Setup the MG8120 for use over a wireless LAN using WCN (Windows Connect Now)

Article ID: ART107509 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Setting up the MG8120 for use over a wireless LAN using WCN (Windows Connect Now)


  • If you are using Windows 7/Vista operating system and have a USB flash drive, you can configure wireless connection settings by using the WCN (Windows Connect Now) function as well.

Wireless Setup

Before connecting the machine to the network, make sure that the computer and access point or router is connected.

Add (connect) the machine to the network.

A: Internet

B: Access point or wireless router, etc.

- Notes on Wireless Connection

  • The configuration, router functions, setup procedures and security settings of the network device vary depending on your system environment. For details, refer to your device's instruction manual or contact its manufacturer.
  • In an office setup, consult your network administrator.
  • If you connect to a network that is not protected with security measures, there is a risk of disclosing data such as your personal information to a third party.
  • The machine cannot be used over a wireless and wired connection at the same time.
  • If an error message appears or if you have trouble with the network connection, refer to the printed manual: Network Setup Troubleshooting.
  • Place the machine and computer on the same network segment.


An "Ad-hoc connection," which establishes a direct connection to the computer over a wireless connection without using an access point, is not supported. Be sure to prepare an access point.

Wireless Setup Using WCN (Windows Connect Now)
  • Setup on the Computer

- Windows 7

1. Click Start > Control Panel > View network status and tasks > Manage wireless networks.

2. Select the network name (SSID) and right-click it, then select Properties.

3. Select Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the settings on the computer.

4. Go to "Setup on the Machine".

- Windows Vista

1. From the Start menu of the Windows side, select Network, then click Add a wireless device on the menu.

2. Click I want to add a wireless device or computer that is not on the list, using a USB flash drive.

3. Click Add the device or computer using a USB flash drive.

4. Select the network name (SSID), then click Next.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the settings on the computer.

5. Go to "Setup on the Machine".

  • Setup on the Machine

1. Select Wireless LAN setup of the Setup menu screen on the LCD (A), then touch the OK button.

2. Select Other setup, then touch the OK button.

3. Select WCN, then touch the OK button.

4. Connect the USB flash drive to the Direct Print Port (USB connector) (B) on the front right of the machine, then touch the OK button.

5. When Wireless LAN settings completed. screen is displayed, touch the OK button and eject the USB flash drive.

*Note: The WCN connection procedure creates a folder on the flash drive named SMRTNTKY. You can delete this folder if you so choose.

The machine supports "WCN-UFD".

  • Canon assumes no responsibility for any damage or loss of data stored on your USB flash drive regardless of the cause even within the warranty period.
  • Operation may not be guaranteed depending on your USB flash drive. USB flash drives with security enabled may not be used.

Install the Software (Network Connection)
  • To use the machine by connecting it to a computer, software including the drivers needs to be copied (installed) to the computer's hard disk. The installation process takes about 20 minutes. (The installation time varies depending on the computer environment or the number of application software to be installed.)

  • Quit all running applications before installation.
  • Log on as the administrator (or a member of the Administrators group).
  • Do not switch users during the installation process.
  • Internet connection may be required during the installation. Connection fees may apply. Consult the internet service provider.
  • It may be necessary to restart your computer during the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions and do not remove the Setup CD-ROM during restarting. The installation resumes once your computer has restarted.
  • If the firewall function of your security software is turned on, a warning message may appear that Canon software is attempting to access the network. If such a warning message appears, set the security software to always allow access.

  • Easy-WebPrint EX

Easy-WebPrint EX is Web print software that is installed on the computer when installing the supplied software. Internet Explorer 7 or later is required to use this software. An Internet connection is required for installation.


Turn on the computer, then insert the Setup CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.

The setup program starts automatically.

  • If the program does not start automatically, double-click the CD-ROM icon in Computer or My Computer. When the CD-ROM contents appear, double-click MSETUP4.EXE.

2. Windows 7/Windows Vista

Windows XP -> 3

Click Run Msetup4.exe on the AutoPlay screen, then click Yes or Continue on the User Account Control dialog box.

If the User Account Control dialog box reappears in following steps, click Yes or Continue.


Click Easy Install.

The drivers, application software, and on-screen manuals are installed.

  • If you want to select particular items to install, click Custom Install.


Click Install.


Select Use the printer on network, then click Next.

Follow any on-screen instructions to proceed with the software installation.


When the Printer Detection screen appears, click Next.

  • If the Printer Connection screen appears instead of the screen above, the connection method is not correctly selected in 5.

- Click Cancel and start again from 4, then be sure to select Use the printer on network in 5.


When the Detected Printers List dialog box appears, select Canon MG8100 series, then click Next.

When the Setup Completion dialog box appears, click Complete.

  • If the machine is not detected, Check Printer Settings dialog box is displayed. Refer to the printed manual: Network Setup Troubleshooting. Make sure there is no problem, then click Next again on the screen in 6.

Install the Software (Information)


Click Next.

Follow any on-screen instructions to proceed with the software installation.

- Important Information for the Installation

  • Necessary Information for the User Registration

When the serial number is not displayed on the registration screen automatically, input the serial number located inside the machine (as shown in the illustration).

  • If the power is on, the Print Head Holder will move when the Scanning Unit (Cover) (A) is opened.

  • The User Registration screen will only be displayed when Europe, Middle East, Africa is selected on the Select Your Place of Residence screen.

  • If the Extended Survey Program screen appears

If you can agree to Extended Survey Program, click Agree. If you click Do not agree, the Extended Survey Program will not be installed. (This has no effect on the machine's functionality.)


Click Exit to complete the installation.


Solution Menu EX starts.

Remove the Setup CD-ROM and keep it in a safe place.

  • The buttons displayed on Solution Menu EX may vary depending on the country or region of purchase.

  • Using the Machine from Additional Computers

Now that the wireless/wired connection of the machine is complete, it can be used from additional computers on the same network.

Install software including the drivers on the computer from which you want to use the machine.

Other settings are not required.

To add computers from which to use the machine, go to [ Use from Additional Computers ]

  • Installing the XPS Printer Driver

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista SP1 or later, the XPS Printer Driver can be installed additionally. To install, perform from 1 in [ Install the Software (Network Connection) ]. Click Custom Install in 3, then select XPS Printer Driver in the Custom Install screen.

Use from Additional Computers

If the machine is already connected to a wireless connection, it can be used from additional computers on the same network.

To use from additional computers

A: Computer from which the machine can be used currently

B: Additional computers on the same network

It enables the computer to use the machine.

1. Insert the Setup CD-ROM into the computer from which you want to use the machine.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

Other settings are not required.

  • For details on the software installation procedure, refer to [ ]



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