Setting up your new wireless Canon printer to make it ready for business may seem troublesome at first.
You need to connect the printer to your WiFi network before you can print anything unless you want to go the old way and print with a USB cable.
If you’re not exactly sure how to do that, follow this step by step guide to connect your Canon printer to WiFi, and you’ll get it up and running in no time.
Connecting Your Canon Printer to WiFi
Before proceeding with the steps, you need to make sure that you have your network’s name and password. If they’re unchanged, you should find them printed on the back of the router.
Moreover, make sure to download the printer’s driver from Canon’s website, or if you have Canon’s bundled CD, you should find the installation file for the driver on it. Now continue with these steps:
- Press the power button to turn on your printer
- Press the “Settings” button, then press the arrow button and go to “Device Settings,” then press OK
- Press the arrow button and select “LAN Settings,” press OK
- Press the arrow button and select “Wireless LAN Setup” and press OK
- Now, you should see a blinking light, which indicates that the printer is searching for available WiFi networks.
- If there’s a problem detecting your WiFi network, press Stop and select “Wireless LAN Setup,” then choose “Standard setup” and press OK.
- Keep pressing the arrow button until you find your WiFi network, then press OK.
- Enter your Network’s name and password and press OK.
- After the printer is connected to your network, Press OK again.
Setting Up your Canon Printer on Your Computer
Now that you’ve connected your Canon printer to WiFi, you also need to set it up on your computer. Here’s how:
For Windows Users
- Press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste the following statement “control/nameMicrosoft.DevicesAndPrinters,” then click, OK.
- Select “Add a Printer” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- In the setup wizard, select “Add a Wireless Printer.” A list will appear with the names of the available printers. Choose the name of your Canon printer and then click “Next.”
For Mac Users
If you’ve already connected your Canon printer to the same network that your Mac is connected to, you’ll likely find the printer available to you without having to set it up.
To check whether the printer is already installed or not, open any application with a printing function and click “File” then select “Print.” Click on “Printers & Scanners Preferences” and see if your printer’s name is there.
If it’s not there, follow these steps to add it:
- Click on “Apple” and select “System Preferences,” click “Software Update” to make sure that you have all the necessary updates installed.
- Install the printer’s driver using the Mac CD that comes with your printer or the file that you downloaded from Canon’s website. You may need to connect your printer via USB during the installation process.
- Click on “Apple” then select “System Preferences.” Select “Printers & Scanners” and click on the add button at the bottom of the list to add the printer.
Canon Printer WiFi connectivity Troubleshooting
Sometimes, your Canon printer may lose connection to WiFi, which can be frustrating.
There are several reasons why this could happen. If you’re having a problem with your printer’s WiFi connection, here are some tips to get your Canon printer back online:
- Make sure that the printer is within your network’s range. Try putting the router and the printer in the same room
- Sometimes, having an outdated driver can cause connectivity problems. Update your printer’s drivers from Canon’s website and see if it solves the problem
- Reset your printer’s wireless connectivity and set it up again
- Turn off the printer and the router for one minute then turn them back on
- Clear any pending prints
If you’re still having a problem connecting your Canon printer to WiFi, get in touch with Canon’s customer support. You could also ask other Canon printers users to see if they’ve ever experienced a similar problem to yours.