How to Add a Printer Through Your Wireless Router

By Aubrey Kerr

You can add a wireless printer to your wireless router in just a few simple steps to create a completely wireless home network. Your printer can then serve as the network printer, and any computer with wireless capability can be set up to share the same printer. Some wireless routers are equipped with "one-touch" Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) buttons. If you have a wireless printer and router with advanced technology you can easily network them in less than 30 minutes.

Step 1

Check your wireless router instruction manual to determine whether Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is available on your device.

Step 2

Turn on your printer and use the touchscreen or menu buttons to locate the network options. You may need to consult your user guide to find the network settings on your printer.

Step 3

Choose either "push button setup" (WPS) or "wireless setup wizard" depending on the wireless router to which you're connecting. Manufacturers may have their own menu labels, so look for similar wording.

Step 4

Follow the instructions in the setup wizard. You may be asked to provide your wireless network's password and the WEP key you set up when you installed your wireless router.

Step 5

Run the printer's setup CD in the computer. You install the drivers so your computer can communicate with your printer. Again, this is a wizard process.

Step 6

Enter your wireless network password when prompted by the installation wizard. This gives your printer access to the wireless network.

Step 7

Print an item from your computer, making sure to choose the new printer from the drop-down list in the print dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have an Apple AirPort base station, connect your printer to the station with a USB cable. Open a document and go to the "File" menu. Choose "Print" and "Add printer" to add your printer.
  • If you have more than one computer on your wireless network, install the printer software on each of the computers that prints to the network.