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HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer support

An 'Unable to Find Printer' Error Displays for the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One and Deskjet Ink Advantage 4510 e-All-in-One Printer Series

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This document applies to the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One and Deskjet Ink Advantage 4510 e-All-in-One printer series for Windows XP and later and Mac OS X v10.6 and later.
When you try installing the printer software for a wireless network connection, an 'Unable to Find Printer' message displays on the computer.
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the HP Print and Scan Doctor to help identify and fix common problems when installing or using HP printers on your home network.

Step one: Download the automated tool

The HP Print and Scan Doctor works with most HP printers, is available in most languages, and works in Windows operating systems only. Download it free from the HP website.
  1. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  2. Open the folder where the computer saved the software file (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step two: Run the automated tool

Run the HP Print and Scan Doctor to resolve many common printer networking issues. Since this is a troubleshooting tool only, it might not resolve all network issues.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
  2. From the Product column in the Print and Scan Doctor, select your printer, and then click Next. If your printer is not in the list, turn it off and back on, and then click Retry. If your printer is still not in the list, click Connect.
  3. If the tool finds your printer and it is connected, you can select Fix Printing or Fix Scanning to resolve any other issues. If the tool cannot find your printer or says that it is disconnected, continue to the next step.
  4. When prompted, select the method that you want to use to connect your printer to the network.
    The tool provides helpful information you might need to set up your networked printer, including network security information and the computer's current network information.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot any network issues and connect your printer to the network.
    • If the connectivity issue is resolved by the HP Print and Scan Doctor, try the installation again.
    • If the connectivity issue is not resolved, continue to the next solution to manually resolve the issue.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.
Follow these steps in the order presented to manually troubleshoot and resolve the connection issue.
NOTE:Some of these steps require restarting the computer. Consider bookmarking this page on your Web browser so that you can reference it after the restart.

Step one: Keep the installation window open

Keep the Install Wizard window open with the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message.
If you have already closed the installation window, use one of the following methods to reopen the window, depending on how you were installing the software when the issue occurred. This step is necessary for you to start the troubleshooting process.
Follow these steps if you used the printer software CD to install the software.
  1. Open the CD drive, and then close the CD drive. The software installer starts automatically.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. If the 'Unable to find printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.
Follow these steps if you tried to download and install the software from the HP website.
  1. Double-click the icon for the software file you downloaded.
  2. When the installation screen opens, click Install, and then follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software. When the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.

Step two: Check for items that can interfere with the installation

Before you continue troubleshooting, check the status of the following items that might be interfering with the network installation.
  1. Make sure that your computer is connected to your home network.
    Mouse over the Wireless icon in the notification area of your computer. If the wireless network shown is not yours (for instance, if you are connected to another local network), you must reconnect to your own network before continuing.
    Figure 1: Mouse over the Wireless icon to show the wireless network connection
    Graphic: Wireless network connection
  2. If you are using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to a remote network (for instance, your work network), close that connection before trying to install the printer software again.
  3. If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  4. If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure that you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software. Also make sure any existing TCP/IP printer ports are deleted.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were interfering with the network installation, try installing the software again. If the error message does not display, you no longer need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were not interfering with the network connection, continue to the next step.

Step three: Check the printer's network connection status

Print a Network Configuration Page to check if the printer is connected to the network.
Tip
You will refer to this page later in this document. Keep the page for easy reference.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 2: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
  • If the IP address on the test page is 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, this means that the printer is not connected to the network. Continue to the next step to set up the printer on the wireless network.
  • If the IP address on the test page is 192.168.0.5 (for example), this means that the printer is connected to the network. Review the steps in this document to check communication between the printer and the computer .

Step four: Get the SSID, the WEP key, and the WPA passphrase

Get the Service Set Identifier (SSID), the Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) key, or the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) passphrase of the wireless access point
A device, such as a wireless router, that allows wireless-capable devices (like your HP product) to connect to your wireless network.
(router). You need these to connect the printer to the wireless network.
NOTE:HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, the WEP key, or WPA passphrase. You must get this information from the router before you connect your product to the network. If you downloaded the HP Print and Scan Doctor in a previous step, it can help you retrieve these items.
  1. See the documentation provided with the router and make note of the router's IP address
    A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
    .
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
  2. Open a new Web browser window, such as Internet Explorer, type the router IP address in the address bar, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 3: Example IP address in browser address line
    Image: Example IP address in browser address line
    The Embedded Web Server (EWS) of the router opens.
  3. Type the user name and password to access the router's EWS. You can find these in the documentation that came with the router.
  4. When the EWS opens, make note of the Network Name (SSID). The SSID is the name of your wireless network. Leave the EWS open so that you can access it in the next steps.
    NOTE:The SSID is often on the first page of the EWS.
  5. Make note of the WEP key or the WPA passphrase, which you can often find on a Security tab. If there is no Security tab, see the documentation that came with your router.
    NOTE:If more than one WEP key is in the list, make note of the first one (index 1).

Step five: Connect to the wireless network

Select from the following wireless setup options, depending on the screen that displays on your computer:
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information through your computer, and then applies it to your printer through the wireless connection in order to connect the printer to the same network. Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the HP Auto Wireless Connect screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. If Wireless is off, touch Turn On.
  3. On the computer, select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and wireless network setup for the printer.
Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the Wireless Network Connection screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon (), and then touch Settings.
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard searches for networks, and then displays them in a list.
  3. Touch the name of your network.
      1. Touch Enter New Network Name.
      2. On the on-screen keyboard, touch the appropriate letters and numbers to enter the network name.
        NOTE:Make sure that you enter the uppercase (capital) and lowercase (small) letters exactly. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
      3. When you finish entering the new network name, touch Done, and then touch OK.
      4. Touch Infrastructure, and then touch WEP encryption or WPA encryption.
        If you do not want to use encryption (a security password), touch No, my network does not use encryption, and then go to the step to make sure the printer successfully connects to the network.
  4. If your router is WPS compatible , you can connect using this feature.
  5. If prompted, enter the WEP or WPA key:
    1. Touch the appropriate letters or numbers on the on-screen keyboard.
      NOTE:You must enter the exact uppercase and lowercase letters. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
    2. When you are finished entering the WEP key or WPA key, touch Done and then touch OK to confirm.
      The printer attempts to connect to the network.
  6. Make sure the printer successfully connects to the network before continuing to the next step.
    NOTE: If a connection error message displays, make sure that the network name and security key are correct, and then follow the prompts to enter the information again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.

Step six: Check if the printer's IP address changed

If the IP address on the test page that you printed earlier was 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, you must first print another test page. Now that the printer is connected to the network, the new page will show the correct IP address.
NOTE:If the IP address was not 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX on the earlier page, you do not need to print another page now. Continue to the next step to check the communication between the printer and the computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
  • If the IP address did not change, unplug the power cord from the wireless router, wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking), and then print another test page.
  • If the IP address did change, continue to the next step.

Step seven: Check the communication between the printer and the computer

Like your wireless router, the printer also has an Embedded Web Server (EWS) you can access over the network. Follow these steps to check the communication between the printer and the computer by accessing the printer's EWS.
Tip
Get the test page that you printed earlier.
  1. Open a new Web browser window or tab.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    The EWS\Printer information page for the product opens and confirms that the product is communicating with the computer.
      If the message 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' appears in the Web browser when you try to open the embedded web server (EWS), or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the EWS for your HP product. If you encounter this error outside of your HP product's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.
NOTE:If the EWS still does not open, the computer cannot communicate with the printer. Review the steps to temporarily disable any firewalls that might be blocking the communication .

Step eight: Search for the printer with the printer IP address

  1. In the Install Wizard window, select the Show Advanced Search Options checkbox.
  2. Type the product IP address, and then click Search.
    NOTE:You can find the product IP address listed on the test page that you printed earlier.
    • If the printer is found, continue the software installation. When the installation is complete, you can stop troubleshooting.
    • If the printer is not found, click Cancel to stop the software installation, and then continue to the next step.

Step nine: Disable startup programs and services

Follow these steps to disable any startup programs or services that start when you turn on the computer.
  1. Click Start (), and then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message 'Windows needs your permission to continue,' click Continue to close the window.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then click Disable All.
  4. Click the Services tab, click the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox, and then click Disable All.
  5. Click Apply, and then click Ok.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart later.

Step ten: Restart the network devices

Follow these steps to restart all the devices on the network.
These steps include turning off the computer. Consider bookmarking this page for easy reference.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click Start (), click Shut Down, select Shut Down from the drop-down list, and then click Ok.
  3. Turn off the wireless access point (router).
  4. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  5. Press the power button on the computer to turn it on.
  6. When the computer turns on, a System Configuration Utility message opens on the computer. Select the Do not show this message again check box, and then click OK.

