How to Connect a Ricoh Copier to a Computer
By Mircea Gabriel Suciu
You need to connect your Ricoh copier to a computer using the USB cable provided and install a driver before you can start using the device as a printer or a scanner. For the best experience with your copier and to ensure compatibility with your operating system, you should download the latest drivers from the manufacturer's support page. All printers manufactured by Ricoh come with networking capabilities and can be shared on your home network from the computer to which they are initially connected.
Load the Ricoh Download page into your Internet browser (link in Resources).
Type the name of your printer into the search box or select your model using the drop-down menu.
Click your printer's name in the Driver section to download the setup file for the device's driver.
Launch the installation file. Plug the printer into your computer when prompted, using the provided USB cable.
Follow the steps to complete the installation and to start using using your Ricoh printer.
- You can also share your printer with other devices connected to the same network. To do this, access the Control Panel and launch Network and Sharing Center. Click "Change advanced network settings" from the sidebar and check "Turn on file and printer sharing."
- If you want to use your computer with a Ricoh copier already connected to another machine and shared over the same network, you can scan for the device and add it to your PC without connecting it via USB. Launch Control Panel, click "Devices and Printers," and select "Add a printer." Choose your copier from the list and press "Next" to install its driver from the network and link it to your PC.
- Finally, if you are trying to add a Windows shared printer to a Mac, you will also need the IP address of the device. To locate this information, launch the Control Panel, select "Devices and Printers," right-click the name of your Ricoh printer and select "Properties" from the context menu. The IP address will be displayed in the Ports tab.
Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Mircea Gabriel Suciu has been writing articles in the field of technology since 2010. He is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering degree in computer science from the University of Manchester.