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steven salvatoresteven salvatore answered 2 years ago

Steps to Add Wireless Printer to Mac
To print documents using a Wireless Printer over a Mac computer, it is necessary to add your Wireless Printer in the list of printers using Printers and Scanners preferences in a Mac computer. Using the Printer and Scanners preferences in Mac is similar to using the Printing control panel in Windows.
In most of the cases, whenever you add the Wireless Printer on a Mac computer, make sure to use AirPrint to connect the printer or download the printer driver automatically. If your printer is not AirPrint enabled, ensure your wireless printer is compatible with Mac OS by reading the Apple Support article Printer and scanner drivers for Mac.
Adding Wireless Printer to Mac
Connecting your wireless printer and Mac over the same wireless network makes your printer might be available to your Mac without doing any setup. To confirm this, select File and click Print, click on the Printer pop-up menu, select the Nearby Printers or Printers and Scanners preferences, and then choose your Wireless Printer. You can also add your unavailable Wireless Printer to Mac.
Ensure to update the Printer Driver if your Wireless Printer is not AirPrint enabled.
 Go to the Apple menu.
 Select System Preferences.
 Click on the Software Update button.
 Mac will start to search for available software updates.
 If any software update is available, then install it.
Even no software update is available; it ensures that Mac has the latest data about the Printer Driver. If you don’t follow the above-mentioned steps, then you might see an error message that the printer software is not available when you try to connect your printer.
If your wireless printer is AirPrint enabled, then no need to check the software update.
• Keep your Wireless Printer Ready
Follow the instructions from the setup guide of your printer to unbox the printer, install toner or ink cartridges, and add paper. Turn on your printer and ensure there are no errors.
• Connect the Printer to Wi-Fi
Go through with the steps mentioned in the setup guide to connect your Wireless Printer to Wi-Fi.
It is essential to connect the printer to the Mac via a USB cable to enable Wi-Fi printing. Install the Printer Driver after connecting the printer to your Mac and make sure to connect the printer to your Wi-Fi network correctly. Disconnect the USB cable from the Mac and printer, but the printer must remain connected to the wireless network. For more information, you can read the Apple Support article Connect an AirPrint printer to a Wi-Fi network.
• Add the Wireless Printer in the list of Networks on your Mac
 Click on the Apple menu.
 Go to System Preferences.
 Click on the Printers and Scanners menu.
 If your Wireless Printer is not visible on the left, then click on the Add button + accessible at the bottom of the list.
 A dialogue box prompts saying that listing printer on your local network.
 Wait a while; select your Wireless Printer when it appears in the list.
 Click on the Add button.
 Be sure to download the Printer Driver and install it on your Mac if a pop-up prompts to download the new printer driver.
When you successfully add your Wireless Printer to Mac, Mac starts to automatically detect the installed accessories of the printer, such as a duplex unit, extra memory, or additional papers. If Mac is not able to do this, then a dialogue box prompts to let you specify installed accessories. To take full advantage of installed accessories of the printer, be sure to specify these in the Settings correctly.

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