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I have a Samsung ML-2168W printer with WI-FI support. Currently it is connected to my computer with a USB cable. However, I have no clue of how to connect it to the network through WI-FI (with WPA). Any ideas?

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Install the driver. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 2 '12 at 15:22
The driver (samsungmfp-driver) is already installed. I simply cannot unplug the USB cable and print. – August Karlstrom Sep 2 '12 at 15:29

If you have a WPS Router, you just push the WPS button on both the WPS router and the printer. You are on ServerFault, so I'm assuming you are running some sort of Linux OS. Smsung has a CUPS Universal Printer driver, so in the print dialog of your OS (are you using a an X desktop? You didn't say), it will find your printer once you have it connected to your network. You really didn't give enough detail to know. Ypou can find the Linux Setup utility for your printer by going to, support, and enter your printer model, then select the downloads/drivers tab, and you will find a Linux printer utility that will allow you to conect to it to connect it to your network, and set it up in Linux

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Unfortunately my router does not have a WPS button. Yes, I use Linux (as indicated by the first tag) with an X desktop. I installed the driver through apt from the repository at Before using this repository I tried to install the driver downloaded from but it failed due to an unresolved SANE dependency. – August Karlstrom Sep 2 '12 at 16:15
Without WPS, you must use the Samsung setup Utility (not the driver install) to connect to the printer and setup its wifi connection. – regretoverflow Sep 2 '12 at 19:43
Yes, that's what I did and now it works. – August Karlstrom Sep 2 '12 at 20:32

I just wrote a case study where I printed to my Canon WiFi printer from Fedora 17. My method is extremely easy. It uses the open LPR protocol. The tutorial is here:

The basic steps:

  1. Reserve an IP address for your printer in your router.
  2. Enable the LPR protocol on your printer's configuration web page.
  3. Add your printer as an LPR printer in Linux (You'll need to enter the printer's ip address and network name).
  4. Print a test page.
  5. You're done.

Since you printer will always be at the same IP address, the system will never get confused. LPR is an old (1990) and open source protocol, so it will ALWAYS work with Linux. Microsoft or any other company can never try to break it because it is a standard. I have printed hundreds of pages from my Fedora 17 laptop to my Canon MP560 wireless printer with no problems at all. In theory, if I had 10 Linux computers in my house, I could print to my Canon printer from all of them wirelessly. I would just have to point them to the wireless printer at the printer's IP address (I use, and have the computers print to the printer using the LPR protocol.

I tried Samba before, but I found it to be less reliable. Some days it would print, others days not. Using LPR has worked every time. Even though I summarized the steps here, please take a look at my article in the link above. It has more detailed info and pictures that you may find helpful. Cheers and good luck!

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I've published the detailed instructions.

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Another way to install a SAMSUNG Wifi printer involving a Ethernet cable connection is described here .

  1. Connect the printer via Ethernet cable
  2. Find out IP and connect via a browser to this address
  3. Use web interface for setting up wireless. In my case (M2835DW) default user/pw was admin/sec00000 for login.
  4. Download drivers from Samsung website. Installation routine ( worked for me on Gentoo Linux.
  5. Set up in cups or similar.
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A process similar to that described by cass worked for me at home (OS: Ubuntu 14.04, Printer: Samsung Xpress M2835DW).

Here's what I did:

  1. connected printer to computer via USB
  2. installed wired printer through ubuntu's GUI with generic drivers recommended by the system
  3. pressed WPS button on the printer
  4. pressed WPS button on the wireless router (after connecting, printer printed a "Network Configuration" page)
  5. pointed browser to CUPS at http://localhost:631/
  6. in CUPS: selected the wired printer, then "Modify Printer", then chose the "Discovered Network Printer" with the same ID as listed under "Host Name" on the "Network Configuration" page, then finished installation with generic drivers recommended by the system.
  7. unplugged USB cable and printed a test page wirelessly

I might add that the printer has a set-up utility one can access by pointing a browser to the IP Address listed on the printer's "Network Configuration" page under "TCP/IPv4 Information." The user/password were same for me as those listed by cass: admin/sec00000. However, I did not use the utility to configure the wireless connection.

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The WI-FI setup software is only available for Windows and OS X (can be downloaded from During the setup, select manual configuration and choose your network and specify the password for the wireless connection.

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OP question was about linux – kellogs Dec 12 '14 at 22:07

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