Setup the MG8120 for use over a wireless LAN with a Mac using WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)

Article ID: ART176701 | Date published: 04/03/2020 | Date last updated: 04/22/2020


Learn how to connect your PIXMA MG8120 to a wireless network via the WPS Push Button method, then set up your Mac® to work with the printer across the network.


If your access point or wireless router supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup):

For details on WPS, refer to the manual of your access point or wireless router.

Wireless Setup

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

Add (connect) the machine to the network.

  1. Internet

  2. 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 ethernet 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 or wireless router, is not supported.

Wireless Setup Using WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)

  1. Use the Up or Down button (A) to display Setup, then touch the right FUNCTION button (B).

  2. Use the Left or Right button (C) to select Wireless LAN setup, then touch the OK button.

  3. Select Yes, then touch the OK button.

    When the Wi-Fi adapter in the printer is enabled, the Wi-Fi lamp (D) lights blue.

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

  5. Select WPS, then touch the OK button.

  6. Select Push button method, then touch the OK button.

  7. Touch the OK button.

 To use the PIN code method for setup, select PIN code method in step 6, then touch the OK button. You will need to access your access point or wireless router's internal settings to enter the PIN code that is displayed on the printer. When the screen in step 9 appears, touch the OK button.

 If the setup is not completed within 10 minutes and the timeout error screen appears, touch the OK button to perform the setup again and set the new PIN code displayed on the screen to the access point or wireless router. If the timeout error screen appears even though the setup has been completed within 10 minutes, select the method other than the PIN code method to perform the wireless LAN setup. If another error appears, refer to the printed manual: Network Setup Troubleshooting.

  1. Press and hold the WPS button on the access point or wireless router (for about 5 seconds), then touch the OK button on the machine within 2 minutes.
    For details on the WPS button pressing, refer to the manual of your access point or wireless router.

    The Wi-Fi lamp (blue) flashes while searching for or connecting to an access point or wireless router.

  2. When this screen appears, touch the OK button.

 If the timeout error screen appears, touch the OK button, then start over from 8.

 If another error appears, refer to the printed manual: Network Setup Troubleshooting.

Install the Drivers and Software


  • Log on as the administrator (or a member of the Administrators group).

  • Internet connection may be required during the installation. Connection fees may apply. Consult the internet service provider.

  • 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.

  1. Click here to access the PIXMA MG8120 Drivers & Downloads page.

  2. Your computer's operating system will be detected and will appear in the drop down menu.  If it does not, select it.

    Select your operating system from the drop down menu if it isn't automatically detected

  3. Under the Drivers tab, click the Select button to the right of the CUPS printer driver. Click Download.

    Click Download

  4. Download the scanner driver after you have downloaded the CUPS printer driver.

     While it's not required, it's recommended that you go to the Software tab and download the IJ Network Tool.

  5. After you have downloaded the driver files, open them.

  6. Double click on the .pkg (package) file to begin the setup program.

  7. Follow all on-screen instructions to install the drivers. Read any information and click on the appropriate affirmative option to proceed (Next, Continue, I Agree, etc.).

     You may be prompted to enter your computer's password during the installation process. Enter this password to proceed.

  8. After installing both drivers, click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, then Print & Fax / Print & Scan / Printers & Scanners (the name will vary depending on what version of macOS® you're using).

  9. Below the printer list, click +.

  10. In the Add window, select the listing for your printer with Canon IJ Network listed for Kind. Make sure that your printer is displayed in the Use: pop-up menu. Then, click Add.

    Select the Canon IJ Network listing for the printer. Make sure that the printer name is listed for Use:

  11. Close the Print & Fax / Print & Scan / Printers & Scanners window.

Your printer is now ready for wireless use from your Mac.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.

Or if you still need help, visit our Canon Community by clicking the button below to get answers:

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