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Three Common Wi-Fi Printing Issues

Three Common Wi-Fi Printing Issues
Georgianna Ramirez

It is pretty cool how nearly every piece of technology we can own today can connect to each other through a wireless network.  And in no way is this more beneficial, perhaps, is when using a wireless printer.  Wireless printers, of course, can connect to any wireless router and that means you can connect any wireless device to it through your home’s (or office’s) wireless network.  This means, too, that you can connect more than one device to your printer at any given time, which really saves on the hassle of having to bring different devices within range and plug them into the printer every time you want to print something. Look for the best printer deals here.

Of course, that only matters if the wi-fi printer actually does its job. But what happens if you send a command from your computer through the wi-fi network and nothing prints?  Well, there are many things which could cause this, so let’s take a look at these potential reasons as well as their potential fixes.

WEAK CONNECTION

Obviously, the first obstacle that might be causing this printer problem is a weak wi-fi connection.  This might be caused by any of many things. For one, your computer might simply be too far from the printer that the signal gets lost along the way.  A weak signal might also be symptomatic of too many devices connected to the network, breaking up the signal through many connections.  If your printer starts printing but then tell you that the symptom is weak, consider restarting the computer and reestablishing the connection.  

INCOMPLETE CONNECTION

It may seem obvious but many people overlook the fact that sometimes the printer is not connected to the network or the computer has disconnected itself from the network.  Basically, every time you want to print—and print wirelessly—you should check the connection strength of both your computer and your printer.  There are tools in the system settings that can test for this.

SOFTWARE/DRIVER/FIRMWARE CHANGES

If your computer has updated anything—yes, ANYTHING at all—in the past few days, one of these updates might be the source of your wi-fi connectivity issue.  It is not so much that the update, alone, is the problem, but the computer will move things around and make the changes it deems appropriate in order to accommodate the update; but sometimes it ignores other important factors in order to accomplish this.  If you have updated anything recently, consider restoring your system to before the update (if possible) to see if that was the source of the problem.