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Installing the Printer Software for a Wireless Network Connection

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Introduction

This document explains how to install the print drivers and other software for your printer to use it on a wireless network. The wireless setup instructions are specific to a wireless network that uses an access point
A device, such as a wireless router, that allows wireless-capable devices (like your HP product) to connect to your wireless network.
, also referred to as an infrastructure network. HP recommends the infrastructure type of network for wireless connection to your printer.
NOTE:Make sure that you have already completed the hardware setup of your printer before you install the software and set up the printer on a wireless network. If you need detailed steps see set up the hardware .
Follow these steps in the order presented for the Windows XP operating system.

Step one: Prepare for installation

You must have the following items before you install the printer on the wireless network:
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Network name: The network name is the SSID
      The name assigned to a wireless network.
    • Security passphrase (WEP key or WPA)
    • A computer that is connected to the wireless network
    • Internet access (recommended): HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL
      NOTE:Internet access is not required for you to install your printer with a wireless connection. However, you do need Internet access to use Web Services, get printer updates, and to download drivers from the HP website.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place it close to the computer during the installation procedure
  2. Make sure that the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network you want to connect the printer to.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the printer.
  4. Optional : If you previously installed the software for a USB connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to remove the USB installation before you continue.
    1. Click Start ( ), click All Programs , click HP , click the folder for your printer, and then click the icon for your printer. The printer software opens.
    2. Click Printer Setup & Software Selection .
    3. Click Convert a USB connected printer to wireless or Connect a new printer (the phrase differs depending on the version of software your computer is running).
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the printer on your wireless network. Once the printer has been set up on the wireless network, there is no need to continue with the steps in this document.

Step two: Download and install the printer software

To install the printer on the wireless network, follow the steps to download and install the printer software. Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that uses the printer wirelessly over the same network.
NOTE:As an alternative method to downloading the software, you can use the installation CD instead.
  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step three: Select the wireless connection setup option

Select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps in the order presented for the Windows Vista operating system.
NOTE:Make sure that you have already completed the hardware setup of your printer before you install the software and set up the printer on a wireless network. If you need detailed steps see set up the hardware .

Step one: Prepare for installation

You must have the following items before you install the printer on the wireless network:
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Network name: The network name is the SSID
      The name assigned to a wireless network.
    • Security passphrase (WEP key or WPA)
    • A computer that is connected to the wireless network
    • Internet access (recommended): HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL
      NOTE:Internet access is not required for you to install your printer with a wireless connection. However, you do need Internet access to use Web Services, get printer updates, and to download drivers from the HP website.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place it close to the computer during the installation procedure
  2. Make sure that the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network you want to connect the printer to.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the printer.
  4. Optional : If you previously installed the software for a USB connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to remove the USB installation before you continue.
    1. Click the Windows icon ( ), click All Programs , click HP , click the folder for your printer, and then click the icon for your printer. The printer software opens.
    2. Click Printer Setup & Software Selection .
    3. Click Convert a USB connected printer to wireless or Connect a new printer (the phrase differs depending on the version of software your computer is running).
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the printer on your wireless network. Once the printer has been set up on the wireless network, there is no need to continue with the steps in this document.

Step two: Download and install the printer software

Follow these steps to download and install the software.
NOTE:As an alternative method to downloading the software, you can use the installation CD instead.
  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step three: Connect your printer to the wireless network

Select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps in the order presented for the Windows 7 operating system.
NOTE:Make sure that you have already completed the hardware setup of your printer before you install the software and set up the printer on a wireless network. If you need detailed steps see set up the hardware .

Step one: Prepare for installation

You must have the following items before you install the printer on the wireless network:
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Network name: The network name is the SSID
      The name assigned to a wireless network.
    • Security passphrase (WEP key or WPA)
    • A computer that is connected to the wireless network
    • Internet access (recommended): HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL
      NOTE:Internet access is not required for you to install your printer with a wireless connection. However, you do need Internet access to use Web Services, get printer updates, and to download drivers from the HP website.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place it close to the computer during the installation procedure
  2. Make sure that the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network you want to connect the printer to.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the printer.
  4. Optional : If you previously installed the software for a USB connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to remove the USB installation before you continue.
    1. Click the Windows icon ( ), click All Programs , click HP , click the folder for your printer, and then click the icon for your printer. The printer software opens.
    2. Click Printer Setup & Software Selection .
    3. Click Convert a USB connected printer to wireless or Connect a new printer (the phrase differs depending on the version of software your computer is running).
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the printer on a wireless network. Once the printer has been set up on the wireless network, there is no need to continue with the steps in this document.

