My printer (Canon PIXMA 5250) has USB & WLAN interfaces. It works well via direct USB connection from my desktop pc, and also from a Windows laptop that connects via WLAN. I would like to switch this laptop to Ubuntu but I don't see how I can make Ubuntu connect to the wireless printer?
This is my wife's laptop. Seeing how easilyl it works in Windows, I can't ask her to connect a wire to print from Ubuntu. FWIW, in Windows the option "add printer" automatically discovers the printer on the WLAN and successfully installs drivers for it. I don't know whether such user-friendly functionality exists in Ubuntu but I am hoping that is the case -- I just haven't found this anywhere?
I've tried (a year ago) to set up Ubuntu on her laptop, and I had the printer set up using samba and/or CUPS and it was pretty difficult to set up, and the printed result was not the expected WYSIWYG.
This similar question has an answer indicating that the "add printer" dialog can "find" the printer, but when I try that, I get the message
No printer was found at that address. Apparently I must enter a host but what could that be?
So how can I "find" a wireless printer?