Step eleven: Temporarily disable the firewall

Firewall software from firewall vendors, such as Symantec, McAfee, or ZoneAlarm, can prevent the HP software from successfully installing over a network connection. Follow these steps to temporarily turn off any firewalls.
  1. Look in the lower-right corner of the computer (systems tray) to find the icon for the firewall software.
    NOTE:The appearance of the icon varies depending on the manufacturer of the software.
    Figure 4: Example of the systems tray on the computer
    Image of a systems tray.
  2. Right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Disable.
    The option to turn off the software might not be 'Disable'. Look for a similar menu option, such as Stop or Turn off.

Step twelve: Uninstall any HP software

Even if the HP software installation was incomplete, some HP components might be partially installed on your computer. Follow these steps to remove the components.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start (), and then click All Programs. A list of programs installed on your computer displays.
  2. Click the HP folder, and then click the folder with the name and model number of your printer.
  3. Click the following HP software components, and then click Uninstall.
    • HP Deskjet/Photosmart/All-in-One software
    • HP Imaging device functions
    • HP Customer Participation program
    • HP Photo Creations
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software removal.
    CAUTION:If the uninstaller asks you to remove shared files, click No. Other programs that use these files might not work if you delete the files.
  5. Disconnect the printer from the power source, and then restart the computer.

Step thirteen: Reinstall the HP software

After you complete the previous steps, you can reinstall the printer software and drivers with one of the following methods:
  • Download from the Web: Click HP Software and Drivers to download the latest software from the HP website. The software available on the HP website is usually more current than the software on the CD.
  • Software CD: Insert the software CD that shipped with your HP printer into the computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step fourteen: Restart and configure the firewall

NOTE:Consider printing this page, or bookmarking it on your web browser, so that you can reference it after you configure the firewall.
  1. Use the following list to resolve most firewall issues. For further information on firewall settings, contact the firewall vendor.
    • Regularly check for new firewall software versions and security threat updates.
    • If available, select the Medium security setting when connected to your network.
    • If available, select the Trusted zone setting when connected to your network.
    • Restore any custom firewall settings to their default settings.
    • Turn on firewall alert messages, and click Allow, Permit, or Unblock when alerts appear while installing HP software or while using your printer. If an alert includes a Remember this action or Create a rule for this option, select it.
    • Do not run more than one firewall at a time.
    • Use a manual IP address to improve the connection between the computer and your printer.
    If you are still experiencing connection issues, continue to the next step.
  2. Find the notification area
    Sometimes called the systems tray.
    in the lower right corner of your computer, near the clock.
    Figure 5: Examples of the notification area on the computer
    Image: Notification area.
    Image: Notification area.
  3. In the notification area, right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Enable. If you don't know the name of your firewall program, mouse over the icon until your firewall program name displays.
    NOTE:The option to turn on the software might not be 'Enable.' Look for a similar menu option, such as Start or Turn on.If those options are not available, open the firewall, and then click the option to restart it.
  4. Find your firewall in the following table, and click the link for the steps to configure the firewall.
  5. When you have finished following the instructions for your firewall, return to this document to finish the steps.
    1. Open your firewall software, and then locate the configuration settings.
      Important: Only change the settings in your local area (home) network. Before proceeding, contact the firewall vendor for additional information on how to change these settings.
    2. Set your firewall to unblock the following port range:
      • UDP port range 1000-65535
      NOTE:You do not need to specify each port individually for this port range. Set one port rule for the entire range of ports.
    3. Set your firewall to unblock the following individual ports:
      • TCP port 80
      • TCP port 443
      • TCP port 8080
      • TCP port 9220
      • TCP port 9500
      NOTE:Set one port rule for all these individual TCP ports.

Step fifteen: Re-enable startup programs and services

  1. Click Start (), and then click Run. The Run dialog box opens.
  2. In the Open: box, type msconfig, and then click OK. The MSCONFIG Utility window opens.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then select the check box next to each program that should run when you turn on the computer. If a program should not run when the computer is turned on, leave the check box clear.
    CAUTION:Do not disable any Microsoft services.
  4. If no changes should be made to startup programs or services, click the General tab, and then select the Normal Startup checkbox.
  5. Click the Services tab, and then select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box.
  6. Click Enable all.
  7. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  8. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented and the issue is not resolved, try the following resource for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the HP Print and Scan Doctor to help identify and fix common problems when installing or using HP printers on your home network.

Step one: Download the automated tool

The HP Print and Scan Doctor works with most HP printers, is available in most languages, and works in Windows operating systems only. Download it free from the HP website.
  1. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  2. Open the folder where the computer saved the software file (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step two: Run the automated tool

Run the HP Print and Scan Doctor to resolve many common printer networking issues. Since this is a troubleshooting tool only, it might not resolve all network issues.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
  2. From the Product column in the Print and Scan Doctor, select your printer, and then click Next. If your printer is not in the list, turn it off and back on, and then click Retry. If your printer is still not in the list, click Connect.
  3. If the tool finds your printer and it is connected, you can select Fix Printing or Fix Scanning to resolve any other issues. If the tool cannot find your printer or says that it is disconnected, continue to the next step.
  4. When prompted, select the method that you want to use to connect your printer to the network.
    The tool provides helpful information you might need to set up your networked printer, including network security information and the computer's current network information.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot any network issues and connect your printer to the network.
    • If the connectivity issue is resolved by the HP Print and Scan Doctor, try the installation again.
    • If the connectivity issue is not resolved, continue to the next solution to manually resolve the issue.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.
Follow these steps in the order presented to manually troubleshoot and resolve the connection issue.
NOTE:Some of these steps require restarting the computer. Consider bookmarking this page on your Web browser so that you can reference it after the restart.

Step one: Keep the installation window open

Keep the Install Wizard window open with the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message.
If you have already closed the installation window, use one of the following methods to reopen the window, depending on how you were installing the software when the issue occurred. This step is necessary for you to start the troubleshooting process.
Follow these steps if you used the printer software CD to install the software.
  1. Open the CD drive, and then close the CD drive. The software installer starts automatically.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. If the 'Unable to find printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.
Follow these steps if you tried to download and install the software from the HP website.
  1. Double-click the icon for the software file you downloaded.
  2. When the installation screen opens, click Install, and then follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software. When the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.

Step two: Check for items that can interfere with the installation

Before you continue troubleshooting, check the status of the following items that might be interfering with the network installation.
  1. Make sure that your computer is connected to your home network.
    Mouse over the Wireless icon in the notification area of your computer. If the wireless network shown is not yours (for instance, if you are connected to another local network), you must reconnect to your own network before continuing.
    Figure 6: Mouse over the Wireless icon to show the wireless network connection
    Graphic: Wireless network connection
  2. If you are using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to a remote network (for instance, your work network), close that connection before trying to install the printer software again.
  3. If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  4. If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure that you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software. Also make sure any existing TCP/IP printer ports are deleted.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were interfering with the network installation, try installing the software again. If the error message does not display, you no longer need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were not interfering with the network connection, continue to the next step.

Step three: Check the printer's network connection status

Print a Network Configuration Page to check if the printer is connected to the network.
Tip
You will refer to this page later in this document. Keep the page for easy reference.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 7: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
  • If the IP address on the test page is 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, this means that the printer is not connected to the network. Continue to the next step to set up the printer on the wireless network.
  • If the IP address on the test page is 192.168.0.5 (for example), this means that the printer is connected to the network. Review the steps in this document to check communication between the printer and the computer .

Step four: Get the SSID, the WEP key, and the WPA passphrase

Get the Service Set Identifier (SSID), the Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) key, or the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) passphrase of the wireless access point
A device, such as a wireless router, that allows wireless-capable devices (like your HP product) to connect to your wireless network.
(router). You need these to connect the printer to the wireless network.
NOTE:HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, the WEP key, or WPA passphrase. You must get this information from the router before you connect your product to the network. If you downloaded the HP Print and Scan Doctor in a previous step, it can help you retrieve these items.
  1. See the documentation provided with the router and make note of the router's IP address
    A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
    .
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
  2. Open a new Web browser window, such as Internet Explorer, type the router IP address in the address bar, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 8: Example IP address in browser address line
    Image: Example IP address in browser address line
    The Embedded Web Server (EWS) of the router opens.
  3. Type the user name and password to access the router's EWS. You can find these in the documentation that came with the router.
  4. When the EWS opens, make note of the Network Name (SSID). The SSID is the name of your wireless network. Leave the EWS open so that you can access it in the next steps.
    NOTE:The SSID is often on the first page of the EWS.
  5. Make note of the WEP key or the WPA passphrase, which you can often find on a Security tab. If there is no Security tab, see the documentation that came with your router.
    NOTE:If more than one WEP key is in the list, make note of the first one (index 1).

