An Explanation Of Apple Mac Hardware Usage

Install A USB Wireless Printer - Wireless - Drivers

This section will teach you how to install the Canon MP495 USB & Wireless Printer using the Installation CD that comes with it. The Installation CD comes with the necessary printer Drivers (the software files needed to communicate with the printer) and the programs that allow you to Print, Scan and Copy a document for example.

NOTE WELL - This section applies to many usb wireless printers, not just the Cannon MP495. I tend to buy common printers, so you will find the Cannon, HP and Brother printer in general are all easy to sey up; as demonstrated with this following Cannon example.

When installing a printer you should always install its software first and then connect the printer to your apple mac, via its usb cable, and not the other way around. If you connect the printer first, the MacOS operating system might not have the necessary printer Drivers installed and complain "Cannot install printer - no Drivers found" simply because it will not be able to detect which printer you have without the printer Drivers installed; hence why it's important to have the Installation CD that came with the printer because it contains the printer Drivers - If you don't have the installation cd you will need to visit the printer manufacturer's website or search the internet for the printer Drivers or Installation CD.

In this example I will perform a Custom Installation as opposed to a Standard Installation to show you that custom installation settings, and advanced settings, in general are nothing more than additional questions and/or settings. In other words, they are not necessarily advanced or complicated. They can be performed by an absolute beginner. First though, I will show you how to install the printer as a Wireless Printer. Begin by inserting the printer's Installation CD into your CD/DVD Drive and then wait for its desktop icon to appear. Shortly afterwards its folder should open automatically, but if it doesn't for whatever reason(s) just double click on its desktop icon.

At this point the printer should NOT be switched on. It can be connected to the mains (switched on at the mains) but it should NOT be switched on with the printer's own on/off button. The usb cable can be plugged into the back of the printer, in preparation, but the other end should NOT be connected to your apple mac computer.

With the above things done and the Installation CD folder open click on the SETUP.APP file to begin the installation process.

Fig 1.0  Double click on the Installation CD desktop icon, if need be, to open the installation cd's folder.

Fig 1.1  Click on the SETUP.APP file to begin the installation process

Clicking on the SETUP.APP file brings up an Authentication security requester (below) whereby you must enter the currently logged-in user account password before clicking on the security requester's OK button. Authentication is just a security measure to let OS X (Mountain Lion) know that it's a human installing this printer and not a malware program for example. When you have taken care of authentication the first step of the installation wizard appears (Fig 1.3).

Fig 1.2  Enter your user account password and then click on the OK button to proceed

Fig 1.3  Select your continent and then click on the NEXT button

The first step of the installation wizard (above) asks you what continent you are using the printer from, both for installation and online registration purposes (if required). In this example I have left the EUROPE.... option selected, because I am based in the UK. With your continent selected click on the NEXT button to proceed to the next step where you will then be asked what country you reside in. In this example I have left the UNITED KINGDOM selected. Click on the NEXT button when you have selected your country.

Fig 1.4  Select your country and then click on the NEXT button

The third step of the installation asks you which type of installation you require - EASY INSTALL or CUSTOM INSTALL. Although it is easier to click on the EASY INSTALL option thinking that you just click and off it goes installing, which is almost true, what many people don't realise with such an option is that extra, unwanted, software can be placed on your computer without your knowledge. Hence the average "Joe" saying "I don't know who installed that!". Because of this I'm now going to example the CUSTOM INSTALL option for you, which will install everything but with you (me!) in control. So click on the CUSTOM INSTALL button to continue.

Fig 1.5  Click on the CUSTOM INSTALL button to take control of the installation

The idea of a CUSTOM INSTALLation is to allow you to select only the programs (applications), registrations and drivers you want to install; therefore avoiding the installation of anything unwanted. Toolbars are a good example of this. With many EASY INSTALLation options they install an unwanted toolbar (such as the Google Toolbar) onto your web browser when it may not have anything to do with what you are installing (i.e. a printer).

In this example I have selected (ticked) all of the listed items for installation; purely to show you the full, custom, installation. If you did not want the ON-SCREEN MANUAL (i.e. because you have used this printer before) or the EASY-PHOTOPRINT EX photo package/software (i.e. because you already have a photo editor/package on your computer) you could untick those items before clicking on the INSTALL button. Anyway, assuming you want everything, click on the INSTALL button to continue.

