The benefits of wireless printing
Printing was a series of problems as you had to send the item to your computer, connect your computer to the printer, and finally print it. Wireless printing, on the other hand, is cheaper, whether you’re at home, at work, or at school. Here are some of the benefits of wireless printing.
Printing from any device: Wireless printing is exceptionally convenient because you can do it from any device connected to the same network. All major printer manufacturers include Wi-Fi in their printer models, often at all prices. You can take a wireless printer for less than 50 dollars today and start printing immediately.
Print from anywhere: With cloud printing solutions like Google Cloud Print or HP’s ePrint, you can wirelessly print to a printer in another physical location. (Typically, to print wirelessly, your device and printer must be on the same network.) It makes it even easier for people to print because it eliminates the need to install the printer and its drivers in advance.
Save energy and paper costs: Not only will a wireless printer save you space, but it will also save you energy. Instead of having multiple printers configured wherever someone needs to print, you can centralize printing to a single wireless printer. In addition, you’ll save on paper, toner and ink costs, as everyone will think twice before printing.
Most newer printers can connect to any wireless network so you can print from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. For most people, when they say “wireless printing”, they refer to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi printing. Both allow you to print without connecting any cables between the device and the printer.
How to set up a wireless printer
The first step is to connect the printer to Wi-Fi, so that any device on the network can print on it, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Place the printer within range of the wireless router.
Turn on the printer. Because it will connect to the wireless network directly from the printer, you don’t need to connect it to your computer first.
Connect the printer to the wireless network. The process for this varies depending on the make and model of the printer, but you need to know the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password for all methods.
Specific instructions for connecting the printer to the network must be in the box. It is usually a simple process of turning on the system and connecting to the network through the printer interface or through a companion application on your computer or mobile device.
The printer is now available for use as a wireless printer, but has not yet been completed. You must also make sure that the printer is connected to the devices that will use the printer wirelessly.
How to set up mobile devices for wireless printing
Now that your printer is connected to the network, it’s time to set up the device you want to print from.
To print wirelessly from your computer: Add the printer to your computer’s printer list by following the instructions to add a printer to Windows or a Mac.
To print wirelessly from Android mobile devices: Add your printer to Google Cloud Print, allowing you to send print jobs from any print-capable application, such as Google Chrome.
To print wirelessly from iOS mobile devices: Use AirPrint if your printer supports it or a print app otherwise, such as handyPrint or Printopia. Print applications will help your computer receive data from AirPrint and send it to the wireless printer. photo:HP