Install an Epson Printer Step By Step Instructions
If you have just recently purchased and want to install an Epson Printer/Scanner to your computer then the information provided below will assist you. This information is relevant and accurate as at April 2017.
This is a general article on how to install an Epson Printer / Scanner and whilst each Epson Wi-Fi Printer model is slightly different the principles are usually the same. There may be slight variances so the first step is to go to the Epson website and look for your printer’s model number.
For the purposes of this article I will use the Epson WF-4630 model as the example for how to install an Epson Printer.
Step By Step Instructions
In a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer) type in: “download Epson wf-4360 software” (without the “ quotes) and click on the relevant link.
In our example I have used the Epson Australian website: https://www.epson.com.au/products/multifunctional/WorkforcePro_WF-4630.asp
Make sure the picture shown relates to your Epson Wi-Fi Printer.
Go to the “Downloads” tab and pick the Operating System (OS) that corresponds to what you have.
If you are not sure what your OS is then for Windows click on the Windows Globe or the 4 square image on the Task Bar (usually bottom left of your screen). Type in “msinfo32” (without the quotes) and hit return. This will show the “System Information” and so then look for “OS Name” and then look for “System Type”. OS Name will be your OS and System Type will be x64-based or x86. The first is 64bit the second 32bit, this is important as you need to download the correct software.
For Apple Mac computers click on the Apple symbol (top left) and your OS will be displayed (such as 10.10.5).
Once you have decided which OS you have, then click on the relevant item on the Epson website. Using Windows 7 64-bit Edition as an example you are presented with something like a dozen software packages. Basically the ones you want to setup printing and scanning are at the top, stating “Printer Driver” and “Scanner Driver”. The other one I would download is the “EpsonNet Config Utility”. This discovers your Epson printer and configures it to your Wi-Fi network.
After downloading all 3 make a note of each download by name as to which is which as it is not always obvious when looking for them in Downloads directory.
The first one to run is the EsponNet Config Utility as this will find and discover your Epson Printer so make sure the unit is on and ready to go.
Connect the Epson Printer to Wi-Fi
You can connect the printer manually if you know how or you can let the above software find it for you. So run the utility software and find your printer. You may be prompted for the Wi-Fi password so have that ready. An Icon may be put on the Desktop, if not the go to Start, All programs and find the EpsonNet Utility. Run the program to wirelessly (network) connect the Epson.
Install Printer Driver
Next, after the successful running of the Utility you want to run and install the Printer Driver. So do that. Towards the end of the install the software can prompt to print a test page so I would do that, to make sure all is working.
The third package to run is the Scanner Driver software so again run it until it is finished.
By now you will have installed all the software for general use and will have at least an Epson Scanner Icon on the Desktop.
The Trick in How to Install an Epson Printer / Scanner
The reason why this article has been written on ‘How to Install an Epson Printer / Scanner” is because whilst this should not be a difficult process – there is actually a catch or trick that if you don’t know about can mean total confusion and a very timely exercise…
This information that helps you easily install an Epson Printer / Scanner is provided below.
Firstly if you Double click the scanner Icon on the Desktop this will probably result in an error message “Cannot communicate with the scanner”. This is because although the printer has been setup as Wi-Fi, and the Scanner install appears to be for the default which is USB. Why you may ask? Who knows in this day and age?
Additional Steps Required
So again go to Start, All Programs choose Epson Scan and then “Epson Scan Settings”. Left click to run. Once open then change the name, which will be for USB, although it does not say that, to the second option which is Epson etc etc (wi-fi). Also you may need to change the Radio Button from “Local” to “Network”. In your installation there may be only one Epson name, so clicking the Network Radio Button may result in you having to Add a scanner. If that is the case then when clicking “Add” the software will search for the Epson Wi-Fi unit. Also your installation may have the option to “Test” the scanner. It would be a good idea to do so, just in case.
Another option in the Epson scanner software is a “Preferences” button being displayed. If that is the case then click “Preferences” and change the Epson to Wi-Fi or Network. As I stated above there seems to be variances in Epson models and OS therefor giving slightly different options when installing.
Once added then now when double clicking the Scanner Icon the scanner software will work correctly. Any adjustments to scanning can now be done if need be.
Summary – How to Install an Epson Printer / Scanner
I recently installed several different new Epson Wi-Fi Printer / scanners and differences were found. These were on Windows 7 and Windows 10, so the best advice I can give is take your time and read what options the software gives.
If you need assistance to install an Epson Printer / Scanner please contact us at Affordable Computer Repairs and Service in Brisbane, we are always happy to assist.