Like other printers that can print through a wireless connection, the Brother printers can also operate via Wi-Fi. Below are the steps for you to correctly set up and operate your printer.
But before setting up, there are factors you have to consider to enable wireless printing.
- The SSID, in some routers it’s tagged as ESSID. It refers to your Wi-Fi network name. Remember the name because you will require that information to proceed with the steps.
- Is the Wi-Fi connection password-protected? Well, you can get the password from the router’s owner. If there is no set password, find the default password usually located at the router’s side or bottom. In some routers, it is Security Key or Network Key.
- Most importantly, download the printer’s drivers. You can get the installer In the Download section of Brother’s website. When doing that, select and download the “Full Driver & Software package,” or you can still use the bundled Brother Drive CD with the installation file.
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So, How Do You Connect Your Brother Printer to Wi-Fi?
- Switch Your Brother Printer On.
Locate the power code connected to your Brother printer machine and plug it into the nearest electric socket. Then switch on your Brother machine by pushing the power button. It is a circular button located on the right side of your device.
- Press the “Menu” key.
By pressing the menu key, you start the menu. You can find this button on the right side of the printer.
- Choose “Network” and press OK.
Use the arrow keys (to choose the “Network” option and hit the “OK” button.
- Select “WLAN,” then press “OK.”
Using the arrow keys, select the option named “WLAN,” and hit the “OK” button. Please note, this step can only apply to some Brother Machines.
- Choose “Setup Wizard,” then press “OK.”
Use the arrow keys to choose the option named “Setup Wizard,” then hit the “OK” button.
- To “WLAN Enable?” select “Yes.”
“WLAN Enable?” will display on your screen together with “Yes” or “No” choices. Continue with selecting the “Yes” choice. That will kick-start the wireless setup wizard.
- Choose the Network Name (SSID), then press “OK.”
The wireless setup wizard will offer a list of the available Network Names in your place. Use the arrow keys to find your network, and then hit the “OK” button.
- Put the Network Password, press “OK” and then “Yes.”
Once you enter the Network Key, the settings will apply, and you will establish a connection to the access point or the router.
If your network is non-encrypted and does not require a password, go to the next step.
- Confirm the Connection to Wi-Fi
If you establish a successful connection, you will see the word “Connected” displaying on the screen, and your printer will produce a WLAN report with the text “Connected: OK” The Wi-Fi button on the left of the LCD screen with green flashes.
If you fail to connect, the printer will produce a WLAN report with the text “Connection: XX.” Backtrack your steps and rectify the errors you made in the process.
Good! The printer and your Wi-Fi have successfully connected, and you can start printing from any place within the range of your Wi-Fi connection.
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What to Do When Your Printer Doesn’t Stay Connected
After following all the procedures in making the connection, the last thing you would expect is your printer failing to stay connected.
But if it happens, what are the actions to be taken?
- Try updating your router and printer’s firmware to the latest version.
- Check the channel that is less congested if you are using 2.4Ghz. Remember that 5Ghz has a restricted range, though lesser interference. Also, check your router’s Wi-Fi settings. Are you using WPA2 with AES/TKP?
- Alternatively, you can use a LAN cable to connect to the router directly.
- For a static IP, have you configured any other devices? You can connect to the network, either by wireless or wired, execute ifconfig in terminal (mac) or ipconfig in command prompt for windows.
How Do you Fix a Brother Printer with Printing issues?
- First, you have to press the start key.
- Then, select Settings.
- Next, choose the printer’s option.
- Further, double click the printer’s name in the list of printers available.
- Additionally, select the printer menu then open the Properties section.
- Next, find out if the Brother printer has the non-color option. If so, select the desired choice to allow the printer to work.
- Make sure you have the driver for the Brother’s printer software.
Connecting printers to wireless networks have made it simple and quick since you do not physically connect your computer or mobile devices to your printer.
With the above information, you can comfortably establish a connection, or troubleshoot if some aspects are not working.
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