Some Keenetic models are equipped with USB ports to which USB printers can be connected, and a built-in print server in the router will help make it networkable and accessible for all home devices.
1. Keenetic 4G model is equipped with a USB port for connecting compatible 3G/4G USB modems. Printer connection is not supported in this model.
2. If you connect a multifunctional printer (MFP - a device that combines the functions of a printer, scanner, copier) to a Keenetic router, it will only work as a network printer (working as a network scanner is not supported).
3. GDI printers are not supported. GDI (Graphics Device Interface) printing system is usually used on budget printers. A GDI printer is sometimes called a Windows printer. They use a special driver for printing when computer resources are used to process print commands and rasterization data.
4. CAPT printers are not supported. CAPT (Canon Advanced Printing Technology) is a type of GDI. You will find an example list of such CAPT printers in the article 'List of supported printers'.
To connect a USB printer to Keenetic:
1. Connect the printer to the USB connector on the router. It is recommended to use a direct connection when connecting the printer (do not use a USB extension cord). If necessary, use a small USB extension cord up to 1 meter.
2. On the 'System dashboard' home page, make sure that the connected printer is detected and visible in the 'USB drives and printers' information panel. The printer status must be 'Ready'.
In this example we connect the Brother DCP-7057 printer.
Click on the link 'USB disks and printers' to go to the 'Applications' page.
3. on the 'Applications' page, you can manage the connected printers. Clicking on the connected printer will take you to the printer's advanced settings.
By default, the printer is connected via the CIFS protocol, and the bidirectional mode is disabled.
For HP printers of the LaserJet P1xxxx series, you can upload the firmware in .dl format to the router. To do this, click on the 'HP LaserJet P1xxxx firmware' link, specify the firmware file and click 'Choose file'. Some firmware for these printers can be found in the archive fw_dl_hp_laserjet_1xxx.zip
4. As mentioned above, CIFS is the default printer connection, but if your printer is failing to print, change the connection type to 'Direct'. For details on how to set up this type of connection, please refer to the 'Connecting a printer in Direct mode' manual.
5. Now in Windows, in the file manager address bar, enter the local IP address of the router or its network name, starting with \\ (in our example it is \\192.168.1.1), and make sure that the printer can be seen there. The printer will only be visible when using a CIFS connection type. Click on the printer icon.
Install the printer driver during the connection procedure.
Select a printer from the list of offered printers. If the required printer is not in the list, install the driver from a disk. Normally, the printer comes with an installation CD. If you do not have the manufacturer's installation CD, you can download the printer driver from the Internet (for example, from the manufacturer's website). Download the driver, unpack it to a folder on your hard drive and then specify the path to the driver.
Then go to Windows Settings. Make sure that the printer has been installed in the 'Devices' menu in the 'Printers and scanners' section.
If your USB printer connected to the Keenetic router still cannot be set up for printing, please refer to the article 'USB printer connected to the router does not print. Diagnostics and a guide to action'.
TIP: Note: If necessary, you can set up printing to the printer from a smartphone or tablet: 'Printing from a mobile device on a USB printer, within the Keenetic's home network'.