How to Install a USB Printer to a Wireless Router

By Deborah Cohn

Hooking up your USB printer to a wireless router allows you to print from anywhere in your house of office. Even without a wireless printer, setting up wireless printing in your house is a snap--just follow the simple steps below.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Wi-FiWireless routerUSB printer

Step 1

Set up the wireless connection between your wireless-capable computer and your router if you have not already done so. Plug one end of your router's network cable into your cable or DSL modem, and the other end into the Internet, WAN or WLAN port on your router. Turn the router on and wait about half a minute, and your computer should recognize the router.

Step 2

Ensure your printer is compliant with 802.11 standards for Wi-Fi. This info will be found on the box or instruction manual. If you've bought the printer after 2007, you can be pretty sure it's compliant.

Step 3

Connect your printer to the router by plugging one side of the printer's USB cable to the printer, and the other to the USB port on the router.

Step 4

Add the printer to your computer system. If you have a Windows OS, go to the Control Panel, open Hardware and Sound, and then open the Printer Setup Program. If you have a Macintosh OS, go to System Preferences under the Apple Menu, and open the Printer Setup Program. The setup programs will take you through the process to add the new printer to the system.

Step 5

Do a test print to make sure the printer is up and running.