Connect Printer to WiFi with Router

While the printer does not have embedded WiFi, you can connect the printer to WiFi via third-party products. 3D Systems recommends the TP Link Travel Router. This procedure will explain how to set up your printer with this WiFi solution. You may need to consult with your network administrator for assistance.

NOTE: 3D Systems does NOT provide technical support for the TP Link Travel Router. If experiencing issues, contact the manufacturer here: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/. Also, the following page lists many helpful troubleshooting steps: https://windowsreport.com/wi-fi-repeater-wont-connect/.

  1. Set the switch on the side of the router to AP/Rng Ext/Client.
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  1. Connect your computer to the TP Link Travel Router via Ethernet (preferred) or WiFi:
    1. Connect your computer, tablet, or smartphone to the router's WiFi. The network name is printed on the product label on the back of the router.
    2. In a browser, go to http://tplinkwifi.net/. The username is "admin". The password is "admin".
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  1. Go to Quick setup and click Next.
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  1. Under Operation Mode, select Client. Click Next.
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  1. Under AP List, select Connect on the WiFi network to which you wish to connect.
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  1. Enter the password for the selected network anc click Next.
  2. Under Network Settings, click Next.
  3. Under Review Settings, click Finish.
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  1. The router will reboot. Once this occurs, reconnect to the router via http://tplinkwifi.net/ and go to DHCP.
    1. Set the IP Range for the device to provide.

    2. Set the Default Gateway to the master DHCP server on the network.

    3. Set the DNS Server and Secondary DNS Server to the same as on the network. (Consult another device on the network for these values.)

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  1. Save the settings and reboot the device. Once this occurs, connect the device to the printer and power on the printer.
  1. Connect the USB power cord between the router and the printer USB port on the right side.
  2. If connecting multiple printers, skip to Step 13. If connecting only one printer, connect an ethernet cable between the router and the ethernet port on the back of the printer. Skip to Step 14.

NOTE: If you choose to use the USB port on the printer for router power, it will be more difficult to use a USB drive to update firmware or upload build files. In this case, you have the following options:

  • Send print jobs/firmware over WiFi via 3D Sprint.
  • Use a USB charger for router power.
  • When uploading jobs via USB drive: disconnect the router temporarily, upload the update/build file, and then reconnect the router power.
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  1. If connecting multiple printers to WiFi:
    1. Set the switch on the side of the router to AP/Rng Ext/Client.
    2. Connect the USB power cord between the router and the printer USB port on the right side. You can also use the included USB power adapter.
    3. Connect an ethernet cable between the router and your ethernet port switch.
    4. Connect ethernet cables from your ethernet port switch to each printer.

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  1. In 3D Sprint, search for the printer by its new IP address and connect to it.
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