Step two: Install the printer software

Select a method to install the printer software.
NOTE:As an alternative method to downloading the software, you can use the installation CD instead.
Follow these steps to download and install the software.
Step one: Download and install the software
  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step two: Select the wireless connection setup option
Use the option that applies to your installation screen.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the USB wireless setup option.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 8 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool instead of the other installation methods in this document.
NOTE:The HP Printer Install Wizard is not available for all printers, and is available only for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
Step one: Download and run the HP Printer Install Wizard
The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 8 print driver for your printer.
Video of downloading and running the HP Printer Install Wizard
The following video demonstrates how to download and run the HP Printer Install Wizard (PIW).
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
Image: Printer Install Wizard iconHP Printer Install Wizard : The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 7 or Windows 8 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool.

Click here to get the HP Printer Install Wizard : HP Printer Install Wizard (2 MB) Learn more>>
Step two: Connect your printer to the wireless network
Depending on the option that displays on your printer, select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
Video of connecting your wireless printer to a wireless network with a USB cable
The following video demonstrates how to connect your wireless HP printer to a wireless network through a USB cable.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps in the order presented for the Windows 8 operating system.
NOTE:If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, the information in this document might not match. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.

Step one: Prepare for installation

You must have the following items before you install the printer on the wireless network:
  1. Gather the following items:
    •   Network name: The network name is the SSID
      The name assigned to a wireless network.
    •   Security passphrase (WEP key or WPA)
    • A computer that is connected to the wireless network
    • Internet access (recommended): HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL
      NOTE:Internet access is not required for you to install your printer with a wireless connection. However, you do need Internet access to use Web Services, get printer updates, and to download drivers from the HP website.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place it close to the computer during the installation procedure
  2. Make sure that the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network you want to connect the printer to.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the printer.
  4. Optional : If you previously installed the software for a USB connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to remove the USB installation before you continue.
    1. Right-click the Start button ( ) or the lower left corner of the screen, and then click Search .
    2. In the Search box, type HP , and then click the icon for your printer. The printer software opens.
    3. Click Utilities , and then click Printer Setup & Software Selection .
    4. Click Convert a USB connected printer to wireless or Connect a new printer (the phrase differs depending on the version of software your computer is running).
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software. Once the printer has been set up on the wireless network, there is no need to continue with the steps in this document.

Step two: Install the printer software

Select a method to install the printer software.
NOTE:As an alternative method to downloading the software, you can use the installation CD instead.
Follow these steps to download and install the software.
Step one: Download and install the software
  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step two: Select the wireless connection setup option
Use the option that applies to your installation screen.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the USB wireless setup option.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 the printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless menu, touch Settings .
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps to connect your printer to the wireless network using a USB cable.
Video of connecting your wireless printer to a wireless network with a USB cable
The following video demonstrates how to connect your wireless HP printer to a wireless network through a USB cable.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
  1. Temporarily connect a USB cable from your printer to your computer when prompted so that your network information can be communicated to the printer.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the software installation and wireless network setup for the printer.
The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 8 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool instead of the other installation methods in this document.
NOTE:The HP Printer Install Wizard is not available for all printers, and is available only for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
Step one: Download and run the HP Printer Install Wizard
The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 8 print driver for your printer.
Video of downloading and running the HP Printer Install Wizard
The following video demonstrates how to run the HP Printer Install Wizard.
NOTE:This video shows the Windows 8 operating system and the HP Officejet Pro 8600A (N911a) e-All-in-One printer. The steps for navigating your operating system might be slightly different, but the steps to run the HP Printer Install Wizard are the same.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
Image: Printer Install Wizard iconHP Printer Install Wizard : The HP Printer Install Wizard quickly and easily finds the best Windows 7 or Windows 8 print driver for your printer. To save time, try using this automated tool.

