How to see if the printer is on a network and connected to my PC

Printers are an essential part of almost all jobs , their function is to print on sheets the documents that the user or users need. The problem occurs when there are multiple workers in a large office and they only have one printer.

However, for this, companies such as HP integrated the network function into their computers . That allows more than one computer to print to the same network printer device.

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  1. How to configure my PC to connect to a network printer
    1. Wired printer
    2. A wireless printer <In this case, you will not have to implement the annoying cables that sometimes we do not know what to do with them. To simplify this work, it is possible to make a connection to a wireless network; which works with signals that it transmits to the air and a Software.
  2. Share a printer with different computers
    1. Windows 7
    2. Windows 10
  3. Why doesn’t my computer recognize my printer?
    1. PING command
  4. How to connect a printer to my PC?
  5. Advantages of network printers

How to configure my PC to connect to a network printer

Network printers usually use wired or wireless Ethernet connection . Once the printer is connected, we must share it on the network. This is done so that more computers can access it and that its users can print through Internet controls.

To make sure that the printer is connected to our PC and to a network, we must look at the PC configuration , under “devices”, then “printers and devices”. Here we will have the option to see which printers we have added to our PC and the option to add more.

When printing a document on a sheet through our network printer, if it is not connected to a network, it will immediately throw up the notification on the screen and the printing process will not be completed. If the printer is connected to a network, the process will be successful.

If you are using the mobile with the printer application, to print remotely , you can see if the printer is on the network just by checking its status through the application menu.

Wired printer

You can have your network printer configured by installing wireless access cables that you may have at home; for example a router or plug, so that the internet will be supplied to it. To connect it successfully we give you the following recommendations

  1. Turn off both the printer and the device with internet access
  2. Connect to the printer and the computer with a cable of category 5 or higher preferably
  3. Finally, you must restart the two devices and that’s it

A wireless printer <
In this case, you will not have to implement the annoying cables that sometimes we do not know what to do with them. To simplify this work, it is possible to make a connection to a wireless network; which works with signals that it transmits to the air and a Software.

Possibly you can connect it directly to the WI-FI network that you have at home just by completing a few simple steps. First of all, check, verify and check in the manual of your printer if it connects to the network and how it works. Then, if the wireless network has a password, you must enter it and that’s it; in this way the printer will be installed to the WI-FI.

Share a printer with different computers

If you have several computers at home and you want them all to be connected to your printer , it is possible to do it in a very simple and practical way. To start, connect the cable that is an internet source to the printer; now go to the computer and go to the start button, there you look for the option that says “devices and printers”

Once in this section, you must click on add a printer; There you will get to select “add a network printer, wireless or Bluetooth”, click here and it will show you a new tab where it is necessary to choose the type of device to which you want to connect. This is where the final process begins and in each phase that appears, click on “Accept or Next”.

On the pc screen you will be notified that the connection has been successful ; then you must assign a particular name with which you can easily differentiate your printer and press next. Finally you give the option that says “share printer with other devices on the network”. Then you put in the other computers the information of the network printer and these can be synchronized automatically.

Windows 7

As a user, you can make your Windows 7 pc able to connect to a networked printer , read carefully and you will know how to do it in simple steps.

The main thing is to configure the network and install the printer , without this completed it is not possible to proceed to the next stages. Having verified the above, then you proceed to go to start on your pc; you should look for devices and printers; Then you select the one you want to share, right-click on it and go to its properties.

Later you must click on share and you will see “share this printer”, you also click there. It is possible to modify the name that by system has been assigned to the printer, using the one you like; then you click on accept; Ultimately, the printer is installed on the network and you can use it.

Windows 10

On the other hand, when it comes to the new Windows 10 system, the process is very similar to the previous one ; but with the difference of some words and a process that requires adding at least a few more instructions. As in the previous case, make sure the printer is installed and the network configured.

You go to start, you search in device settings, scanners and printers; choose the printer you have to connect, then select manage; once here you click on shared use and then on printer sharing. In addition to this, you can change the name of the printer you are sharing and even share with the control panel for better and faster access.

Why doesn’t my computer recognize my printer?

In some occasions the computers cannot recognize the printer, this can be due to some causes ; for example, that it has been deconfigured, that the connection has been lost; It could also be that a cable is badly connected or is located in the wrong port; Another case is that the printer has been restarted or formatted.

If you are presented with these circumstances or at least one; First you must verify that the USB cable is properly plugged in or, failing that, you must change the port; you can also try restarting both computers (printer and internet); in case it doesn’t work, then it looks in the pc if it has changed the name and reconnects; as a last strategy call a technician or specialist.

PING command

The PING command is part of the Windows command prompt ; In this sense, it manages to identify the connection established with certain devices such as a printer. It immediately recognizes whether or not there is connectivity between both components; To do this, complete the following instructions.

  1. Search in start the command prompt
  2. Once the tab is open, write in the first line “PING” and the IP address of the computer
  3. Then the printer will start responding to commands, which means it did work
  4. Otherwise, it will report that “host could not be accessed”
  5. So then the problem must be in the IP and not in the command

How to connect a printer to my PC?

When we talk about printers, different brands come to mind, and that is precisely the way to connect a printer to a computer or PC depends on which brand this is. Although the way to connect them is quite similar among all.

This is the case of some printers, including multifunctional printers , just by being connected to the PC through the USB cable , they are already ready to be used. Others require the installation of certain programs.

If you want to connect a printer to a computer, you must take into account and follow the procedure that we are going to indicate below:

  • Make sure you have the printer’s USB connection cableon hand so that you can connect it to the PC and make sure to position the printer in a stable place and close enough to the PC so that it establishes the connection correctly
    Connect the printer to a source and press the power button on the printer
  • Connect the printer to the PCvia the USB cable. It is recommended that the PC is already turned on and unlocked
  • Press the PC menu icon and select the ” configuration” section
  • Press the optionof “devices”, “printers or scanners”
  • Select ” add printer or scanner.” Here the name of the printer that was previously connected with the USB cable should automatically come out. Usually this name consists of the printer model along with other information about the printer.
  • press the name of the printer and select “add device” and select the printer

Once the printer is connected to the PC, for the installation and configuration of the printer , it will display a configuration that you must customize and perhaps a software or driver that you must install .

New printers come with a CD containing the program that you must install after it is connected, and in case you don’t have it, you can download it online .

Advantages of network printers

For some, the biggest advantage of network printers is that no matter where they are installed, you can order them to print the documents you want through a remote connected to the internet.

Another advantage is that we will not have the need to have so many cables in the place where it has been installed. As long as the printer has a stable internet connection and a power source, it will suffice. In the same way, it can be used not only with one, but with several computers.

Some modern printers even have a mobile application from which you can send printing through a mobile device or tablet, we can also convert a cable printer to wireless with bluetooth .


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