Install a Wi-Fi Printer in Mac OS X 10.8


Installing a Wi-Fi printer in the Mac OS X 10.8 operating system is a remarkably simple process. This is especially true if the bulk of your printer installation experience is in a Windows environment. In fact, in many cases, you will not need any installation discs, nor will you need to navigate printing manufacturer websites as part of the process. In this tutorial we will be installing the Canon MX340 printer, which has wireless capabilities.

 

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Canon MX340 Wireless Installation in Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

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This tutorial is going to assume that your printer has been unboxed, set up, and connected to your wireless network. If it has not, take a few moments to perform these tasks. For most wireless printers with a touch screen or user interface, you will be able to connect directly to the wireless network from the printer’s physical control panel. If you are having difficulty, be sure to consult the printer’s installation guide or user manual.

Additionally, while this tutorial is specific to this model of printer, the process is nearly identical for most other Wi-Fi capable printer models.

 

Step 1: Click the System Preferences icon in the dock.

Open System Preferences

Open System Preferences

 

Step 2: Click the Print & Scan icon in the Hardware section of the window.

Open Print and Scan menu

Open Print and Scan menu

 

Step 3: Click the + icon at the bottom-left corner of the window. If you can’t click the + symbol, you may need to click the lock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window.

Click the + button

Click the + button

 

Step 4: Click the printer from the list, then click the Add button at the bottom-right corner of the screen. If your printer is not showing up in this list, confirm that the computer and printer are both connected to the same network. You will probably need to wait for a few minutes while the printer software is downloaded to your computer.

Select your printer from the list

Select your printer from the list

 

The printer software will install automatically once it has been downloaded. You can then access the printer menu from the Print & Scan menu that you accessed in Step 2.

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If your printer has a scan utility, then you can use the Image Capture application in Launchpad to initiate a scan.

If you are looking for an all-in-one Wi-Fi printer that you can easily set up with your Mac, then you should consider the Canon MX340. It’s affordable and a good choice for a home printer, scanner and fax machine. There is also an even less-expensive model of this printer, the MX432, that is getting some great reviews at Amazon.

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