Connecting your Sharp printer to your home or office Wi-Fi network allows you to print documents and photos wirelessly from any computer or mobile device on the network. Wireless printing is convenient, eliminating the need for cables between your devices and printer.
To connect your Sharp printer to your Wi-Fi, you will need:
- A Sharp printer with built-in wireless capabilities, or a wireless network adapter if your printer does not have wireless functionality. Most current Sharp printer models have integrated wireless.
- A wireless router broadcasting a 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi signal.
- The SSID (network name) and Wi-Fi password for your wireless network.
Follow these steps to complete the wireless setup process:
1. Place Your Sharp Printer Within Range of Your Wi-Fi Router
Position your Sharp printer within range of your wireless router’s Wi-Fi signal for the best connectivity. We recommend placing the printer no more than 25 feet away from your router if possible. Avoid placing the printer next to other electronic devices or metal objects as well.
2. Power On Your Sharp Printer
Make sure your Sharp printer is plugged into a power source and powered on. Refer to your printer’s manual if you need guidance powering on your specific Sharp model.
3. Access Your Printer’s Wireless Settings
On your printer’s control panel display, access the menu for wireless settings. The menu may be labeled “Network Settings,” “Wi-Fi Setup,” or something similar. Consult your device manual if you cannot locate this menu.
4. Select Wireless Setup Wizard
Within the wireless settings menu, select the option to run the wireless setup wizard. This will guide you through connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
5. Choose Wireless Connection Type
When prompted, select the option to connect your Sharp device to your wireless network. The printer will automatically scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks and display a list.
6. Pick Your Network
Scroll through the list of available networks displayed on your printer. Select the name (SSID) of your 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless network.
7. Enter Your Wi-Fi Password
When prompted by the setup wizard, use your printer’s touch display to enter the correct password (Wi-Fi key) for your wireless network. Select OK or Continue once entered correctly.
8. Allow Time for Connection
It may take 30-60 seconds for your Sharp printer to obtain an IP address from your router and connect to the wireless network.
9. Connect Additional Computers to Printer Wireless
Now that your Sharp printer is connected to your Wi-Fi, you can add additional computers to print to the device wirelessly. Follow the system prompts and enter your printer’s new IP address when asked.
With those nine steps complete, your Sharp printer should now be configured for wireless printing on your home or office network! As long as devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, they can now find and print to the Sharp printer wirelessly.
If your Sharp printer fails to connect, or loses wireless connectivity later on, try these troubleshooting suggestions:
- Restart your wireless router and printer. Cycling the power can clear glitches.
- Run the wireless setup wizard again. Step through process to check for mistakes.
- Verify you entered the CORRECT wireless password during setup. Case sensitive.
- Check for interference problems around the printer. Move the printer closer to router.
- Check if printer firmware needs updates for connectivity fixes.
- Use printer reset function to factory defaults as last resort. Repeat wireless setup.
Contact Sharp printer support if issues persist, especially with any firmware update or reset steps.
Key Takeaways on Wireless Printer Setup
- Position your Sharp printer within 25 feet of wireless router for best connectivity
- On printer control panel, access wireless settings to locate Wi-Fi setup wizard
- Select your wireless network name from list, enter password carefully
- Allow 30-60 seconds for IP address assignment and wireless connection
- Computers/devices can print wirelessly once printer connected to Wi-Fi
Connecting your Sharp printer to Wi-Fi might seem complicated, but following this guide makes the process straightforward. With your printer on the wireless network, printing documents or photos is now much more convenient.
Equipping your Sharp printer with Wi-Fi connectivity unleashes the flexibility and convenience of wireless printing. Simply accessing your printer’s built-in setup wizard menu and following the prompts ensures your devices can easily access the printer. Positioning the printer within optimal range, entering passwords carefully, and allowing connections time to initialize are key to a smooth setup. With the steps in this guide, your home or office can enjoy cable-free printing functionality in minutes. Reach out for assistance if the Sharp printer fails to link up properly. When set up successfully though, wireless opens the door to simplified printing workflows.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the ideal distance to place my Sharp wireless printer from the router?
For the best Wi-Fi signal strength, we recommend placing your Sharp printer within 25 feet of your wireless router, if possible. Longer distances may result in intermittent connectivity.
- How long does it take to set up wireless printing on my Sharp device?
Completing the wireless network setup wizard takes just 5-10 minutes typically. Allow another 30 seconds after entering passwords for printer connections to fully initialize on the Wi-Fi.
- Do I need an external adapter to enable wireless printing?
Most current Sharp printers have built-in wireless capabilities that don’t require adapters. But some legacy models need USB wireless network adapters to function. Always check printer wireless specs.
- Why does my Sharp printer lose its wireless connection sometimes?
Frequent wireless disconnects are often due to obstructions, interference from other devices, outdated firmware, or issues with your router. Try updating printer firmware, relocating the device, or cycling power.
- Can I connect my smartphone or tablet to the printer wirelessly too?
Yes – once configured for Wi-Fi, your Sharp printer is accessible for printing from smartphones, tablets, laptops or any devices on the wireless network.
- My wireless setup wizard is not detecting my network during configuration. Why?
If your router’s SSID doesn’t appear in the wizard’s scan, it’s possible your Wi-Fi band or channels differ from what the printer supports. Switch bands between 2.4GHz and 5GHz to check visibility.
- What security and encryption does my Wi-Fi network need to work with a Sharp printer?
Sharp printers support common standards like WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption. For easiest connectivity, use WPA2 encryption on your wireless router or access point.
- Where do I locate the password for my wireless network?
The default Wi-Fi password, sometimes called passkey or wireless key, can usually be found on a sticker on your router labeled “default credentials.” Never use default, easily guessed passwords.
- Can my Sharp printer connect directly to my computer if I don’t have a home wireless network?
Yes, Sharp printers can directly connect to a single computer via a USB cable. But this lacks the flexibility of wireless networking with multiple devices.
- How do I reset my Sharp printer’s Wi-Fi settings back to factory defaults?
Check your device control panel for a “restore network defaults” option. This will erase any configured wireless settings so you can freshly re-run the setup wizard.