Step five: Connect to the wireless network

Select from the following wireless setup options, depending on the screen that displays on your computer:
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information through your computer, and then applies it to your printer through the wireless connection in order to connect the printer to the same network. Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the HP Auto Wireless Connect screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. If Wireless is off, touch Turn On.
  3. On the computer, select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and wireless network setup for the printer.
Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the Wireless Network Connection screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon (), and then touch Settings.
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard searches for networks, and then displays them in a list.
  3. Touch the name of your network.
      1. Touch Enter New Network Name.
      2. On the on-screen keyboard, touch the appropriate letters and numbers to enter the network name.
        NOTE:Make sure that you enter the uppercase (capital) and lowercase (small) letters exactly. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
      3. When you finish entering the new network name, touch Done, and then touch OK.
      4. Touch Infrastructure, and then touch WEP encryption or WPA encryption.
        If you do not want to use encryption (a security password), touch No, my network does not use encryption, and then go to the step to make sure the printer successfully connects to the network.
  4. If your router is WPS compatible , you can connect using this feature.
  5. If prompted, enter the WEP or WPA key:
    1. Touch the appropriate letters or numbers on the on-screen keyboard.
      NOTE:You must enter the exact uppercase and lowercase letters. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
    2. When you are finished entering the WEP key or WPA key, touch Done and then touch OK to confirm.
      The printer attempts to connect to the network.
  6. Make sure the printer successfully connects to the network before continuing to the next step.
    NOTE: If a connection error message displays, make sure that the network name and security key are correct, and then follow the prompts to enter the information again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.

Step six: Check if the printer's IP address changed

If the IP address on the test page that you printed earlier was 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, you must first print another test page. Now that the printer is connected to the network, the new page will show the correct IP address.
NOTE:If the IP address was not 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX on the earlier page, you do not need to print another page now. Continue to the next step to check the communication between the printer and the computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
  • If the IP address did not change, unplug the power cord from the wireless router, wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking), and then print another test page.
  • If the IP address did change, continue to the next step.

Step seven: Check the communication between the printer and the computer

Like your wireless router, the printer also has an Embedded Web Server (EWS) you can access over the network. Follow these steps to check the communication between the printer and the computer by accessing the printer's EWS.
Tip
Get the test page that you printed earlier.
  1. Open a new Web browser window or tab.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    The EWS\Printer information page for the product opens and confirms that the product is communicating with the computer.
      If the message 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' appears in the Web browser when you try to open the embedded web server (EWS), or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the EWS for your HP product. If you encounter this error outside of your HP product's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.
NOTE:If the computer cannot communicate with the printer, review steps to temporarily disable any firewalls that might be blocking the communication .

Step eight: Search for the printer with the printer IP address

  1. In the Install Wizard window, select the Show Advanced Search Options checkbox.
  2. Type the product IP address, and then click Search.
    NOTE:You can find the product IP address listed on the test page that you printed earlier.
    • If the printer is found, continue the software installation. When the installation is complete, you can stop troubleshooting.
    • If the printer is not found, click Cancel to stop the software installation, and then continue to the next step.

Step nine: Disable startup programs and services

Follow these steps to disable any startup programs or services that start when you turn on the computer.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ().
  2. In the Start Search dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message 'Windows needs your permission to continue,' click Continue to close the window.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then click Disable All.
  4. Click the Services tab, click the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox, and then click Disable All.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart later.

Step ten: Restart the network devices

Follow these steps to restart all the devices on the network.
These steps include turning off the computer. Consider bookmarking this page for easy reference.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), click Start Search, click the Shut Down arrow (), and then click Shut Down.
  3. Turn on the wireless access point (router), if it is not already on.
  4. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  5. Press the Power button on the computer to turn it on.
  6. When the computer turns on, a System Configuration Utility message opens on the computer. Select the Do not show this message again check box, and then click OK.

Step eleven: Temporarily disable the firewall

Firewall software from firewall vendors, such as Symantec, McAfee, or ZoneAlarm, can prevent the HP software from successfully installing over a network connection. Follow these steps to temporarily turn off any firewalls.
  1. Look in the lower-right corner of the computer (systems tray) to find the icon for the firewall software.
    NOTE:The appearance of the icon varies depending on the manufacturer of the software.
    Figure 9: Example of the systems tray on the computer
    Image of a systems tray.
  2. Right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Disable.
    The option to turn off the software might not be 'Disable'. Look for a similar menu option, such as Stop or Turn off.

Step twelve: Uninstall any HP software

Even if the HP software installation was incomplete, some HP components might be partially installed on your computer. Follow these steps to remove the components.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), and then click All Programs. A list of programs installed on your computer displays.
  2. Click the HP folder, and then click the folder with the name and model number of your printer.
  3. Click the following HP software components, and then click Uninstall.
    • HP Deskjet/Photosmart/All-in-One software
    • HP Imaging device functions
    • HP Customer Participation program
    • HP Photo Creations
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software removal.
    CAUTION:If the uninstaller asks you to remove shared files, click No. Other programs that use these files might not work if you delete the files.
  5. Disconnect the printer from the power source, and then restart the computer.

Step thirteen: Reinstall the HP software

After you complete the previous steps, you can reinstall the printer software and drivers with one of the following methods:
  • Download from the Web: Click HP Software and Drivers to download the latest software from the HP website. The software available on the HP website is usually more current than the software on the CD.
  • Software CD: Insert the software CD that shipped with your HP printer into the computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step fourteen: Restart and configure the firewall

NOTE:Consider printing this page, or bookmarking it on your web browser, so that you can reference it after you configure the firewall.
  1. Use the following list to resolve most firewall issues. For further information on firewall settings, contact the firewall vendor.
    • Regularly check for new firewall software versions and security threat updates.
    • If available, select the Medium security setting when connected to your network.
    • If available, select the Trusted zone setting when connected to your network.
    • Restore any custom firewall settings to their default settings.
    • Turn on firewall alert messages, and click Allow, Permit, or Unblock when alerts appear while installing HP software or while using your printer. If an alert includes a Remember this action or Create a rule for this option, select it.
    • Do not run more than one firewall at a time.
    • Use a manual IP address to improve the connection between the computer and your printer.
    If you are still experiencing connection issues, continue to the next step.
  2. Find the notification area
    Sometimes called the systems tray.
    in the lower right corner of your computer, near the clock.
    Figure 10: Examples of the notification area on the computer
    Image: Notification area.
    Image: Notification area.
  3. In the notification area, right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Enable. If you don't know the name of your firewall program, mouse over the icon until your firewall program name displays.
    NOTE:The option to turn on the software might not be 'Enable.' Look for a similar menu option, such as Start or Turn on.If those options are not available, open the firewall, and then click the option to restart it.
  4. Find your firewall in the following table, and click the link for the steps to configure the firewall.
  5. When you have finished following the instructions for your firewall, return to this document to finish the steps.
    1. Open your firewall software, and then locate the configuration settings.
      Important: Only change the settings in your local area (home) network. Before proceeding, contact the firewall vendor for additional information on how to change these settings.
    2. Set your firewall to unblock the following port range:
      • UDP port range 1000-65535
      NOTE:You do not need to specify each port individually for this port range. Set one port rule for the entire range of ports.
    3. Set your firewall to unblock the following individual ports:
      • TCP port 80
      • TCP port 443
      • TCP port 8080
      • TCP port 9220
      • TCP port 9500
      NOTE:Set one port rule for all these individual TCP ports.

Step fifteen: Re-enable startup programs and services

  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ().
  2. In the Start Search dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message 'Windows needs your permission to continue,' click Continue to close the window.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then select the check box next to each program that should run when you turn on the computer. If a program should not run when the computer is turned on, leave the check box clear.
    CAUTION:Do not disable any Microsoft services.
  4. If no changes should be made to startup programs or services, click the General tab, and then select the Normal Startup checkbox.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented and the issue is not resolved, try the following resource for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the HP Print and Scan Doctor to help identify and fix common problems when installing or using HP printers on your home network.

