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HP LaserJet Pro 200 color Printer M251nw support

Setting Up the Printer for a Wired or Wireless network for the HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color M251 and M276 Printer Series

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This document is for the LaserJet Pro 200 Color M251 and M276 printer series.
This document explains how to install the print drivers and other software for your HP printer when using it on a wireless or wired (Ethernet) 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.
(infrastructure network). This document also explains how to reconfigure your printer if the software is already installed.
NOTE:If you have more than one computer on the network, install the printer software on each computer that you plan to share with the HP printer.
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.
Follow these steps to install the printer in the Windows 8 operating system. First, choose your connection type.
Follow these steps to install your HP printer over a wired (Ethernet) network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 1: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Change from a USB or wireless connection to an Ethernet connection

If you previously installed the software for a USB or wireless connection and now want to change to an Ethernet connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or wireless installation before continuing.

Step 3: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect your printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 2: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 3: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 4: Install the software

When you are ready to begin, follow the instructions for the installation method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). During the installation, choose the option to Connect through a Wired Network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 4: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
    NOTE:If you previously connected the USB cable, right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Control Panel, click Devices and Printers, right-click the printer icon (), and then click Remove device.
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the CD does not automatically start the installer, right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click File Explorer, and then double-click the CD or DVD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a Wired Connection, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
If you have a wireless-capable HP printer and want to install it on a wireless network, follow these steps.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Prepare for installation

Follow these steps to prepare the printer for installation on the wireless network.
  1. Make sure that the printer, access point, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  2. Close all applications running on your computer.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the HP printer.
  4. If you previously installed the software for a USB or wired (Ethernet) connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or Ethernet installation before continuing.

Step 2: Install the printer software

To install the printer on the wireless network, follow the steps for the method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that uses the printer wirelessly over the same network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 5: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
    NOTE:If you previously connected the USB cable, right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Control Panel, click Devices and Printers, right-click the printer icon (), and then click Remove device.
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the CD does not automatically start the installer, right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click File Explorer, and then double-click the CD or DVD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect Through a Wireless Network, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Follow these steps to install the printer in the Windows 7 operating system. First, choose your connection type.
Follow these steps to install your HP printer over a wired (Ethernet) network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 6: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Change from a USB or wireless connection to an Ethernet connection

If you previously installed the software for a USB or wireless connection and now want to change to an Ethernet connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or wireless installation before continuing.

Step 3: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect your printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 7: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 8: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 4: Install the software

When you are ready to begin, follow the instructions for the installation method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). During the installation, choose the option to Connect through a Wired Network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 9: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
    NOTE:If you previously connected the USB cable, delete any icons for your printer () that might display in the Windows Devices and Printers folder.
  2. Turn the printer on.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a Wired Connection, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
If you have a wireless-capable HP printer and want to install it on a wireless network, follow these steps.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Prepare for installation

Follow these steps to prepare the printer for installation on the wireless network.
  1. Make sure that the printer, access point, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  2. Close all applications running on your computer.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the HP printer.
  4. If you previously installed the software for a USB or wired (Ethernet) connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or Ethernet installation before continuing.

Step 2: Install the printer software

To install the printer on the wireless network, follow the steps for the method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that uses the printer wirelessly over the same network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 10: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
    NOTE:If you previously connected the USB cable, delete any icons for your printer () that might display in the Windows Devices and Printers folder.
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect Through a Wireless Network, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Follow these steps to install the printer in the Windows Vista operating system. First, choose your connection type.
Follow these steps to install your printer on a wired (Ethernet) network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 11: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Change from a USB or wireless connection to an Ethernet connection

If you previously installed the software for a USB or wireless connection and now want to change to an Ethernet connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or wireless installation before continuing.

Step 3: Connect the printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect the printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 12: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 13: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 4: Install the software

When you are ready to begin, follow the instructions for the installation method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). During the installation, choose the option to Connect through a Wired Network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 14: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a Wired Network, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Follow these steps in the order presented to install the wireless-capable HP printer on a wireless network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model: .

Step 1: Prepare for installation

Follow these steps to prepare the printer for installation onto the network.
  1. Make sure that the printer, access point, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  2. Close all unnecessary applications running on your computer.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the HP printer.
  4. If you previously installed the software for a USB or wired (Ethernet) connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or Ethernet installation before continuing.

