Steps on how to setup wireless printer:
Connect your internet wirelessly or with an Ethernet cable
Attach your device to the power outlet Make sure you have paper in printer Turn on computer, printer and turn off your wireless network. Click “Start” then “Control Panel” Double click on “Network and Sharing Center”.Select “Change advanced sharing settings” Select the “HomeGroup connections” tab (In Windows 8, this is under “Network”). Set share permissions for all users. In Windows 8, right-click the HomeGroup Connections and select “Properties”. Click the “HomeGroup” tab. Set read, write, or modify permissions for all users. If you are not using Windows 8, you need to set permissions for all users on “Documents and Settings” (If your Windows computer has a user “Documents and Settings” then the computer name is “Program Files”). When prompted to enter your user name and password, enter your user name and password. The tab for this is on the right side of “Computer Management”.
Here you will need to view permissions for all users if you have one or both of the following:
A file called “Documents and Settings” on your C: drive (If you do not have a “Documents and Settings” folder then it is most likely your computer name is “Program Files” on C:, or b)as a hard drive, a folder called “Users”. If you do not have either of these folders then continue with step 10.
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- 10) Select “Change the sharing options for this connection” Click next.
- 11) Click on the “HomeGroup” tab. Under “Permissions and Sharing Settings”, click on the “Advanced Sharing” button. From here you can change share permissions for all users, view and change permissions for individual users, or simply deny access to a user (for guest account accounts, email addresses or computers in an office).
- 12) Choose what you want to share from the left-hand side of Computer Management under “Sharing and File Services”. In Windows 8, this is under “Network”.
- 13) On the right, after you click “Apply”, you will see default permission settings. Assign permissions for all users or change permissions for individual users.
- 14) After you have applied the changes, it may take a while to connect to printers on the network (but not necessarily for Windows 8). To begin, start Windows 8, then select “Settings”. For Windows 7, select “Control Panel”. Then click on “Printers” and choose your printer from the list that appears. If you would like help in selecting a wireless printer in conjunction with Windows 7 or 8 check out this website at : http://screencast.com/t/VZ4Xu2eslz
- 15) To print a page of test paper, click on the printer icon in your taskbar and select properties. From here, you can fill out information such as username and password to connect to your network. If you do not have this information, you can change these settings from the printer itself by pressing “print” and then “properties”. Selecting Properties will lead you to the home screen where you can add information such as username and password.
- 16) If step 15 did not work, try unplugging the USB cord from your device (not just from the computer) and then plugging it back in.
- 17) Next, you will need to install the printer from here: http://vdu.com/default.aspx
- 18) To install the printer, click on “Add a Printer” and fill out the form. For the “Name” and “Location”, type in a name for your printer and a place to save it (such as “mywirelessprinter”). Under “Hardware Description”, type in some description about what it does. Under “Driver Installation Type”, you can select to install hardware or software drivers for your printer. Use the software that comes with your wireless network connection if possible as it will be much easier than installing print drivers. Your wireless connection should already have the right to use the shared folders, so select “Other Network” if you haven’t found your printer yet.
- 19) Click on “Add” and then click on “OK”. You will need to connect to a computer with a USB cord to install a driver for your printer. Select “Connect” and follow the steps as they appear. If you do not have another computer with a USB port, or if you are creating a new computer, follow the instructions in step 20 instead of step 18.
- 20) Let the computer finish installing the printer. Once done, your printer should be listed under “My Computer” or “Printers and Faxes” on the left-hand side of your computer. Choose “Add a Printer”, then “Hardware Wizard”, and click next.
- 21) To add a driver for your wireless printer, you should see that there is already one driver installed. This may happen if you connected it to a computer running Windows 7, or to an already networked printer in Windows 8. To install a new driver for your wireless print server, click on “Browse for a Driver” and select “install from a list”. Then select “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname.”
- 22) Select the network adapter that you wish to use for your printer, and click on “Next”. In this case, it is the Network Interface Unit (NTU) otherwise known as the Ethernet card. Click on “Next”.
- 23) Windows will detect your print server and ask you to choose a port that is used for the network connection. Click “Next”, unless there is already a printer connected to that port which will appear in the list below it (in our example, there is already another printer connected via Ethernet).
- 24) Select your printer, click “Next”, and you’re done! If your printer does not appear in the list below, then select the port that it is connected to, and click “Next”.
- 25) You can now print documents from the Internet without a computer or with any Windows computer. The document will be saved in the folder you created for your printer. You can also create custom print jobs by clicking on “Add a Printer” and selecting the appropriate driver for your wireless printer.
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Disconnect Your Printer
It is possible to disconnect your printer from your computer and connect it to one elsewhere. You will need to find out the IP address of the printer using any computer connected to the existing wireless network. To do this, type “Control Panel” in the search bar in Windows 7 or 8, followed by “View Network Connections”. Then right click on your wireless adapter, and select “Status” in Windows 8. In Windows 7, right click on “Local Area Connection”, and select “Status”. In both cases, you will see that your IP address is listed at the top of this window. Then in Windows 8, right click on the connection to the wireless printer, and select “Properties”. In Windows 7, right click on “Local Area Connection” and select “Properties”. Write down your printer’s IP address.
Now you can disconnect the printer from your computer or laptop with an Ethernet cable, take your computer to another location (a neighbor’s house might even work), plug in the Ethernet cable to a network port there (they will have one if this is their house), and navigate to that website using your own computer. The IP address of this site will be entered into a browser as a web address.
Now try to print from that web page. You should see the document on your wireless printer. This is a great demonstration of how easy it is to print from a wireless computer!
The following image shows how you can connect an Ethernet cable and your local network (or the neighbor’s network) to print a document from another computer on the Internet, but still keep charging the battery on your wireless computer:
Using an Ethernet cable enables this connection method because that cable can be plugged into any type of Internet router with any type of port. Then, in order to print from another computer, you just plug in the cable directly into the other computer’s printer and press the “print” or “print now” button. No complicated networking involved.
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