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Resolving wireless printer issues within a network

There are several reasons to why your wireless printer cannot connect to a network:

  • Wireless router was not set up properly
  • Problems with your wireless settings
  • The printer’s driver is not installed in your computer
  • A hardware problem with your printer

This article will help you troubleshoot your wireless network printer when you are unable to connect to your network.

Wireless router was not set up properly

Your wireless router should be configured properly for you to connect your printer to the wireless network.  Ensure that the wireless settings of your router are compatible with your printer’s wireless specification.  To learn how to set up your Linksys Wi-Fi router, click here.

Problems with your wireless settings

Check if other wireless devices are able to connect to the wireless network.  Otherwise, you might need to configure your router’s wireless settings so that your printer can also connect wirelessly.  To learn how to configure your router’s wireless security, click here.

The printer’s driver is not installed in your computer

Depending on computer’s compatibility with your printer, you will need to install you’re the drivers for your network printer.  An installer utility usually comes with your printer when you bought it.  In case the CD installer is not available, refer to your printer’s documentation or contact the manufacturer for support.

A hardware problem with your printer

If you have checked the abovementioned specifications and you are still unable to print wirelessly, contact your printer manufacturer for support.  Any hardware malfunction on your printer may need to be checked by a certified expert.

Optimizing your network

Once you have solved your wireless printer issues, you can proceed in configuring your printer for file and printer sharing.  You can enable this feature by activating File and Printer Sharing.  Click on the following link to learn how to do this:

Configuring File and Printer Sharing on Windows 7, Vista and XP

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