How to Set the Brother MFC-6490CW Printer Up As a Shared Printer

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How to Set the Brother MFC-6490CW Printer Up As a Shared Printer
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Adding a shared printer to your wireless network lets anyone in range of the network print documents, photos or other images. The Brother MFC-6490CW all-in-one printer includes a built-in wireless print server so you don't have to buy an external adaptor or connect the printer to the network through a specific computer. To add the Brother device as a shared printer you need to change its wireless settings and add the printer on each computer attached to the network.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Brother MFC-6490CW installation disk

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the installation disk that came with the Brother printer in your computer's drive if you haven't already installed the network software. Follow the on-screen directions to install the BRAdmin Light software.

  2. 2

    Access the "Start" menu and click "All Programs." Navigate to "Brother" and click the "BRAdmin Light" icon. Double-click the "Brother MFC-6490CW" entry in the list of detected devices.

  3. 3

    Press the "Menu" button on the printer's control panel. Use the down arrow key to navigate to the "Print Reports" option and tap the "OK" button. Scroll down to "Network Config" and press "OK."

  4. 4

    Tap the "Black Start" button to print off a network configuration page that lists the printer's IP address. Return to the "BRAdmin Light" window and click the radio button labelled "Static."

  5. 5

    Type the IP address listed on the report page in the "IP Address" text box. Select "OK." Return to the printer's control panel and navigate to "Network." Press "OK."

  6. 6

    Scroll to the "WLAN" option and press "OK." Navigate to "TCP/IP" and then "Boot Method." Select "Static" and choose "OK."

  7. 7

    Access any of the computers connected to your wireless network. Open the "Start" menu and click "Network." Click "Add a Printer" and choose "Add a network printer." Follow the on-screen instructions to add the Brother printer to your list of available network printers.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on how you have your wireless network set up, the printer's name might not be listed in the BRAdmin Light window. Instead the printer may be listed as "Unconfigured Device."
  • If you are using a wired network, plug an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the Brother printer. Attach the opposite end of the cable to one of the numbered ports on your router. Set up the software in the same way as normal, but choose "Wired" instead of "WLAN" in the "Network" area of the printer's control panel.

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