So, you’ve gone and done it. You’ve purchased a brand-new HP wireless printer, and you’re all ready to let the machine work its magic.
Except you can’t quite figure out what that magic is, and how to use it.
Don’t worry, that’s why this article is here: to help you get your HP wireless printer connected to your wireless network.
Help from HP for your HP Wireless Printer
You bought the printer, and now you’ve got the question, and you’ve typed it into your search engine: How to connect HP wireless printer to a wireless network?
And this is what came back.
Which is good for you. Now, you may be a little reluctant to reach out to HP for some assistance. HP customer support is good, but there’s always that fear you might not understand some piece of technical jargon. You might even have the HP support number in front of you.
Keep it there. Worst case scenario, you’ll have to pick up the phone and give them a call. Remember, even if you feel embarrassed about not quite understanding your HP wireless printer, the people in HP printer support are there to help you.
Which, I suppose, is why it’s called the HP helpline.
Go figure, huh?
Connecting Your HP Wireless Printer
HP wireless printers come with an installation disk, a definite bonus when it comes to setting up your printer and connecting it to your wireless network. But, sometimes, things happen. You lose the disk, or it comes scratched, or it may not come with the printer at all. Stranger things have happened.
If you don’t have a disk to walk you through the steps, don’t panic. You can still connect your printer to your wireless network. All you have to do is keep this article handy, and make sure you follow the steps. Don’t skip any, don’t say, ‘Hey, this doesn’t look too hard, I can figure it out.’
No one doubts your ability to figure out the connection. We’re just trying to save you any unnecessary steps in the installation process. Because if you’re trying to connect the HP wireless printer to the wireless network without a disk, it means you need your printer in a hurry.
So, don’t waste any time by repeating a step. And, speaking of steps, let’s get started.
- First and foremost, plug your printer in and turn it on. Sounds like common sense, but a lot of us (myself included) tend to panic around technology. Remember, setting up this wireless printer is going to be easy and painless. And, if for some reason you just can’t do it, HP has their fantastic support team waiting to assist you.
- Since you have a new HP wireless printer, you’re going to be able to access the touchscreen to perform the remaining steps necessary to connect to the wireless network.
- With the power on and the touchscreen live, you’re going to see a variety of options. One of them is going to be a large arrow pointing to the right. By selecting that arrow, you’ll be moved to another screen. You’ll see a few more icons, and one of them is going to be a wrench and a flywheel or sprocket. I don’t think you’ll be too surprised to learn that this icon, when used, will take you to the setup screen.
- Once you’re on the setup screen, there’s going to be a fresh menu with several choices available to you. One of them will be ‘network,’ and that’s the one you’re going to want to touch.
- With ‘network’ selected, you’ll go to another menu screen, this one dedicated to your network options. The option you’ll want is titled, ‘wireless setup wizard.’ See, we’re back to the magic of wireless printers.
- Having chosen the ‘wireless setup wizard’ option, you’re going to be prompted to choose the network you want your HP wireless printer to connect to. Make sure you choose your network and not your neighbors.
- After you’ve chosen your network, you’re going to be asked to provide the password/passphrase for your network. By entering this, you’re going to allow your HP wireless printer to connect to the network. Essentially, this is opening a line of communication between your devices.
- When you’re done with the password, select ‘OK’ or ‘Done,’ and this will establish the connection between the HP wireless printer and your network. You’ll then be prompted to either select the option to print your wireless report or skip that step altogether.
And that’s it.
A Last Word (or Two)
New technology can always be intimidating, even when you don’t think it should be. Remember, connecting your HP wireless printer to your network isn’t hard, but if you don’t feel comfortable, HP offers HP tech support with people who are happy to help.