How to Connect a USB Printer to a Router

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How to Connect a USB Printer to a Router
Computer routers accept Ethernet cables. (ADSL Router image by Phil2048 from

Connecting a printer to your network is an important part of maintaining your productivity. Connecting a printer to a router allows you to print documents from different computers on one printer, eliminating the need for multiple devices. Most newer printers use a USB interface for connecting to computers, while routers use Ethernet cables. Connecting a USB printer to a router is a matter of connecting it to a print server using its own USB cord, and then connecting the print server to the router using its Ethernet cable. Some newer routers have an integral print server with a USB interface; these routers allow you to simply plug the printer into the router directly.

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  1. 1

    Purchase a print server. Many leading networking companies like D-link, Linksys, Netgear, Belkin and others make print servers. If your router has an integral print server, you will not need to purchase this piece of equipment.

  2. 2

    Connect the printer's USB cable to the print server. Connect the print server to the router using its Ethernet cable.

  3. 3

    Turn on the printer. If the printer is one you are already using, you are finished. If it is a new printer, you will need to use the CD that came with it to install the drivers for the printer on your computer. Insert the CD and follow the on-screen instructions for installing the printer software.

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