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Setting up the HP Printer with the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit in Windows 7

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Introduction

The HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit replaces the USB cable to allow you the freedom of wireless communication between the HP product and the computer. You can also share the HP product with other computers over an existing wireless network.
NOTE:The HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit is no longer available for purchase. The kit is not supported on a Macintosh system.
Figure 1: Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit setup
Illustration: Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit setup
1 - Printer adapter
2 - Computer adapter

Setting up the printer with the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit

Follow these steps first to set up the wireless printing upgrade kit and the printer on your computer. After you complete these steps, you can continue to the section in this document on adding the printer to an existing wireless network.

Step one: Unpack the kit and check the box contents

Unpack the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit. Make sure that the kit includes the following items.
Figure 2: HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit box contents
Contents of the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit
1 - Printer adapter
2 - Computer adapter
3 - HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit CD
4 - USB cable
5 - Power cord

Step two: Connect the printer adapter

  1. Turn off the HP product.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the printer adapter and the USB port on the back of the HP product.
    NOTE:Even if the HP product has a USB port on the front, use only the port on the back.
  3. Plug the power cord into the printer adapter and the power outlet. Make sure that the first two lights turn on.
    Figure 3: The printer adapter with the power adapter plugged in and lights on
    Printer Adapter  with the power cord and USB cable plugged in
  4. Turn on the product.

Step three: Enable Windows Update

  1. Make sure that the computer connects to the Internet correctly.
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ().
  3. In the Search programs and files text box, type Change device installation settings, and then press Enter.
  4. In the Device Installation Settings window, click to select Yes, do this automatically, and then click Save Changes.

Step four: Install the upgrade kit software

A Windows Vista driver for your product is available to use as a workaround in Windows 7. A Windows 7 driver will not be released. Follow these steps to install the kit.
NOTE:Do not connect the computer adapter until prompted to do so.
  1. Close all software programs except for the firewall program. Also, close any HP software such as HP Solution Center or HP Director.
    NOTE:Respond to any firewall questions concerning the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit software by clicking Always allow or Yes.
  2. Instead of using the CD to install the software, follow these steps to install the most recent software from the HP Web site:
    1. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
    2. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to begin the installation.
  3. When the installation reaches 90% on the top bar and 10% at the bottom bar, it hangs and does not progress. Follow these steps to continue the installation.
    Figure 4: Installation progress stalled
    Illustration: Stalled installation progress.
    Right-click the taskbar near the Windows icon (), and then click Start Task Manager.
    Click the Applications tab, right-click Wireless Printing upgrade kit, and then select Go to process from the menu that displays.
    Highlight SetupWizard.exe, and then click End process. If a window opens and asks you whether you want to end the process, click End process.
    Figure 5: Task Manager window
    Illustration: The Task Manager window
    The Program Compatibility Assistant window opens and indicates that the program might not have installed correctly. Select Reinstall using recommended settings, and then allow Windows 7 to complete the installation.
    Figure 6: Program Compatibility Assistant window
    Illustration: Program Compatibility Assistant window
    When the installer extracts and runs again, click Install.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    NOTE:Some of the dialog boxes might open behind the installer window. If the software installation seems to stop for too long, check for windows or dialog boxes hidden behind other windows.
  5. When prompted, insert the computer adapter into a USB port on the computer.
    Figure 7: Insert the computer adapter into a USB port on the computer
    Insert the computer adapter into a USB port on the computer
    NOTE:If it is difficult to insert the computer adapter into the USB port, buy an extension cable or swivel extender for the port.
  6. Click Finish to complete the software installation.
    NOTE:Leave this box checked: For best results, allow all users full printer access. If this box is cleared, only an administrator can restart the HP product if it pauses due to being out of paper or other causes.
    At the end of the installation, a new window opens and prompts you to install the product software before you can use the product. Continue with the next step to install the product software.

Step five: Set up the HP product connection

Select one of the following connection methods, depending on whether you already installed your HP product software and drivers.
  1. Right-click the Connection Manager icon () in the notification area (lower-right corner of your screen).
  2. Click Connect.
    A progress box displays as the computer creates the new wireless instance of your HP product. The text (Copy 1) displays after the name of the new instance of the HP product.
    NOTE:You can delete the old instance of the HP product if you do not plan to use it. You can also rename the HP product if you want to. Follow the instructions for your operating system.
Important: If the installer asks you to insert your HP product or All-in-One CD, you can click Cancel. You might have to click Cancel several times.
After a few moments, the Connection Manager icon changes to show a successful connection ().
Follow these steps to download and install the most current software available from the HP Web site. Because the version of the software included on the CD might not be the latest version, HP recommends downloading the software.
NOTE:Leave your HP product attached to the Wireless Printer Adapter. Do not connect the USB cable.
  1. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Next, and then click Drivers.
  2. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next.
  3. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver.
  4. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  5. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to begin the installation.
  6. When the software asks you to plug in the USB cable, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the Connection Manager icon () in the notification area (lower-right corner of your screen).
    2. Select Connect.
      After a few moments, the icon changes to show a successful connection ().

