A wireless printer adapter allows you to connect your printer up to a wireless router. When you wish to print a document on your computer, you can connect your computer to the router and the router will then connect to the printer, enabling your document to begin printing, even if you are not in the same room as your device. It is not just your computer that can connect up to your printer with a wireless printer adapter. You can connect your mobile phones and other handheld devices to the printer in this way. A printer lacking a wireless printer adapter is unable to function in this shared environment unless you use an Ethernet cable to connect your printer up to the router. The widespread use of wireless technology renders the use of wireless printer adapters valuable in our current day age.

The majority of wireless printer adapters comply with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) standard for wireless connections. The most commonly used standards are 802.11b and 802.11g. The majority of wireless printer adapters utilize the 802.11g, or wireless-G standard, as it offers connectivity at 54 Mbps, allowing quicker data output and transfer.

A wireless printer adapter is available in a range of different forms. The most common form of this unique device is the USB wireless printer adapter. A USB wireless printer adapter uses a USB port to achieve connectivity. A wireless adapter may also take the form of a dongle, wherein the adapter plugs into your printer as either a serial or parallel connection. Other types of wireless printer adapters connect up to the PCI card slot. This requires you to open up the printer and install a wireless adapter card. The majority of wireless-enabled units are equipped with this type of wireless printer adapter.

In the event that your printing device has not been configured, you will need to complete the process of configuring your unit prior to installing your wireless printer adapter. To install your adapter you will need to plug the adapter into the relevant port or slot. Ensure that you have connected your computer to your wireless network before you begin then install the wireless printer adapter’s software installation CD. Follow any instructions that you are provided with on-screen. When asked to provide information on the connection type, you will need to select the option that allows you to connect through your network. The computer will then begin to search for printers that are already connected up to the network. In the event that you are installing an initial printer connection, the computer will not be able to find your device. You should follow any remaining instructions to establish a connection with the printing unit before completing a wireless installation. Once the installation process has been completed, you will need to send a test print to the printer to see if your connection has been adequately established.