How to Set Up an HP Wireless Printer Network

By Donna Thacker

If you have several people in your home or small office who use their own computers, it can be expensive to provide a printer for each one of them. A lot of people even have a computer system hardwired in their home yet use a laptop too. Laptops are meant to be portable, so who wants the hassle of having to use a USB cable every time you want to print something? Setting up a wireless printer network with HP equipment is very simple and user friendly.

Step 1

Check to make sure that all of the computers you want to network with the HP wireless printer are capable of doing so.

Step 2

Set up a router system on your main computer. Routers allow sharing of the wireless signal.

Step 3

Purchase a network-capable HP printer.

Step 4

Unpack the printer and set it in a handy location for all users. The only hard-wire hook-up the printer needs is to be plugged into an electrical outlet. Install the new ink cartridges according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Step 5

Load the CD program that came with the printer. This CD will need to be installed in each computer or laptop that needs access to the printer. Once the CD program is installed, the router attached to the main computer will allow each computer or laptop to locate the printer signal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy the best HP wireless printer and the best router system you can afford. The better the router, the faster the printing speed. A good quality router will also send a stronger, faster Internet signal to each computer or laptop in your network.
  • If you have a wireless keyboard and mouse, you may need to resynchronize them once you are done!