How to Setup Dell Printer on Network in Windows XP

Dell Printer Network Setup Windows XP

Dell printers function just as great on a network as on a dedicated computer. Setting up your Dell printer on a network is highly beneficial to give you access to print from any corner of your home or office, and that too from any device.

In this article we will show you some very easy DIY ways to set up your Dell Printer on the wireless network in Windows XP. If you have already set up the printer on the network but are facing troubles, don’t worry, we have got your problem covered in this article too. So without wasting any time or avoiding Dell Printer Error Code , let us get started!

Possible cause:

If you have set up your Dell Printer on the network in the Windows XP and are still facing connectivity issues, the following can be the probable reasons. And for the first time users, the following can be points to bear in mind while setting up the wireless network:

  • The first reason can be incorrect SSID and password information.
  • Another reason can be the distance between the router and the printer. If the printer is kept far away from the range of the printer, it can create networking issues.
  • If there are too many signal emitting devices kept around the printer or router, it can lead you to bad networking.
  • It is important for your printer and your computer to be on the same network.

Troubleshooting method for Setup Dell Printer on Network in Windows XP:

In this section we will look at the ways of setting up the wireless network in Windows XP. Please make sure you follow the instructions carefully and are in the order as they are mentioned. So let us begin!

You will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • Network name i.e. SSID.
  • Network Password.


(Please note that if you have previously installed the printer on the system, you need to uninstall it before reinstalling it.)

  • Click on ‘File.’
  • Click on ‘Add Printer.’
  • In the new window, click on ‘Next.’
  • Look for ‘Local Printer attached to this computer’ option.
  • DO NOT select ‘Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer’ option.
  • Click ‘Create new Port.’
  • Select ‘Standard TCP/IP Port.’
  • Click on ‘Next.’
  • In the text bar against IP Address type in the IP address of the printer.
  • Click ‘Next.’

Tip: You may get ‘A port with that name already exists’, don’t worry, just click on ‘Ok’ and continue.

  • Enter a Port name.
  • Click on ‘Next.’
  • Under Device type, please select ‘Standard and Generic Network Card.’
  • Click on ‘Next.’
  • Click on ‘Finish’ to complete the ‘Add Port Wizard.’
  • Click on ‘Have Disk’ option.
  • Go through the extracted files by clicking on ‘Browse.’
  • Click on ‘Open.’
  • Open the Printer folder.
  • Here you need to choose between PCL- Printer Command Language and PS- PostScript drivers. Select ‘PostScript.’
  • Select the driver file and click on ‘Open.’
  • A new window of ‘Install from the Disk’ will open. Click ‘Ok.’
  • Type your desired printer name and click on ‘Next.’
  • Click on ‘Finish’ to complete the Wizard.

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