iMac 2011 /Lion & WiFi Printing

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Oldmanmac, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    I've probably messed setting the printer up to print using WiFi. I had it it USB wired originally, but went WiFi so that my wife could use the printer. She has a PC and uses the WiFi to print, but I can not connect in that fashion. I am on the net via WiFi, just not the printer.
    What settings do I need to change/look at? Is it in the iMac or printer ?

    TIA, OMM:cool:
  2. lotones macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2010
    If I'm not mistaken it's usually both. It varies depending on the make and model of your printer, but generally you usually set the printer to look for your network, then find the printer with the Print & Scan control panel on your Mac.

    Check your printer manual if you still have it, or find it online.
  3. Oldmanmac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    Thanks for the reply.

    Wouldn't the printer already have found the network if the wife could print from it? (seems so to me).
    Nothing found in the System Pref settings to re-start things.
  4. LaWally macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
    In System Preferences -> Print/Scan, do you see the wireless printer listed in the left-hand pane?

    If so, you should be able to select it as the printer of choice when you invoke the print dialog. Can you?

    If not, can you add the wireless printer by clicking on the plus sign at the bottom left of the left-hand pane? Does the wireless printer show up in the Add Printer dialog?

    If your wife can see the printer on the network, we can safely exclude the printer as the problem. It is obviously on the network.
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Setting up a Wi-Fi printer is pretty simple if you can read and follow directions. The first thing to do is install the printer on your Wi-Fi network, if the printer has a LCD screen there is probably a screen called Network, click on that and look for the Setup or Network Wizard. Follow the on-screen directions and it should install, if your network is secure you will need the network key code. Then on the iMac click the Print & Scan Preference and look to see if the printer is now seen in the left pane, if it is then you're done. If not click the + symbol in the box on the left and let OS X look for the printer.

    Of course you can also follow Apple's simple instructions in: beginning where it says "How to Add a Printer."

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