Network your printer via Ethernet Printing
Learn how to take advantage of Ethernet printing - the fastest, most inexpensive networking technology
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Connect your printer to the quickest network solution with ease, and find HP printers that offer built-in Ethernet capability.
See the benefits of Ethernet printing
Look for a port like this on your computer and/or printer to see if they are Ethernet-network-ready. Notice that the Ethernet port is wider than the phone-sized fax ports on the bottom.
Fast: Ethernet networking remains the quickest way to transmit large files. Most current Ethernet hardware uses the 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet standard (which is nearly twice as fast as Wi-Fi’s maximum 55 Mbps).
Inexpensive: All other factors being equal, built-in Ethernet is a less expensive feature than built-in wireless capability on routers, computers and printers, even while allowing for faster connections.
Reliable: With an Ethernet connection, there are fewer network interruptions and less potential for interference than there can be with wireless.
What you’ll need to get started
The orange part of this picture is the CAT5e cable; the part at the end that resembles a phone jack is the RJ-45 connector.
A network with a broadband router, switch, or hub.
Plug the computer into to the network using a Cat5 or Cat5e cable with RJ-45 connectors at the ends.
(The cable type describes the inner twists of the wiring within the cable housing; the connector is the part at the end that has 8 pins—or connectors—rather than the 2-6 that a phone cable has. You can ask for these cables at any electronics or computer store.)
You’ll need one with built-in Ethernet networking capability. Find an HP printer with built-in Ethernet.
Connect your printer to a computer on your Ethernet network
These instructions are for connecting your printer to a computer running Windows Vista.
1. On your computer, open the Control Panel. Select Hardware and Sound on the toolbar.
2. Select Add a printer under Printers. The Add a Printer Wizard will appear.
3. Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer. A list of available printers will appear. Select the printer you are trying to connect to the network.
4. Install the printer driver on your computer when prompted and the Wizard will guide you through the rest.
You can repeat this process with as many computers on the network as you want to share a single printer.
Find an HP printer with built-in Ethernet
Here is a selection of HP printers that come with built-in Ethernet, plus feature HP ePrint, so you can print from virtually anywhere!1.
- Print, copy, scan, fax
- 35-sheet automatic document feeder
- HP’s lowest priced LaserJet MFP
To compare additional printers, visit the HP Printer buying guide.
- Find easy ways to save money on printing to match the cost-efficiency of Ethernet printing.
- See other factors to consider to Get the best printer for your business needs.
- For tips on using your HP printer more efficiently in an office of any size, visit the HP Home office ideas homepage.
- 1 Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any connected Internet- and e-mail-capable device. Print times may vary. Some HP LaserJets may require a firmware upgrade. For a list of supported documents, and image types see http://www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter. And for additional solutions, see http://www.hp.com/go/mobile-printing-solutions.
- 2 Requires a wireless access point and an Internet connection to the printer. Services may require registration. App availability varies by country, language and agreements. For details, www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter.
- 3 Majority of color laser printers < US$300 and AiOs < US$600, March 2011; for details, see www.hp.com/officejet. OJ Pro ISO yield with highest-capacity cartridges based on continuous printing; see www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies.