Adding Wireless Printer on Windows® XP®
Are you puzzled with wireless printer issues in Windows XP and want tips to fix them?
A wireless printer connected to your PC saves you from managing unnecessary cables. The uses of wireless printers are on the rise and are certainly useful. Wireless printing is enabled by wireless technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Adding wireless printers is always easy but sometimes, you may face troubles, especially when try to add wireless printer to a system running on Windows XP. The solution to their problems is not tough and even novices can do it. Before you attempt to connect a wireless printer with Windows XP based computer, make sure that your printer is within the specified range.
The following points will tell you about the advantages of wireless printer and issues that may come up while installing it on Windows XP system:
- Advantages of wireless printers
- Adding a wireless printer
- Things to keep in mind
Advantages of wireless printers
There are many benefits of getting your computer connected to a wireless printer. Wireless printers can be positioned anywhere within the range of the wireless technology that is used. It is particularly useful in cramped space where connecting a printer to the system using wires is not feasible. With the help of a Wi-Fi router, printer can be placed even outside the range of the wireless technology. Add a wireless printer and you will find that it is far easier to get connected to it than a wired printer. In the case of a wireless printer, the only thing you have to do is to configure it initially and add it to a network. Then all computers will be able to access the printer without any trouble provided that the computers have the necessary drivers on them.
Adding a wireless printer
You may face issues while trying to add a wireless printer on Windows XP computer. When your printer gets connected to your PC through a Wi-Fi router, the router assigns an IP address to the printer. First you need to go to the configuration page of the printer and you will find the IP of the printer there. Note it down. Now, click on ‘Printers and Faxes’ in the ‘Control Panel’. Click ‘Add a Printer’. This is the first step to add a wireless printer on Windows XP. Click ‘Next’. In the next dialog box that appear select ‘Local Printer’ and click ‘Next’. In the next dialog box select ‘Create a New Port’ option. Under the port type choose ‘TCP/IP’ port and click ‘Next’. Then, you will have to type in the IP of your printer. You have finally finished adding a printer to your computer running on Windows XP.
Things to keep in mind
You may face some issues after you add a wireless printer on Windows XP. Sometimes, the printer may not be detected by the computer. This may be because your wireless printer is turned off or that it is out of the range of the wireless technology you are using. Try moving your printer close to your PC. Also install genuine and compatible wireless printer driver in your computer.
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