Wireless doesn’t exactly mean “No Wires” Wireless in this case would be your printer connecting to your network without a LAN(Ethernet) connection.
The truth about printers connected to WIFI is that they can be temperamental. Setting up wireless printers can be tricky.
There are a few things you need to consider.
- How old is my printer?
It may not be compatible with the security type of my connection(WIFI) or the software could be dated and not compatible to Win 8 or 8.1
2.Is the software up to date ?
Most printers have built in drivers that require you to plug the printer directly, so the computer downloads the drivers.Most manufacturers will have updated software on their websites that can be downloaded for FREE.The websites will have everything from install software to firmeware updates.OK, so aside from the 1000’s of printers you can choose from, Aside the amount of money you need to spend for a printer.
The number 1 most important thing about a wireless printer is to understand WIFI.
I don’t want to stray off topic and get you confused with a bunch of technical terms.Ill try to keep it simple.Its important you know the specific 802.11 protocol runs the strength of its device transmitter. In most common home network Wi-Fi routers operating on the traditional 2.4 GHz band reach up to 150 feet (46 m) indoors and 300 feet (92 m) outdoors. Older 802.11a routers that ran on 5 GHz bands reached approximately one-third of these distances. 90% of routers provided by your local ISP are newer 802.11n and 802.11ac routers that operate on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands vary in the reach similarly with a range of 150 ft and it varies.
Wow! So what does that mean?!
For example; Lets say you have a 2200 sg ft house and a second floor. Physical obstructions in homes reduce the range of a Wi-Fi network by 25%.The sad thing is everything blocks Wi-Fi signals a little.
In your average everyday house has Wood, plaster and cinder blocks, No biggie, right? but Houses with brick, stone, water (Fish Tanks), ceramic, concrete, metal, and mirrors(which reflect visible light so its not a good idea to place a router right next to a mirror) All that will impede the strength of your signal even more.So now your signal went from 150 ft. to 37 ft. or 20 ft. worse yet.
WIFI is kind of like a light bulb and how it radiates light, for the router instead of light it’s the signal.
Overall, the 2nd most important thing about your Wireless printer is the placement of your ROUTER.
1.Set the router at the center of the house or as best you can.
2.Keep it clear and away from other electrical devices.
Last but not least
3.Get it off the floor! (*Remember* Light bulb, Let it shine!)
If you can keep all this in mind you will definitely optimize your signal and decrease the chances of your printer from losing connectivity.