How to Convert a Cable Printer to Wireless with Bluetooth (Example)

Many times having equipment installed with cables creates disorder in the environment. Well, we will help you convert a printer from cable to wireless with bluetooth. Do not miss this article and put it into practice ..!

A printer is an output peripheral that can be connected to one or more computers. Even to mobile devices to transfer digital content consisting of texts and images on paper, cardboard or other type of material. There are several types of printers, the most basic of which are dot matrix printers, ink cartridges, and laser toner.

Additionally, printers can also be classified according to the type of data transmission they have. HThere are 2 main types: wired or wireless. Cable printers can be parallel, serial, network, or USB, and in the case of wireless printers they can be WiFi or Bluetooth connection.

What is Bluetooth technology?

Bluetooth is a type of wireless transmission, based on a communication protocol developed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc. It allows you to transmit voice, photos, music, files and anything else, from one device to another. Using 2.4 Ghz radio frequency link (in the ISM band) and at a distance no greater than 10 meters.

bluetooth logo on a blue background

What is the use of a Bluetooth connection on a printer?

Bluetooth connections are widely used for data transmission between mobiles. We can take advantage of this technology,such as a printer. If we have a model that does not include a wireless connection, it can be very useful to adapt a Bluetooth one.

How to convert a wired printer to wireless with Bluetooth?

Bluetooth technology does not come from the factory in all printers, especially if our printer is wired. The same is true of desktop computers. For a Bluetooth communication to exist between two devices, both must have a port from which it can be established. To solve that difficulty we can use certain types of adapters to configure our network printer.

bluetooth compatible devices

The main idea is to have a USB input, for example, if our printer has a USB cable, we use a USB Type B Male to USB Type A Female adapter, in order to replace the original data cable, and so on have the input for a Bluetooth USB adapter 4.0, which will be on the printer side, and the same on the PC (if necessary).

If we cannot get the first adapter, it is also valid to use one of type Double Female USB, connected to the original printer USB cable at one end. And to the USB Bluetooth 4.0 adapter on the other.

Configure the bluetooth USB adapter to convert the printer to wireless

We just need to do the configuration. To do that we turn on our printer and computer. ANDThe first step will be to install the Bluetooth adapter (Usually just plug it in and the Plug and Play drivers are located automatically).

We go to the Windows Control Panel and look for the “Bluetooth Devices” icon to view the devices close to the PC, we search and add the printer automatically (it is the most insecure way, but the easiest and fastest). You must have the options checked “Activate detection” and “Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer”.

If you prefer to add the printer manually, be sure to select “Add device” on the tab “Devices” and follow the instructions in the “Add Printer” wizard. Another way to do the same is in “Start> Printers and Faxes> Bluetooth Printer”, so that Windows will automatically search for the printer so that you can use Adobe PDF.

This way you can convert a wired printer to a Bluetooth wireless one. Now you have the possibility of physically locating your computer and printer in the place you want, without limiting yourself to data cables, in an easy way, fast and uncomplicated.

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