How to Set Up a Wireless Connection for a Canon Pixma MX410

by Ruri Ranbe

The installation software that ships with the Canon PIXMA MX410 automates the configuration of the wireless network, but if you skipped that portion of the wizard or didn't have an access point set up at the time, you can use the Canon IJ Network Tool to connect your printer to a Wi-Fi hot spot. You'll need to know your wireless network's encryption method and security key to configure the connection.

1

Click the "Network Connection" icon in the notification area, select your wireless network from the list and then click the "Connect" button.

2

Right-click the network, select "View Connection Properties" from the context menu and then check "Show Characters."

3

Write down the information next to Security Type, Encryption Type and Network Security Key, then click "Cancel."

4

Connect one end of a data cable to a numbered port on the back of the router and then connect the other end to the printer.

5

Press "Windows-Q," and enter "IJ Network Tool" into the search bar, then select "IJ Network Tool" from the results.

6

Turn on the printer and then click "Update" to view the printer in the Canon IJ Network Tool.

7

Select the "PIXMA MX410" and then click "Configuration." Select the "Wireless LAN" tab and then enter the name of the access point.

8

Click "Search," select the appropriate network from the results and then click "Set."

9

Select the appropriate security protocol -- WEP, WPA or WPA2 -- from the "Encryption Method" drop-down menu.

10

Click "Configuration" and follow the on-screen steps to set your security key. The steps vary, depending on the encryption method selected.

11

Select "Get IP Address Automatically" and then click "OK" to complete setup and close all windows.

12

Insert a blank sheet of paper into the rear tray of the MX410 and then press "Menu" on the control panel to go to Device Settings.

13

Use the directional pad to select "LAN Settings" from the options and then push the "OK" button.

14

Use the directional pad to select "Print LAN Details" and then push "OK" to print out a copy of your network settings.

Tips

  • check If the network tool fails to detect the Canon PIXMA, connect it to the PC via USB and then click "Update."
  • check Allow all print jobs to complete before opening the IJ Network Tool.

Warning

  • close Information in this article applies to Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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