Wireless printers demand effortless and convenient printing, especially if you own one from the HP brand. They are by far the best when it comes to wireless and their versatility and reliability are what set them apart on the market. Owning one of those is not enough if you don’t know how to set up your HP wireless printer. If you set them up the right way, you no longer have to go through the hassle of fixing cables. What you will get is greater efficiency and the printing of your documents the way you like.
HP Wireless Printer Setup Requirements
Beyond the standard ink and toner cartridges, there are some requirements that must be met and guidelines to follow when connecting your HP printer to your computer:
Let’s first look at the requirements:
- To set up a wireless printer, you must have a system that supports wireless technology. Your computer must have a wireless network card to complete the setup.
- You will also need a router and make sure that the network and router suit each other.
- Make sure you have the software package that came with your router and printer, as it will be needed to complete setup.
How to connect HP printer to Wi-Fi?
Once you are ready with all the requirements, the next step is to connect the HP printer to Wi-Fi.
But before that,
- Unpack the printer and follow the instructions to remove the packaging.
- In the next step, connect the power cord and turn on the printer. Then install the cartridges and let the printer go through its startup routine before printing the alignment page.
Now, you can choose one of the following connection methods to complete the setup and start printing.
Method 1 HP Automatic Wireless Connection
It is another technology that allows you to connect your printer to the wireless network. There is no need to connect to any cables or enter wireless network settings such as network name or password. Newer HP brand additions will offer this option during the software installation process. Your computer or network configurations may or may not be compatible with HP Auto Wireless Connect; however, for such cases, you will be offered an alternate wireless setup method. These are the conditions that must be met to pass the compatibility test:
- The operating system must be Windows Vista (or later) and Mac OS X 10.5 (or later).
- Your computer connects wirelessly to your network, and the wireless adapter must be controlled by the operating system before the HP software can retrieve the computer’s current network settings.
- The computing device does not use a static IP address.
- The device is connected to a network of more than 2.4 GHz.
- The printing device must have HP Auto Wireless Connect mode. The printer will remain in this mode for two hours after it is turned on during setup before connecting to a network.
To use HP Auto Wireless Connect mode, install the driver for your HP printer and follow the instructions provided. Next, select the type of network, and then choose ‘Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer’.
If HP Auto Wireless Connect appears during printer setup, it is the recommended setup method. If not, you can choose the other wireless setup method.
Method 2 WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
WPS offers two modes for connecting devices via a wireless connection: push button and PIN. To use the WPS button method, the following requirements must be met:
- The printer and wireless router must support WPS button mode.
- The wireless router must have a physical WPS button.
- The network must be connected to WPA or WPA2 security.
To connect your HP wireless printer to the wireless router using WPS, follow the steps:
- Press the WPS button on your printer.
- After 2 minutes, press the WPS button on your router.
Method 3 HP Wireless Setup Assistant (products with a display)
The wireless setup wizard can be used through the printer’s control panel.
- You need to know your network and password.
- Go to the printer’s control panel, open the Network menu, and then go to ‘Settings’. Select the option for Wireless Setup Wizard. The wizard will display a list of wireless networks.
- From the list, select the name of the wireless network. If the name does not appear there, you can enter it manually.
- Then enter the exact WEP key or WPA passphrase and your printer should connect to your wireless network. If it doesn’t connect, print a wireless network test report to find the problem.
Method 4 Wireless USB Setting (Non-display Products)
Printers that do not have a touch screen can use the USB settings for wireless methods during printer software installation. To do this, you will need to temporarily use a USB cable to connect the computer and the printer. Connect or disconnect the cable only when prompted by the software that will guide you through the printer’s wireless connection. The software can also find suitable wireless settings for you.
Method-5 Windows Settings
You can even set up your printer in Windows by following the given steps:
- Press the Windows key and ‘I’ together on your keyboard.
- Click ‘Devices’, turn on the printer and open the ‘Network’ menu.
- On your HP printer, select the wireless network name and enter the password as it will connect to your Wi-Fi.
- In the ‘Printers and Scanners’ tab, click the ‘Add’ (+) button.
- From the results, select your printer and click ‘Add Device’. You are good to go.
With any of the above methods, you can easily install the HP wireless printer based on the printer model you own.