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Connectivity issues are a modern struggle, even if you know how to reset a printer. But it’s a struggle nonetheless. And no gadget is above the fray, even (and, sometimes, especially) the best printers. Today, the market’s best all-in-one printers all come with the option to connect to Wi-Fi networks, which is fantastic. But this also means you must know what to do when that connection fails you. If your connection is causing you pain, have no fear because below, we’ve cooked up a guide on how to repair wireless printing on an all-in-one printer.
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Wireless printer repair can be a blast; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. However, when it comes to fixing wireless connections, there are a few key troubleshooting areas to focus on that help pinpoint where the failure comes from. The good news is that those who’ve already figured out how to print wirelessly will have a basic familiarity with the printer model’s software, device drivers, and wireless settings.
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Sometimes what you think is a wireless connection issue isn’t at all. Always check for paper jams. Also, check the paper tray to ensure you haven’t run out of paper.
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So, enough jabber! Let’s get on with it.
The first place anyone with wireless printer issues should look isn’t their printer but their connection. Go to your router and see that the power cord is plugged in and functioning. Then, use other devices to test the connection and confirm that the internet works.
Unplug your printer and let it rest for about five minutes, especially if you just gave it a software update. Sometimes the print jobs won’t go through until you’ve restarted the machine after updating. After it’s rested, plug it back in to see if that fixes anything.
After updating the driver or OS, you may need to reestablish the printer as your computer’s default printer.
Ensure that both your printer and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network. Go into your printer’s wireless settings to check your network and connection status.
Go into your computer’s control panel and then into device settings. Locate the printer list and ensure that your computer’s default printer is the right model. You should also check to ensure that the printer drivers are updated to the latest version.
STAT: On average, employees cost businesses $725/year in print jobs. (source)
If you update the driver and your print job still doesn’t go through, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the driver. On the other hand, if nothing seems to be working, you’ll want to look into a printer’s repair and see if the problem may be something worse.