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How To Install a Wireless Printer


The next material will show you how to install a wireless printer to a wireless network with no access point. This will help you get your wireless printer up and running in no time and allow you to safely configure your network.

Step 1

Connecting your wireless printer to a wireless network with no access point:
This network is also called peer-to-peer or ad hoc. This type of connection is available if you have no access point. Instead, flexibility, network security and performance may be lower than when using an access point. In addition, it may not have shared broadband access (cable or DSL) and therefore you can not use some features of your wireless printer.

Step 2

For information on connecting the wireless printer using an access point, see our material about connecting to a wireless access point. To connect your wireless printer to a computer, you will need the following equipment; a computer with a wireless network adapter. For Macintosh, you need an AirPort card. Connecting your wireless printer to a wireless network without access point for Windows.

Step 3

Do the following:

  • Quit all applications running on your computer, including XP domestic firewall and any other firewall or antivirus program.
  • Turn off your Internet connection. If you use a cable or DSL, disconnect the ethernet cable from the back of your computer. If you use a telephone line, disconnect the cable.
  • Disable all LAN connections (including Ethernet), except the Wireless connection. Also, disable all IEEE 1394 connections to Ethernet (such as Firewire, i.LINK or Lynx).

Step 4

For Windows XP:

  • Click the Start button, click Control Panel, then double-click Network Connections.
  • Click on each Local Area Connection (LAN connection).
  • After clicking disable (Off), if the pop-up menu appears, enable (On), to connect a LAN (Local Area Connection) if it is already off.

For Macintosh:

  • Quit all applications running on your computer.

Step 5

Now we learn how to create a network profile for your wireless printer with other operating systems than Windows XP and Mac OS X. If you have a different operating system of Windows XP or Mac OS X, we recommend that you use the wireless LAN card configuration. For finding a setup for wireless LAN card, access the list of programs on your computer. Using the LAN card configuration program, create a network profile with the following values:

  • Network name (SSID): Mynetwork
  • Ad-Hoc communication mode
  • Encryption: Enabled

Step 6

You can use a name for your network different from this example, such as your initials. Note that the name of the network is sensitive to upper/lower case. Therefore, you must enter an accurate uppercase and lowercase letters. You can call your network in any way you want, just be sure you remember it.


If you want to install a wireless printer and you do not know exactly what are you doing, you better consult the instruction manual of the wireless printer. If the instruction manual will not help, you then call for an expert. He will always know what to do best. We wish you all the best and we hope we helped.

By Stanculescu Mihai Bogdan, published at 02/14/2012
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