So you’ve recently got a wireless Brother printer, and now you want to try out your new machine; but first, you need to connect your Brother printer to Wi-Fi before you can print anything, which can be a bit confusing in the beginning.
Luckily, setting up your Brother printer’s network connection is pretty easy and straightforward. All you have to do is to follow these simple steps to connect your Brother printer to Wi-Fi.
Connecting Your Brother Printer to Wi-Fi
First, make sure that you have the network’s name and password. If the password is unchanged, you’ll find the default network name and password printed on the router.
Download the printer driver from Brother’s website for your specific printer’s model. You could also use the installation file in the Brother Driver CD that usually comes with the printer. Now, proceed with these steps:
- If this is your first attempt at connecting your Brother printer to Wi-Fi, skip to the next step. If not, then you must reset your network connection first before proceeding. To do this, press the Menu button, then select “Network” and press OK. After that, select “Network Reset” and press OK.
- Press the Menu button
- Scroll down using the arrow key and press OK. Go to “Network” then select “WLAN.” From the menu that appears, select “Setup Wizard.” You should now be seeing a pop-up window with “WLAN Enable?” written on it. Choose “Yes,” then enter the network name and password.
- Open the printer driver installation file that was downloaded on your computer. In the “Connection Type Window,” choose “Wireless Network Connection.”
- In case the installation process was interrupted by the system’s firewall or AntiVirus, select “Change the firewall port settings to enable network connection and continue with the installation.”
- In the Connection Type window, select “Wireless Network Connection.”
- If you want to scan your documents to this computer, select YES next to the “Scan to” option.
- Enter the name you want to appear when the “Scan to” menu is selected. Moreover, you can optionally enable PIN encryption.
- In the Network Search Type, choose “Search the network for devices and choose from a list of discovered devices.”
- After you’ve completed all the previous steps correctly, a dialog box will indicate that the installation process is complete.
- Finally, click on “Finish.” Now you should be able to wirelessly print over your Brother printer from any device that’s connected to the same network. Make sure to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Brother Printers Wi-Fi Connection Troubleshooting
Sometimes, your Brother printer may lose connection or appear offline to your computer, which can be frustrating, especially if there’s urgent work that needs to be done as fast as possible.
There are many reasons why your Brother printer won’t connect to Wi-Fi, but hey! Don’t panic. We’re here to help you get your Brother printer back online. Follow these steps:
- First, make sure that your printer is within your router’s coverage range. Try to put them in the same room.
- If that doesn’t work, turn off your printer and router for one minute and then turn them back on.
- Turn off the Wi-Fi on your brother printer for one minute and then turn it back on. Now, try connecting your printer again.
- If you’re still unable to connect the printer to Wi-Fi, start all over by resetting the network connection as we’ve previously discussed then set it up again.
- Another thing you could try is to update your printer’s firmware, especially if it’s an older model. To check for new updates, you need to download Brother’s firmware update tool from here.
If you’re still having trouble connecting your Brother printer to Wi-Fi, contact Brother’s customer support for professional help. You could also ask other owners of your printer’s model to see if they had a similar problem before.
As a final resort, ask the retailer to replace your printer with a new one if you’re still within the allowed replacement period.