second thought.
- For Android – Google Cloud Print
- For iOS – AirPrint.
But there are limitations in supporting equipment. My choice is not to use mobile devices for printing.
In an extreme case, if your printer cannot be connected to the router, but you want wireless printing, you can take a mini-computer. The main thing here is to connect a printer to it via USB, and bring this box to your network. Then it’s just a matter of technology, adding a network printer from the same network environment is a trifling matter. Yes, and there will be new features like scanning.
That’s all the basic printing methods at home through a router. If you have any questions, below are open for discussion.