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OS X Mountain Lion: Set up a printer to print wirelessly

Set up a printer to print wirelessly

If your printer has built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you can print to it wirelessly. You can also print wirelessly to any printer you can connect to your Time Capsule or AirPort base station.

Add a Wi-Fi printer to your list of printers

If you’re setting up a printer with built-in Wi-Fi, you don’t need to connect it to your Mac, Time Capsule, or AirPort base station.

  1. If the printer isn’t connected to your Wi-Fi network, follow the instructions that came with the printer to unpack it, install ink or toner, add paper, and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.

    For more information, see this article:

    Apple Support article: How to connect a wireless-capable printer to your AirPort network

  2. When you’re ready to add the printer to your list of printers, choose Apple menu > Software Update to make sure OS X has the latest information about printer software it can download from Apple.

    Don’t install software that came with the printer on your Mac. OS X downloads the latest printer software automatically.

  3. Open a document to print, and then choose File > Print.
  4. Open the Printer pop-up menu and choose your printer in the Nearby Printers section of the menu.
  5. If you don’t see your printer, choose Add Printer from the Printer pop-up menu.

    A dialog appears listing printers on your local network. It may take a minute or two for your printer to appear.

    If you’re asked for an administrator name and password

  6. Select your printer when it appears in the list, and then click Add.

    OS X automatically uses AirPrint if your printer supports it, or it selects printer software (also called a printer driver) and downloads it from Apple if necessary.

Add a Bluetooth printer to your list of printers

  1. If the printer is new, follow the instructions that came with the printer to unpack it, install ink or toner, add paper, and make sure it’s ready to connect via Bluetooth.
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the software that came with the printer.
  3. Open a document to print, and then choose File > Print.
  4. Open the Printer pop-up menu, and choose Add Printer.
  5. Select your Bluetooth printer, and then click Add.

    If your printer isn’t in the list, you might need to turn on Bluetooth and set up the printer as a new device in Bluetooth preferences.

    If you’re asked for an administrator name and password

Add a printer connected to a Time Capsule or AirPort base station

You can use an AirPort Extreme Base Station, AirPort Express Base Station, or Time Capsule to share a printer with other computers on your network, whether they connect to the network wirelessly or with a cable.

For more information, see this help topic:

Set up a printer connected to a Time Capsule or AirPort base station

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