How to Connect a Printer to a D-Link Router

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As long as dynamic host configuration protocol is enabled, the D-Link will assign an IP address to the printer once it connects to the router.
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Businesses can connect a printer to a router to convert it into a networking device. Workstations on the wireless local area network can then send documents to the printer without requiring a direct connection to the device. Some models of D-Link router, such as the DIR-655, include a universal serial bus port to which local printers can connect, while most others feature a Wi-Fi Protected Setup option that connects wireless printers to the network automatically.

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Wireless Printer

Step 1

Hold down the "WPS" button on the router for about one second to activate Wi-Fi Protected Setup.

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Step 2

Push the "WPS" button on the wireless printer or in the device's installation software, or navigate through the menu on the touchscreen and select the option for WPS.

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Step 3

Wait at least one minute for the D-Link to detect and configure the printing device. The WPS light will turn off when setup completes.

USB Printer

Step 1

Connect the printer to the USB slot on the router. Navigate to the address "http://dlinkrouter" (minus the quotes) from a Web browser.

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Step 2

Select "Admin" as the User Name and then leave the Password field blank. Click "Log In."

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Step 3

Click "Status," then "Device Info." Check Attached Devices to find the IP address of the printer.

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Step 4

Sign on to a workstation. Click Start, then "Devices and Printers." Click "Add a Printer" to install the printer.

Step 5

Select "Add a Local Printer." Click "Create a New Port" and then choose "Standard TCP/IP Port" from the drop-down menu. Click "Next."

Step 6

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the USB printer.

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