How to Install a Wireless HP Printer

by C.D. Crowder ; Updated September 28, 2017

Wireless HP printers allow you to print without the need for your computer to be physically connected to the printer. Wireless HP printers are good for multiple computer networks or offices. Multiple computers can wirelessly connect to the same printer. Computers must have wireless capabilities in order to connect to the HP wireless printer. HP wireless printers come complete with software to help with the installation process and the management of your wireless printer network.

Insert the CD that comes with the wireless HP printer into any computer that will use the printer. This will allow you to setup the software and configure the network settings.

Choose where to install the software and which components of the software to install. Typical components for HP printers include the network utility and project creation software. If you already have software for project creation, you don’t need to install this. You won’t need to install either component for other computers in order to use the printer.

Turn on the HP printer when prompted. Don’t connect it to a computer unless directed by the software. If the printer isn’t recognized by the software, you may be asked to temporarily connect it via a provided USB cable.

Choose a printer name and an IP address. The IP address can be dynamic or you can create a static IP address. For larger networks, dedicate a static IP address or allow the HP software to choose a static IP for you to prevent conflicts on your network.

Click "Continue” to complete the wireless HP printer installation. The entire process can take up to 30 minutes if you install all software components.

Install the printer on other computers by going to those computers, clicking the Windows “Start" menu, selecting "Hardware and Sound" and choosing "Add a Printer.” Choose “A Network Printer” to view a list of network printers. Choose the printer name from Step 4 to install and access the wireless printer.

Tip

  • Don’t turn on or connect the HP wireless printer before prompted. Doing so may result in printer setup or printing errors later on.

About the Author

C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.

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