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Router In Computer Network / February 5, 2022

Use an Ethernet cable to connect a network-ready printer directly to your router.Use an Ethernet cable to connect a network-ready printer directly to your router.

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Networking a printer allows you to print to the device wirelessly from any connected network computer. This may save your business both money and office real estate by reducing the number of printers needed. You can connect almost any printer to your network, although the networking method you select may vary depending on your printer hardware.

Network-Ready Printer

1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the port found on the printer and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on your router. Alternatively, you can connect the printer to an available network wall jack.

2. Press the power button to turn on the printer. Wait at least two minutes for the printer and the router to communicate before proceeding.

3. Use the control panel of the printer to print a configuration page. The page contains networking information, including the IP address assigned to the printer. Alternatively, you can use the control panel to assign an IP address to your printer. The actual steps necessary to print the page and to configure the IP address vary depending on the manufacturer and model of your printer. Refer to your owner’s manual for the information specific to your printer.

4. Install the print software on any network computer you want to gain access to the printer. Use the installation CD that shipped with the printer and follow the onscreen instructions to install the software. Enter the IP address that appears on the configuration page you printed when prompted. Alternatively, search for the printer among available network devices. Reboot your computer to complete the installation. The installation process may vary depending on your specific model of printer.

USB Printer

1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to connect the printer to a computer and install the print software if you have not already done so.

2. Enable File and Print Sharing on the computer directly connected to the printer. Click Start followed by “Control Panel” and then type “Network” in the Search box located in the top-right corner of the Control Panel screen. Select “Network and Sharing Center” from the options that appear on the left and then select the “Change Advanced Sharing Settings” option. Click to enable the “Turn on File and Printer Sharing” option and then click the “Save Changes” button. You may receive a prompt to enter an administrator password depending on your computer’s security settings. Close the Windows Control Panel.

3. Click Start followed by “Devices and Printers” to open the Devices and Printers dialog box.

4. Browse the available printers until you find the one you want to share. Right-click the printer and click “Properties” from the options that appear.

5. Click the “Sharing” tab to view the Sharing properties for the printer. Click to select the “Share this Printer” option. A check appears in the box when you enable this option. Click “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes and close the printer dialog box. Close the Devices and Printers dialog box. The printer now is available to other networked computers to use wirelessly.