Step 2: Install the printer software

To install the printer on the wireless network, follow the steps for the method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that uses the printer wirelessly over the same network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 15: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Connect through a Wireless Connection, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Follow these steps to install the printer on the Windows XP operating system. First, choose your connection type.
Follow these steps to install your HP printer on a wired (Ethernet) network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 16: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Change from a USB or wireless connection to an Ethernet connection

If you previously installed the software for a USB or wireless connection and now want to change to an Ethernet connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or wireless installation before continuing.

Step 3: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect the HP printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 17: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 18: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 4: Install the software

When you are ready to begin, follow the instructions for the installation method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). During the installation, choose the option to Connect through a Wired Network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit, or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full HP printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your HP printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 19: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full HP printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your HP printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the HP printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
  2. Turn on the HP printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click Start (), click My Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a network type, select Connect through a Wired Network, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Follow these steps to install the wireless-capable HP printer on a wireless network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Prepare for installation

Follow these steps to prepare the HP printer for installation on the wireless network.
  1. Make sure that the HP printer, access point, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the wireless network.
  2. Close all unnecessary applications running on your computer.
  3. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cable that is connected to the HP printer.
  4. If you previously installed the software for a USB or Ethernet connection and now want to change to a wireless network connection, follow these instructions to reconfigure the USB or Ethernet installation before continuing.

Step 2: Install the printer software

To install the HP printer on the wireless network, follow the steps for the method that you want to use (Smart Install, CD, or download). Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that uses the HP printer wirelessly over the same network.
Important: If you get any firewall messages during installation, click unblock, accept, continue, yes, allow, or permit or the installation fails.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 20: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
During the installation, the PCL driver and scan driver are required to enable full printer functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your printer.
Follow these steps to install the software with the printer's software CD.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from both the printer and the computer (if you already connected it).
  2. Turn on the printer.
  3. Insert the printer's software CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click Start (), click My Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  4. When prompted to choose a connection type, click Connect through a Wireless Network, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the software.
Select your connection type, and then follow the steps to install the printer in Mountain Lion or Mavericks.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 21: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect the printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 22: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 23: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 3: Download and install the software from the HP website

Follow these steps to download and then install the printer 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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 24: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:
NOTE:If you set up device filtering on your access point, and need to find the IP or MAC address of your HP printer, see the 'How do I print a network summary page?' section.

Step 1: 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, you must set up your wireless network. 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 WEP key or WPA security passphrase are other names for the password.
      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.
  5. Select one of the following options for steps to continue with the installation, depending on if you previously installed for a USB connection:
NOTE:You can gather additional network information by printing a network summary page. The page includes the printer's IP address and MAC address, as well as the printer's network status.
Follow these steps to print a network summary page.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch Setup ().
  2. Touch Reports, and then touch Network Summary. The network summary page prints.

Step 2: Connect to the wireless network

  1. On the printer control panel, press the Wireless button (), and then press the Wireless Menu button.
  2. Press the Wireless Setup Wizard button, and then select your SSID from the list of available networks.
  3. Enter your wireless security passphrase (WPA, WPA2, or WEP).
  4. Press OK to connect to the network, and then press OK again to return to the home screen.

Step 3: Download and install the software

NOTE:To install the product 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. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 25: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
Select your connection type, and then follow the steps to install the printer in Mac OS X v10.6 or OS X v10.7.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 26: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect the printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 27: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 28: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 3: Connect to the wireless network

  1. On the printer control panel, press the Wireless button (), and then press the Wireless Menu button.
  2. Press the Wireless Setup Wizard button, and then select your SSID from the list of available networks.
  3. Enter your wireless security passphrase (WPA, WPA2, or WEP).
  4. Press OK to connect to the network, and then press OK again to return to the home screen.

Step 4: Install the software

Choose one of the following methods to install the printer software.
NOTE:If you partitioned your hard drive, you must install the driver on the same partition as the operating system.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 29: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
Follow these steps to install the software with the product CD.
  1. Insert the product CD into the CD drive of the computer. The HP Software window opens.
  2. Double-click the HP Installer icon. The HP Installer program opens.
  3. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Wired Network and then click Continue.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  1. Click the Apple menu (), and then click System Preferences. The System Preferences window opens.
  2. Click Print & Fax or Print & Scan.
  3. Click the plus sign () to display the name of your printer.
  4. Select your HP printer, and then click Add.
  5. Click Install, and then click Agree on the software license agreement window to install the software and add the printer to the queue.
  6. After the installation process completes, make sure that your printer displays in the queue.
    NOTE:If the printer was not added to the queue, click the plus sign (), select your HP printer, and then click Add.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:
NOTE:If you set up device filtering on your access point, and need to find the IP or MAC address of your HP printer, see the 'How do I print a network summary page?' section.

