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Sun, Apr 4, 2021 4:55 PM

How to connect a wired network printer to AT&T Fiber router

I have a Brother multi-function printer that I want to share over my network for other laptops in home.

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tonydi

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8.5K Messages

2 years ago

Perfect.  Connect it with a cable, turn it on and download the driver from Brother that matches your OS and run it.  The installer will ask how it's connected, choose wired and it will find the printer and you'll be good to go.

OttoPylot

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19.2K Messages

2 years ago

Is the printer WiFi capable?

tonydi

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8.5K Messages

2 years ago

You didn't say what model the printer is but since you said wired then I presume it has an Ethernet port.  Just plug one end of an Ethernet cable into that port and then the other end into one of the numbered ports on the AT&T gateway.  The printer will pick up an IP address when it's powered on.

At that point you have to install drivers on each laptop and the installer will find the printer on the network.

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Employee

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29.9K Messages

2 years ago

You also have to share the printer on the network during setup. There is a checkbox that says share printer on the network. 

tonydi

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8.5K Messages

2 years ago

You also have to share the printer on the network during setup. There is a checkbox that says share printer on the network. 

That's not correct.  If you connect a printer directly to the gateway, it's automatically available to all computers or tablets or phones on that network. 

You're thinking about when you connect a printer to a computer, via a USB cable.

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Employee

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29.9K Messages

2 years ago

No I have 6 computers in my house. Until I shared the printer my computer that I set it up was the only one able to print. 

tonydi

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2 years ago

Again, it's not necessary to "share" a network connected printer.  I have no idea what was going on with your 6 computers but I've installed network printers at dozens and dozens of client sites with hundreds of computers and never once had to configure a share.  Not once!

OttoPylot

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19.2K Messages

2 years ago

Interesting. I've always had to have the box "Share this printer on the network" checked. WiFi is how I connect so maybe that's the difference?

tonydi

ACE - Guru

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8.5K Messages

2 years ago

No, it doesn't matter whether it's wired or wireless.  Sharing implies something "owns" the printer and needs to be told that other devices have permission to use it.  But when a printer is connected to a network, it's available to any device that has the drivers installed.

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2 years ago

It is a Brother MFC-9120CN.  Network capable but not WiFi

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