Step one: Download the automated tool

The HP Print and Scan Doctor works with most HP printers, is available in most languages, and works in Windows operating systems only. Download it free from the HP website.
  1. Click Download, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  2. Open the folder where the computer saved the software file (usually Downloads), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step two: Run the automated tool

Run the HP Print and Scan Doctor to resolve many common printer networking issues. Since this is a troubleshooting tool only, it might not resolve all network issues.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
  2. From the Product column in the Print and Scan Doctor, select your printer, and then click Next. If your printer is not in the list, turn it off and back on, and then click Retry. If your printer is still not in the list, click Connect.
  3. If the tool finds your printer and it is connected, you can select Fix Printing or Fix Scanning to resolve any other issues. If the tool cannot find your printer or says that it is disconnected, continue to the next step.
  4. When prompted, select the method that you want to use to connect your printer to the network.
    The tool provides helpful information you might need to set up your networked printer, including network security information and the computer's current network information.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot any network issues and connect your printer to the network.
    • If the connectivity issue is resolved by the HP Print and Scan Doctor, try the installation again.
    • If the connectivity issue is not resolved, continue to the next solution to manually resolve the issue.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.
Follow these steps in the order presented to manually troubleshoot and resolve the connection issue.
NOTE:Some of these steps require restarting the computer. Consider bookmarking this page on your Web browser so that you can reference it after the restart.

Step one: Keep the installation window open

Keep the Install Wizard window open with the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message.
If you have already closed the installation window, use one of the following methods to reopen the window, depending on how you were installing the software when the issue occurred. This step is necessary for you to start the troubleshooting process.
Follow these steps if you used the printer software CD to install the software.
  1. Open the CD drive, and then close the CD drive. The software installer starts automatically.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. If the 'Unable to find printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.
Follow these steps if you tried to download and install the software from the HP website.
  1. Double-click the icon for the software file you downloaded.
  2. When the installation screen opens, click Install, and then follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software. When the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.

Step two: Check for items that can interfere with the installation

  1. Make sure that your computer is connected to your home network.
    Mouse over the Wireless icon in the notification area of your computer. If the wireless network shown is not yours (for instance, if you are connected to another local network), you must reconnect to your own network before continuing.
    Figure 11: Mouse over the Wireless icon to show the wireless network connection
    Image: Wireless network connection
  2. If you are using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to a remote network (for instance, your work network), close that connection before trying to install the printer software again.
  3. If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  4. If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure that you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software. Also make sure any existing TCP/IP printer ports are deleted.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were interfering with the network installation, try installing the software again. If the error message does not display, you no longer need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If you confirmed that any of these items were not interfering with the network connection, continue to the next step.

Step three: Check the printer's network connection status

Follow these steps to check if the printer is connected to the network by printing a Network Configuration Page.
Tip
You will refer to this page later in this document. Keep the page for easy reference.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 12: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
  • If the IP address on the page is 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, this means that the printer is not connected to the network. Continue to the next step to set up the printer on the wireless network.
  • If the IP address on the page is 192.168.0.5 (for example), this means that the printer is connected to the network. Review the steps in this document to check communication between the printer and the computer .

Step four: Get the network SSID, the WEP key, and the WPA passphrase

Get the Service Set Identifier (SSID), the Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP) key, or the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) passphrase of the wireless access point
A device, such as a wireless router, that allows wireless-capable devices (like your HP product) to connect to your wireless network.
(router). You need these to connect the printer to the wireless network.
NOTE:HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, the WEP key, or WPA passphrase. You must get this information from the router before you connect your product to the network. If you downloaded the HP Print and Scan Doctor in a previous step, it can help you retrieve these items.
  1. See the documentation provided with the router and make note of the router's IP address
    A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
    .
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
  2. Open a new Web browser window, such as Internet Explorer, type the router IP address in the address bar, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 13: Example IP address in browser address line
    Image: Example IP address in browser address line
    The Embedded Web Server (EWS) of the router opens.
  3. Type the user name and password to access the router's EWS. You can find these in the documentation that came with the router.
  4. When the EWS opens, make note of the Network Name (SSID). The SSID is the name of your wireless network. Leave the EWS open so that you can access it in the next steps.
    NOTE:The SSID is often on the first page of the EWS.
  5. Make note of the WEP key or the WPA passphrase, which you can often find on a Security tab. If there is no Security tab, see the documentation that came with your router.
    NOTE:If more than one WEP key is in the list, make note of the first one (index 1).

Step five: Connect to the wireless network

Select from the following wireless setup options, depending on the screen that displays on your computer:
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information through your computer, and then applies it to your printer through the wireless connection in order to connect the printer to the same network. Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the HP Auto Wireless Connect screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. If Wireless is off, touch Turn On.
  3. On the computer, select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and wireless network setup for the printer.
Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the Wireless Network Connection screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon (), and then touch Settings.
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard searches for networks, and then displays them in a list.
  3. Touch the name of your network.
      1. Touch Enter New Network Name.
      2. On the on-screen keyboard, touch the appropriate letters and numbers to enter the network name.
        NOTE:Make sure that you enter the uppercase (capital) and lowercase (small) letters exactly. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
      3. When you finish entering the new network name, touch Done, and then touch OK.
      4. Touch Infrastructure, and then touch WEP encryption or WPA encryption.
        If you do not want to use encryption (a security password), touch No, my network does not use encryption, and then go to the step to make sure the printer successfully connects to the network.
  4. If your router is WPS compatible , you can connect using this feature.
  5. If prompted, enter the WEP or WPA key:
    1. Touch the appropriate letters or numbers on the on-screen keyboard.
      NOTE:You must enter the exact uppercase and lowercase letters. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
    2. When you are finished entering the WEP key or WPA key, touch Done and then touch OK to confirm.
      The printer attempts to connect to the network.
  6. Make sure the printer successfully connects to the network before continuing to the next step.
    NOTE: If a connection error message displays, make sure that the network name and security key are correct, and then follow the prompts to enter the information again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.

Step six: Check if the printer's IP address changed

If the IP address on the test page that you printed earlier was 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, you must first print another test page. Now that the printer is connected to the network, the new page will show the correct IP address.
NOTE:If the IP address was not 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX on the earlier page, you do not need to print another page now. Continue to the next step to check the communication between the printer and the computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
  • If the IP address did not change, unplug the power cord from the wireless router, wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking), and then print another test page.
  • If the IP address did change, continue to the next step.

Step seven: Check the communication between the printer and the computer

Like your wireless router, the printer also has an Embedded Web Server (EWS). Follow these steps to check the communication between the printer and the computer by accessing the printer's EWS.
Tip
Get the test page you printed earlier.
  1. Open a new Web browser window or tab.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    The EWS\Printer information page for the product opens and confirms that the product is communicating with the computer.
      If the message 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' appears in the Web browser when you try to open the embedded web server (EWS), or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the EWS for your HP product. If you encounter this error outside of your HP product's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.
NOTE:If the computer cannot communicate with the printer, review steps to temporarily disable any firewalls that might be blocking the communication .

Step eight: Search for the printer with the printer IP address

  1. In the Install Wizard window, select the Show Advanced Search Options checkbox.
  2. Type the product IP address, and then click Search.
    NOTE:You can find the product IP address listed on the test page that you printed earlier.
    • If the printer is found, continue the software installation. When the installation is complete, you can stop troubleshooting.
    • If the printer is not found, click Cancel to stop the software installation, and then continue to the next step.

Step nine: Disable startup programs and services

Follow these steps to disable any startup programs or services that start when you turn on the computer.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ().
  2. In the Search programs and files dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message 'Windows needs your permission to continue,' click Continue.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then click Disable All.
  4. Click the Services tab, click the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox, and then click Disable All.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart later.

Step ten: Restart the network devices

Follow these steps to restart all the devices on the network.
These steps include turning off the computer. Consider bookmarking this page for easy reference.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), click the Shut Down arrow (), and then click Shut Down.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wireless router, wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking).
  4. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  5. Turn the computer on. When a System Configuration Utility message opens on the computer, select the Do not show this message again check box, and then click OK.

Step eleven: Temporarily disable the firewall

Firewall software from firewall vendors, such as Symantec, McAfee, or ZoneAlarm, can prevent the HP software from successfully installing over a network connection. Follow these steps to temporarily turn off any firewalls.
  1. Look in the lower-right corner of the computer (systems tray) to find the icon for the firewall software.
    NOTE:The appearance of the icon varies depending on the manufacturer of the software.
    Figure 14: Example of the systems tray on the computer
    Image of a systems tray.
  2. Right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Disable.
    The option to turn off the software might not be 'Disable'. Look for a similar menu option, such as Stop or Turn off.

