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Understanding the Network Configuration Page

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Introduction

The printer's network configuration page supplies useful information about the printer's network connection.
Several items on the network configuration page can be configured using the Deskjet 5800 embedded Web server (EWS). For more information on the EWS, refer to the document titled HP Deskjet 5800 Series Printer - Embedded Web Server Overview (c00033384).

Printing a network configuration page

While the printer is powered on and idle, press the network page button on the front left side of the printer. The network page button has a small white checkmark on it.
If the printer has just been connected to the network, wait for a few minutes before printing the network configuration page to allow the printer to obtain valid settings.

Understanding the network configuration page

The information in the following table applies to both Ethernet and Wireless networks.
ItemMeaning
StatusStatus of the Deskjet 5800
Network Connection TypeThe type of network the printer is connected to. Only one connection type can be active at a time.
  • Wired: The printer is connected by an Ethernet cable to an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet network. When the printer is connected with an Ethernet cable from the printer to the network, the printer automatically changes to a wired.
  • Wireless: The printer is connected wirelessly to an IEEE 802.3 network. The printer automatically switches to wireless when you disconnect the Ethernet cable from the printer to the network.
  • Disabled: The printer is not connected to a network. All networking can be disabled using a tap sequence to turn off 802.11b and disconnecting the Ethernet cable. More information is found in the User's Guide.


When changing network modes, you should power cycle the printer.
  1. Turn the printer off by pressing the power button.
  2. Disconnect the power cable.
  3. Reconnect the power cable.
  4. Turn the printer on by pressing the power button.
URLThe printer's EWS address. The URL is displayed in the following format: http://IP Address

You will need to know this URL when accessing the Embedded Web Server (EWS).
Hardware AddressThe printer's Media Access Control (MAC) address.

You will need to know this address when accessing the EWS.
Firmware VersionThe internal networking component and device firmware revision code separated by a hyphen.
Host NameThe printer's unique name. The Host Name identifies your printer on the network.

Default: NPI <six digits of the printer's Hardware Address>.
IP AddressThe printer's Internet Protocol (IP) Address uniquely identifies it on the network.

Default: the IP address is automatically assigned.

Although it is possible, manually configuring the IP address is not recommended as it may cause other network devices not to see the printer.
Subnet MaskA subnet is a small network that acts as part of a large network. The subnet mask identifies which bits of the Deskjet 5800's IP address represent the network, subnet, and printer.

It is recommended that all the printers using the printer and the printer itself all be on the same subnet.
Default GatewayThe default gateway is a router used to forward all traffic that is not addressed to a station within the local subnet. For example, many homes have a small residential gateway that connects computers to the internet.

Default: the default gateway is assigned.

Although it is possible, manually configuring the default gateway is not recommended.
Config SourceHow the printer obtained its IP address.

Default: the IP is automatically configured using the DHCP or AutoIP.
DNS ServerThis setting does not apply to the Deskjet 5800 series Deskjets.
mDNS Service Name

Macintosh only
Default: Deskjet 5800<deskjet 5800 MAC address>

mDNS Service Name is used by Apple Rendezvous to identify the printer on the network. It is also known as the Rendezvous Printer Name and the User Friendly Service Name.

The mDNS Service Name can be changed using the EWS.
Admin PasswordsStatus of the administrator's password for the EWS.

Set or reset the Admin password with the EWS.
Link ConfigThe system for transmitting information over a communication channel. This is automatically set. The options are:
  • 802.11b
  • 10T-Full
  • 10T-Half
  • 100TX-Full
  • 100TX-Half
Information in the following table applies to wireless connections.
Item Meaning
Wireless StatusThe printer's wireless network status:
  • Ready: The printer is ready to print.
  • Initializing: The connection to the wireless network is being established.
  • Scanning: The printer is searching for the network name (SSID) to which it has been configured.
  • Disabled: The wireless radio is off and the printer is connected to an Ethernet network.
  • Error: The printer is unable to gain access to a network. The only applies to the infrastructure mode.
Communication ModeThe communication mode to which the printer is configured.
  • Infrastructure: A type of wireless network in which devices communicate with each other through a Wireless Access Point (WAP), such as a wireless network hub, router, or gateway.
  • Ad Hoc: A type of wireless network in which devices directly communicate with each other rather than through a WAP. Ad hoc networks are typically small and simple, for example, one or two wireless PC's and a wireless printer. Ad hoc is also known as computer-to-computer, peer-to-peer, independent basic service stations (IBSS), or direct connect wireless.
Network Name

SSID
The SSID currently configured on the printer.

