WiFi printers are great, and Brother has a fantastic range of options to go wireless.
However, if your Brother Printer won’t connect to WiFi, it turns what was once a convenience into a nuisance.
Technology is supposed to make the world more straightforward, but when it fails, it leaves you pulling your hair out with unexpected delays that ruin your schedule.
So let’s see if we can get you back on track quickly with some troubleshooting for your Brother printer WiFi setup.
Why Brother Printer Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi
There are several potential causes for your Brother printer not connecting to Wi-Fi.
The main culprits are:
- Weak Wi-Fi signal – Try moving your printer closer to the Wi-Fi router.
- Incorrect Wi-Fi network settings – See step 2
- Software issues such as out-of-date firmware or drivers – See step 3
Step 1 – Power Cycle All Devices
Before we go any further, a simple step that often solves a Brother printer not connecting to Wi-Fi is to turn all your devices off and on again.
This means the Wi-Fi router, computer, and Brother printer.
Rebooting your devices can get your Brother printer back connected to the Wi-Fi and back to being productive again.
If your devices do not automatically reconnect, see the end of the blog for a guide to connecting a Brother printer to Wi-Fi.
Step 2 – Checking the Wireless Connection
The next step is making sure your wireless network is working correctly.
You can’t connect to a Brother printer wirelessly if the Wi-Fi network isn’t operating as it should.
Try using another device to test the Wi-Fi connection. For example, can you access the internet, send/receive emails, etc.
If your internet access is okay, but your Brother printer won’t connect to Wi-Fi, the problem lies with the printer and its connectivity.
Brother Printer Connecting WLAN
The best way to find why your Brother printer won’t connect to WiFi is by printing the WLAN report.
To print the WLAN report navigate to “Print Reports” on your Brother Printer (Found in Settings or Menu), choose “WLAN Report,” and select either “Black (Mono) Start,” “Color Start,” or “Start.”
Listed at the top of the WLAN report is a “Connection” column. If the status reads “Connection: OK”, move on to the next section.
If the connection status reads “Failed,” you will also receive an error code.
Below is a table explaining the issue associated with each error code and its solutions.
|Wireless setting not activated
|Change the printer’s network interface to “ON.”
|Wireless access not detected
|Power cycle WiFi RouterReinstall Drivers (see step 3)Reconfirm SSID and network key
|Network or security setting incorrect
|Reconfirm SSID and network key
|Authentication/Encryption method not supported
|Change the authentication/encryption methods for your WiFi router
|SSID/Network key incorrect
|Reconfirm SSID and network key
|Incorrect wireless security information entered
|Confirm wireless security information (authentication/encryption methods and SSID/network key)
|Cannot detect WLAN access with WPS enabled
|If using a WPS connection, confirm the connection method on the access point/router.
|Two or more WLAN access points with WPS enabled detected
|Confirm only one access point/router within range has the WPS method active.
If you are unsure how to implement any of these solutions, see below.
Enabling Brother Printer Network Interface
- Press “Menu”
- Navigate to “Network”
- Select “Wired LAN” or “WLAN”
- Select “WLAN Enable”
- Select “On”
Confirming Wireless Security Information
Your Brother printer Wi-Fi setup needs the correct wireless security information to connect to the network.
This means inputting the correct network name (SSID) and password (network key).
See the end of the blog for how to connect a Brother printer to Wi-Fi and where to input the SSID and key.
If the error is caused by the authentication/encryption method, you will have to consult your printer’s manual to discover the available compatible methods.
WPS, or Wireless Protected Setup, is a simple way to connect your printer to the Wi-Fi without entering an SSID and network key.
See the “How to Connect Brother Printer to Wi-Fi” section at the end of the blog to learn how to use it.
Network Connection Repair Tool (Windows Only)
This tool can assist in getting your Brother printer back connected to the Wi-Fi network.
It will automatically update your printer’s IP address in the driver.
You can download the tool for your printer model from Brother’s Support & Downloads Page.
Step 3 – Software Issues
Drivers provide the interface between your computer and the printer.
Unfortunately, out-of-date drivers can prevent you from connecting your Brother printer to Wi-Fi.
You can find up-to-date drivers for Brother Printers here.
Firmware is the software that runs your printer.
If you have an old printer, it may require updated firmware in order to solve your Brother printer Wi-Fi setup problem.
Brother offers a guide for updating your machine’s firmware here.
Step 4 – Other Wireless Connection Solutions
Other more complex solutions when your Brother printer won’t connect to WiFi include:
- Print the Network Configuration Report and check the “Wireless Link Status”. If it shows an error, you may need to reset the network setting to the factory default.
- Check the IP address of your computer and printer (Found on the Network configuration report), making sure they are the same except for the end numbers.
- Ping your Brother printer from your computer to make sure they are connected.
- You can try resetting the network settings back to factory settings. This resets all information, including the password and IP address.
Step 5 – Get in Touch with Brother
If you have tried everything and your Brother printer won’t connect to WiFi, unfortunately, you will have to contact Brother customer support.
How to Connect Brother Printer to Wi-Fi
1. Find your Wi-Fi network settings
Find the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and key (password) if it is not an open network. These are often found on the router itself.
2. Brother Printer Wi-Fi Setup
Navigate to “Network”, select “WLAN”, and ensure the wireless network interface is enabled on your Brother Printer.
Begin the “Setup Wizard” (Also under the WLAN menu).
The printer will return a list of available networks (list of SSIDs).
Select your chosen network and enter the network key (password) if required.
When successful the display will return “Connected.”
3. Download and Install Brother Printer Software
When connecting your Brother printer to Wi-Fi for the first time, ensure you have all the correct, up-to-date drivers installed.
Connecting Via WPS
WPS is a method of connecting your printer to the Wi-Fi network without entering the SSID and network key.
To implement this, you need a WPS-compatible printer and router.
There are two methods for WPS connection:
- Push Button Method
Select the “WPS” option under “WLAN”.
Next, press the Push Button, then press the WPS button on the router.
Leave the devices for 2 minutes until they are synced.
- PIN Method
Under the “WPS” option and select the “PIN” option.
Then enter the WPS pin available on your router.
Frustratingly there are many possible reasons why your Brother printer won’t connect to Wi-Fi.
Hopefully, you found a simple fix here and are back printing away.
If not, we hope you have a USB cable to hand while you contact Brother to find a solution