Step twelve: Uninstall any HP software

Even if the HP software installation was incomplete, some HP software components might have partially installed on your computer. Follow these steps to remove the components.
  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon (), and then click All Programs. A list of programs installed on your computer displays.
  2. Click the HP folder, and then click the folder with the name and model number of your printer.
  3. Click the following HP software components, and then click Uninstall.
    • HP Deskjet/Photosmart/All-in-One software
    • HP Imaging device functions
    • HP Customer Participation program
    • HP Photo Creations
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software removal.
    CAUTION:If the uninstaller asks you to remove shared files, click No. Other programs that use these files might not work if you delete the files.
  5. Disconnect the printer from the power source, and then restart the computer.

Step thirteen: Reinstall the HP software

After you complete the previous steps, you can reinstall the printer software and drivers with one of the following methods:
  • Download from the Web: Click HP Software and Drivers to download the latest software from the HP website. The software available on the HP website is usually more current than the software on the CD.
  • Software CD: Insert the software CD that shipped with your HP printer into the computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step fourteen: Restart and configure the firewall

NOTE:Consider printing this page, or bookmarking it on your web browser, so that you can reference it after you configure the firewall.
  1. Use the following list to resolve most firewall issues. For further information on firewall settings, contact the firewall vendor.
    • Regularly check for new firewall software versions and security threat updates.
    • If available, select the Medium security setting when connected to your network.
    • If available, select the Trusted zone setting when connected to your network.
    • Restore any custom firewall settings to their default settings.
    • Turn on firewall alert messages, and click Allow, Permit, or Unblock when alerts appear while installing HP software or while using your printer. If an alert includes a Remember this action or Create a rule for this option, select it.
    • Do not run more than one firewall at a time.
    • Use a manual IP address to improve the connection between the computer and your printer.
    If you are still experiencing connection issues, continue to the next step.
  2. Find the notification area
    Sometimes called the systems tray.
    in the lower right corner of your computer, near the clock.
    Figure 15: Examples of the notification area on the computer
    Image: Notification area.
    Image: Notification area.
  3. In the notification area, right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Enable. If you don't know the name of your firewall program, mouse over the icon until your firewall program name displays.
    NOTE:The option to turn on the software might not be 'Enable.' Look for a similar menu option, such as Start or Turn on.If those options are not available, open the firewall, and then click the option to restart it.
  4. Find your firewall in the following table, and click the link for the steps to configure the firewall.
  5. When you have finished following the instructions for your firewall, return to this document to finish the steps.
    1. Open your firewall software, and then locate the configuration settings.
      Important: Only change the settings in your local area (home) network. Before proceeding, contact the firewall vendor for additional information on how to change these settings.
    2. Set your firewall to unblock the following port range:
      • UDP port range 1000-65535
      NOTE:You do not need to specify each port individually for this port range. Set one port rule for the entire range of ports.
    3. Set your firewall to unblock the following individual ports:
      • TCP port 80
      • TCP port 443
      • TCP port 8080
      • TCP port 9220
      • TCP port 9500
      NOTE:Set one port rule for all these individual TCP ports.

Step fifteen: Re-enable startup programs and services

  1. On the Windows taskbar, click the Windows icon ().
  2. In the Search programs and files dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message 'Windows needs your permission to continue,' click Continue to close the window.
  3. In the System Configuration window, click the Startup tab, and then select the check box next to each program that should run when you turn on the computer. If a program should not run when the computer is turned on, leave the check box clear.
    CAUTION:Do not disable any Microsoft services.
  4. If no changes should be made to startup programs or services, click the General tab, and then select the Normal Startup checkbox.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented and the issue is not resolved, try the following resource for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the HP Print and Scan Doctor to help identify and fix common problems when installing or using HP printers on your home network.

Step one: Download the automated tool

NOTE:The HP Print and Scan Doctor might not be available for all HP products, particularly older products. It is available for most products, however, and in most languages. This tool is available for all Windows operating systems except Windows RT. The tool is not available for Mac OS X operating systems.
  1. Click or tap the following link to download the HP Print and Scan Doctor.
    Link to toolFile size
    HP Print and Scan Doctor 3.5 MB
  2. Make sure your computer meets the system requirements, and then click or tap Download.
  3. When the Notification Bar opens, download and run the utility.
    • Run the utility
      1. Click or tap Run in the Notification bar to download and run the software.
      2. Click or tap Yes in the User Account Control window.
  4. The Print and Scan Doctor opens, searches for installed printers, and then displays the list.
    Figure 16: Example tool with list of HP products installed
    Graphic: HP Print and Scan Doctor

Step two: Run the automated tool

  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.
  2. From the Product column in the Print and Scan Doctor, select your HP printer.
  3. Click or tap Next. The Print and Scan Doctor checks the connection for your printer and, if the connection fails, it offers options to help.
    Figure 17: Example of a failed connection
    Image: Example of a failed connection
  4. Once the Print and Scan Doctor determines that your printer is installed and connected, you can select an action.
    • Click or tap Fix Printing to begin a printing diagnosis.
    • Click or tap Fix Scanning to begin a scanning diagnosis.
      NOTE:Fix Scanning is available only for multi-function printers.
      Figure 18: Select 'Fix Printing' or 'Fix Scanning'
      Image: Select Fix Printing or Fix Scanning.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.
Follow these steps in the order presented to manually troubleshoot and resolve the connection issue.
NOTE:Some of these steps require restarting the computer. Consider bookmarking this page on your Web browser so that you can reference it after the restart.

Step one: Keep the installation window open

Keep the Install Wizard window open with the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message.
If you have already closed the installation window, use one of the following methods to reopen the window, depending on how you were installing the software when the issue occurred. This step is necessary for you to start the troubleshooting process.
Follow these steps if you used the printer software CD to install the software.
  1. Open the CD drive, and then close the CD drive. The software installer starts automatically.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. If the 'Unable to find printer' error message opens, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.
Follow these steps if you tried to download and install the software from the HP website.
  1. Double-click or double-tap the icon for the software file that you downloaded.
  2. When the installation screen opens, click or tap Install, and then follow the on-screen instructions to start installing the software. When the 'Unable to Find Printer' error message displays, leave the installation screen open, and then continue to the next step.

Step two: Make sure that the computer is on the correct network

  1. Right-click the Start button () or the lower left corner of the screen, and then click Desktop to open the Desktop.
  2. Click the Wireless icon in the notification area near the clock.
    Figure 19: The Wireless icon in the notification area
    Image: The Wireless icon in the notification area
    • If the wireless network shown as connected is yours, continue to the next solution.
    • If the Wireless icon has been replaced by an airplane symbol, then Airplane Mode is enabled. Click the airplane icon, slide the Airplane mode slider to Off, and then connect to your wireless network.
      Figure 20: Example of Airplane Mode enabled
      Image: Example of Airplane Mode enabled
    • If the wireless network shown as connected is not yours (for instance, if you are connected to another local network), reconnect to your own network.

Step three: Check the printer's network connection status

Follow these steps to check if the printer is connected to the network by printing a Network Configuration Page.
Tip
You will refer to this test page later in this document. Keep the page for easy reference.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 21: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
  • If the IP address on the page is 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, this means that the printer is not connected to the network. Continue to the next step to set up the printer on the wireless network.
  • If the IP address on the page is 192.168.0.5 (for example), this means that the printer is connected to the network. Review the steps in this document to check communication between the printer and the computer .

Step four: Get the SSID, the WEP key, and the WPA passphrase

  1. See the documentation provided with the router and make note of the router's IP address
    A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
    .
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
  2. Open a new Web browser window, such as Internet Explorer, type the router IP address in the address bar, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 22: Example IP address in browser address line
    Image: Example IP address in browser address line
    The Embedded Web Server (EWS) of the router opens.
  3. Type the user name and password to access the router's EWS. You can find these in the documentation that came with the router.
  4. When the EWS opens, make note of the Network Name (SSID). The SSID is the name of your wireless network. Leave the EWS open so that you can access it in the next steps.
    NOTE:The SSID is often on the first page of the EWS.
  5. Make note of the WEP key or the WPA passphrase, which you can often find on a Security tab. If there is no Security tab, see the documentation that came with your router.
    NOTE:If more than one WEP key is in the list, make note of the first one (index 1).

