Wireless Printer Windows Vista®
What are the benefits of installing a wireless printer in Windows Vista® PC?
Windows Vista® supports the latest Bluetooth technology (Bluetooth v2.1) and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi protocol. It ensures a better Wi-Fi performance. It offers the facility to wirelessly connect printers thus saving time and money.
The following points will provide a better understanding of installing a wireless printer in Windows Vista® PC:
- Installation benefits of wireless printer on Windows Vista®
- How to install wireless printer on Windows Vista®
- Things to remember prior installation
Installation benefits of wireless printer on Windows Vista®
When sharing a traditional printer, the host PC must be left turned on for the queued printing commands to complete. Additionally, it is a cumbersome process to lay out LAN cables and travel across inconvenient distances. Even though the Windows® built-in tools to share a network printer is available, yet energy is consumed by allowing the host computer to remain switched on.
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled wireless printers decrease these challenges and give users the complete freedom to locate it within a comfortable distance. These unique printers have a built-in wireless print server that allows the device to communicate with PCs in a Wi-Fi network. For an existing traditional printer to function like a wireless, an external wireless print server can be attached via USB port.
How to install wireless printer on Windows Vista®
Prior to installing the wireless printer on Windows Vista® enabled PC; users must ensure the operating system is configured for a private network. To check the status of the private network visit the Network and Sharing Center from the Network and Internet section in the Control Panel of the Start menu. If the network fails to reflect the required status, users must customize the network by naming the network and selecting the Private radio button, and continuing the wizard until the successful completion of the process. Once the Windows Vista® displays private network, return to the Network and Sharing Center to configure the Sharing and Discovery settings for every laptop (including wireless) to share files. To enable this process, click Turn On File Sharing radio button under the file sharing section and click Apply. The same procedure is applied for Printer Sharing (inclusive wireless) and Public Folder Sharing. Users who share the same user account names can enable the Password Protected Sharing.
Things to remember prior installation
There is a marked difference between Windows Vista® network settings and other Windows® operating systems. For example, the ‘MSHOME/WORKGROUP’ is the default workgroup name in Windows® XP Home and Windows® XP Professional versions. However, it is simply referred as ‘WORKGROUP’ in Windows Vista®. Also, the default shared folder in Windows® XP is referred as Shared Documents while it is Public in Windows Vista®.
iYogi is a leading provider of online subscription-based technical support services offered directly to consumers and small businesses across a wide range of computing and communications devices and software. With a pool of thousands of tech experts, the company offers its services primarily through long-term unlimited service subscription plans of 1 to 3 years, on a 24/7 basis 365 days a year. Our Annual Subscription covers the following services:
- Comprehensive support for Wireless Printer Windows Vista®.
- Diagnostic & repair for your technologies.
- Troubleshoot software errors.
- Update drivers and security to protect against online threats.
- Connect to Internet, devices and peripherals.
- Optimize your computer’s speed and performance.
Unlimited access to wide range of service offerings, all year around! iYogi’s resolution rates are amongst the highest in the technical support industry.