This guide will walk you through setting up a wireless network between your Brother device and your computer directly, without using a router.

Prepare Your Printer and Computer to Connect

First, you’ll want to check the system requirements to make sure your computer is compatible. If your computer doesn’t have a disc drive, or your printer did not come with an installation CD, you can find and download the full driver and software package directly from brother by following this link:

Next, be sure you turn on the wireless function of your computer. Laptops may have a button or switch to toggle the WiFi, Windows computers will usually have an icon in the system tray in the bottom right corner you can look for if your wifi is turned off. Every computer is different though so if your wifi is off just refer to the manual or do a quick google search for model-specific instructions.

Set up a wireless network

  • On your Brother printer’s screen find and navigate to the Settings menu.
  • Scroll to the Network menu, and within that menu, you will see the Wi-fi Direct settings.
  • Scroll through these settings and you will find the Group Owner selection.
  • Turn the Group Owner option ON.
  • Next, scroll down to the Manual setting, and you will be given the option to turn the Wi-Fi direct on.
  • When you turn this option on, you will see a connecting screen and the printer will display an SSID and PASS.
  • Write these down, as you will need them to connect from your computer in the following steps.

Connect from your computer

  • On your Windows computer, navigate to the Control Panel, and select the Network and Internet, and then Connect to a Network.
  • You’ll see a list of networks including the SSID you wrote down in the previous step.
  • Select this network and use the PASS from the previous step when you are asked for the Security Key.

The wireless network between your Brother machine and your computer has now been set up. If you haven’t already used the printer with your computer to print previously, you will likely need to install the proper drivers. If your printer came with a CD, insert that CD into your computer and follow the driver installation steps as you are prompted.  If your computer does not have a disc drive, or your printer did not come with a CD, download and install the driver and software package from the link to the Brother website in the section above.

You have now finished connecting your Brother Printer to your computer wirelessly without relying on a router or existing wifi network.