Canon Wireless Printers afford you the flexibility of printing from anywhere comfortably without having to connect your device to the printer physically. They are great options to use but can be frustrating when the function doesn’t work.
It’s common to encounter connection problems with the Printer. Many people have reported that their Canon Printer can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network. The reason for this problem may vary depending on the model of the printer, the router, and the connection type.
This article will explore some troubleshooting steps to help you tackle the WiFi connectivity problem on your Canon Printer.
Canon Printer Not Connecting To WiFi: Likely Causes
The first step to solving a problem is understanding the cause. This information will narrow the troubleshooting steps and ensure you use the right one. Generally, your Canon Printer can fail to connect with WiFi because of any of the reasons below:
- Wrong connection setup
- Weak signal strength
- Bad network connection
- Corrupted or Outdated driver and software
- Bad cable
Canon Printer Not Connecting To WiFi: How To Fix
As we’ve established above, if you can’t connect your Canon Printer to a WiFi network, there could be a problem with the network connection, the cable, or one of the devices. Since there are different causes of this problem, many possible fixes exist. The following troubleshooting steps will guide you to fix this problem:
1. Do A Power Cycle
If you’re sure the printer power cord is working and the printer is on, it may be necessary to consider a power cycle. Power cycling the printer will reset any error conditions or communication hindering the smooth connection. You can power cycle your printer as follows:
- Switch off your printer and disconnect the cord. If it’s connected with a USB, disconnect it as well.
- Wait for about 30 seconds, then reconnect the cord or USB.
- Turn on the printer with the Power Button.
- Once it’s in a ready state, try the connection again.
You can also restart other devices, especially the router, to fix the problem. When you restart the WiFi router, it can help create a new connection to the ISP. You can restart the router as follows:
- Please switch off the router and unplug it
- Also, unplug the modem power supply
- Wait for about 30 seconds to allow them to drain residual power
- Reconnect the power cables and switch on the devices again.
- Blink the LED of the router and modem.
2. Diagnose With Network Troubleshooter
Your computer has a built-in network troubleshooter that you can use to diagnose a connection problem. It’s in the main menu of the operating system and can help fix the problem. You can use a network troubleshooter as follows:
- Right-click on the WiFi Option or error
- Select the Network Troubleshooter option
- Select the defined problem
- Let the process run automatically, and the problem should be fixed afterward.
3. Check Wireless Network Connectivity
You need to double-check the connectivity of the wireless network to be sure everything is in the correct order. If there’s a problem with areas like the signal strength or password, the printer will not connect to the network. Follow the steps below to ensure correct scrutiny of wireless network connectivity.
- Ensure that the printer and the computer are connected to the same WiFi network
- Double-check to be sure the correct password is used
- Move your Canon Printer close to the WiFi router while ensuring no obstruction or hindrance between them.
- Check the signal strength and speed
- Ensure that you enable the WiFi settings
- Disable the Antivirus and Firewall on your device
- Ensure that the WiFi cables are well connected to the printer and vice versa.
- Check the cables for faults or damages. If there’s any, replace it accordingly.
- Enable the check the “ Connect Via Wireless” Network.
4. Update Your Printer’s Driver or Software
You might be using outdated drivers and software on your Printer. Obsolete drivers or software glitches can hinder the printer from connecting smoothly to the WiFi network. You can clear this doubt by checking your printer for the latest update.
Generally, Updates are released frequently and are available on the manufacturer’s website. Visit the Canon Printer’s website, search for your printer’s model, download and install the latest firmware and driver version.
These updates should fix the WiFi connection problem on your Printer. If the problem persists, you can try the following diagnosis method.
5. Use The WPS method To Connect To Your Wireless Network
Wi-Fi-protected setup, known as WPS, is a convenient one-touch feature that ensures your router pairs with another device efficiently. If you have a router or wireless access point that supports WPS, you can try connecting your Canon wireless printer with it. The following steps will guide you in the connection:
- Press the WPS button on your Wi-Fi router. You’ll find it at the bottom or behind the router and labeled ‘WPS.’
- Go to the printer and press the Setup button(A)
- Select Wi-Fi setups (B)
- Click on the Ok button
- Select WPS(Push method) and click on the Ok button
If the connection doesn’t work, then you should try resetting your Canon Printer to factory settings.
6. Perform A Factory Reset
Factory settings clear all errors, glitches, or communication problems in the printer. It resets the printer to how it came from the factory, meaning all your saved settings will also be cleared. However, it’s worth the risk as it gives a higher chance of solving the problem. You can factory reset your Canon Printer as follows:
- Press the Setup button to jump to the Menu tab
- Use the arrow buttons to navigate to the Device Settings option and click on Ok
- Navigate to the Reset button and press Ok
- Select Yes and Click Ok
Your Canon Printer will go through the reset process. After successfully resetting, you can then try the connection process again.
7. Contact Manufacturer’s Support
If you try all the troubleshooting tips above and the problem persists, then it’s high time you contacted Canon Printer Customer support for further diagnosis.