Wireless printing center

Connecting your wireless printer

Connecting your wireless printer
  1. Unpack your printer.
  2. Follow the setup instructions to remove packaging.
  3. Plug in the power cord, turn on the printer and install print cartridges. Allow the printer to go through its startup routine, including printing an alignment page (if applicable).
  4. Choose one of the connection methods described below. If your printer supports it and you choose an  Ethernet (wired) connection, connect it now and skip to installing printer software. Note: while using an Ethernet connection the printer's wireless system is disabled.

If you want to print wirelessly without a  wireless router, learn about it here.

Your printer will support at least one of these methods to connect to your
wireless network:

HP Auto Wireless Connect

HP Auto Wireless Connect – HP Auto Wireless Connect is a technology that allows you to connect your printer to your wireless network automatically without having to connect any cables or enter your wireless network settings such as your network name or password. Many newer HP printers will have this capability during the standard software installation process.

To use this option, install the software for your printer and follow the onscreen instructions. When prompted, select the "Network (Ethernet/Wireless)" connection type and then choose "Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer (recommended)". That's it! The HP software will do the rest.

Not all computers or network configurations are compatible with HP Auto Wireless Connect. In these cases, an alternate wireless setup method will be offered. To be compatible with HP Auto Wireless Connect, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Your computer uses Windows Vista (and newer) and Mac OS X 10.5 (and newer).
  2. Your computer uses a wireless connection to your network and the operating system is in control of the wireless adapter so that the HP Software can retrieve the computer's current network settings.
  3. Your computer is connected to your network over 2.4GHz. NOTE: HP Printers are not compatible with 5.0 GHz networks. You may still be able to connect the printer to your network using other setup methods as long as your router also supports 2.4GHz (as most do). Please go to the section on Routers to learn more. Additional setup methods are shown on this page
  4. Your computer does not use a  static IP address
  5. Your printer is in HP Auto Wireless Connect mode. The printer will be in this mode for two hours after it is first powered on during installation before it is connected to a network. TIP: If your printer has been powered on for more than two hour and the software has not yet tried to connect the printer to your wireless network, you can reset this mode by using the “Restore Network Settings” or “Restore Network Defaults” option from the printer control panel. Usually found under the Network menu or by touching the wireless icon (or button) and then going to “Settings” or gear icon. Refer to your printer documentation for more information on this.

Other environmental and technical factors may also affect whether HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered.

If HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered during the installation of your printer, it is the recommended setup method. Part of the setup process requires your computer to be temporarily disconnected from your wireless network. During this time you will not have Internet access. Be sure to save any online work and/or downloads before continuing with this setup method.

If HP Auto Wireless Connect is not offered during the software installation or if it is not successful, you will be guided to use another wireless setup method.

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)

 WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) – WPS has two modes to connect devices together over a wireless connection. One is called "pushbutton" and the other is called "PIN". Pushbutton is by far the easiest method. We will describe how to connect using the WPS pushbutton method, but not the PIN method.

For instructions on starting WPS on your printer consult your printer's manual. However there are some conditions that need to be met in order to use WPS pushbutton mode:

  • Both your printer and wireless router must support WPS pushbutton mode. Consult your printer and wireless router manuals.
  • The wireless router must have a physical WPS pushbutton available.
  • Your network must use  WPA or WPA2 security. Most WPS wireless routers will not connect using the WPS method if WEP or no security is used.
  • Most WPS wireless routers will not connect using the WPS method if you are using the manufacturer’s default for the network name and no security.

To connect your wireless printer to your wireless router using WPS:

  • Start the WPS pushbutton mode on your printer.
    For instructions on starting WPS on your printer, consult your printer's manual.
  • Within 2 minutes, press the WPS button on your router.

HP Wireless Setup Wizard (products with display)

The Wireless Setup Wizard, which you run from the printer's control panel. (Not available for printers without a touch display)

  1. Make sure you know your network name and your security password (WEP, WPA, or WPA2).
  2. On the printer's control panel, go to the Network menu or touch the wireless icon and then go to settings. Select Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard displays a list of wireless networks in the area.

    Note: Settings may be accessed by touching a wrench icon, depending on the product model.

  3. Select your wireless network's name from the list.
  4. If you don't see your wireless network listed, you can enter your network name manually by scrolling to the bottom of the list. If you enter the name manually it must be exact, including upper and lower case characters.
  5. Enter your WEP key or WPA passphrase. You must enter the key or passphrase exactly, including upper and lower case characters. Your printer should connect to your wireless network. If it does not connect, you are given the opportunity to print a Wireless Network Test report that will help you find out what may be wrong.

USB setup of wireless (Products without display)

USB setup of wireless – Printers without a touch display can use this wireless setup method during the printer software installation.

During this process you will temporarily connect a USB cable between the computer and the printer. It's important that you connect and disconnect the cable only when prompted by the software, which will guide you through configuring your printer's wireless connection.

In some cases the software may automatically find your wireless settings for you.

To connect your wireless printer to your wireless router using USB setup of wireless, proceed to Installing Printer Software