Complete HP Wireless Printer Setup steps:
HP wireless printers are exceptional devices. They are renowned for their excellent features and performance. You will be hard pressed to find faults in them. Their durability is of the highest standards. They are available in multiple variants perfectly suiting the different requirements of various organizations. Here, we are now going to discuss the easy ways for HP wireless printer setup.
HP Auto Wireless Connect
HP Auto Wireless Connect is a feature that allows you to connect HP printer to your wireless network automatically without the requirement of any cables or needing any wireless network settings e.g. your network name or password. Several newer HP printers have this ability during the standard software installation procedure.
To use this feature, you need to install the software for your printer and follow the instructions on the screen. When prompted, you will need to select the "Network (Ethernet/Wireless)" connection type and then select "Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer (recommended)". The HP application will complete the rest.
You need to keep in mind that not every computer or network configuration are compatible with HP Auto Wireless Connect. In such cases, an alternate wireless setup method will be given. To be compatible with HP Auto Wireless Connect, the following criteria must be met:
- Your computer should use Windows Vista (and newer) and Mac OS X 10.5 (and newer) operating system.
- Your computer should use a wireless connection to your network and the wireless adapter should be controlled by your operating system so that the HP Software can fetch the computer's current network settings.
- Your computer should be connected to your network over 2.4GHz.
- HP Printers do not work with 5.0 GHz networks. You may still be able to add the printer to your network using other setup methods as long as your router supports 2.4GHz.
- Your computer should not use a static IP address.
- Your printer should be in HP Auto Wireless Connect mode. The printer is required to be in this mode for two hours after it is first switched on during installation before the wireless setup is run.
- If your printer has been switched on for more than two hours and the application has not yet tried to connect the printer to the wireless network, you can reset the mode with the help of Restore Network Settings or Restore Network Defaults option from the control panel of the HP printer. Generally, it is found under the Network menu or by touching the wireless icon (or button) and going to Settings or gear icon. You can also refer to your printer manuals for more detailed information on this.
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
WPS has normally two modes to connect devices to a wireless network. The first one is called "pushbutton" and the second is called "PIN". Pushbutton is abnormally the easiest method. We will explain how to connect using the WPS pushbutton method, leaving the PIN method.
You need to consult your HP printer's manual for instructions on starting WPS on your printer. However, there are some criteria that should be met in order to use WPS pushbutton mode:
- Your printer and wireless router must support WPS pushbutton mode. You need to consult your HP printer and wireless router manuals.
- The wireless router should have a physical WPS pushbutton present in the machine.
- Your network should use WPA or WPA2 security. Most WPS wireless routers will not connect using the WPS method if you do not select WEP or no security at all.
- Most WPS wireless routers will not connect in this method if you are using the manufacturer's default settings for the network name and no security at all.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to connect your wireless printer to the wireless router using the WPS method:
- Start the WPS pushbutton mode on HP printer.
- You can check the printer manuals for instructions on starting and using WPS on your printer.
- You need to press the WPS button on the router within 2 minutes.
HP Wireless Setup Wizard (Display)
- The Wireless Setup Wizard is found on the printer's control panel. (It is not available to the printers without any display)
- Ensure you know your network name and security password (WEP, WPA, or WPA2).
- You need to go to the Network menu or touch the wireless icon the printer's control panel and then go to settings.
- Pick Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard will display a list of wireless networks in the area.
- Note: The Settings should be accessed by touching a wrench icon.
- Choose your wireless network's name from the list.
- If somehow you don't see your wireless network available in the list, you need to enter your network name manually by going to the bottom of the list. The entry should be exact similar to your network name.
- You will need to enter your WEP key or WPA passphrase. You should enter the key or passphrase correctly, including upper and lower case characters.
- Your printer will connect to your wireless network.
- If somehow it fails to connect, you will need to print a Wireless Network Test report to find the cause of the failure.
USB setup of wireless
- You will need to use USB setup for Printers that do not have a touch display for the printer software installation.
- During this installation procedure you will need to connect a USB cable between the computer and the printer temporarily. It is essential that you connect and disconnect the cable only when told in the computer screen by the software.
- In some situations, the software may automatically find the wireless router settings and you will not be required to enter them manually.
- Proceed with the prompts to install the Printer Software.
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