Wireless printers allow you to print a document from any computer and devices. Setting up a wireless printer could be both a cakewalk and walking on fire depending on How to Setup Wireless Printer. Without any further due, let’s jump into setting up your brand new printer wireless. This guide shall explore setting up the printer on Windows and MAC OS both.
Stepwise Guide to Connect Wireless Printer On Windows:-
Microsoft has kept some features consistent in all their operating systems. One such function is called Printers and Scanners. Regardless of the Windows operating system, you have installed on your computer; you can always search for this feature in our beloved start menu search. Once found, click on this segment which shall take you to the following screen:
Click on Add a printer or scanner icon (Placement of this tab could be different in various Windows operating systems.) The system shall automatically begin looking for your printer. In the meanwhile, please ensure that your wireless printer is powered on and you have pushed the wireless icon on it. All the wireless printers have a little button on the top that look likes an antenna looking for signals (called the wireless or WiFi switch). Once you click on the Add a printer option, Windows searches for your Wireless printer and lists it for you:
Select your printer and click “Add Device”.
Before you know it, your Wireless printer gets installed and is shown under the list of available printers.
In case you can’t find your printer listed, click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed”. This shall open the following wizard:
Please note that this is the default option to add a new printer in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.
Select the first option in the wizard that says “My printer is a little older, help me find it” and click Next. Windows shall then list your printer. Select the printer listed by Windows and click Next
Your Operating Systems then allows you to select the appropriate driver for your printer from the list of all the major printer manufacturers. Select the one that you need and click on Next
(Note that Windows keeps updating its driver’s repository and thus allows you to check for the newest of printer drivers via Windows updates options. )
Enter the Name that you would like for your printer and click “Next”. If you have more than one computer at home or office and would like them to use the same printer, you can do so in the same wizard.
Or you may choose not to share the printer too. Basis your preference at this screen you are shown a confirmation screen that your printer has been set up. You can check if the printer has been set up correctly by printing a test page.
In case both the above options fail, go back to the printers and scanners settings and Select “The printer that I want isn’t listed”. On the Add Printer wizard, select “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings”.
Select a port on the next screen. By default printer Port 1 is selected, let this be highlighted and click on Next.
Windows then allows you to select the driver for your printer from its repository just like the second option. Select the appropriate driver and proceed with the remaining steps as shown above.
If nothing else works, understand that all Windows needs to make your wireless printer work is a driver. The chances are that your printer came with a driver installation disc. Put the disc in your computer and install the driver to Setup Wireless Printer. In case you don’t have access to the installation disc or your computer does not read one, the internet is always there for the rescue.
Do a simple Google search with the keywords “Your printer name + wireless + driver”. In our case, we shall Google, Canon E470 wireless driver and most likely one of the first five results will take you to the website of your printer manufacturer. Download the driver from there and install it.