How to Install a Canon PIXMA MP560 Printer to a Wireless MacBook Pro

by Daniel Barrows

The Canon PIXMA MP560 combines the functionality of a flatbed scanner and an inkjet printer into a single, multipurpose device. The MP560 is compatible with Apple's OS X operating system, and users of laptop computers such as the MacBook Pro can connect to the device wirelessly; the printer supports 802.11b/g and 802.11n networks. However, in order to configure the device for wireless use, you will first need to input your wireless network's SSID and encryption key.

Initial Setup

Step 1

Examine the printer's rear panel and find the power port, located in the lower-right corner. Plug one end of the power cord into the power port. Plug the remaining end of the cord into a nearby outlet. Find the operation unit, located on the front-left corner of the top panel. Lift the operation unit upward and press the power button on the control panel underneath.

Step 2

Examine the LCD screen inset in the operation unit. Use the arrow buttons on the control panel to select the desired language setting. Press the "OK" button to confirm your selection. Examine the LCD screen and press the "OK" button a second time when prompted.

Step 3

Grip the front edge of the printer's scanning unit, located at the top of the device. Lift the front edge upward to gain access to the printer's interior. Wait for the print head holder to move into view. Lift the lever on the print head holder. Install the print head into the holder and lower the lever.

Step 4

Examine the color-coded label affixed to the top of the print head. Install each ink tank into the appropriately colored slot on the print head. Push down on the top of each ink tank until they snap into position.

Step 5

Lift the front edge of the scanning unit upward until it disengages from the locked position. Lower the scanning unit back to its original position. Examine the LCD screen and wait until the printer prompts you to load the device with paper before proceeding.

Find the paper guides installed in the paper cassette. Slide the guides toward the edges of the paper cassette. Insert a stack of plain paper into the paper cassette. Slide the guides inward until they touch the edges of the stack. Insert the paper cassette into the slot located near the bottom edge of the printer's front panel. Press the "OK" button.

Wireless Configuration

Step 1

Return to the printer's home menu by pressing the button on the control panel labeled with an icon of a house. Run your fingertip over the arrow buttons until the "SETTINGS" option appears on the LCD screen, then press "OK." Use the arrow buttons to select "Wireless LAN setup" and press "OK." Select "Yes" and press "OK."

Step 2

Select the option labeled "Easy Settings" and press "OK." Select the wireless access point that matches your network's SSID and press "OK." Run your fingertip over the arrow buttons to select the first character of your network's encryption key. Press the right arrow button to move to the next character. Input the rest of the encryption key in this manner. Press "OK." Confirm that you have entered the correct encryption key, then press "OK" twice. Return to the printer's home menu.

Insert the installation disc into your MacBook Pro's optical drive. Examine the desktop and double-click on the icon labeled "CANON_IJ." Double-click on the icon labeled "SETUP" and follow the on-screen instructions; when prompted, select "Use printer on network."

Items you will need

  • Plain paper
  • Wireless network
  • Wireless network's SSID
  • Wireless network's encryption key

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