How To Connect Printer To Starlink WiFi?

Starlink internet systems offer a seamless way to enjoy satellite internet connectivity at home. Each system comes in a kit that helps you quickly set up a home WiFi network. So, how do you connect a printer to that Starlink WiFi network?

Connecting your printer to a Starlink WiFi network requires you to set up the printer within the router’s signal range. Then, search for the WiFi network’s name through the printer’s control panel and connect to it. Once the printer is connected, install the printer on any devices you’ll use for print jobs.

Connecting your printer to a Starlink WiFi is as quick and easy as setting up the Starlink system in the first place. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps and provide you with additional tips you’ll find helpful.

How Do I Connect My Printer To My Starlink Router?

Here’s a step-by-step process you can follow to connect your printer to your Starlink WiFi network:

Step 0: Understanding Your Starlink Wifi Router

Before connecting your printer to a Starlink WiFi network, you must understand the router’s configuration. That’s because the Starlink internet system differs from a standard WiFi setup you’d find anywhere else.

The Starlink internet system consists of a Starlink dish, dish mount, and WiFi router base unit.

Here’s the most important thing you must know: Starlink WiFi routers do not have Ethernet ports like other routers. As a result, you can’t connect your printer directly to your home or office WiFi network with a cable.

Instead, your only option is to set up a wireless connection between your printer and the Starlink WiFi network.

Below, you’ll find the 6 steps to connect your printer wirelessly to a Starlink WiFi network:

Step 1: Choosing Your Printer’s Location

First and foremost, you must choose an ideal location to place your printer. First, of course, the printer must be near a wall socket, so your printer has a power source.

More importantly, your printer must be within the Starlink WiFi router’s signal range. Depending on your home’s layout, that signal range can be between 100-200 feet. Never forget that obstacles like walls and heavy furniture will reduce that signal range. That’s especially true if the router is on a different floor than your printer.

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Besides that, other appliances like microwave ovens can cause signal interference and disrupt the printer’s connection. So, be mindful of where you place the router and your printer.

The two devices can establish and maintain a connection if your printer is within signal range.

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Step 2: Setup Your Printer

Once your printer is set in an ideal location, you can then set up the printer. 

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • First, ensure that the printer’s plug is pushed firmly into the wall socket.
  • Next, check that the printer has the necessary consumables, like ink and paper.
  • Turn the printer on and check that it’s free from any errors.
  • Download the latest printer firmware if an update is available.

Performing the steps listed above will ensure that the other steps in this process continue smoothly without any problems.

Step 3: Find Your Starlink WiFi Network 

This next step is to use your printer to find your Starlink WiFi network. Many printer models these days come with an LCD screen that allows you to do that directly through the printer.

The menu that you’re looking for is typically named something like ‘WiFi Network’, ‘Wireless Network’, or something similar. The precise name will differ between printer brands and models.

Once you find it, it’ll show you a list of nearby WiFi networks that you can connect to. Look for the network whose name, or Service Set Identifier (SSID), matches that of your Starlink WiFi network.

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Step 4: Connect To Your WiFi Network 

After finding your Starlink WiFi network on your printer’s display, connect the printer to that network.

You’ll be prompted to enter a password for your WiFi network. When you enter the correct password, the printer will then take a few moments to establish a connection to the router and, by extension, your Starlink WiFi network.

Your printer display will notify you when the connection is successful.

Step 5: Install Printer On Network Devices

At this stage of the process, your printer is successfully connected to your Starlink WiFi network. However, that’s only half of the setup process complete.

Next, you’ll have to install your printer on the devices you’ll use to print your documents.

For example, you’ll want to install the printer on your computer so you can print photos and documents.

Follow these quick steps:

  • On your computer, open its settings or preferences page. On a Windows system, that means accessing the Control Panel, while the Preferences tab is what you’re looking for on a macOS system.
  • Then, select the Printer tab and follow the on-screen instructions to install your printer. You’ll see your printer brand and model number appear on the screen when your computer detects it through your Starlink WiFi network.
  • Complete the installation by downloading and installing the printer driver and any printer management software the printer came with.

Completing this process makes your printer 100% ready to use over your Starlink WiFi network. 

Firstly, your computer can now send print job data to your printer. Secondly, since both devices are on the same Starlink WiFi network, the printer can receive that data without any issues.

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Step 6: Connect And Test Printer With Your Network Devices

When your printer joins your Starlink WiFi network, any device sharing the network can send print jobs to it. That includes your computer, laptop, smartphone, and more.

The final step when connecting your printer to a Starlink WiFi network is to test it with your devices.

For example, run a test print job through your computer. You can print a test page, document, or image of your choice. The point is to confirm that your printer can receive print jobs over the Starlink WiFi network.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are a few questions and answers to help you better understand your Starlink WiFi and the printer you want to connect to it:

Can I Use My Own Router Instead Of The Starlink Router?

Yes, you can connect your router to your Starlink internet system. However, there are no guarantees that your router will perform optimally and provide you with the fastest connection possible. The Starlink router was explicitly designed for use with the Starlink dish and other components.

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How Many Devices Can Starlink Router Handle?

The Starlink WiFi router can support up to 128 devices. That includes your computer, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and anything else you connect to the network.

Can You Use Ethernet With Starlink?

Starlink routers do not offer Ethernet ports as conventional routers do. However, you can purchase third-party adapters to connect Ethernet devices to your router. Be careful, though, as you do so at your own risk.

How Do I Update My Starlink Router?

Unlike other digital devices, you can’t update your Starlink router manually. Instead, Starlink will release and push any available updates directly to your internet system when they’re ready.

Is Starlink Router 2.4 Ghz?

Starlink routers support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi frequencies. That will enable you to connect devices that use either frequency. Protection Status