Fig 1.6  Click on the INSTALL button to begin the custom installation

After clicking on the INSTALL button you must decide whether you want to install the printer as a USB Printer or a Wireless Printer. Tip: Always install the printer as a Wireless Printer first. Why? Because installing it as a USB Printer first can mean hassle when setting it up as a Wireless Printer later. This applies to any wireless printer. By installing the printer as a wireless printer first you are letting the installation wizard do all the hard work, automatically. Hard work you would have to do manually otherwise. So for this example select the USE THE PRINTER ON NETWORK option and then click on the NEXT button.

Fig 1.7  Select the USE THE PRINTER ON NETWORK option and then click on the NEXT button

The next step is to agree to the Terms & Conditions of the License Agreement. Read the Terms & Conditions carefully and if you agree with them click on the YES button. Doing so will start the installation process of the printer's driver software (Fig 1.9) and other softwares (Fig 1.10).

Fig 1.8  Only click on the YES button if you agree with these Terms & Conditions

Fig 1.9  The printer's driver software is being installed

Fig 1.10  The printer's scanner, printer and copier software is being installed

At this point you need to connect the USB Cable from your computer to the printer and then switch the printer ON. After that, click on the NEXT button. The installation wizard will then start looking for (detecting) the Canon MP495 Wireless Printer.

Fig 1.11  Connect the usb cable, switch on the printer and then click on the NEXT button

If you do not switch the printer on you will receive the following message requester. So make sure it is on and then click on the OK button of the message requester, if it appears, to continue.

Fig 1.12  Click on this message requester's OK button to continue, if it appears.

Fig 1.13  The installation wizard is trying to detect the presence of your printer

As this is a new printer installation, on a new wireless network (broadband internet connection), the installation wizard must first search for your wireless printer via the usb cable and the newly installed printer drivers in order to detect it and connect it to your wireless network. So in the next few steps of the installation wizard you need to identify your wireless network and enter its password. The installation wizard can then continue with the linking of your wireless printer to your wireless network. Make sure the USB Cable is plugged in and printer is switched on at this point - This should of been done earlier (see above).

Fig 1.14  Click on the NEXT button to begin detection of your wireless network

Fig 1.15  With the USB Cable plugged in and printer switched on; click on the NEXT button to proceed

Fig 1.16  The installation wizard is now looking for your wireless network (access point)

Fig 1.17  Click on your wireless network name, enter its password and then click on the CONNECT button

Once your wireless network is established the installation wizard will then find and link your wireless printer to it. You will then be instructed to disconnect the USB Cable which will mean your wireless printer has been successfully installed and connected to your wireless network ready for wireless printing.

Fig 1.18  The installation wizard is trying to detect the presence of your wireless printer on your wireless network

Fig 1.19  The wireless printer has been found and linked to your wireless network - Click on the NEXT button

Fig 1.20  The installation of the Canon MP495 Wireless Printer has finished - Click on the OK button

With the installation complete you then have the choice of registering the printer, online, via the Canon website. You can register the printer and/or scanner by clicking on their appropriate button before clicking on the NEXT button. If you don't want to register the printer or scanner, perhaps because you did so in a previous installation on another computer for example, you can just click on the NEXT button to continue.

Fig 1.21  Register the printer and/or scanner, if need be, and then click on the NEXT button to continue.

From this point onwards the installation is just a series of NEXT buttons, with self-explanatory information screens helping you through the installation. For example: "Click NETXT - Perform a Print Alignment Test", "Click NEXT - Take a quick survey" and so on. I have only shown you the important, vital, steps above. These last steps are easy! The very last step will be a simple case of clicking on the EXIT button.

Fig 1.22  Click on the EXIT button to exit the completed installation wizard

Although the above installation process (installation wizard) has installed the necessary software to make MacOS recognise the printer, MacOS itself will not have added the wireless printer to its List Of Printers by default. This is something you have to do yourself (explained in the next section), manually. In other words, the above installation was more about installing the printer's drivers (software that communications with the printer), scanner software and copier software. You will still have to tell MacOS which printer you are using before you can actually print something. This only has to be done once, but it does need doing!