Asking “why my Pixma Printer won’t connect to WiFi”? Well, stay with us! To connect with WiFi, your Pixma Printer must meet a few requirements regarding the connection.
We’ll go over all things that could possibly impact your printer’s ability to connect with the WiFi and address them accordingly so let’s learn more!
To fix when your Pixma Printer isn’t connecting to WiFi, attempt the WPS setup correctly and perform a Hard Reset on your router.
If your printer connects via password, make sure the key is correct and perform a Factory Reset on the printer.
Keep reading to learn more about the issue with your Pixma Printer!
Why Can’t Connect Canon Pixma to WiFi?
Learning more about the problem with your Pixma Printer will be of great assistance as we progress through our guide.
We’ll learn some essential details and causes for the problem that users reported throughout forums and to Canon themselves.
Here’s why your Pixma Printer won’t pair up with WiFi:
- The WPS Hasn’t Been Executed Correctly
- There’s a Power Problem with your Pixma Printer
- The Network Security Key Is Incorrect
- A Software Problem Has Struck Your Pixma Printer
Proceed further into our guide to learn all of the best ways to troubleshoot your printer!
Canon Printer Won’t Connect to WiFi – Best Solutions!
After going through the potential causes of the WiFi outages on your Pixma Printer, we’re ready to troubleshoot your device.
As long as you’re following the correct chronological order of our steps and instructions, the issue will be as good as gone!
Solution #1 Attempt WPS Correctly
If your Pixma Canon Printer does support WPS (and your router has it as well), you could easily perform the over-the-air connection using this type of setup.
In fact, it’s considered easier to connect your Pixma Printer to WiFi via WPS, than scanning for networks.
Chances are that you have completed the WPS incorrectly, or haven’t done it at all.
- In order to perform WPS, your printer & router must have a ‘WPS’ button!
Follow these instructions to connect your Pixma Router to WiFi via WPS:
- Locate the ‘WPS’ button on your Pixma Router.
- Press and hold the WPS button for 5 seconds on your printer.
- Wait for the LED light beneath the WPS button to start blinking in blue.
- In the next 60 seconds, press the ‘WPS’ button on your router.
- Hold the router’s WPS for 2 – 3 seconds.
If you’ve pressed the WPS on your router within approximately 60 seconds of pressing the button on your printer, the connection should be performed.
If the WPS was successful, the LED lamp on your printer will turn solid blue so you can recognize the current state.
In case your Pixma printer is still not connected to the internet, keep reading!
Solution #2 Power Cycle the Pixma Printer
Next, we’ll attempt something rather simple, before we advance further into our guide.
We’ll do a Power Cycle on your Pixma Canon Printer, to clear out any connectivity glitches that are preventing your device from setting up the wireless connection.
Here’s how to power cycle your Pixma Router in easy instructions:
- Locate the Power Button on the top panel of your printer.
- Press and hold the power until the device shuts down.
- Gain access to the Power Cord of the printer.
- Unplug the power cable of the printer.
- Wait for 3 – 5 minutes, while the printer is disconnected from power.
- Reattach the power cord of the Pixma Printer back into the Power Outlet.
- Turn on the device and test…
If your printer is fully functional, the device should beep as well as all LEDs should blink in the startup pattern.
After a little while your Pixma printer will connect to the internet via WPS and you should be ready to go.
Tip: If your printer is not starting up correctly, try plugging the device into a different outlet.
Solution #3 Correct the Network Security Key
If your Pixma printer does not have a WPS button, yet it fails to connect with the WiFi, it’s probably the Network Security Key you’re doing wrong.
You should attempt to hook up your printer to the WiFi again, but by doing the correct password this time.
- The “Network Security Key” is the password for connection to your WiFi!
To find out the default value of the password to your WiFi, check the sticker on the bottom panel of your router. If you’ve changed it, make sure you do the new value instead.
Here’s how to connect your Pixma Printer to the WiFi without WPS:
- Press the “Setup” button on your Pixma Printer.
- Hit the “Wi-Fi Setup” as the first option in the setup menu of the printer.
- Wait for your printer to localize nearby networks.
- Once the printer has detected your network’s WiFi, press on it, using “Select”.
- Follow the instructions on how to write down your WiFi password.
- Press the “Select” button to highlight the “Connect” button.
If you’ve inserted the WiFi password correctly, your printer should soon establish a connection with the WiFi.
If the connection was successful, the WiFi lamp of the device should start blinking in bright blue, meaning that the printer is finally connected.
Note: When the password has been inserted wrongfully, the printer would return an error!
Solution #4 Place the Printer & Router Closer Together
Whenever my Pixma Printer won’t connect to WiFi, I would always check whether the distance between your router and printer is too great.
To successfully perform a WPS, the printer must be as close as 20 meters from the router, based on the type of WiFi thread.
We strongly recommend checking whether the connection will work when both devices are closer to each other.
Note: After relocating your printer, you’ll have to go over the WiFi setup process again!
Solution #5 Factory Reset your Pixma Printer & Router
A great way to rule out problems with your Pixma Printer is to go through a Factory Reset, to erase all content and settings on the printer.
There’s a chance that the software of the printer got bugged, due to incorrect settings management or improper printing configuration.
Factory Reset Pixma Router:
- Power OFF your Pixma printer.
- Unplug the printer from the Power Outlet.
- Press down the Cartridge Compartment.
- Take out the cartridge.
- Wait for 3 – 5 minutes, while the printer is off.
- Re-insert the cartridge and plug in the Power Adapter.
- Turn on the printer and test connecting to WiFi.
Hard-Reset Network Router:
- Press the Power Button on the router.
- Unplug the router from the power.
- Wait for 5 minutes, while the router is disconnected.
- Reattach the power cord of the router.
By completing a factory reset on your Pixma Printer, you’ll flush all settings of the device including the installed settings configuration.
Then after hard resetting your router your network and WiFi will be fresh for a good attempt to connect our Pixma printers.
Note: Once your printer has finished resetting, all settings of the device will be erased.
Solution #6 Test With a Wired Connection!
If you couldn’t hook up your printer to the WiFi after all, then you should attempt with a wired connection.
The availability of an Ethernet port on your Printer allows for a cable that’ll hook up the printer to your network divide directly, without the need for a wireless connection.
The great thing about using an Ethernet Cable is that you don’t have to go through WPS or any other connection types on your Pixma Printer.
Here’s how to setup Ethernet on Pixma:
- Get an Ethernet Cable (one is usually delivered with your network device).
- Plug the Ethernet’s ends into a blue port on the back of your router.
- Connect the other end of the Ethernet to the port on the side panel of the printer.
- Wait for the “Connection” or the “WiFi” lamp on your printer to light up.
- Test the connection…
When having a metered connection between your printer and router, your printer won’t become offline when the WiFi goes out randomly. It is indeed one of the best options to deliver an internet connection to your printer.
Note: Make sure you’re using a reliable Ethernet Cable for the connection with the printer.
When “my Pixma Printer won’t connect to WiFi”, power cycle the printer and try the WP-Setup the correct way.
Next, try to place the printer as close as possible to the router (or the other way around) and perform a Factory Reset on the Pixma printer.
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.