Many printers today come with wireless capabilities and can connect directly to an infrastructure or ad hoc 802.11 network. This video looks at manual and automatic setup options (through WPS), plus how to connect a printer for cloud-based printing.
why don't you go ahead and set up your printer … as a network device. … Now there's two kinds of network devices. … There are wired devices and that means you're going to … have to have a printer with a network card in it. … And there's also wireless devices … and in that case you're going to have to have a printer … with a wireless NIC in it. … of their network. … And if I plug in an RJ45 into this device, … and assuming I've got a good connection … to the same network that all my devices are on, … then it's not that big of a deal. … Most of the time I've got some choices here. … Number one, most of these printers will yell out … on the network. … First of all, they are almost DHCP clients, … so they will grab a DHCP address pretty much instantly. … Also, they will broadcast their presence. … There are lots of protocols that do this. … So they have names like back in the older days … for the MAC OS, it was the SLP protocol. … For Windows it's the LLDP protocol. … The bottom line is, there are lots of protocols out there …
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