How to setup a printer

The most common way to connect a printer to your PC is by USB cable.

which makes it a local printer.

You can also install a wireless printer or add a printer connected to another laptop or PC on your network.

Printers are one of the easiest devices to set up and configure.

With some printers,

you can set up your printer by simply connecting the printer to your PC and a power supply.

 Read the steps listed below and learn about how to configure a printer or scanner in Windows 7.

1.Click Start in the lower left corner of your computer screen.

2.Select Devices and Printers from the popup list. A new window will open.

3.Right click on the printer or scanner that you want to configure. A drop down menu appears.

4.Select Printer Properties from the drop down menu.

A dialog box entitled Printer Propertieswill open.

This is where you can configure ports, update drivers and customize your hardware options

5.Click the Ports tab from the list of tabs at the top of the box.

6.Click on the Configure Port button.

7.Configure the options according to your needs.

8.Click OK to save your configuration choices.

Besides configuring ports, Windows 7 also allows you to configure your printing preferences.

How to setup a printer in Add a Wireless Printer

The steps to install a wireless printer may vary by manufacturer.

In general, however, modern printers today will detect your network and automate the installation.

1. Use the printer’s LCD panel to enter the wireless setup. On my Epson printer this is under Setup > Wireless LAN Settings.

2. Select your Wi-Fi network. You’ll need to know your home network’s SSID,

which you can find by hovering your mouse over the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar.

3. Enter your network password.

In some cases, you might need to temporarily connect your printer to your computer via USB to install software.

But otherwise, that’s it. You should find your printer automatically added in the Printers & scanners section under Settings > Devices.

If you run into trouble, make sure your printer is relatively close to your computer and not too far from your wireless router.

If your printer has an Ethernet jack, you could also connect it directly to your router and manage it with a browser interface.

Add a Shared Printer

Windows’ home networking feature called HomeGroup automatically shares printers and certain files with other computers on your home network.

Here we’ll set up a HomeGroup, if you don’t already have one set up, and connect to the shared printer.

Wireless Print Servers

Many older printers connect to other devices via USB but do not have Ethernet or Wi-Fi support.

wireless print server is a special-purpose gadget that bridges these printers to a wireless home network.

To use wireless print servers,

plug the printer into the server’s USB port and connect the print server to a wireless router or access point.

Updated: May 8, 2019 — 10:53 am

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