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Download and install the brother hl2170w driver.

I appreciate these suggestions. I have dowloaded the most recent drivers available and and reset the printer. When I try to download a generic I get sent to the brother site which says that my printer is not supported. I can’t find a place to simply download a generic…it always asks for the model and then says it is not supported.


The Brother web site has a download of a driver for your printer that works with Catalina. Have you tried using it to see if it will work with Big Sur? If it does not, then ask Brother when they will be releasing an update that works with Big Sur. In the alternative, does your printer have Air Print capability? If so, use that and remove any current drivers you have installed. Finally, you can visit the site at the link below where volunteers have written drivers for a lot of printers which are no longer supported. You may find one there which works. Once users have checked and confirmed that their operating systems are compatible, they can go ahead and start the download process by clicking on the download link. The download process will start immediately with the drivers being stored on the computer hard disk. From here, users can go ahead and install these drivers by opening the file containing the drivers and clicking on the Setup exe format. The file is usually stored in an executable format and once users click on the exe format, the drivers will immediately be installed into the program list. If there is an error with the installation process, check the compatibility of the operating system, uninstall the drivers and re-install them again. If there ends up being not solution for this, consider using a Virtual Machine(VM) for running Windows (Windows-in-a-window). You would open items in it, and use Windows-only compatible software on it. All would be accessed and would operate as desired on the VM. Virtual Machine applications include VMWare Fusionand Parallels. Learn more here: What Is a Virtual Machine? - VMWare Support. Specify your encryption type on the “Authentication Method” and “Encryption Method” drop-down menus, then type your password into the Passphrase section if you are using WPA security or into the WEP Key section if using WEP security. Click the gray “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen when you are done.


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Connect the brother hl2170w printer to your computer.

Connect the Brother printer to power but don’t connect the USB cable yet. Turn on your computer if it isn’t already on. You should already have installed the printer drivers. Open the printer network driver and select the configure option, choosing the “Brother Peer-to-Peer Network.”

  1. Configure Brother HL 2170W Printer with Your Home Network: Once the drivers have been installed, connect your Brother printer to a power outlet. Make sure to keep a few information at hand before proceeding, as your Network ID or SSID and its password.
  2. Install Brother HL 2170W Drivers: First, insert the software CD which you got into the CD-ROM and wait for few seconds for your computer to read it. Once the software interface appears on-screen, simply allow it to install all the necessary printer drivers which came along. These Brother hl2170w driver are very important as they control the functionalities of the machine. Brother has a comprehensive support center website with driver downloads for most of its printers. You’ll need the model number of your printer before you begin. Search the support center, locating the exact model. The site provides instructions specifically for your printer. It will first ask if you need the Windows or Macintosh driver. Select the pertinent option. Start your computer and insert the software CD in the CD-ROM and then wait for the CD to pop-up an automatic window. Follow the given instruction in the window to install the necessary drivers for your Brother printer. Choose the option “Wireless Network users “Wireless Setup and Driver Install” and then click on Next. Setting up your Brother HL 2170W printer is an easy task unless some internal complications occur. In your case, it seems you might not have the ability to follow the instructions carefully. The main as before a printer setup is its drivers, once that is done setup is just about following a few steps. Having the drivers installed is really only step one. Most printers are on wireless networks these days, working with multiple computers or devices that simply don’t plug into the printer, and the printer is not always hard-wired into the wireless router. Configuring the Brother printer to your network is essential for proper functioning. The driver usually downloads into your computer’s “Downloads” folder, and you’ll need to open it and move it to the “Printers” folder. Fortunately, setup prompts will keep you moving to the next step; just know that the “Printers” folder is in the Control Panel on the hard drive of your system. If the driver doesn’t make it there initially, the printer and computer might have trouble finding each other, even though the drivers are installed. Drag-and-drop it into the right location if needed.