How to Connect a Wireless Printer on Windows 7

By Warren Rachele

As wireless connectivity technology has become more reliable and capable of carrying more traffic, printers have joined the list of wireless peripherals. This means that all of the computers on your network can share a single printer without a print server or USB cables. Windows 7 makes it simple to connect to a wireless printer by providing a wizard that guides you through the installation.

Step 1

Turn on the printer. Be sure that it is set up to connect wirelessly -- check your printer manufacturer's user guide and documentation for information about your specific printer model.

Step 2

Click on the "Windows" button to display the menu. Select "Devices and Printers" on the right-hand panel.

Step 3

Select the "Add a Printer" button from the menu bar of the Devices and Printers dialog window. The currently attached printers are displayed; review them to ensure that the new printer is not already attached through some other network connection.

Step 4

Click the "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" option. Windows searches for available printers; it may take a few minutes to discover the new printer.

Step 5

Choose the printer that you want to add from the list of network-visible printers. Click the "Next" button. Windows searches for the appropriate driver for the printer. If the operating system has a driver installed, you can choose this option, or follow the steps provided by the manufacturer to install proprietary software.

Step 6

Add a name for the printer or accept the name provided by Windows. Click "Next" to install the printer.

Step 7

Decide if you are going to share the printer through this machine. If the printer is available through the wireless network, it will be available to other users in the same fashion, precluding the need to share it.

Step 8

Click "Finish" to complete the installation of the printer.