Step five: Test the setup

After you complete all of the previous steps, try printing a document to make sure that the set up works correctly.
  1. Open a document.
  2. Click File, and then click Print. The Print window opens.
  3. In the Name drop-down list, click your wireless product from the list of products.
    TIP
    Your list of products now contains two or more products. For example, the list might contain HP PSC 1400 series and HP PSC 1400 series (Wireless). To print, select the product with (Wireless) following the name.
  4. Click OK or Print to print the document.
After you complete the steps to set up the printer with the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit, follow these steps if you want to add your printer to an existing wireless network. Adding the printer to the network allows you to share the HP product with other computers on the network.
NOTE:You only need the one computer adapter provided in the kit. Leave it connected to the original computer on which you installed the software.
Figure 8: Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit in a wireless network
Illustration: Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit in a wireless network
1 - Printer adapter
2 - Computer adapter
3 - Access point (router)

Step one: Configure the network to allow multiple users

Follow these steps on the computer on which you have installed the Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit software with the computer adapter.
NOTE:To complete this task, obtain the service set identifier (SSID) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) key or passphrase for the network. (The WEP key secures 802.11 wireless networks.)The SSID name, which is the name that is assigned to a wireless network, cannot have any spaces. If the existing network SSID name contains spaces, rename it in order to connect to the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit successfully.The product documentation can help you find this information.
  1. Click Start or the Windows icon (), click All Programs, and then select HP Wireless Printing Upgrade.
  2. Click Advanced Setup. The Allow multiple users to share the printer dialog box opens.
  3. Select Yes. A list of available Wireless Access Points opens.
  4. Select the desired access point, and then click Next. Click Refresh if your access point is not on the list.
  5. When the Security Setting screen opens, type the SSID in the box.
    NOTE:All your wireless devices must use the same SSID.
  6. Select the appropriate Security setting.
    CAUTION:HP strongly recommends using security on your network. Without security, others can gain access to the network and computers, which can cause effects ranging from system slowdowns to destroyed files.
    The available security settings include the following:
    WEP (64-Bit)Encrypts data using the WEP 64-bit standard.
    WEP (128-Bit)Encrypts data using the WEP 128-bit standard.
    WPA-PSKEncrypts data using the Wi-Fi Protected Access with Preshared Key standard. Introduced in 2003, WPA is a wireless security that offers more protection than WEP. WPA-PSK offers two encryption methods, TKIP and AES, with dynamic encryption keys.
    WPA2-PSKWPA2 is a stronger version of WPA.
    DisabledNo data encryption. This is not recommended.
  7. Create a passphrase or network key that is appropriate for the security type.
    WEP (64-bit) or WEP (128 bit): Use either Passphrase or Network keyPassphrase

    Type a word or a phrase (8–63 characters) in the Passphrase field, and then click Generate Keys. The program creates a key based on this passphrase. Click Next.
    Network Key

    Type a value in the Network Key and Confirm Network Key fields, and then click Next.
    WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK

    NOTE:Other Wireless Stations must use the same encryption method.
    Select the Encryption method (TKIP or AES), and then type a key value in the Network Key and Confirm Network Key fields. Click Next.
    The IP Address Setting screen opens.
  8. Check whether the IP address generated automatically:
    Right-click the Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit icon in the notification area (lower-right corner of the computer screen).
    Click Properties.
    If an IP address displays in the Properties area, the IP address generated automatically because your LAN has a DHCP server. Select Obtain IP Address automatically on the IP Address Setting screen, and then skip to step 10.
    If the IP address does not display in the Properties, continue to the next step.
  9. Follow these steps to set the IP address:
    1. Click the Windows icon (), type cmd in the Search programs and files dialog box, and then press ENTER.
    2. When the Command Prompt window opens, type ipconfig, and then press ENTER.
      The IP configuration information displays on the screen.
    3. Make a note of the Subnet Mask and the Default Gateway values.
    4. Click Use the following IP address.
    5. Type an unused IP address from the IP address pool used in the LAN.
      NOTE:If necessary, check with the network administrator for help finding an unused IP address from the IP address pool.
    6. Use the same Subnet Mask and Default Gateway values that you noted in step c.
  10. After reviewing the settings, click Apply, and then click Finish.

Step two: Configure other computers to use the printer

To allow other computers on the wireless network to use the upgraded HP product, install the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit on each computer.
NOTE:You do not have to change the computer adapter in any way to complete this procedure. Leave it attached to the first computer.
  1. Insert the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit CD into the other computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    NOTE:If the software version number on the CD is not the most current version, download the software from the HP Web site, and then start the installation.
  2. A dialog box displays with a prompt to select the computer on the network. Select the computer, and then click Continue.
  3. Follow the same procedure for each computer on the network.

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