In today’s digital world, having a wireless printer can be a major convenience. The Samsung M2020w printer is one such device that offers wireless printing capabilities. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on how to connect your Samsung M2020w printer to a wireless network.
To connect your Samsung M2020w printer to a wireless network, you will need to install the printer drivers on your Ubuntu PC, extract and install the drivers, install the Samsung Mobile Print app on your Android phone, connect the printer to the Wi-Fi network using the app, and add the printer to your PC.
Before you start, ensure that you have the following:
- A Samsung M2020w printer
- A computer running Ubuntu
- A wireless network
Step 1: Install the Printer Drivers
The first step is to install the necessary printer drivers on your Ubuntu PC. You can find the drivers on the HP support website. Download the driver file and save it to a location on your PC.
Step 2: Extract and Install the Printer Drivers
Once the drivers are downloaded, you need to extract and install them. Here’s how:
- Open a terminal window. You can do this by pressing
Ctrl + Alt + Ton your keyboard.
- Navigate to the directory where the downloaded driver file is located. For example, if the file is in the Downloads folder, you would use the command
- Extract the driver package by running the following command:
tar -xvzf uld_V1.00.39_01.17.tar.gz
This command uses the
tar utility to extract the files from the
.tar.gz archive. The
-xvzf option tells
tar to extract (
-x), verbosely list the files being processed (
-v), deal with gzipped files (
-z), and use the following file (
- Change to the extracted driver directory with the command
- Run the installation script with root privileges:
sudo command runs the following command with root (administrator) privileges, which are necessary for installing software.
./install-printer.sh is the command to run the installation script.
Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
Step 3: Install the Samsung Mobile Print App
On your Android mobile phone, install the “Samsung Mobile Print” app from the Google Play Store. This app will allow you to connect your printer to the Wi-Fi network.
Step 4: Connect the Printer to the Wi-Fi Network
Connect your printer to the same Wi-Fi network that your Ubuntu PC is connected to. You can do this by using the Samsung Mobile Print app on your phone.
Step 5: Add the Printer to Your PC
Once the printer is connected to the Wi-Fi network, it should automatically appear in the list of available printers on your Ubuntu PC. If it doesn’t, you can manually add the printer by going to Settings > Printers and selecting “Find/Install New Printer”.
If you are experiencing issues with the wireless connection, here are some additional tips:
- Make sure that your Wi-Fi router has WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled. This can usually be done through the router’s control panel.
- Try pressing the WPS button on your printer and then on your Wi-Fi router to establish a connection.
- If the mobile app hangs while “waiting for printer”, it could indicate a printer issue. Try troubleshooting the printer or contacting technical support.
- If you have previously used the printer via USB and it suddenly stopped working, check the USB connection and ensure that the printer is properly connected to your PC.
Connecting your Samsung M2020w printer to a wireless network can help you print documents from anywhere in your home or office. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to set up your printer to connect to your wireless network. If you encounter any issues, don’t hesitate to seek help from the manufacturer’s support resources.
Yes, you can connect the Samsung M2020w printer to a wireless network using a Windows computer. The process may vary slightly from the Ubuntu instructions provided in this article. You can refer to the printer’s user manual or the Samsung support website for specific instructions for Windows.
Yes, you can connect the Samsung M2020w printer to multiple devices on the same wireless network. Once the printer is connected to the Wi-Fi network, it should be accessible to any device connected to that network.
If the printer does not appear in the list of available printers on your Ubuntu PC, you can try manually adding the printer by going to Settings > Printers and selecting "Find/Install New Printer". Make sure that the printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your PC and that the installation of the printer drivers was successful.
Yes, you can connect the Samsung M2020w printer to other mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads. However, the Samsung Mobile Print app mentioned in this article is specifically designed for Android devices. For other mobile devices, you may need to use a different printing app or follow the instructions provided by the printer manufacturer.