Connecting a USB printer through the Linksys USB Control Center software on a Windows-based computer

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 with USB port.
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:
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista SP1 or later
  • Windows XP SP3
NOTE:  If you are using a Mac® computer, click here for instructions.
Step 1:
Access your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account.  For instructions, click here.
Step 2:
Click the Network Map or Device List Tool.

NOTE:  Device List is displayed as Network Map Tool among Linksys EA8500, EA9200, WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, WRT1900AC v2 and WRT1900ACS. 
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Step 3:
On the upper right side, click on the User-added image button.

Step 4:
Under the Select the type of device to add to your network page, click USB Printer.
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Step 5:
Connect your printer to the USB port of your router.
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Step 6:
Under the For Windows PC category, click the Click here link to download the free Linksys USB Control Center software.
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Step 7:
Click the Save file option then click OK.
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Step 8:
Locate and extract the downloaded Linksys USB Control Center installer.  Right-click the file then select the Extract to Setup\ option.
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Step 9:
Once the extraction opens, select the folder with the correct version for your Windows operating system.
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NOTE:  The version 2.2.0 is used for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.  The version 2.1.0 is used for Windows XP and Windows Vista. 

Step 10:
Double-click Cosetup to start the installation.
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Step 11:
Click Run.
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Step 12:
Click the Next > button.

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IMPORTANT:  Make sure that you temporarily close any firewall or security software that may prevent the installation from running.

Step 13:
Click Start.

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Step 14:
Click the User-added image button then wait for the software to start installation.

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Step 15:
When a prompt appears, click User-added image 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.
Step 16:
When the Control Center software has been installed window appears, click Finish.

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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.

Related Articles:

How to connect wireless devices to your network using the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account
Connecting and configuration tips for your network printer

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