How to Connect a Wireless HP Printer

Wireless printers take a lot of the hassle out of setting up a home office. No longer are you limited to placing your printer within range of a cable--now you can place it anywhere with a wireless signal. Hewlett-Packard (HP) manufactures a variety of wireless printers, each of which can be set up using a wireless router or as a standalone device. Either way, connecting your wireless HP printer is usually not difficult.

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Using a Wireless Router

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Ensure that your computer's wireless card is active and that your wireless router is turned on. Insert the HP setup CD provided with your printer (if using a Mac, connect the USB cable first). When the CD menu appears, click "Install Network/Wireless Device." Follow the installer's prompts.

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Connect the USB installer cable to your computer and printer when the installer prompts you to do so.

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Click "Finish" to complete the install, open a document, and print it.

Using an Ad Hoc Network

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Ensure that both your computer's and your printer's wireless signals are active. (This is usually indicated by a lighted "radio tower" icon or similar symbol.)

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Open your computer's control panel and select "Network and Internet."

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Click on "Connect to a Network," located under the "Network and Sharing Center" heading.

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Select the network "hpsetup" from the list of available networks.

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Install the printer software using the steps from Section 1. Open a document and print a test page.