Brother Printer WiFi Setup [How to Connect, Issues and Solutions]

Are you having problems with your Brother Printer WiFi Setup? Then, read this article as we guide you on how to quickly solve this problem.

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Brother Printer WiFi Setup [Quick Guide]

Before you can start your Brother Printer WiFi setup, you need to know the following because you will require them later during the Wi-Fi setup process:

i. The Network Name of your wireless network. The Network Name is also called SSID (Service Set Identifier) or ESSID (Extended Service Set Identification).

ii. The Network Key of your wireless network. The Network Key is also called a security key, password, or encryption key. So, if you see any of these terms during the setup process, know that it is referring to the Network Key.

How do you know the Network Name and the Network Key of your wireless network? All you need to do is check the body of the wireless router. Once you find it, write it down.

And if you can’t locate the network information there, check any documentation that was packaged with your router/access point device. If you still can’t find it, then you need to contact the router manufacturer or your internet provider.

Note: Some routers make use of multiple WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) keys. If your router is such, just write down the first key.

How to Connect Brother Printer to WiFi of Router/Access Point

Follow the steps below to connect your Brother printer to the WiFi of a Router/Access Point:

Step 1: Plug in your Brother printer to an electrical outlet and turn it on. And make sure your wireless network is also turned on. Sometimes some folks forget to do this; hence, the Brother printer will not connect to WiFi.

Step 2: Press the Menu button located on the printer’s control panel.

Step 3: Use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate through the Menu until you get to “Network”. Then press “OK” to continue.

Step 4: Use the arrow keys again to choose “WLAN”, and then press “OK”.

Step 5: Choose “Setup Wizard” using the navigation keys, and then press “OK”.

Step 6: Choose “Yes” when you see “WLAN Enable?” on the screen. Once you choose “Yes”, the wireless setup wizard will start.

Step 7: Your Brother printer will then display available Network Names. Then use the arrow keys to choose the Network Name of your router which you wrote down. Then press “OK” to continue.

Step 8: If your network uses an authentication method, then you will have to input the Network Key you wrote down. Then press “OK’ and then “Yes” to apply the network information settings.

However, if your network is an open system, then you don’t have to input any Network Key. Just skip this step.

Step 9: Your Brother printer will now try to connect to your wireless network. If the connection is successful, the printer will display “Connected”. A wireless connection report will then be printed.

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Step 10: After the setup, you need to download the printer’s software if you haven’t done so. To download, go to this site.

Step 11: Choose your computer’s operating system.

Step 12: Download “Full Driver & Software Package” for Windows users. And if you use a Mac computer, download “Full Software Package”.

Step 13: Click on the “Agree to the EULA and Download” button at the bottom.

Step 14: The download will then begin.

Step 15: After the download is complete, the installation should begin automatically. However, if it doesn’t, open the downloaded file from the folder where it is saved. This will cause the installation to begin.

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How to Connect Brother Printer to WiFi Using Wireless Direct

Wireless Direct is another way to connect your Brother printer to WiFi. Wireless Direct (sometimes called WiFi Direct) can be used to connect Brother Printer through WiFi directly to your computer or smartphone without using a Wi-Fi router or access point. In this case, the printer acts as the Wi-Fi access point.

Follow the steps below to connect Brother Printer through WiFi using Wireless Direct:

Step 1: Verify your Brother Printer’s Wireless Direct Settings. You will need your computer to do this.

If you are using a Windows computer, do the following to verify the Wireless Direct settings:

i. Connect your Brother printer to your computer via a USB cable.

ii. On your Computer, run the Printer Setting Tool.

iii. Click on “Communication Settings”.

iv. Verify that Wireless Direct is chosen for “Selected Interface” under the “General” tab.

If you are using a Mac computer, do the following to verify the Wireless Direct Settings:

i. Connect your Brother printer to your computer via a USB cable.

ii. On your Mac computer, run the Printer Setting Tool.

iii. Verify that Wireless Direct is set “On” under the “Wireless LAN” tab.

Step 2: After verifying the settings, press down the Wi-Fi button for just 1 second on your Brother printer to turn on the Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi light indicator will begin to blink blue once within a 3-second interval.

Don’t press down the Wi-Fi button for more than one second or you could end up entering WPS mode. Your Brother printer not connecting to WiFi might be caused by this little error.

Step 3: Choose the Network Name of your Printer using your computer or smartphone. The Network Name should look like this: “DIRECT-*****_PJ-773” The asterisks in this example stand for the last 5 digits of your Brother printer’s serial number. You can locate the serial number of your printer at its back or inside the battery cavity.

Step 4: Input the password with this format: “773*****”). The Wi-Fi connection will then be established and the indicator will remain blue.

Note: This connection doesn’t give you access to the Internet. However, this method allows your Brother printer to print through WiFi. You can also use Brother Printer scan over WiFi and Brother Printer fax over WiFi via this connection method.

How to Connect Brother Printer Over WiFi via WPS

The following steps will guide you on how to connect Brother Printer over WiFi using WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup):

Step 1:  Verify if your Wi-Fi access point or router comes with the WPS symbol. If the WPS symbol is missing, your Brother Printer won’t connect to WiFi via this method.

Step 2: Turn on your Brother printer and your network router. Make sure your printer is within the wireless range of the router. An out-of-range router is one of the reasons a Brother printer keeps disconnecting from WiFi.

Step 3: Locate the WPS button on your router and press it down for 5 seconds. Once this is done, the Wi-Fi indicator will begin to blink once per second.

Step 4: Both devices will then connect automatically which will cause the indicator to turn blue and stop blinking.

With this method, your computer and smartphone can have access to your Brother printer provided they are using the same wireless network.

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