Step five: Connect to the wireless network

Select from the following wireless setup options, depending on the screen that displays on your computer:
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information through your computer, and then applies it to your printer through the wireless connection in order to connect the printer to the same network. Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the HP Auto Wireless Connect screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. If Wireless is off, touch Turn On.
  3. On the computer, select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and wireless network setup for the printer.
Follow these steps to set up your wireless connection when the Wireless Network Connection screen displays on your computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon (), and then touch Settings.
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard. The Wireless Setup Wizard searches for networks, and then displays them in a list.
  3. Touch the name of your network.
      1. Touch Enter New Network Name.
      2. On the on-screen keyboard, touch the appropriate letters and numbers to enter the network name.
        NOTE:Make sure that you enter the uppercase (capital) and lowercase (small) letters exactly. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
      3. When you finish entering the new network name, touch Done, and then touch OK.
      4. Touch Infrastructure, and then touch WEP encryption or WPA encryption.
        If you do not want to use encryption (a security password), touch No, my network does not use encryption, and then go to the step to make sure the printer successfully connects to the network.
  4. If your router is WPS compatible , you can connect using this feature.
  5. If prompted, enter the WEP or WPA key:
    1. Touch the appropriate letters or numbers on the on-screen keyboard.
      NOTE:You must enter the exact uppercase and lowercase letters. Otherwise, the wireless connection fails.
    2. When you are finished entering the WEP key or WPA key, touch Done and then touch OK to confirm.
      The printer attempts to connect to the network.
  6. Make sure the printer successfully connects to the network before continuing to the next step.
    NOTE: If a connection error message displays, make sure that the network name and security key are correct, and then follow the prompts to enter the information again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.

Step six: Check if the printer's IP address changed

If the IP address on the test page that you printed earlier was 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX, you must first print another test page. Now that the printer is connected to the network, the new page will show the correct IP address.
NOTE:If the IP address was not 0.0.0.0 or 169.254. XXX. XXX on the earlier page, you do not need to print another page now. Continue to the next step to check the communication between the printer and the computer.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
  • If the IP address did not change, unplug the power cord from the wireless router, wait 30 seconds, and then reconnect the power cord. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking), and then print another test page.
  • If the IP address did change, continue to the next step.

Step seven: Check the communication between the printer and the computer

Like your wireless router, the printer also has an Embedded Web Server (EWS). Follow these steps to check the communication between the printer and the computer by accessing the printer's EWS.
Tip
Get the test page you printed earlier.
  1. From the Desktop, open a new Web browser window or tab.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    The EWS\Printer information page for the product opens and confirms that the product is communicating with the computer.
      If the message 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' appears in the Web browser when you try to open the embedded web server (EWS), or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the EWS for your HP product. If you encounter this error outside of your HP product's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.
NOTE:If the computer cannot communicate with the printer, review steps to temporarily disable any firewalls that might be blocking the communication .

Step eight: Search for the printer with the printer IP address

  1. In the Install Wizard window, select the Show Advanced Search Options checkbox.
  2. Type the product IP address, and then click Search.
    NOTE:You can find the product IP address listed on the test page that you printed earlier.
    • If the printer is found, continue the software installation. When the installation is complete, you can stop troubleshooting.
    • If the printer is not found, click Cancel to stop the software installation, and then continue to the next step.

Step nine: Disable startup programs and services

Follow these steps to disable any startup programs or services that start when you turn on the computer.
When the computer is on, a software group called the Terminate and Stay Resident (TSR) programs automatically loads. These programs activate computer utilities such as the antivirus software, but are not required for the computer to function. Occasionally, TSRs prevent the product software from loading so that the software does not install correctly. The MSCONFIG utility prevents TSR programs and services from starting.
  1. Right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message Windows needs your permission to continue, click Continue to close the window.
  2. In the System Configuration window, click the option button beside Selective Startup, and then click the box next to Load startup items to remove the checkmark.
  3. Click the Services tab, click the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox, and then click Disable All.
  4. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  5. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.
  6. When the computer turns on, a System Configuration Utility message displays on the computer. Select the Do not show this message again check box, and then click OK.

Step ten: Restart the network devices

Follow these steps to restart all the devices on the network.
These steps include turning off the computer. Consider bookmarking this page for easy reference.
  1. Move the mouse cursor or touch and hold the top-right or bottom-right of the screen to activate the Charms Bar.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Power.
  4. Hold the Shift key down, and then click or tap Shut down.
    NOTE:When you hold the Shift key down while clicking Shut down, it causes the computer to fully shut down, which clears network settings from the computer.
  5. Turn off any routers and network devices.
  6. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
    NOTE:If the printer does not turn off, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer, and then wait for the printer to completely turn off.
  7. Turn on any routers and any other network devices. Wait for them to completely turn back on.
  8. Turn on the computer.
  9. Reconnect the printer power cord, if necessary, and then press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  10. In the Unable to Find the Printer installation window, type the printer's new IP address into the IP Address or Host Name field, and then click Search.

Step eleven: Temporarily disable the firewall

Firewalls from third-party firewall vendors, such as Symantec, McAfee, or ZoneAlarm, can prevent the HP software from successfully installing over a network connection. Follow these steps to temporarily disable any third-party firewalls.
Important: Leaving the network connected to the Internet while the firewall is disabled exposes your computer to outside access. Make sure that your Windows firewall is turned on or disconnect the computer from the Internet.
  1. On the Desktop, look in the lower-right corner of the computer (systems tray) to find the icon representing the third-party software.
    NOTE:The appearance of the icon varies depending on the manufacturer of the software.
    Figure 23: Example of the systems tray on the computer
    Image of a systems tray.
  2. Right-click or touch and hold the icon for the third-party software, and then click or tap Disable.
    NOTE:The option to disable the software might not be called "Disable." Look for a similar menu option, such as Stop or Turn off.

Step twelve: Uninstall the HP software

Even if the HP software installation was incomplete, some HP components might be partially installed on your computer. Follow these steps to remove the components, and then uninstall the software.
NOTE:If the HP installation software is still running or displays on your desktop, try to cancel the installation. If the installation does not cancel or end, press the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys on your keyboard at the same time to open Task Manager. Under Applications, click or tap your printer name, and then click or tap End Task.
  1. Right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, and then click Programs and Features.
  2. Right-click your HP printer's name, and then click Uninstall. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the software.
    NOTE:If you do not see any HP software in the list, there is no software to remove from your computer.
  3. Repeat the preceding step to remove other HP printer software titles.
  4. Restart the computer before starting to reinstall the driver.

Step thirteen: Reinstall the HP software

Use one of the following methods to reinstall the software, depending on how you were installing the software when the issue occurred.
  • Download from the Web: Click HP Software and Drivers to download the latest software from the HP website. The software available on the HP website is usually more current than the software on the CD.
  • Software CD: Insert the software CD that shipped with your HP printer into the computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
NOTE:Accept or allow any firewall pop-up messages that display during software installation.

Step fourteen: Restart and configure the firewall

NOTE:Consider printing this page, or bookmarking it on your web browser, so that you can reference it after you configure the firewall.
  1. Use the following list to resolve most firewall issues. For further information on firewall settings, contact the firewall vendor.
    • Regularly check for new firewall software versions and security threat updates.
    • If available, select the Medium security setting when connected to your network.
    • If available, select the Trusted zone setting when connected to your network.
    • Restore any custom firewall settings to their default settings.
    • Turn on firewall alert messages, and click Allow, Permit, or Unblock when alerts appear while installing HP software or while using your printer. If an alert includes a Remember this action or Create a rule for this option, select it.
    • Do not run more than one firewall at a time.
    • Use a manual IP address to improve the connection between the computer and your printer.
    If you are still experiencing connection issues, continue to the next step.
  2. Find the notification area
    Sometimes called the systems tray.
    in the lower right corner of your computer, near the clock.
    Figure 24: Examples of the notification area on the computer
    Image: Notification area.
  3. On the Desktop in the notification area, right-click the icon for the firewall software, and then click Enable. If you don't know the name of your firewall program, mouse over the icon until your firewall program name displays.
    NOTE:The option to turn on the software might not be 'Enable.' Look for a similar menu option, such as Start or Turn on.If those options are not available, open the firewall, and then click the option to restart it.
  4. Find your firewall in the following table, and click the link for the steps to configure the firewall.
  5. When you have finished following the instructions for your firewall, return to this document to finish the steps.
    1. Open your firewall software, and then locate the configuration settings.
      Important: Only change the settings in your local area (home) network. Before proceeding, contact the firewall vendor for additional information on how to change these settings.
    2. Set your firewall to unblock the following port range:
      • UDP port range 1000-65535
      NOTE:You do not need to specify each port individually for this port range. Set one port rule for the entire range of ports.
    3. Set your firewall to unblock the following individual ports:
      • TCP port 80
      • TCP port 443
      • TCP port 8080
      • TCP port 9220
      • TCP port 9500
      NOTE:Set one port rule for all these individual TCP ports.

