The instructions below will guide you on how to download and connect your USB printer to your network using a Windows-based computer through the Linksys USB Control Center software.
NOTE: The Linksys USB Control Center software is available to any Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers.
Before connecting a USB printer, make sure your computer’s operating system has met the printer’s requirements. Below is the list of supported operating systems (OS) for your USB printer:
NOTE: If you are using a Mac® computer, click here for instructions.
- Windows 10
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista SP1 or later
- Windows XP SP3
Access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account. For instructions, click here.
Click the Network Map or Device List Tool.
On the upper right side, click on the button.
Under the Select the type of device to add to your network page, click USB Printer.
Connect your printer to the USB port of your router.
Under the For Windows PC category, click the Click here link to download the free Linksys USB Control Center software.
Click the Save file option then click OK.
Locate and extract the downloaded Linksys USB Control Center installer. Right-click the file then select the Extract to Setup\ option.
Once the extraction opens, double-click Cosetup to start the installation.
Click the Next > button.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that you temporarily close any firewall or security software that may prevent the installation from running.
Click the button then wait for the software to start installation.
When a prompt appears, click to proceed.
NOTE: You will be receiving a notification message that the Linksys USB Control Center software is being installed on your computer, wait for it to finish.
When the Control Center software has been installed window appears, click Finish.
After the installation process is completed, click the Linksys USB Control Center file to install the printer so that it can communicate with your router and other devices in your network.
Your printer has a default name assigned to it by the manufacturer, for example, "Canon Pixma MP490". If you've renamed the printer to something like "Kitchen Printer", that name will appear instead.
NOTE: If your printer name doesn't appear on the list of available printers when you try to print, you may need to install the printer driver (software) first on your computer and then add the printer again via the USB Control Center.