How to Make My Brother MFC Printer Wireless

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MFC printers complete several document preparation functions, including printing, scanning and faxing, but may not include a wireless adapter. If your MFC printer is not wireless, that does not necessarily mean that you cannot perform wireless printing with it. As long as you can connect your MFC printer to your wireless router, you can give your printer access to your wireless network. Any computer on your wireless network can then use the printer for wireless printing.

Connect the Ethernet port of the MFC printer to one of the Ethernet ports of your wireless router. Verify that the Internet modem, the wireless router and the MFC printer are all powered on.

Open your computer’s Start Menu by clicking the "Start" button on the taskbar. Click “Devices and Printers.” Click “Add a Printer” at the top of the screen.

Select the second option to install a wireless or network printer. Highlight your MFC printer from the list of printers your computer detects within range. Click “Next.”

Install the print drivers associated with the MFC printer. Insert the installation CD that came with the MFC printer if prompted. Give your computer permission to search for the drivers online if you do not have the installation CD. Click “Next” when you receive the confirmation message that the computer installed the drivers separately.

Type in the name you want to associate with your MFC printer in the space provided. Click “Next.” Choose whether to share your printer with others on a network. Click “Next.” Choose whether you want the MFC printer to be your default printer on your computer. Click “Finish.”

Tips

  • It does not matter which Ethernet port you use to connect your printer to your wireless router as long as you do not use the first port. The first port is usually reserved for your Internet modem.

Warnings

  • This procedure may vary depending on the model of your MFC printer or the model of your wireless router. Consult your user manuals or contact the equipment manufacturers for technical support.

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