Step fifteen: Re-enable startup programs and services

  1. Right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.
    If the User Account Control window opens with the message Windows needs your permission to continue, click Continue to close the window.
  2. In the System Configuration window, click the option button beside Normal Startup.
  3. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  4. When prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented and the issue is not resolved, try the following resource for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the following solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue. When one of the solutions resolves the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.

Solution one: Make sure that you have the most current driver

Follow these steps to make sure that you have the most current software installed for your printer.

Step one: Download and install the driver from the HP website

  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. Type your printer model number.
    2. Click Go.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Next.
    A list of drivers and other downloads display.
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver - Product Installation Software.
  6. Click Download next to the full feature or solution software and driver listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the driver to your computer.

Step two: Add the printer

When you have finished installing your printer, follow these instructions to add the printer to the list of available printers, if necessary.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Fax in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the lower left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select the printer name from the list of printers with the Bonjour connection type.
  5. Click Add.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, cancel the software installation process, restart the computer, and then continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Check your router for Bonjour compatibility

Not all wireless routers support Bonjour
A technology used to discover devices installed on a network, including printers.
or all of Bonjour's features. Since Bonjour is the default method for discovering printers on a network, you must first make sure that your wireless router supports Bonjour.
Check the specifications or support documentation for your router, or contact the router manufacturer, to make sure that your router supports Bonjour. It must also support forwarding Bonjour packets.

  • If your router supports Bonjour, continue to the next solution in this document.
  • If your router does not support Bonjour, contact the router manufacturer for options. Alternatively, you can work around the issue by adding the printer with the printer IP address.
If your router does not support Bonjour, you can follow these steps to install the printer using the printer IP address. However, this method does not allow full usage of all the printer's functionality. For example, you will not be able to scan using this method. Consider this a temporary workaround only.
Follow these steps to find the printer IP address and then install using that IP address.
Step one: Find the printer IP address on the Network Configuration Page
Follow these steps to print a test page from the printer control panel.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 25: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
Step two: Restart the installation process and add the printer
  1. Restart the installation process.
      Load the printer CD into the CD drive, and then wait for the HP Installer window to open. Double-click the HP Installer icon.
      Go to the folder where you saved the downloaded installation file, double-click the disk image, and then double-click the HP Installer icon.
  2. Review and accept the terms of the HP Software License Agreement, and then click Next.
  3. In the printer selection window, click My device is not listed, and then click OK.
  4. Select your printer from the list of printers supported by the HP Installer.
  5. Review and select the install options, and then click Install.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Setup option to add a Printer Queue window.
  7. When prompted, click the Print & Fax button, and then click the Plus icon () in the lower left corner of the window to add the printer.
  8. In the Add Printer window, click the IP icon.
  9. In the Protocol drop-down, click HP Jetdirect-Socket.
  10. In the text box, type the printer's new IP address, and then click Add.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Restart the router and check network settings

Follow these steps to restart the router and then check the settings.

Step one: Restart the router

Follow these steps to turn the router off and then on again.
  1. Unplug the power cord from the router.
  2. Wait 30 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the router.
  4. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking).

Step two: Print a Network Configuration Page

  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 26: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page

Step three: Check the network settings

Review the following sections on the test page.
  • No Filtering: Pass or Fail
    • Pass: There is no MAC filtering
      Media Access Control (MAC) filtering uses a unique 12-character address assigned to each piece of network hardware, similar to a car's VIN number, to allow or block the device's connection to a network.
      preventing communication between the printer and the router. No action is required.
    • Fail: There is a MAC filter preventing communication. Refer to the router manual or contact the router manufacturer for steps on disabling MAC filtering.
  • Make sure that the Network Name (SSID) on the test page matches the one for your router.
  • Make sure that the IP address is valid.
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
If the test page shows No Filtering: Pass, choose between the following options.
Follow these steps to re-add the printer in Print & Fax.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Fax in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the bottom left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select Bonjour as the connection type for the printer.
  5. Select the printer name from the list that displays on the computer.
  6. Click Add.
Follow these steps to restart the printer, reprint the test page to check for a valid IP address, and then re-add the printer.
Step one: Restart the printer
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the printer.
  2. Press the Power button () to turn on the printer.
Step two: Reprint the test page
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
Check the test page for a valid IP address. If valid, continue to the next step to re-add the printer.
Step three: Re-add the printer
Follow these steps to re-add the printer in Print & Fax.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Fax in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the bottom left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select Bonjour as the connection type for the printer.
  5. Select the printer name from the list that displays on the computer.
  6. Click Add.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented, and the issue is not resolved, try the following resources for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these solutions and tips to resolve wireless connection issues when you install your printer software.
Try the following solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue. When one of the solutions resolves the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.

Solution one: Make sure that you have the most current driver

Follow these steps to make sure that you have the most current software installed for your printer.

Step one: Download and install the driver from the HP website

  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. Type your printer model number.
    2. Click Go.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Next.
    A list of drivers and other downloads display.
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver - Product Installation Software.
  6. Click Download next to the full feature or solution software and driver listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the driver to your computer.

Step two: Add the printer

When you have finished installing your printer, follow these instructions to add the printer to the list of available printers, if necessary.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Scan in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the lower left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select the printer name from the list of printers with the Bonjour connection type.
  5. Click Add.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, cancel the software installation process, restart the computer, and then continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Check your router for Bonjour compatibility

Not all wireless routers support Bonjour
A technology used to discover devices installed on a network, including printers.
or all of Bonjour's features. Since Bonjour is the default method for discovering printers on a network, you must first make sure that your wireless router supports Bonjour.
Check the specifications or support documentation for your router, or contact the router manufacturer, to make sure that your router supports Bonjour. It must also support forwarding Bonjour packets.

  • If your router supports Bonjour, continue to the next solution in this document.
  • If your router does not support Bonjour, contact the router manufacturer for options. Alternatively, you can work around the issue by adding the printer with the printer IP address.
If your router does not support Bonjour, you can follow these steps to install the printer using the printer IP address. However, this method does not allow full usage of all the printer's functionality. For example, you will not be able to scan using this method. Consider this a temporary workaround only.
Follow these steps to find the printer IP address and then install using that IP address.
Step one: Find the printer IP address on the Network Configuration Page
Follow these steps to print a test page from the printer control panel.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 27: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
Step two: Restart the installation process and add the printer
  1. Restart the installation process.
      Load the printer CD into the CD drive, and then wait for the HP Installer window to open. Double-click the HP Installer icon.
      Go to the folder where you saved the downloaded installation file, double-click the disk image, and then double-click the HP Installer icon.
  2. Review and accept the terms of the HP Software License Agreement, and then click Next.
  3. In the printer selection window, click My device is not listed, and then click OK.
  4. Select your printer from the list of printers supported by the HP Installer.
  5. Review and select the install options, and then click Install.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Setup option to add a Printer Queue window.
  7. When prompted, click the Print & Scan button, and then click the Plus icon () in the lower left corner of the window to add the printer.
  8. In the Add Printer window, click the IP icon.
  9. In the Protocol drop-down, click HP Jetdirect-Socket.
  10. In the text box, type the printer's new IP address, and then click Add.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Restart the router and check network settings

Follow these steps to restart the router, and then check the settings.

Step one: Restart the router

Follow these steps to turn the router off and then on again.
  1. Unplug the power cord from the router.
  2. Wait 30 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the router.
  4. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking).

Step two: Print a Network Configuration Page

  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 28: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page

Step three: Check the network settings

Review the following sections on the test page.
  • No Filtering: Pass or Fail
    • Pass: There is no MAC filtering
      Media Access Control (MAC) filtering uses a unique 12-character address assigned to each piece of network hardware, similar to a car's VIN number, to allow or block the device's connection to a network.
      preventing communication between the printer and the router. No action is required.
    • Fail: There is a MAC filter preventing communication. Refer to the router manual or contact the router manufacturer for steps on disabling MAC filtering.
  • Make sure that the Network Name (SSID) on the test page matches the one for your router.
  • Make sure that the IP address is valid.
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
If the test page shows No Filtering: Pass, choose between the following options.
Follow these steps to re-add the printer in Print & Scan.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Scan in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the bottom left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select Bonjour as the connection type for the printer.
  5. Select the printer name from the list that displays on the computer.
  6. Click Add.
Follow these steps to restart the printer, reprint the test page to check for a valid IP address, and then re-add the printer.
Step one: Restart the printer
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the printer.
  2. Press the Power button () to turn on the printer.
Step two: Reprint the test page
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
Check the test page for a valid IP address. If valid, continue to the next step to re-add the printer.
Step three: Re-add the printer
Follow these steps to re-add the printer in Print & Scan.
  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.
  2. Select Print & Scan in the Hardware section.
  3. Click the Plus icon () in the bottom left corner of the window to add the printer to the available devices.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  4. Select Bonjour as the connection type for the printer.
  5. Select the printer name from the list that displays on the computer.
  6. Click Add.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented, and the issue is not resolved, try the following resources for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
Follow these steps to make sure that you have the most current software installed for your printer.
Try the following solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue. When one of the solutions resolves the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.

