Learn how to quickly set up your wireless router and create a wireless network. This will allow you to print from anywhere in your home or office with your new HP wireless printer.
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What is a wireless router?
HP has a full line of wireless routers which allow you to print wirelessly and browse the Web without cables cluttering your desktop.
A wireless router lets you print, scan, or fax from anywhere in your home—wirelessly!
The wireless router connects to the Internet and sends out a signal, which allows multiple devices to connect to and share a single Internet connection without having to be physically connected with a cable.
The computers and devices can also connect to each other using the router’s signal to form a wireless network. By setting it up yourself you can save on hefty installation costs.
Most wireless routers also support wired connections, though all connected devices can talk to each other regardless of connection type.
Which type of wireless router will you need?
Routers offer many different security options to protect your private information. Make sure to set up a password to prevent others from accessing your wireless network.
Make sure you pick a wireless router that will allow you to get the most out of your new printer.
- Make sure your router is Wi-Fi certified to ensure it will operate with HP Printers
- Look for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup feature, which allows you to set up multiple wireless devices to your network
- Wireless routers with USB ports allow you to connect an external hard drive to back up or share information on your wireless network.
- Some of these routers’ USB ports also allow printer connections (printing only, not scanning or faxing).
- Routers with a WPS button work with HP’s One-Touch Wireless network setup to make wirelessly connecting to your printer a breeze
Set up a new wireless router
Setting up your router allows you to leave your desk and work from anywhere in the house.
Plugging in your Ethernet cable is one of the last steps before your router is set to go.
Once you have selected your Internet provider and had a technician set up a modem in your home, you are ready to set up your router. Start by loading the installation CD that came with your router into your PC. Once the CD has loaded, double click on the icon and follow these instructions:
- Connect the cable attached to your modem to the slot labeled “WAN” (Wide Area Network) or “Internet” on your wireless router
- Connect the included Ethernet (blue) cord to your computer in the slot labeled "LAN" (Local Area Network) or "Ethernet".
- Connect the other end of the blue cord to the blue slot on your router, labeled “Ethernet 1”
- Connect the included power cord to your router, and then plug it into an outlet
- On your PC, list the type of Internet service you are using: DLS (telephone), or cable broadband
- Select the level of security you would like for your router—WPA and WPA2 are the preferred methods of encryption. Learn more about encrypted wireless networks.
- Select a password and label your wireless network so family, co-workers, or guests will know what to look for
- Click “Configure router”
- Unhook the blue Ethernet cord and your wireless network is in place
Simply provide the name and password of your wireless network to anyone you want to have access.
Make the most out of your wireless network
View the complete list of print apps for your wireless HP printer at the ePrintCenter and see how apps can make your life easier.
Now that your wireless network is set up, you’re ready to set up your wireless printer. Many HP wireless printers are also Web-connected, which offers a variety of advantages:
Find a wireless printer
- 3.5" color touchscreen
- Print, copy, scan
- Automatic two-sided printing
- Easy wireless printing3
- 4.3" color touchscreen with gesturing
- Print, copy, scan, fax
- Wireless printing and sharing3
- 50-sheet ADF
- Up to 50% lower cost per page than laser printers4
- 3.5" color touchscreen
- Print, copy, scan, fax
- 35-sheet ADF
- Built-in wireless networking3
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- 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 Wireless performance is dependent upon physical environment and distance from access point. Wireless operations compatible with 2.4GHz routers only.
- 4 Majority of color laser printers
www.hp.com/officejet. OJ Pro ISO yield with highest-capacity