How to Convert a Type B USB to a Bluetooth Printer

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How to Convert a Type B USB to a Bluetooth Printer
You won't need a USB connection when using Bluetooth. (Tastatur und USB / Keyboard and USB image by Nazar Chabara from

If you are connecting your computer with a USB mini-B cable, you are confined to placing the printer within cable-reach length of the computer. However, if your printer has Bluetooth capabilities and you want the freedom to move it to a different location, you can convert the USB B-connection to a Bluetooth connection. If your computer doesn't have Bluetooth capabilities, you can't add the feature to the printer. This is a feature that comes installed on the printer and can't be added at a later date.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Remove the USB cable from the printer and the computer. Since you have used the printer on your computer through the USB mini-B cable, you don't need to install any additional drivers.

  2. 2

    Power on the computer and printer.

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" button on the desktop and select "Run." When the "Run" window appears, type "bthprops.cpl" and click "OK." This opens the Bluetooth settings window.

  4. 4

    Select "Add," then click "My device is set up and ready to be found." Click the "Next" button. The computer now searches for any available Bluetooth devices in the area. In a moment the printer appears on the list.

  5. 5

    Select the printer and type in the pair code. This is a four-digit code that is specific to the printer. You can find it in the user manual or on a piece of paper that came with the printer. Click "OK" and the printer and computer pair together. You can now use the printer via the Bluetooth connection.

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