There is a print server function embedded in your TP-Link wireless router which allows you to share your wireless printer with the local home network. This function lets you print anything from any device whether it is smart-phone, tablet or computer connected to the network. Wireless printing can work even without internet access.
- TP-Link Modem Router with USB port which supports print server function.
- USB printer and USB cable.
- Computer with operating system of Windows XP/Vista/8.1/Mac.
NOTE: You need to make sure that you have installed the printer’s driver on the computer, if not, install it first. Secondly you need to install the Print Controller Utility on the computer if it needs to share the print server via the modem. You will not be able to install the Print Controller Utility on the Linux system as there is no print server function on Linux system.
STARTING WITH THE SETUP
- First of all you need to install the USB Print Controller Utility from TP-Link’s website (http://www.tp-link.com/ae/download-center.html)
- Start with installing the USB Print Controller Utility Setup.exe that you have downloaded. Double click this setup.
- Click Next to start installing the print share software on your computer.
- Click Change if you want to change the destination folder else leave it to the default destination folder, and click Next.
- Click Install to begin with the installation of the setup.
- Now wait a while to let the installation complete. Click Finish to complete and exit the installation wizard.
- After the installation of the setup, USB Print Controller Utility icon will appear on the desktop of the computer.
- Double-Click on the icon and open it. Now highlight the printer that you want to set as auto-connect printer.
- Click on the Auto-connect Printing tab to pull down the list and select the Set Auto-Connect Printer.
- Check-mark the name of the printer you want to set as auto-connect printer and click Apply. After successful settings, you will see your printer marked as Auto-Connect Printer. Now you can execute your printing tasks automatically.
- NOTE: If you still can’t print, log into the web management page of the TP-Link Modem Router. Make sure that the Print Server Status is ON under the USB Settings. You can log into the web management page of the TP-Link router by following the below given instructions:
- Launch a web browser and enter the default IP address of the TP-Link router in the address bar. Default IP address for TP-Link router is (192.168.1.1). If this IP doesn’t work, check on the back of the TP-Link Modem Router.
- Now a login window screen will appear asking for the username and password. Enter “admin”for both the fields and click Login.
- After successful login, you will see the web based management page of the TP-Link Modem Router.