How to Connect HP Wireless Printer

 In HP Printer Support

Your quest to modernise your home or office got the right companion- undoubtedly that is the HP wireless printer. More than often you can connect to HP wireless printer to the existing network of the computer, laptop or other devices without any hitch. However, you may face some problem while trying to connect to the wireless printer. This is typically due to wrong configuration or poor connectivity or compatibility.

The following guidelines may answer your question ‘how to connect HP wireless printer?’

If you are unable to connect to HP wireless printer due to connectivity issues.

With the advent of the internet, mobile gadgets and new generation laptops, the wireless printing arena is the reigning king both in smart homes and smart offices.  The convenience of printing in any location where the wireless range is available without the annoying wires is a welcome change to all especially the tech-savvy segment.

If you have a reliable and strong Wi-Fi connection, you can now connect to the wireless printer and get the printing done from Desktop, Laptop, Phablet of a smartphone with ease. Now you can safely forget the dilemma of having to wrangle with thick, tangled serial, parallel and USB printer cables. And of course, you need not have a dedicated printer for every gadget. Your printer may be out of sight but does your job perfectly.

As mentioned earlier the wireless printer is not devoid of problems and issues like following can crop up.

  • Router configurations,
  • Automatic Wi-Fi network connections,
  • Compatibility problem between the gadgets and printer,
  • Lack of printer-related software updates on user devices,
  • Power disruptions etc.

Here below are a few tips in the rare event of HP printer not behaving or not cooperating as desired by you.

Tips for you connect to a wireless printer

  • Please do not hesitate to restart the system and connected gadgets.

Invariably that is the first advice you will receive from the help desk. That is highly logical to start with a restart. It is quite likely that there is memory loss to your systems with so many programmes running simultaneously.  Some programmes have an inherent quality to consume memory or leak memory. Google on Mac is well known for this memory drain. Especially in case, our printer was working perfectly well earlier; the restart is the ideal move to do.

  • Get more technically inclined

You may start exploring the issue of connecting to HP wireless printer. On most of the recent HP printer models are provided with the provision of Wireless button to print a Wireless Network Test report.

  • In the test report under Connectivity if you see the word “PASS” that means there is existing a connection.
  • If not please check the router configurations and try to connect the printer again from the start. The options are either
  • WPS/Wi-Fi Protected Setup,
  • HP Wireless Setup Wizard and
  • HP Auto Wireless Connect,

(Out of these HP auto wireless connect is probably the easiest.)

  • Network Name (SSID)

The printer configuration has a field known as Network Name (SSID) which contains the name of your wireless network.  You can get a network connection up and running.

The report shall pinpoint the exact problem why the printer has stopped working with the network.

  • Software updates

The outdated or obsolete software is often the culprit in the failure to connect to the wireless printer. Software like the HP Print and Scan Doctor for Microsoft Windows are extremely useful in this regard.

You may check on the computer from which you are trying to print of any security software was recently updated and if the machine has a stable network connection.

  • VPNs

It may not be a simple solution to get the Wireless printing on track.

Even though VPNs are critical to network security and ensuring high-quality remote connections when it comes to wireless printing, they tend to behave differently. You may have to suspend they active VPN during configuration of your HP printer.

  • IP addresses

The IP address would have changed over time. This may disrupt the connectivity adversely.

  • On Windows, you may run the Update IP Address utility to fix changes in IP addresses on your printers. You may try HP Print and Scan Doctor if that facility is available on your printer.
  • On Mac, the issue can be solved by removing and re-adding the printer in System Preferences.
  • Setting up a static IP address is crucial in the smooth operation of the printer. The test report will tell you if a network connection is present (like the one IP address starts with 169 or 0 then the printer isn’t connected).
  • You may try typing the printer’s IP address into a Web browser on a PC to access its internal settings.
  • To set up the IP address manually, make sure that it is within your router’s DHCP range (which has the maximum value of 254)
  • After entering the subnet address say 255.255.255.0, you may use the router’s IP address as both the gateway address and first DNS field.
  • Now you may restart the system router and printer.

Summary

You may go to the Network menu or touch the wireless icon and then go to settings from the printer control panel. Select Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard will display the list of wireless networks in the area.

Settings can be accessed by touching a wrench icon, depending on the product model.

You can select your wireless network’s name from the list or 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.

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.

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