How to Install Brother Printer [Quick Guide]

Do you have problems with the installation of Brother Printer? If yes, then allow this quick guide to show you how to install Brother Printer within minutes.

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Installation Options – How to Install Brother Printer

There are two installation options for your Brother Printer:

i. Install Brother Printer with CD

ii. Install Brother Printer without CD.

We will discuss both options to ensure that you successfully install a Brother Printer on your computer.

1. Install Brother Printer with CD

This option can be used if you got a brand new Brother printer and it came with an installation CD-ROM.

How to Install Brother Printer with CD

Follow the steps below to install Brother Printer with CD on your Windows computer:

Step 1: Turn on your computer and your printer.

Step 2: After your computer has finished booting, insert the installation CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive of your computer.

Once you do this, the Brother Printer installer will appear on your screen.

Step 3: Click on the “PC (Windows) software” option.

Step 4: Then click on “Standard Installation”.

When you do this, several items will be installed subject to your Brother Printer’s model.

Step 5: Select your printer model.

Step 6: Follow the instructions on the screen to install the Brother Printer software.

Step 7: Once the installation is completed, click on “Finish”.

2. Install Brother Printer without CD

Not all Brother Printers have an installation CD. In such a situation, you need to use this second option.

How to Install a Brother Printer without CD

Two methods can be used to install a Brother Printer without CD:

i. Install Brother Printer with USB cable connection.

ii. Install Brother Printer with Network connection.

Make sure you have an internet connection to ensure proper installation. Else, you might have “Difx driver package install error” appearing on your screen.

How to Install Brother Printer with USB Cable

The steps below will guide you on how to install a Brother Printer with USB cable:

Step 1: Turn on your computer and your Brother Printer.

Step 2: Connect your Brother Printer to your computer via a USB cable.

Step 3: Once the connection is made, the built-in drivers on your computer will automatically install.

The built-in drivers come with your Windows computer and are updated after every Windows update.

If the Brother Printer driver installation doesn’t begin automatically, do the following:

i. Connect your Printer to the computer directly.

We recommend that you connect it directly and avoid the use of a USB hub. Using the latter might cause your computer not to recognize the connection.

ii. Then, use the USB cable to reconnect your Brother Printer to the computer.

iii. Turn your printer off and on. Then, unplug it from the electric outlet, and then plug it back in.

These should get the installation running once you turn on your Brother printer and your computer.

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Install Brother Printer with Network Connection

You can install your Brother printer on Windows computers with network connection. However, the process for Windows 10 is slightly different from that of previous Windows. Hence, we will discuss both to be on the safe side.

How to Install Brother Printer with Network Connection on Windows 7 and 8

Follow these steps to install Brother Printer with network connection on your Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer:

Step 1: Turn on your computer and your Brother printer.

Step 2: Open your computer’s control panel.

Step 3: Click on “Hardware and Sound”.

Step 4: Then click on “Devices and Printers”.

Step 5: Click on the “Add a printer” tab.

Step 6: Select your Brother Printer from the list of printers shown, and then click “Next”.

If your printer isn’t listed, do the following:

i. Click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed” below.

ii. Choose “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname”, then click “Next”.

iii. Type in your Brother Printer’s IP address in the “Hostname or IP address” field. Check the box that is labeled “Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use”.

If you don’t know your Brother printer’s IP address, you can easily find it in Infrastructure Mode under WLAN Status on your printer’s Menu.

iv. Next, under the manufacturer column list, select “Brother”.

v. Select your Printer’s model name. Then click “Next”.

If the model still isn’t showing, then you need to click on “Windows Update”. This action will update the list of available printers. You will have to wait a bit while it does the update.

Step 7: You’ll be asked to type a printer name. It is advisable to type in the correct model name of your Brother Printer. Once you’ve finished typing, click “Next”.

Step 8: You’ll be asked to share your printer, just click “Next” to continue.

Step 9: Click “Finish” to complete the installation.

How to Install Brother Printer with Network Connection on Windows 10

Follow the steps below to guide you on how to install Brother Printer with network connection on Windows 10:

Step 1: Turn on your Brother printer and your Windows 10 computer.

Step 2: Press the Windows key on your computer’s keyboard.

Step 3: Click the Settings icon at the left just above the power icon.

Step 4: Click on “Devices”.

Step 5: Click on “Printers & Scanners”. You can find it at the left of the screen.

Step 6: Now click on “Add a printer or scanner”.

Step 7: Choose the printer you want to add, and then click “Add device”.

If your Brother printer isn’t listed, do the same thing we did above for Windows 7 and 8.

Step 8: The installation will then commence. Click “Finish” when it is done.

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How to Install Brother Printer on Mac

If you use a Mac computer, follow these steps to learn how to install Brother Printer on Mac:

Steps 1: Turn on your Mac computer

Step 2: Turn off your Brother printer. Also, unplug it from the electric outlet and disconnect it from any interface cable.

Step 3: Select the connection type you want to use.

USB Cable Connection

i. Connect the power cable to your Brother printer and plug it into the outlet. Then, turn on your printer.

ii. Connect your printer to your computer using the USB cable.

Wired Network Connection

i. Connect your Brother printer and the network hub using the network cable.

ii. Connect the power cable to your Brother printer and plug it into the outlet. Then, turn on your printer.

Wireless Network Connection

i. Connect the power cable to your Brother printer and plug it into the outlet. Then, turn on your printer.

ii. Setup your printer on the wireless network.

You can read this article to learn how to setup Brother Printer Wi-Fi.

Step 4: Click the Apple logo to open the menu.

Step 5: Click on “System Preferences”.

Step 6: Click “Print & Fax”. Some Mac OS has “Print & Scanners” or “Print & Scan”. It all means the same thing.

Step 7: Click the “+” button.

Step 8: Click “Default” and select your Brother printer from the list shown.

Step 9: Verify that your printer is listed for “Use” or “Print Using”. Then click the “Add” button.

If it is CUPS driver, ensure that XXXXXXX + CUPS is listed for “Use” or “Print Using”. The “XXXXXXX” stands for the model name of your Brother printer.

If it is PostScript Driver, ensure that XXXXXXX BR-Script or XXXXXXX PS is listed for “Use” or “Print Using”.

Step 10:  Your Brother printer is now installed on your computer. Therefore, Click “System Preferences” then click on “Quit System Preferences”.

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Conclusion – How to Install Brother Printer

With the easy-to-follow steps above, we believe you now know how to install Brother Printer.

And remember, if you encounter serious issues, contact Brother; they are always at your side.