Some of you may think that it is impossible to print wireless from your old printers. Well, think again. Even if you own a non-wireless printer, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the recent technological advancements launched in the market.
However, you may need to invest on some gadgets in order to print your documents wirelessly using your old printer. You may also search for wireless printer servers that you may use in the process. Here’s how you may actually do wireless printing from your old printers.
Set-up your printer for wireless printing
Begin with getting wireless print servers that are compatible both with your wireless network and your printer. If your printer manual does not specify any compatibility with wireless printing servers, do not despair. There are documentations that may not say that your printer can be compatible with a server. Nonetheless, you will find out later on that it is compatible.
You may check compatibility through website listings. Verify this on the site of the printer server manufacturer and check for compatibility issues as well. You may make use of the server for printing purposes only if you have multifunctional printers but not for scanning and other functions.
Install the wireless printing servers
You should read the manual that comes with the server first. The installation process is explained in detail through the documentation. The basic steps include the following:
1. Use a USB cable to connect your printer with the printer server. Turn the printer on.
2. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the server to your PC. Remember that this is important in the first part of the installation process only. You will not need this later on as you print wireless.
3. Use the CD that comes with the printer server and insert it inside the CD-ROM drive. In this part of the installation, you need to set up the password together with the IP address. You should also configure the password and the IP address so that you can connect with the wireless network. Printer drivers will also be installed.
4. You may now configure your print server. This is important in order to access the wireless network. Provide it with the same SSID network name as that with your router. Make sure you set it up in such a way that you will be able to use the same wireless printing channel later on. If you are going to use an encryption on the router, make sure you also enable the same encryption on your print server. You will then be asked to enter the password – sometimes called as an encryption key.
5. After the printer drivers are installed, you may now disconnect the Ethernet cable between the server and the PC. This will then allow you to print wireless later on. Make sure that the drivers are also installed in both PCs that will make use of the printer.
You may check if wireless printing will work by accessing the online configuration of the printer server. You will be required to enter the IP address, administrator name and password. After you have checked on this, you will then be able to use your old printer wirelessly.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.