Wireless printers give you the ease of printing from anywhere in the house as long as you are connected to the home WiFi. If your wireless printer is having connection issues with the router, there might be some settings that you need to check and modify to resolve the issue.
Before you begin:
- Printer issues usually occur during the initial installation so make sure to read the printer's user manual or documentation to ensure a smooth installation of the printer.
This article lists some tips to make your wireless printer work.
- Update the virus scan patterns of your antivirus or internet security software
- Add exceptions for your printer
- WiFi name (SSID) – This is the name of your WiFi.
- Password or passphrase – This is the password you need to connect to the WiFi.
- Security mode – The type of encryption that your WiFi uses. Choose a security mode that is compatible with all the devices in your home.
- Network mode – The technology that your WiFi uses. Linksys routers operate on the following modes: A, B, G, N, AC and AX technology.
- SSID Broadcast – This should be enabled by default. If the router's SSID broadcast is disabled, you need to manually enter the router's WiFi settings on your printer. Refer to the printer's user manual for instructions on how to add a WiFi profile manually.
- MAC Filter – If MAC filtering is enabled on the router, make sure that the printer's MAC address is added to the router for the printer to access the WiFi.
- IP address
- Subnet mask
- Default gateway
- DNS servers
If you have performed the troubleshooting tips suggested above but the wireless printer is still not detected by the WiFi, you need to further isolate the problem. Here are some things you can do:
- Check if your other computers can detect the printer
- Check if you can print directly to the printer (via USB or ethernet cable)
If none of these steps fix your issue, you may have to contact your printer manufacturer to verify if there are other configuration settings you can check or reconfigure to make the printer work with your home WiFi and your Linksys Smart WiFi Router.