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What is a Wireless Printer?

A wireless printer is a printer that will allow you to print documents to it without the need of a physical printer cable.  This means that you could print from either your Desktop computer or from your Laptop without needing to connect a printer cable to your computer to print.  It also means that you could print documents from your iPad (or Android tablet), and even from your iPhone (or Android cell phone).

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How to Find the Wireless Adapter?

Now, I will introduce how to find a wireless adapter. The steps are as follows, then you can refer to them.

Step 1: Open the Device Manager application.

Step 2: Click the Network adapters section to expand it. The wireless adapter is listed here.

Step 3: Right-click the wireless adapter and select Properties.

Step 4: Click the Driver tab to see the wireless adapter property sheet.

How to Set Up a Wireless Printer for Windows

Now that your printer is installed on the network, you can easily connect your wireless printer to either your Laptop or your Desktop by following these instructions.  As a side note, these instructions will work on all versions of Windows.

  • First, let’s open the Control Panel. If you simply click the START button and immediately type, “Control Panel” and hit the ENTER Key, it will come up for you.
  • Once the Control Panel dialog box displays, click on “Devices and Printers” or “View devices and printers“.
  • Click Add a Printer.
  • Select “Add a Network, wireless or Bluetooth printer“.  If you are running Windows 8 or 8.1, you won’t need to select anything here because it already does it for you.
  • Now you can select your network printer from the list of available printers.  Simply follow the prompts that display in order to install the printer drivers automatically.If that brand of your printer is not listed, or if Windows cannot determine this for you, you will need to either download the printer drivers from the manufacturer’s website.  This is highly unlikely, especially if you are running Windows 10, but possible.  If you find that you have to download the drivers from the manufacturer’s website, simply follow the above steps and when it prompts you for the printer driver, simply navigate to the file you downloaded.  Alternatively, if the file you download from the manufacturer’s website is a “Setup.exe” file, it will walk you through the entire process and you don’t need to follow the instructions listed above.

Setting up the modem and Internet connection

After you have all the equipment, you’ll need to set up your modem and Internet connection. If your modem wasn’t set up for you by your Internet service provider (ISP), follow the instructions that came with your modem to connect it to your PC and the Internet. If you’re using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), connect your modem to a phone jack. If you’re using cable, connect your modem to a cable jack.

Securing your wireless network

Security is always important; with a wireless network, it’s even more important because your network’s signal could be broadcast outside your home. If you don’t help secure your network, people with PCs nearby could access info stored on your network PCs and use your Internet connection.

To help make your network more secure:

Change the default user name and password. This helps protect your router. Most router manufacturers have a default user name and password on the router and a default network name (also known as the SSID). Someone could use this info to access your router without you knowing it. To help avoid that, change the default user name and password for your router. See the documentation for your device for instructions.

Set up a security key (password) for your network. Wireless networks have a network security key to help protect them from unauthorized access. We recommend using Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) security if your router and PC support it. See the documentation for your router for more detailed info, including what type of security is supported and how to set it up.

Some routers support Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). If your router supports WPS and it’s connected to the network, follow these steps to set up a network security key:

  1. Do one of the following, depending on which version of Windows is running on your PC:

    • In Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, select Start, start typing Network and Sharing Center, and then choose it in the list.

    • In Windows 10, select Start , then select Settings > Network & Internet  > Status > Network and Sharing Center.

    • In Windows 11, select Start, type control panel, then select Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center

  2. Select Set up a new connection or network.

  3. Select Set up a new network, then choose Next.

The wizard will walk you through creating a network name and a security key. If your router supports it, the wizard will default to Wi‑Fi Protected Access (WPA2 or WPA3) security. We recommend that you use WPA3 if you can, because it offers better security than WPA2, WPA, or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security. With WPA3, WPA2 or WPA you can also use a passphrase, so you don’t have to remember a cryptic sequence of letters and numbers.

Write down your security key and keep it in a safe place. You can also save your security key on a USB flash drive by following the instructions in the wizard. (Saving your security key to a USB flash drive is available in Windows 8 and Windows 7, but not in Windows 10 or Windows 11.)

Use a firewall. A firewall is hardware or software that can help protect your PC from unauthorized users or malicious software (malware). Running a firewall on each PC on your network can help control the spread of malicious software on your network, and help protect your PCs when you’re accessing the Internet. Windows Firewall is included with this version of Windows.

How do I Connect My Old Desktop to Wi-Fi Using Internet Sharing?

If you have an older laptop with an Ethernet connection, there is another method you can use for connecting your desktop PC to Wi-Fi: Internet Sharing. You'll need to connect your laptop to your chosen Wi-Fi connection, then connect it to your desktop PC using an Ethernet cable.

When ready, follow these steps on how to share your internet connection.

How Do I Connect to Wifi on Windows 10 Without an Adapter?

No matter what version of windows you got, the steps to connect your pc to a wireless connection will be the same as described above. 

With only a few tweaks in the Windows 10 update, you won’t find it difficult to establish a connection between your pc and smartphone/laptop.

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Remember, it’s an open Wi-Fi hotspot, so it’s important that you use it safely: How Do I Use an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot Safely?

Related Questions

Can desktops access WiFi?

Desktop computers can access Wi-Fi networking by having or adding a Wi-Fi adapter. Many come with Wi-Fi built in, but if not, Wi-Fi adapters are available as expansion cards placed inside the machine, or as USB devices. The latter are often the most convenient and easiest to install and set up.

Where can I find WiFi hotspots near me?

The easiest way to find Wi-Fi hotspots near you is to open the Wi-Fi connection settings in either your computer or mobile device and see which ones appear. Those without a padlock are open; those with a padlock require a password to connect. You’ll also be able to see a rough estimate of signal strength based on the Wi-Fi icon appearing with each.

Is there a device to get WiFi anywhere?

There are devices that will let you set up a Wi-Fi hotspot of your own using your mobile data plan. Often referred to as “MiFi” or similarly named products, these work wherever your mobile carrier has coverage. They’re often a more secure alternative to using an open Wi-Fi hotspot.

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