Configure wireless printer adapter on a network
What is a printer adapter? Learn to configure a wireless printer adapter on a network
Printer adapters are a useful wireless tool. This printer adapters are used to connect computers to printer without the need of a cable. The printer adapters connect the computer and other similar devices like PDAs with the printer through a wireless network. You can easily configure the printer adapter with the network. In order to connect the printer adapter, first run the installation CD of the printer adapter on the system and follow the instructions which are given when the CD runs. If the installation process asks for connecting the wireless card to the system, then connect the wireless card on the port of the system. Connect the other half to the printer. Then continue the installation process. After the installation is over, reboot the system to complete the process.
The following explains about network printer adapter:
- Functioning of printer adapter
- Configuring the printer adapter
- Configure the wireless setting
Functioning of printer adapter
The functioning of a printer adapter is done with the help of a router and an adapter. If you want to connect a printer wirelessly to a network with printer adapter, first attach this printer adapter to the printer. This printer adapter is connected with a wireless router which is placed on the network. All the systems and such other devices are also in connection with that router. Thus the printer is connected to each system indirectly through the router. So if a system wants to use the printer, it can access the printer via the router.
Configuring the printer adapter
For configuring the printer adapter, first connect the antenna to the adapter. Then connect the power supply cord to the power unit and to the adapter. Now connect the one end of the Ethernet crossover cable to the Ethernet port on the computer and the other end to the Ethernet port on the adapter. Now make it sure that the computer is configured to use the IP address 169.254.x.x, where ‘x’ can be any decimal number between 0 – 254. Now open the browser of the computer and enter the IP address of the adapter. Now the adapter’s home page will be opened and thus the adapter is configured properly.
After opening the webpage of adapter, you have to login into it to configure its wireless settings. So enter the username and password to login. Now on the wireless configuration page enter the details like, ‘band’ as ‘802.11b or 802.11b-g’, ‘Network Type’ as ‘AD-HOC’ or ‘Infrastructure’, ‘network Name’ as ‘Wireless Network Adapter’, ‘Encryption’ as ‘WEP 64-bit, WEP 128-bit, or WPA’ and finally the ‘Authentication type’ as ‘Open System, Shared Key, or PSK’. And then click on ‘Ok’ to save the settings.
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