How Do I Attach a Dell 3110cn, 3115cn, 5110cn or 5130cn Printer to a Wireless Network?

How Do I Attach a Dell 3110cn, 3115cn, 5110cn or 5130cn Printer to a Wireless Network?

Connect to a WLAN Using the Printer Drivers & Utilities CD


This installation method uses the printer's installation CD as well as a USB 2.0 A/B cable to connect the printer directly to the computer. Although using a USB cable for setup, once completed the printer will be set up on your wireless network.

Once the printer is setup on the wireless network, the printer driver will still need to be installed on each system that will use the printer.

Before beginning the installation process:

  • The printer must be fully set up and functional and turned on.
  • The Multi-Protocol Card must be installed and the Dell™ Printer Wireless USB 3310 Adapter must be installed.
  • A wireless network must be set up and functional and the SSID and security settings for the wireless network must be available.
  • A computer connected to the wireless network must be available.
  • The Dell Printer installation CD must be available.
  • A USB 2.0 A/B cable must be available.

To attach the printer to a wireless local area network (WLAN), perform the following steps:

  1. Connect the Dell printer to the computer using a USB 2.0 A/B cable.
  2. Insert the Dell Laser Printer Drivers & Utilities CD in the system.

    Figure 1: The Dell printer installation setup Window

    The setup window should appear automatically. If it does not, launch setup.exe from the CD drive.
  3. Select Network Installation from the menu then click Next.

    Figure 2: Printer installation method selection

  4. Select Configure Wireless Printer using a USB connection (Recommended) then click Next.

    Figure 3: Reset wireless settings window

  5. Follow the instructions provided in the Reset Wireless Setting window to reset the printer wireless settings. Once this is done, click OK.

    Figure 4: Select the printer

  6. Place a checkmark next to the printer then click Next.

    Figure 5: Enter the wireless network settings

  7. Enter the SSID for the wireless network to which the printer is to be connected.
  8. For Type of wireless network, select Infrastructure.
  9. If necessary, select and enter the proper Security and IP assignment settings.

    For further assistance with these settings, click What's this? next to the setting in question.
  10. Once the wireless network settings are entered, click Next.

    Figure 6: Enter the printer settings

  11. Click Next and the Dell Color Laser 3110cn / 5110cn window appears.
  12. Select the desired software and documentation to install on the system then click Next.

    This step does not install the printer drivers -- only printer management software and documentation.

    Figure 7: Wireless configuration complete

  13. Click Next.
  14. Click Install.

    A warning box may appear that warns some printers may not be listed and asks if you want to continue the installation. Click Yes.

    This step does not install the printer drivers—only printer management software.
  15. Click Finish.
  16. Remove the USB cable from both the printer and the computer.

The printer is now connected to the WLAN.

Install the Printer Drivers for a WLAN-Connected Printer

To install the printer driver on a system to use the printer set up on a wireless network:

  1. Insert the Dell Printer Drivers & Utilities CD into the CD-ROM, which will display the Dell Printer Installation setup window. (Figure 1)

    Figure 1: Dell printer installation setup window

    The setup window should appear automatically. If it does not, launch setup.exe from the CD drive.
  2. Select Network Installation from the menu then click Next. When completed, the Select Printer Installation Method window appears. (Figure 2)

    Figure 2: Select printer installation method window

  3. Click Configure New Wired Printer or Install Driver and Software for existing network printer then click Next.

  4. Select Local Installation then click Next. The installation searches for the printer. When the search is complete, the discovered printers are shown. (Figure 3)

    Figure 3: Select printer window

  5. If the printer is listed, click the check box next to the printer name you are installing, click Next and skip to step 12.

  6. If the printer is not listed when the search completes, click Update to search for the printer again. If the printer is found, skip to step 11.

  7. If the printer is still not listed, click Add Printer.

  8. Select TCP/IP from the Port Type drop-down menu.

  9. Enter a name in the Port Name field. The port name can be anything you want to call it, such as 5110cn_Port.

  10. Enter the IP address for the printer in the appropriate field, then click Next to return to the Select Printer window.

    If you do not know the IP address of the printer, use the Operator Panel to find it:
    1. From the Operator Panel on the front of the printer, press the Menu button.

    2. Press the down-arrow button on the navigation dial until you see Admin Menu.

    3. Press Select (the button with a check mark) on the navigation dial.

    4. Press the down-arrow button until you see Wireless Net.

    5. Press Select.

    6. Press the down-arrow button until you see TCP/IP.

    7. Press Select.

    8. Press the down-arrow until you see IP Address.

    9. Press Select. The IP address is displayed.

    10. Type this number with the periods into the IP Address field on the computer's screen.

    The printer is now listed in the Printer Selection window.

  11. Place a check mark next to the printer name and click Next to display the Enter Printer Settings window. (Figure 4)

    Figure 4: Enter printer settings window

  12. Select or deselect any additional options on the Enter Printer Settings page. You can also change the printer name from this window.

  13. Click Next when you have made all selections.

  14. Select or deselect additional software and documentation to install, then click Install to display the Setup Status window.

  15. When the Congratulations screen appears, the installation is complete, and you can click Print a Test Page to confirm the printer driver is loaded and functioning.

  16. Click Finish to complete the installation.

The printer driver is now installed and configured to use the printer on the wireless network. Repeat these steps for each system on the network that has access to the printer.

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Article ID: SLN68988

Last Date Modified: 01/28/2016 09:04 AM

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