How to Connect My Canon Printer to My Linksys Router

By Lysis

Linksys routers are devices that share computers and printers across a network. You can connect any machine to the router, including a Canon printer. Linksys routers have a service called a print server that allows you to connect printers and use them from any machine on the network. A print server assigns an IP address to the printer automatically, so every time you turn on the machine it receives an address and you can print from a desktop or laptop on your network.

Step 1

Power on the Canon printer and connect it to the Linksys router. Open a web browser on a machine that is connected to the router. Type the IP address of the router into the address bar of the web browser. For a Linksys router, the default is 192.168.1.1. If you have a username and password set, then enter it int the window that appears. The default username for the Linksys router is "admin" with a blank password.

Step 2

Click the button labeled "Set up Print Server" in the main configuration screen. This starts the process to configure the router for your Canon printer.

Step 3

Click the "Next" button until you reach the screen that has a "Refresh" button on it. Click the "Refresh" button to obtain an IP address for the Canon printer. Click the "Next" button.

Step 4

Select the option labeled "Automatically assign an IP address." This setting gives the printer an IP address each time it's started. Click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Enter a user name and password for the Linksys print server settings. This restricts the printer to authorized users. Click the "Next" button.

Step 6

Enter a user name and password for the router. If you want to keep the existing user name and password, then just click the "Next" button.

Step 7

Click "Next" until you get to the "Test Print" page. Click the button labeled "Test Print" to send a page to the printer. This ensures that the Canon printer is working on the network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the IP address shown in step 3 to connect to the Canon printer.