The easiest way to install a printer on a wireless network is to simply install it as an independent device and then go to each computer on the network and connect it to that printer by giving the printer id. This decision is only difficult if you do not know what sort of network printer you wish to install.
It is easiest to install a printer on a wireless network when the printer itself is wireless. Such printers come with a wireless network adapter and they plug in to the power socket instead of your network. When you switch on the printer you get options to configure the various options that will make it part of the existing computer network. The information you enter will configure your own home network to utilize the printer as long as it is within wireless range. Different manufacturers offer different levels of wireless network security in the printer so you will have to check with the manufacturer of the printer you have or intend to buy. Standard levels of encryption are WEP, WPA PSK, and WPA 2. Mac Filter can also be configured to keep unwanted clients of your network.
The other way to install a printer on a wireless network is to do a wire connection to the network router if it has an Ethernet or USB connection. This also depends on what sort of connectivity your printer supports. Not all printers support parallel ports, Ethernet, and USB, so you again need to check this for your printer. This sort of installation is likely to require you taking a look at the documentation or getting a network engineer to help configure the various options.
It is also quite straightforward to install a printer on a wireless network in case it comes with an Ethernet port only. Most wireless routers have at least a few Ethernet ports for a just-in-case situation and you can take advantage of that. Though the precise instructions are unique for every computer the following steps should cover most of the generic settings you need to make in order to get the printer working.
The first thing you need to do is check whether the network uses MAC address filtering for security reasons. If yes, then you will need to find out the MAC address of the printer. The documentation included should help you do this. In case the printer does not have a LCD or other display then it will readily printout the MAC address when properly instructed.
Once you have the MAC address you must log in to the network router and add that MAC address to the filter area so that it is permitted to become a part of the network. Remove the LAN cable from the printer and switch it off for a few seconds. Plug the cable back in and switch the printer on.
Wait for a while as the printer is recognized on the network.
Then change its IP address to something compatible with your home network and you are ready to go.
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