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Introduction

The HP bt300 wireless printer adapter (see Figure 1) uses Bluetooth wireless technology allowing you to print without using a cable. In general, Bluetooth wireless technology is a short range wireless technology that allows connection between devices. By using your HP bt300, printing is possible from a camera phone, PDA, digital camera, or computer to HP Photosmart 325, 375, 8150 or 8450 printers.
Figure 1: HP bt300 Bluetooth wireless printer adapter

Bluetooth basics

When using the HP bt300 wireless printer adapter, the sending device (camera, PDA, computer, etc.) sends a signal and discovers the nearby Bluetooth printing devices. For most devices, the default settings will allow printing without making any changes. However, a Bluetooth device contains other settings, such as Visible or Invisible as well as various security settings.

Bluetooth device names

When a sending device discovers the printer, the sending device will display the printer's Bluetooth device name. The printer's default Bluetooth device name can be found and changed in the printer's Bluetooth control panel menu.

Installation and setup

  1. Locate the host USB port on the printer. It will usually be located in the front panel of the printer and is shaped like the computer USB port. It may be also referred to as a camera or PictBridge port (see Figure 2).
    Figure 2: Installing the HP bt300 wireless printer adapter
  2. Remove the cap from the HP bt300 and insert it into the port.

Display conditions

The display, or LED, on the HP bt300 wireless printer adapter will indicate its status.
  • Blinking: The device is installed and has power.
  • Rapid blinking: A sending device is discovering the HP bt300 wireless printer adapter.
  • On steady: The HP bt300 wireless printer adapter is receiving data.

Accessibility modes

There are two available Bluetooth accessibility modes for the printer. Follow the steps in the printer user guide to change the accessibility mode.
Visible to all (public/shown to all)
When the printer's accessibility setting is set to Visible to all, any Bluetooth device within range can discover and use the printer. This is the default setting for your HP device.
Not visible (private/hidden)
When the accessibility setting is set to not visible, only sending devices that have stored the printer's Bluetooth device address can discover and use the printer.

Bluetooth device address

Bluetooth devices have a unique device address that cannot be changed. The following are general instructions for identifying the printer's Bluetooth device address. Consult the printer documentation for specific instructions.
  1. Access the control panel menu and select the Bluetooth option.
  2. Select Device address and press OK to display the Bluetooth adapter device address.

Security levels

Low (default)
When the printer's security level is set to Low, the printer does not require a Passkey code. Any Bluetooth device may print to it.
High
When the printer's security level is set to High, enter the Passkey code in the sending device in order to print.
Passkey/PIN code
When the printer's Bluetooth security level is set to High, the sending device attempting to print is prompted for a Passkey. The Passkey is a 4-digit code that is set on the printer. The default Passkey is 0000. The following are steps for finding the printer's Bluetooth passkey. Consult the printer documentation for specific instructions.
  1. Access the control panel menu and select the Bluetooth option.
  2. Select Passkey and press OK to display the printer's Passkey.

General printing instructions

  1. Start the discovery of available Bluetooth printers.
  2. Select the printer and enter the passkey if prompted.
  3. Print.

Printing from a camera phone

There are two ways for printing photos from a camera phone: from the imaging application or from a camera phone print application.
Using an imaging application to print from a camera phone
  1. From the imaging application, select Send via Bluetooth .
  2. The phone will search for Bluetooth devices. Select the desired printer.
  3. Enter a Passkey, if prompted for one.
Using a print application to print from a camera phone
  1. Press the Menu button on the camera phone.
  2. Select the Print application .
  3. Select the item to print.
  4. Either select Find Printer or Accept the printer selected .
    NOTE:It may be necessary to install the Print application to the phone. Visit the Web site of the phone manufacturer for more information.

Printing from a digital camera

These are general steps for printing from a digital camera. Refer to the camera documentation for detailed information.
  1. Place the camera in Play/Review mode and scroll until the desired picture is displayed on the screen.
  2. Press the camera Menu button and select Transmit .
  3. If prompted, enter a Passkey, then press OK .

Printing from an HP iPAQ

To print from an HP iPAQ Pocket PC with HP Image Zone, use one of the following methods.
Method one
  1. Tap HP Image Zone .
  2. Select the desired image.
  3. Tap File , then Print .
  4. Select the desired printer and tap Print .
Method two
  1. Tap the printer icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  2. Select Mobile Printing .
  3. Select the desired printer and tap Print .
    NOTE:If the desired printer is not in the printer list, tap Configure to add a printer and refer to the HP iPAQ Pocket PC documentation for more information.

Printing from a computer

The method for printing from a computer depends on the profile that the computer supports and the Bluetooth configuration that is installed. Check the computer documentation to verify supported profiles and for detailed information. These steps are for Windows computers. Install the HP Photosmart printer SW/driver before attempting to print using Bluetooth.
NOTE: If the computer does not support either of these methods, consult the computer documentation for additional assistance.
For the HP or Widcomm configuration
  1. Click the My Bluetooth Places icon on the main Windows screen or the task bar.
  2. Click Search for devices in range .
  3. Once the available printers are discovered, double-click the desired printer.
  4. Print to this printer.
For the Microsoft configuration
  1. Click Start , Settings then Printers or Start , then Printers and Faxes .
  2. Select Add Printer .
  3. Click Next .
  4. Select Local Printer and un-select Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer .
  5. Select the serial port assigned by the Bluetooth software.
  6. Follow the directions on the screen to finish the installation.
    NOTE:The identity of the serial port assigned by the Bluetooth software and the HP Photosmart driver CD will be required.

Troubleshooting

The following are basic troubleshooting steps for issues that may be encountered when printing from a Bluetooth-enabled device.
Plugging the HP Bluetooth Wireless Adapter into the camera port on the front of the printer
Make sure HP bt300 wireless printer adapter is plugged into the camera port on the front of the printer. The light on the adapter will flash when the adapter is ready to receive data.
Setting the Bluetooth accessibility to Visible
Bluetooth Accessibility may be set to not visible. Follow the steps below to change this setting to Visible.
  1. Press Menu to access the printer menu.
  2. Select Bluetooth then press OK .
  3. Select Accessibility , then press OK .
  4. Select Visible to all , then press OK .
Changing the security level
The Bluetooth security level may be set to High. Follow the steps below to change the security level.
  1. Press Menu to access the printer menu.
  2. Select Bluetooth , then press OK .
  3. Select Security level , then press OK .
  4. Select Low , then press OK .
Entering the correct passkey
The Passkey (PIN) that the Bluetooth device is using for the printer may be incorrect. Make sure the correct Passkey for the printer is entered in the Bluetooth device.
Determining the correct distance between the printer and the Bluetooth device
The Bluetooth device may be too far from the printer. Move closer to the printer. The recommended distance between a Bluetooth device and the printer is 10 meters (30 feet).
Determining the file type
The printer may not recognize the type of file sent by the Bluetooth device. For a list of the file formats that the printer supports, consult the printer documentation.
Adjusting image quality
In the case of photo printing, it is recommended that the quality setting in the camera be set to the highest quality. VGA resolution (640 x 480) cameras may not produce high-quality photos even at their highest resolution. The print cartridge may also need replacing. For the best print quality, use photo paper and a photo print cartridge.
Borderless printing
Photo printed with white borders. Bluetooth device does not support borderless printing. Contact the device vendor or consult their website for the latest updates for the printing application.

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