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How to Make Wired Printer Wireless

Have you ever wondered how you could make your wired printer into a wireless one? For sure, making this possible would make our personal and work life. Just imagine being able to print from your mobile, tablet or laptop wirelessly, would that be very convenient?

When you are at home or in the office, being able to print wirelessly saves time and makes it very convenient. Though there are ways on how to do this without having to print it wirelessly like sending the file through email or copying the files on cloud and access it on the PC that is connected to the printer, these methods are quite complicated and time consuming.

Hence, if you have a wired printer which connects to a PC through USB or Ethernet based network printer, you might think to invest on a wireless printer. This could cost you more and though this is the case, through this article, will able to help you avoid this. Through this article, you would no longer have to invest on another printer.

How to Make Wired Printer Wireless

Ethernet Port

Printers could connect through ethernet port which means it is through a network card. There is another way to connect is also the usual USB port. These type of printers are called network printers. If you wish to convert your network printer into a wireless printer, all you have to do is to follow the steps below:

  • Connect printer to WiFi router’s LAN port through ethernet cable
  • Turn the printer on
  • Wait for your printer to initialize
  • On your laptop, install the driver software of printer
  • Driver will then recognize the printer
  • Complete the setup
  • Test print

If your printer is not recognized by your laptop, you could set up your printer manually by adding a printer option through IP address.

  • Navigate to pinter menu
  • Go to settings
  • Find network status
  • Look for IP address of your printer
  • On your laptop, search printer on the start menu
  • Select add printer
  • Click on printer that I want is not listed
  • Click add printer using TCP/IP address or host name
  • Enter the IP address of your printer
  • Select device type as autodetect
  • Click next to complete the set up

USB Port

  • Turn on network discovery
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Select advanced sharing settings in the control panel

Share printer over network

  • Select printer
  • Select manage
  • Click printer properties
  • Select sharing
  • Check the box beside share this printer
  • Click apply
  • Click ok
  • On another laptop or PC, add shared printer through the add printer settings
  • On the printer dialog, select a shared printer by name
  • Look for the shared printer
  • Click on the shared printer name
  • Double click to install the printer
  • Ensure that on the antivirus or firewall settings, shared printer is enabled

Print Server Supported Routers and Print Servers

  • Turn your printer on
  • Connect your printer with USB cable to router’s USB port
  • On the print server tab, you will find the detected connected printer. This is if your router supports your printer driver
  • Provide the name to your printer
  • Address will be generated
  • Select printer to configure the printer

Keep in mind that if your router does not support your print server, you could purchase print server or print server based routers.

Examples of print servers:

  • TP LINK TL-PS110U
  • D-Link DIR-825 AC 1200 WiFi
  • TENDA D303 Wireless N300

Cloud Printers

Using google cloud print, you will be able to print from your mobile to USB printer if connected with a PC or laptop. Unfortunately, this feature no longer exist. Do not worry as you could use one of the best alternatives and that is through PaperCut.

PaperCut

  • Download papercut mobility printer
  • Install it on your PC which is connected to your USB printer
  • Set your ID and password
  • Choose the printer that you are using
  • Leave the setting on Discoverable on Local subnet
  • On Android install papercut mobility print app
  • Tap on tap here and check the mobility print service on
  • Choose mobility print
  • Look for your local printer name
  • Open the document on mobile, select the printer name with the papercut logo

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