Configuring the Brother 2170W Wireless Laser Printer to Work With a Mac

by Michael on November 6, 2009 · 4 comments

We recently replaced our HP LaserJet 1200 with a Brother 2170W wireless laser printer. The new printer arrived today, so I thought I’d share some tips for setting it up to work in a Mac environment.

For starters, our LaserJet 1200 was connected to our wireless network using an AirPort Express unit that was extending the range of our AirPort Extreme wireless router. However, the AirPort Express would randomly lose contact with the AirPort Extreme, so we wanted a true wireless printer.

As I’ve noted in the past, we ended up replacing our AirPort Extreme/Express combo with the Belkin N+ 802.11N wireless router. Not only do we get better range, but the N+ also supports wireless protected setup (WPS), which means that the router can negotiate a connection with wireless devices at the push of a button.

Configuring the Brother 2170W laser printer

Configuring the Brother 2170W was a snap — once I figured out that the drivers that it shipped with were outdated. While there is an installation CD that will walk you through the process, there are really only three steps if you have a router with WPS.

  1. Plug the printer into a power source
  2. Press the recessed button on the back to put it in WPS
  3. Press the button on your router to put it in WPS mode

From there, the printer and router will talk to each other and, once the printer has auto-configured, the “Ready” light will glow blue. From there, simply install the driver and configure the printer in the “Printer & Fax” preference pane.

As noted above, the drivers that shipped with our printer were incompatible with Max OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), so I had to go online to download the updated drivers before my computer could see the printer. Here’s the link:

Brother 2170W Drivers

That’s it. Very easy, and the printer is quite nice.

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