Wireless Printer Setup
Setting up a regular printer is a tricky process as it requires outlaying of complicated cable systems that are equally difficult to maintain and troubleshoot. Wireless printer is a convenient solution for use in homes and offices because they do not require Ethernet or Local Area Network (LAN) cables.
- Why wireless printers?
- How to set-up a wireless printer on Windows XP
- Tips for setting up wireless networks
Why wireless printers?
Wireless printers use cutting-edge technology of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Most of them are equipped with either of these technologies. For those printers which are not, wireless card can be connected via the USB port. Once the set-up of a wireless printer is complete, documents can be conveniently printed from anywhere within the premises. Installing a wireless printer saves time, effort and money.
How to set-up a wireless printer on Windows XP
For installing a wireless printer on Windows XP, wireless router is an essential device. Follow the recommended steps mentioned on the installation CD of the router, and set-up a wireless network. Since several computers or laptops will access the printer, it is recommended to connect the wireless printer to the main computer through the USB port. To begin the installation process on Windows XP, access the network setting in the Control Panel, and activate the file and printer sharing option in the LAN setting. This will allow the operating system to recognize the availability of a wireless printer. Now, click the Start button, go to Devices and Printers, select Add a Printer option. Click the second option- Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer. The computer will search for available printer and reflect it on the screen. Click Finish; and the printer is ready to begin the printing process.
Ensure the wireless printer software is installed on all computers in the network for issuing the print command from any computer within the home or office premises. Bluetooth printer is a suitable option for small offices and Wi-Fi for a greater operational distance.
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