How to Connect to a Wireless Printer in Windows XP

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft Windows XP allows you to connect to both local and remote printers. You can connect to remote printers, such as printers on your network, through a wired network connection, such as Ethernet, or through a wireless connection. If you want to connect to a wireless printer in Windows XP, you will need to know the printer's IP address. You would have been required to enter the IP address when you set up the wireless printer; if you did not set up the wireless printer, get the IP address for it from the person who did.

Click Start > Printers and Faxes. This opens the Printers and Faxes control panel.

Click the "Add a printer" icon in the left-side navigation pane in the control panel. This opens the Add Printer wizard. Click the "Next" button in the wizard.

Click the radio button next to "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer" on the Local or Network Printer wizard page if it is not already selected. Click the "Next" button.

Click the radio button next to "Connect to a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network." Enter the IP address of the wireless printer in the text box next to "URL." Click the "Next" button.

Follow the prompts in the wizard to finish the set-up and complete the process.

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