Click here to get the HP Printer Install Wizard : HP Printer Install Wizard (2 MB) Learn more>>
Step two: Connect your printer to the wireless network
Depending on the option that displays on your printer, select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 the printer control panel.
Video of connecting your wireless printer to a wireless network with a USB cable
The following video demonstrates how to connect your wireless HP printer to a wireless network through a USB cable.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
  1. From the Wireless menu, touch Settings .
  2. Touch Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard.

Step one: Prepare for installation

  1. Make sure that you have the following requirements before you begin:
    • Your network is already set up : Before you can install the printer, your wireless network must be set up. Follow the instructions that came with your router or access point to set up the network.
    • Obtain the network name and password : The network name is the SSID (Service Set Identifier). The password is also referred to as the WEP key or WPA security passphrase.
      Tip
      To gather the network name and password, you can ask the person who originally set up your network, see the documentation that came with the access point, or contact the access point manufacturer. HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, WEP key, or WPA passphrase.
    • Internet access : Required for HP Web Services only. HP recommends broadband internet access such as cable or DSL.
  2. Make sure that your wireless-capable printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  3. Place the printer close to the computer during the installation.
  4. Exit all applications running on your computer.

Step two: Download and install the printer software

  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step three: Select the wireless connection setup option

Select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the setup wizard.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps for OS X v10.7 Lion.

Step one: Prepare for installation

  1. Make sure that you have the following requirements before you begin:
    • Your network is already set up : Before you can install the printer, your wireless network must be set up. Follow the instructions that came with your router or access point to set up the network.
    • Obtain the network name and password : The network name is the SSID (Service Set Identifier). The password is also referred to as the WEP key or WPA security passphrase.
      Tip
      To gather the network name and password, you can ask the person who originally set up your network, see the documentation that came with the access point, or contact the access point manufacturer. HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, WEP key, or WPA passphrase.
    • Internet access : Required for HP Web Services only. HP recommends broadband internet access such as cable or DSL.
  2. Make sure that your wireless-capable printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  3. Place the printer close to the computer during the installation.
  4. Exit all applications running on your computer.

Step two: Download and install the software

  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step three: Select the wireless connection setup option

Select from the following wireless setup options:
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the setup wizard.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Follow these steps to install the software on a Mac running the OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X V10.9 Mavericks operating system.
NOTE:Older HP software might not be compatible with OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X v10.9 Mavericks . Do not try to install software that supports earlier versions of the Mac operating system, either from the original printer CD or from the HP website.

Step one: Prepare for installation

  1. Make sure that you have the following requirements before you begin:
    • Your network is already set up : Before you can install the printer, your wireless network must be set up. Follow the instructions that came with your router or access point to set up the network.
    • Obtain the network name and password : The network name is the SSID (Service Set Identifier). The password is also referred to as the WEP key or WPA security passphrase.
      Tip
      To gather the network name and password, you can ask the person who originally set up your network, see the documentation that came with the access point, or contact the access point manufacturer. HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, WEP key, or WPA passphrase.
    • Internet access : Required for HP Web Services only. HP recommends broadband internet access such as cable or DSL.
  2. Make sure that your wireless-capable printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  3. Place the printer close to the computer during the installation.
  4. Exit all applications running on your computer.

Step two: Download and install the software

Follow these steps to install the printer on the wireless network.
NOTE:To install the printer software for a wireless network connection, HP recommends that you download the software from the HP website. The printer CD is not supported in Mountain Lion, and Apple Software Update does not support steps for connecting to the wireless network.
  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. Go to HP Drivers & Downloads . If prompted, type your printer model number, click Go , and then click Drivers .
  4. Make sure that your operating system is selected, and then click Next .
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver .
  6. Click Download , and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the software to your computer.
  7. Open the folder where the software file saved (usually Downloads ), double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step three: Connect the printer to the network

Select one of the following options for steps to connect the printer to the network.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is available in most network and computer environments for 120 minutes after you turn on the printer for the first time. After 120 minutes, the wireless connection method defaults to a wireless setup using a setup wizard.
HP Auto Wireless Connect automatically gathers your current network information from 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.
NOTE:HP Auto Wireless Connect is offered for up to 120 minutes after initial printer setup. After that time, the installation defaults to the setup wizard.
  1. Select Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer , and then click Next .
  2. 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 printer control panel.
  1. From the Wireless Status menu, touch Settings .
  2. Select Wireless Setup Wizard , and then follow the on-screen instructions.

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