Solution one: Make sure that you have the most current driver

Use one of the following methods to install the most current software for your printer.
Follow these steps to download and install the latest software from the HP website.
  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. Type your printer model number.
    2. Click Go.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Next.
    A list of drivers and other downloads display.
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver - Product Installation Software.
  6. Click Download next to the full feature or solution software and driver listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the driver to your computer.
Follow these steps to install the software using Apple Software Update.
  1. Click the Apple menu (), and then click Software Update. Software Update checks for available updates and updates the database that your computer uses to determine available printer software.
  2. Click Show Details, select any available software updates, and then click Install.
    NOTE: Install all available software updates for best printer performance and functionality.
  3. Turn on the printer, and then make sure that it has paper in the tray and that it is in a ready state.
  4. Make sure that the printer is connected to the wired or wireless network, or is connected to the USB port of a Time Capsule or AirPort Base Station.
  5. Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.
  6. Click Print & Scan, and then click the plus sign () in the lower left corner of the window.
  7. Under Nearby Printers, click the name of your printer.
    NOTE:If your printer is not listed, click Add Printer or Scanner for a full list of printers.
  8. Under Name, click the name of your printer.
    NOTE:Make sure that the printer kind is Bonjour or Bonjour Multifunction.
  9. Click the Use box, and then select the name of your printer in the pop-up menu.
  10. Click Add to add the printer to the queue.
  11. If you are prompted to install any additional software for your printer, click Install, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.
    NOTE: Quit and restart any applications that were open before adding the printer to use the updated HP software features.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Check your router for Bonjour compatibility

Not all wireless routers support Bonjour
Bonjour is a technology that is built into Mac OS and iOS. This technology discovers devices such as printers that are installed on the same network as a Mac or Apple mobile device. Bonjour is the default method for discovering devices on a network.
or all of Bonjour's features. Since Bonjour is the default method for discovering printers on a network, you must first make sure that your wireless router supports Bonjour.
Check the specifications or support documentation for your router, or contact the router manufacturer, to make sure that your router supports Bonjour. It must also support forwarding Bonjour packets.
  • If your router supports Bonjour, continue to the next solution in this document.
  • If your router does not support Bonjour, contact the router manufacturer for options. Alternatively, you can work around the issue by adding the printer with the printer IP address.
If your router does not support Bonjour, you can follow these steps to install the printer using the printer IP address. However, this method does not allow full usage of all the printer's functionality. For example, you will not be able to scan using this method. Consider this a temporary workaround only.
Follow these steps to find the printer IP address, and then install using that IP address.
Step one: Find the printer IP address on the Network Configuration Page
Follow these steps to print a test page from the printer control panel.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 29: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page
Step two: Restart the installation process and add the printer
  1. Go to the folder where you saved the downloaded installation file, double-click the disk image, and then double-click the HP Installer icon.
  2. Review and accept the terms of the HP Software License Agreement, and then click Next.
  3. In the printer selection window, click My device is not listed, and then click OK.
  4. Select your printer from the list of printers supported by the HP Installer.
  5. Review and select the install options, and then click Install.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions until you reach the Setup option to add a Printer Queue window.
  7. When prompted, click the Print & Scan button, and then click the Plus icon () in the lower left corner of the window.
  8. Click Add Printer or Scanner, and then click the IP icon.
  9. In the Protocol drop-down, click HP Jetdirect-Socket.
  10. In the text box, type the printer's new IP address, and then click Add.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Restart the router and check network settings

Follow these steps to restart the router, and then check the network settings.

Step one: Restart the router

Follow these steps to turn the router off and then on again.
  1. Unplug the power cord from the router.
  2. Wait 30 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the router.
  4. Wait until the router is ready (usually after the lights stop blinking).

Step two: Print a Network Configuration Page

Follow these steps to print a test page from the printer control panel.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
    Figure 30: Example Network Configuration Page
    Image: Example Network Configuration Page

Step three: Check the network settings

Review the following sections on the test page.
  • No Filtering: Pass or Fail
    • Pass: There is no MAC filtering
      Media Access Control (MAC) filtering uses a unique 12-character address assigned to each piece of network hardware, similar to a car's VIN number, to allow or block the device's connection to a network.
      preventing communication between the printer and the router. No action is required.
    • Fail: There is a MAC filter preventing communication. Refer to the router manual or contact the router manufacturer for steps on disabling MAC filtering.
  • Make sure that the Network Name (SSID) on the test page matches the one for your router.
  • Make sure that the IP address is valid.
    NOTE:The default access point IP address is often 192.168.0.1. However, it might not apply for your particular router brand and model. Check the router's documentation for the exact IP address.
If the test page shows No Filtering: Pass, choose between the following options.
Follow these steps to re-add the printer.
  1. Turn on the printer, and then make sure that it has paper in the tray and that it is in a ready state.
  2. Make sure that the printer is connected to the wired or wireless network, or is connected to the USB port of a Time Capsule or AirPort Base Station.
  3. Click the Apple () menu, and then click System Preferences.
  4. Click Print & Scan.
  5. Click the plus sign () at the bottom of the left pane.
    NOTE:Make sure that the printer kind is Bonjour or Bonjour Multifunction.
  6. Select the name of your printer in the pop-up menu.
  7. Click Add to add the printer to the queue.
  8. If you are prompted to install any additional software for your printer, click Install, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.
Follow these steps to restart the printer, reprint the test page to check for a valid IP address, and then re-add the printer.
Step one: Restart the printer
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the printer.
  2. Press the Power button () to turn on the printer.
Step two: Print another Network Configuration Page
  1. On the printer control panel, touch the Wireless icon ().
  2. Touch Settings, touch the Down Arrow () once, and then touch Print Reports. The Print Reports menu displays.
  3. Touch Network Configuration Page. The printer prints a test page.
    NOTE:The test page might print two pages of information.
Check the test page for a valid IP address. If valid, continue to the next step to re-add the printer.
Step three: Re-add the printer
Follow these steps to re-add the printer.
  1. Turn on the printer, and then make sure that it has paper in the tray and that it is in a ready state.
  2. Make sure that the printer is connected to the wired or wireless network, or is connected to the USB port of a Time Capsule or AirPort Base Station.
  3. Click the Apple () menu, and then click System Preferences.
  4. Click Print & Scan.
  5. Click the plus sign () at the bottom of the left pane.
    NOTE:Make sure that the printer kind is Bonjour or Bonjour Multifunction.
  6. Select the name of your printer in the pop-up menu.
  7. Click Add to add the printer to the queue.
  8. If you are prompted to install any additional software for your printer, click Install, and then follow the instructions to complete the installation.
The following tips can help you troubleshoot and avoid wireless connectivity issues. You can try these tips separately or in combination to get a successful wireless signal.
  • Move the printer and the computer closer to the access point (router), but no closer than 6 ft (1.8 m). Wireless signals can be weaker at greater distances between the printer and the router.
  • If you are experiencing a slow or intermittent wireless connection, try restarting your router. Consult your router manufacturer, Internet service provider, or network administrator for instructions on how to restart the router.
  • Make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as the computer that you are installing the software on.
  • Remove any metal objects between the printer, the computer, and the access point (router). Objects such as refrigerators or metal bookcases can interfere with wireless transmission.
  • Move any device that emits radio signals, such as microwaves and cordless telephones, farther away from the printer. Such devices can interfere with wireless signals.
  • Your firewall software might prevent the printer from accessing the computer. Make sure to accept or allow any firewall messages that display during the printer software download and installation.
  • If you downloaded the software from the HP website, make sure that you are installing the software that was designed for your specific model, and for the operating system running on your computer. For example, if your product is the HP Photosmart C309, you must determine the specific model number (C309g or C309h) before you download the software. Incorrect software might result in a failed installation.
  • If you previously installed the software and are now trying to reinstall it, make sure you have performed a complete uninstall before trying to reinstall the software again. Also make sure that you delete any existing TCP/IP printer ports.
If you have tried all of the preceding solutions in the order presented, and the issue is not resolved, try the following resources for more information.
HP Consumer Forums
See what other customers are saying at the HP forums .
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