Connecting a wired printer is EASY. Grab the cable, plug it into the printer and GO!! Connecting a wireless printer, on the other hand, is … well … not as easy. WHERE is that EASY BUTTON when you need it!!!
Even when everything goes smoothly, as it usually does, it’s still more complicated than plugging in a cable or two.
There are more ways than one to connect to a wireless printer, and for each different connection type, the steps vary depending on the printer you have. That makes it impossible to cover all printer variations in one short article.
The steps for connecting a printer by Wi-Fi depend in large part on what you want to connect to. Here are the different types of devices used to access a wireless printer….
- Wi-Fi access point on a network
- One or more individual computers directly
- Smartphone or tablet.
Throughout my experience with wireless printers…I could always connect to my Home Network and all my PCs…BUT never to my tablets or phones….Today I am going to focus this article on connecting smartphones and tablets to wireless printers.
Smartphones and Tablets
Connecting a printer directly to a smartphone or tablet can be a difficult, it has been a MAJOR problem for me!! I have ran into many difficultites…
- NO APP for printing on my phone or tablet.
- and IF there is an APP, I can not connect the printer directly to my mobile device.
What do I do about this??
I had to connect both devices to my Wi-Fi connection and print that way, or, print by going through a cloud-based print utility….I don’t want to have to go through all this…to FAIL!!!
Wi-Fi Direct is a wireless technology that enables Wi-Fi Direct devices to connect directly to one another. This means users on the go can print documents, share data, sync files, and display information from notebooks and netbooks, as well as from devices like smartphones and tablets. Products certified Wi-Fi Direct can connect to other wireless devices without joining a traditional wireless network or Wi-Fi hotspot…..What?? Is this the answer to my problems!!!
Check out and see if your device has Wi-Fi Direct today and get to printing….Every device is different, so I am unable to include exact step-by-step instructions on HOW to do this, but I have included some links and the end of my article for PRINTERS websites on Wi-Fi Direct and How to connect!!!
Important Note: Before you can use Wi-Fi Direct, you will need to disconnect from any Wi-Fi access points or turn off Mobile HotSpot. When you turnWi-Fi Direct on, any open connections will be ended. APPLES to all devices!!!
Wi-Fi has already changed the way the world connects. With Wi-Fi Direct, users will now find it even easier to share, show, print, and synchronize content however they want, wherever they are. With the next generation of Wi-Fi Direct devices, users will no longer need to think about connecting to the network because they are already carrying the network with them! LOVE IT!!!!
Links to sites to link Different Printers to Tablets and Devices….
Happy PRINTING and couponing…..