How to Install a Wireless Printer on a Laptop

By Ezekiel James

Mobility and convenience are essential in today's workplace. Wireless printing affords you the convenience of printing documents without the need to be physically connected to your printer. This is especially convenient if you work from home or in a large office. Additionally, wireless printers can give you added mobility if your primary computer is a laptop. Setting up wireless printing is not as difficult as you may think. There are several printer manufacturers that offer wireless printing solutions (see Resources).

Step 1

Turn on your laptop and insert the installation disc that came with your wireless printer. Wait for the installation software to load, and then select the destination hard drive you want to install the hard drive to. On a PC this will be your "C" drive. If you are using a Macintosh laptop, select your main hard drive.

Step 2

Power on your wireless printer when prompted by your printer's installation software. Wait for your laptop to recognize the printer. If your printer is not recognized by your laptop, you may need to temporarily connect your printer to your laptop with the USB cable that came with your printer.

Step 3

Follow the onscreen instructions for naming your printer and selecting an IP (Internet Protocol) address for your printer. An IP address is a unique number assigned to any device that connects to the Internet.

Step 4

Follow the onscreen directions to complete the installation on your laptop. Then disconnect the USB cable from your laptop and your printer, if necessary. Test your wireless connection to your printer by printing some documents from your laptop.