The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is the unique name shared among all devices on a wireless network. All devices on your wireless network must have an identical SSID.

Default: The Deskjet 5800 series printer ships with an open or blank SSID which enables it to automatically join a wireless network. If there is more than one wireless network in the vicinity, your printer will join the network with the strongest signal. The SSID shows you the network your printer has joined.

Not all routers permit devices with a blank SSID to join the network. Manually configure the SSID with the driver installation software or the EWS.

Note: The SSID must be identical for all devices on your wireless network. It is case sensitive and must not exceed 32 characters.
Signal Strength

Infrastructure mode only
The strength of the 802.11 radio signal the printer is receiving.
Access Point HW Address

Infrastructure mode only
The access point hardware address.
Channel

Ad Hoc mode only
The channel number currently used for wireless communication.

Default channel 10.

The number of channels available varies by country or region. The Deskjet 5800 series provides options for the two channels that are universally accepted-channel 10 and channel 11.

In ad hoc mode, you are unable to receive or transmit data between the computer and the printer, make sure they are using the same channel. In infrastructure mode, the channel is dictated by the Access Point.
Authentication TypeThe Authentication setting currently configured on your printer.

Authentication settings on your printer must match the other devices on your network. Configure authentication using the EWS.
WEP EncryptionThe WEP Encryption setting currently configured on your printer.

By default, the Deskjet 5800 series has no security set. Configure WEP or WPA security using the EWS.

Note: Security settings on your printer must match the settings on the other devices on your network in order to access the printer.
WPAIndicates whether WPA is enabled or disabled. WPA may also be known as TKIP.

Default: The Deskjet 5800 has no security setting. Configure WEP or WPA security using the EWS.

Note: Security settings on your printer must match the settings on the other devices on your network in order to access the printer.
Data transmission and receipt information
ItemMeaning
Total Packets TransmittedNumber of packets sent without error. This number is cleared when the printer is turned off.

When seeking service, this number may be requested by HP Service and Support.
Total Packets ReceivedNumber of packets received without error. This number is cleared when the printer is turned off.

When seeking service, this number may be requested by HP Service and Support.
Bad Packets ReceivedNumber of packets received with errors. This number is cleared when the printer is turned off.

When seeking service, this number may be requested by HP Service and Support.

Resetting the printer to Factory Defaults

Once the printer is configured for a network, its configuration settings are saved in its memory. Resetting the printer to its factory default settings will clear all the settings from the printer's memory for your network. This should only be done as a last resort when troubleshooting the printer.
Resetting the printer to its factory default settings may require you to install the printer software. Additionally, you will have to reconfigure the printer's security settings.
The printer's default setting are listed in the table below.
IP Configuration MethodAutomatic
Host NameNPI<MAC address>
Communication ModeAd Hoc
Channel10
Network Name (SSID)[blank]

Note: If the printer is connected with an Ethernet cable and a cold reset is issued, the SSID and the communication mode will not reflect the reset until the first time the wireless link is enabled.
AuthenticationOpen system (no authentication)
LanguageThe language of your browser
Idle Timeout271 seconds
Error Page PrintingOn
MDNS - Rendezvous (MAC only)On
mDNSService NameDeskjet 5800<MAC Address>
Follow these steps to reset the printer to the factory default settings:
  1. Verify the printer is powered on.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. While holding down the Power button, press the Cancel button (X) six times.
  4. Release the Power button.

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