How to Connect My Printer to My DSL Router

by Jay Darrington

At one time, printers were only connectable through the use of parallel or USB ports on your computer. Recently, many printers are also being equipped with Ethernet or wireless connection abilities. Now, you can connect your printer to your DSL router, so that any computer that is currently on the network can use it. After connecting your printer to your router, you can use it just as if you had a direct connection to it.

Using a Wireless Printer and Router


Turn on the printer and go to the printer's wireless settings.


Select the option to search for a network. Click on your network.


Enter any encryption settings that you may have to connect your printer to your router.

Using a Wired Connection


Turn on the printer.


Connect the printer to your DSL router via the Ethernet cable.


Check the settings for your printer by using your printer's network settings.


  • check As each printer is different, refer to your printer's manual for specific directions to help follow these steps.

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About the Author

Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.

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