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Windows 7 - How to Install a Network Printer

Printers used in most workplaces are usually connected directly to the router as standalone devices rather than being connected to the computer itself. When configured correctly, this allows the printer to be accessed by any computer connected to the local area network (LAN). There are also fairly cheap wireless and network-enabled printers available for home use. Networked printers can either be of the wireless variety, or cabled or Bluetooth. Before you can add a networked printer to your computer and begin using it, you will first need to know what the name of the printer is. You may also need a driver installation CD or file.

Open your start menu and click on "Devices and Printers" in the right-hand side. Click "Add a printer" to open the "Add Printer" wizard. Choose "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer." The wizard will search for any available printers connected to the network. When the list of results appears, choose the printer that you want to add and click "Next."

The wizard will continue to guide you through the process and install drivers automatically. However, if the wizard cannot find the drivers on your computer or over the Internet, it will prompt you to provide the drivers yourself. If you do not have them, you'll need to ask your network administrator. Once the drivers are installed, click "Finish." You should now be able to access and use the printer as you would any other.


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