Add a wireless printer in Virtual Box

This is my scenario.  I am running Ubuntu as my main operating system.  Within Ubuntu I am also running Windows through Virtual Box.

  1. Install the necessary printer drivers to have your printer work with Linux.  (In my case, Epson Stylus NX430 has Linux drivers on their website that made wireless printing possible)
  2. Then install CUPS.  You can install CUPS through Ubuntu’s Software Center
  3. Next, to confirm that CUPS install correctly, go to http://localhost:631.  The following page should appear:
  4. Click on the Administration link and add your printer as a Network Printer.  Allow the “Share printers… ” checkbox to be checked.  Click on the Add a Printer Button.
  5. After clicking the button, CUPS will search for available Network Printers.  The available printer(s) will show up like below
  6. Next go to Windows.  Click on your start Menu and then click on Devices and Printers
  7. In the new Window, click on Add a Printer
  8. When this following screen appears, select the option “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer”
  9. Your printer should show up.  Select it and complete the wizard.  Your new printer will be set as your default printer.

That’s all. Now you can begin printing in Windows.


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