How to Use Crossover Cable to Connect a PC to a Printer

By Jordan Whitehouse

Connect your computer and printer in a few simple steps.
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A crossover cable is an Ethernet cable that is typically used to connect hardware, such as printers and computers, to a network. With a crossover cable, you don't need a network device, such as a router. You can also use a crossover cable to connect your computer to a printer that is on the network. The entire process for hooking up your printer to your computer will take about five minutes.

Step 1

Turn off both the computer and the printer.

Step 2

Plug one end of the crossover cable into the network card port, located on the back of the computer.

Step 3

Plug the opposite end of the crossover cable into the port on the side or the back of the printer.

Step 4

Turn on your computer and the printer.

Step 5

Navigate to your computer's "Control Panel," click on "Printers" and select "Add Printers."

Step 6

Choose the printer that you are connected to in the list that appears, and follow the instructions to complete the set-up.