How to Set Up Wireless Printing on a Dell

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With Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista, you can hook up all your computers in your home to one Dell printer, wirelessly. All you need is a printer equipped with a wireless adaptor, a router set up with a wireless network and the simple steps below.

Here's how to set up wireless printing on a Dell using an installation CD:

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  1. Turn on your printer and a computer connected to your wireless network.
  2. Insert the Software and Documentation CD that came with your Dell printer into your computer's disc drive.
  3. Accept the terms of the License Agreement, and follow the directions from the software.
  4. Connect your USB cable between your computer and your printer, if the on-screen instructions ask you to. Disconnect the cable when it tells you to as well.
  5. Complete the installation process as instructed, and then configure your printer and align your cartridges [source: Dell].

Here's how to set up wireless printing on a Dell using Microsoft Windows:

  1. Click the Start button and then choose Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Devices and Printers from the Control Panel. In Windows Vista, it's simply called Printers.
  3. Click Add a printer. Select the option for adding a wireless or network printer. Windows will search for any printers on your network.
  4. Select your printer from the list. If the Add Printer Wizard pops up, select your printer's Manufacturer and model, and click OK.
  5. Complete the rest of the steps until you click Finish [source: University of Baltimore]. //]]]]> ]]>

Originally Published: Jul 13, 2011

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Dell Printer FAQ

Does Dell still make printers?
Dell announced the termination of the printer retail arm of the company and officially exited the printer industry in July, 2018. This decision came after the company merged with EMC.
How do I set up my Dell E525w printer?
Step 1: Select Menu > System > Admin Menu > Network > Wireless Setup. Step 2: Select your network from the list and enter the network password. Step 3: Print a “Settings Report” to confirm the printer has successfully joined the wireless network.
How do I find Dell drivers?
In order for dell.com/support to identify a system and the necessary drivers, go to the Dell Drivers and Downloads website. Provide the name of your Dell product and click on “Check.” Dell will automatically find and update the drivers.
Can you use any printer with any computer?
Modern printers can be connected via the USB port, which makes them compatible with almost any computer make or model. You can use a compatible cable USB A-B for square instead of rectangular Type A sockets on computers.
How do I scan from my Dell printer to my computer?
Step 1: Open a Web browser and type in the IP address of the printer before clicking "Go." Step 2: On the printer's webpage, click Settings > Scan defaults. Step 3: Change the Network Port default to Wireless.