If you have multiple computers in your home or office you don’t need multiple printers. Instead you can share a printer wirelessly between multiple laptops and desktop computers. This article will show you to make a printer wireless and connect multiple computers for sharing a printer. This can save money and reduce electronic clutter and wires in your home.
Determine which computer will be the main computer. This computer will have the router connected to it either through a wireless connection or an Ethernet cable. Remember to hook up your internet service provider’s modem to the router as well before proceeding. But keep the router turned off for now.Credit: By Joydeep (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If your printer is wireless capable, turn on the wireless switch on the printer. However if your printer lacks a wireless card you can still make the printer wireless. In this case you’ll need to hook up an Ethernet cable to the printer and connect the other end to the router. In essence the printer becomes like another computer connected to the network you are building.
Once connected turn on the printer and the wireless router. Turn on all the computers to be connected. Start the following process with the main primary computer. Make sure the computers’ wireless is turned on before proceeding.
For Windows computers you’ll need to go to the Control Panel and choose Add Hardware or Printer Options. Use the visible menu to choose the printer name you are using (usually the brand and model). If the printer came with driver CDs use these to install the drivers. Some computers will automatically detect and install required software.
For Apple computers you’ll want to click on the Apple icon in the upper left of your screen and choose System Preferences followed by the Print and Fax option. Find and select the small + icon and choose your connected printer. Install the drivers from the printer CD or let the Mac automatically install the drivers and software.
Repeat this installation on every computer that will use the printer. Then go back to each computer and go into the Printer or Other Hardware settings and choose Printers. On the primary computer select the printer and set it as a shared printer and give the printer a name you’ll easily recognize. Go to the other computers and make sure the printer is set to shared as well in their printer settings.
For computers that lack wireless capabilities you can either use a wireless card or you can simply connect a wired Ethernet cable directly from the computer to the router. Any devices capable of printing connected to the router will be able to print. You may need to manually select your chosen printer from a drop down menu at times when printing documents.