There are several ways to connect wireless printers from different networks using wireless extenders and adapters. Most of the manufacturers make wireless printers that have built in Wi-Fi and hence, in case you have a broken wireless router you can just get a compatible wireless printer from the original company.
In most of the cases you can connect any wireless printer to your wireless printer directly without using an adapter.
But in some cases, it is necessary to get an adapter to connect the printer to your wireless printer as it might be very difficult to find and buy adapters in the market that connect printers with different wireless networks.
In this article we will also explain you how to connect wireless printers from different networks. Sometimes you’ll have to connect the printer wirelessly when you change your ISP or change your wireless router.
How to Connect Wireless Printer?
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to connect the wireless printer wirelessly once you’ve changed your router.
Close the router. Open the router settings. Click “Unconnect Network.”
How to Know When Your Printer Is Connected?
First of all, make sure that you’re connecting the printer in the correct way. The whole goal of this guide is to connect the printer, so we’re going to test whether your printer is connected or not. You’ll also want to test the network connection if you can.
How to Test Your Printer?
To test your printer, you’ll want to visit the printer’s website using your local network. For Mac users, this means visiting your Aperture web browser. On Windows, you’ll want to use Chrome.
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow.
- Log into your printer’s web interface. Click the “print” icon on the left side.
That’s it. If the printer is connected, you should see the date and time as shown below. If it’s not, double check that you’re connected to the right router or to your printer’s wireless network.
How to Set Up Your Printer on Your Router?
To configure your printer from your router’s settings, you’ll need to go to the setup page.
If the page you want to access is not located in your router’s administration panel, go to your router’s administrator page, find the setup page, and access it there.
The main screen on the page is for setup.
Click the “if it’s not here, we’ll add it” button.
This will allow you to pick whether or not to allow the printer to access your router’s wireless interface.
Make sure that you’re connected to the correct wireless network by selecting the wireless network’s MAC address from the drop-down.
In some cases, this is specified by your printer. Make sure you’re using the printer that was provided by the ISP or your printer manufacturer.
Click “Done” on the right side.
If you’re sure that you’re using the right printer and that you’re connected to the correct wireless network, you should be able to click “Okay” to proceed.
How to Connect a Wireless Printer to a Network Other than the Wireless Network?
In this case you will have to connect a printer from your local LAN to your wireless network.
In most of the cases this method is very simple and you can connect any printer connected to your wireless network to another wireless network without installing any adapter in between the two wireless networks.
How to connect a wireless printer to another wireless network using a wireless adapter?
If your printer has a built-in wireless adapter or a USB wireless adapter you can just connect the adapter directly to the printer without changing the settings of the wireless printer.
In most of the cases if your wireless printer does not have a wireless card then you will need a USB Wireless adapter to connect a wireless printer to your local network.
However, you can use a wireless adapter to connect wireless printers from different wireless networks directly as it will not change the settings of your wireless printer.
How to Connect a wireless printer to a network other than your network?
How to connect a printer to a wireless network other than the network that you are connected to using a wireless adapter or USB wireless adapter.
This method requires you to connect a wireless printer to another network by connecting an Ethernet cable to your printer and to a server.
In this method you will need a wireless network with a router which will let you access the wireless network using the Internet.
How to connect a wireless printer to the network that is behind your router?
By default, your router will allow you to connect wireless printers to your wireless network but you can always disconnect it and connect a printer to the network behind the router by connecting an Ethernet cable to your wireless printer and to a router.
You will not need to change any settings of your printer to connect it to the network behind the router.
How to disconnect a wireless printer from the network that is behind the router?
How to disconnect a wireless printer from the network behind the router is something that you should do on a regular basis to avoid any problems.
Every time you want to connect a printer to your wireless network, before connecting it to the network behind the router, disconnect it from the network that is behind the router.
So, before disconnecting it from the network behind the router connect an Ethernet cable to the router, power it up and connect an Ethernet cable to the printer and then disconnect the Ethernet cable from the router.
Important Note – Do not connect a router to a wireless printer. It will result in the router disconnecting from the network behind the router. This will result in the printer going offline.
So, you need to disconnect the router from the network that is behind the router before you disconnect the printer from the network.
How to remove a printer from the network that is behind the router?
When you have connected a printer to your wireless network using the above methods you need to disconnect the printer from the network behind the router in order to make it work again.
If you do not do this, it will result in the printer going offline.
- In order to disconnect a printer from the network behind the router, you need to open the printer management screen of your wireless printer using a web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- You will find the wireless printer management screen on the top right corner of the printer.
- Click on the Properties button and select the Ethernet Cable option from the dropdown menu.
- From the dropdown menu select the same network that you have connected the printer to in the above methods.
- Click on the Disable button from the bottom right corner of the printer management screen.
- You will find that the printer management screen will disappear.
- You will now be connected to the network behind the router.
You need to close the web browser window and you will see that your printer is working again.
How to Connect Old Wireless Adapter with New Router?
Before connecting the wireless adapter with new router, you should first unplug it from the router and wait for a few seconds. Once you let it in the router, you need to follow the steps below:
- Find out whether it’s the power supply of the router that is interfering with the wireless signal. If so, you can switch the power supply to a different socket.
- Once you unplugged it, the router will ask you to choose the configuration. Make sure the new router supports the same wireless adapter as your old one.
- To ensure that the wireless adapter is not on-line, you need to disconnect the power.
- To disconnect the power, use the reset button. The button is located at the back of the router. It is also a small button, in order to select the reset.
- Press the reset button and you will see the router in all its glory.
- After disconnecting the power, unplug the adapter from the router. Wait for some seconds, then reconnect the adapter to the router and you’re ready to use wireless printer again.
You’re done! Connecting a wireless printer with a new router is easy. We hope you find the guide useful. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.