When you have a printer attached to a Windows network, you can attach to it either using a hard-wired connection or a wireless connection. If the printer is available for other hard-wired machines, then connecting to the printer on a wireless laptop or desktop is similar. For most people, a wireless laptop is used to connect to a small home or office network. As soon as you connect to the network on the wireless router, you can map to a printer location on the laptop.
Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click the "Printers" icon in the Control Panel. Double-click the "Add Printer" icon. The opening screen introduces you to the wizard. Click the "Next" button to get started.
Select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer." This option is for any machine that needs to connect to a remote printer on the network.
Enter the location of the printer. The syntax to connect to a remote printer is "\computer_name\printer_name."
The "computer_name" is the Windows name given to the machine that has the printer connected to it. You can find the computer name by right-clicking the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and selecting "Properties."
Click the "Next" button. Enter a name for the printer and click the "Next" button again. The name you give to the printer is the one you will see in your printer settings.
Click the "Print a Test Page" button to send a print job to the printer. Click the "Finish" button after a test page prints. You can now use this printer on your wireless laptop or desktop.
- In place of the computer name, you can use the computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address when connecting to the printer in Step 3.