How to Set Up a Printer Using a Wireless Router

By Michaele Curtis

Connecting a non-wireless printer to a wireless router is called networking the printer. Network printers physically connect to a wireless network. Then, any computer or device on the network can access the printer wirelessly. This is an ideal setup for situations where you have more than one computer printing from one non-wireless printer.

Things You'll Need

  • LAN connection cable

Step 1

Connect your printer to your wireless router via the LAN port.

Step 2

Click “Start” on your computer. Click “Devices and Printers.” Click “Add a printer.”

Step 3

Select the option to add a network printer. Select the printer that you want to add from the list of printers within range of your computer. Click “Next.”

Step 4

Give your printer a nickname that makes it easy to remember. Click “Next.”

Step 5

Select whether to share your printer with the other network users. Enter a location and notes if you choose to share the printer. Click “Next.”

Step 6

Click “Print a test page” if you would like to test your setup. Click “Finish.”

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using the latest version of Windows, your computer will likely be able to download and install the correct device driver without incident. However, in rare cases, your computer may prompt you to insert the printer’s installation CD so it can use it to install the device driver. If you don’t have the installation CD, you may have to download the device driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  • This process can vary depending on the brand and models of printer, computer and wireless router you are using. Consult the manufacturers’ user manual if you have any model-specific questions.