Step 1: Prepare for installation

To gather your network name (SSID) and password (WEP key or WPA passphrase), you can ask the person who originally set up your network, see the documentation that came with the access point, or contact the manufacturer. HP cannot set up or change the network SSID or the password.
  1. Make sure that you have the following requirements before you begin:
    • Your network is already set up: Before you can install the printer, you must set up your wireless network. 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 WEP key or WPA security passphrase are other names for the password.
      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.
  5. Select one of the following options for steps to continue with the installation, depending on if you previously installed for a USB connection:
NOTE:You can gather additional network information by printing a network summary page. The page includes the printer's IP address and MAC address, as well as the printer's network status.
Follow these steps to print a network summary page.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch Setup ().
  2. Touch Reports, and then touch Network Summary. The network summary page prints.

Step 2: Connect to the wireless network

  1. On the printer control panel, press the Wireless button (), and then press the Wireless Menu button.
  2. Press the Wireless Setup Wizard button, and then select your SSID from the list of available networks.
  3. Enter your wireless security passphrase (WPA, WPA2, or WEP)..
  4. Press OK to connect to the network, and then press OK again to return to the home screen.

Step 3: Install the printer software

NOTE:Older HP software might not be compatible with OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.7. Do not try to install software that supports earlier versions of the Mac operating system, either from the original printer software CD or from HP Software & Driver Downloads.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 30: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
Follow these steps to install the software with the product CD.
  1. Insert the product CD into the CD drive of the computer. The HP Software window opens.
  2. Double-click the HP Installer icon. The HP Installer program opens.
  3. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Wireless Network and then click Continue.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  1. Click the Apple menu (), and then click System Preferences. The System Preferences window opens.
  2. Click Print & Fax or Print & Scan.
  3. Click the plus sign (). The name of your printer displays.
  4. Select your HP printer, and then click Add.
  5. Click Install, and then click Agree on the software license agreement window to install the software and add the printer to the queue.
  6. After the installation process completes, verify that your printer displays in the queue.
    NOTE:If the printer was not added to the queue, click the plus sign (), select your HP printer, and then click Add.
Select your connection type, and then follow the steps to install the printer in Mac OS X v10.5.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:

Step 1: Check requirements

Make sure you have the following items:
  • One of the following types of wired access points or routers: Ethernet router, switch, hub, or wireless router with Ethernet ports
  • A computer that connects to the wired access point or router
  • A Category 5 Ethernet cable to use for the HP product. (Do not use a standard telephone cable.)
    Figure 31: Cable comparison
    Ethernet cable and telephone cable
    1 - Ethernet cable
    2 - Telephone cable (do not use)
    Although an Ethernet cable looks similar to standard telephone cable, each has a different plug and a different number of wires. The plug on an Ethernet cable (also called an RJ-45 connector) is wide, thick, and always has eight wires. The plug on a telephone cable is narrower and has between two and six wires.

Step 2: Connect the HP printer to the network

Follow these steps to connect the printer to the Ethernet network.
  1. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the back of the product.
    Figure 32: Remove plug
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the product, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the wired access point or router.
    Figure 33: Connect the Ethernet cable
  3. Connect the power cord to the product, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.
  4. Turn the product on.

Step 3: Install the software

Choose one of the following methods to install the printer software.
NOTE:If you partitioned your hard drive, you must install the driver on the same partition as the operating system.
  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. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 34: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
Follow these steps to install the software with the product CD.
  1. Insert the product CD into the CD drive of the computer. The HP Software window opens.
  2. Double-click the HP Installer icon. The HP Installer program opens.
  3. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Wired Network and then click Continue.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Follow these steps in the order presented to install your HP printer on a wireless network.
NOTE: The HP printer must be set up before you install the printer software. If you have not already set up the printer, click one of the following links for information on setting up your printer hardware based on your printer model:
Important: Before you can install the printer, your wireless network must already be set up. To set up your network, follow the instructions that came with your particular access point. You must also have the following information about the network:

  • Network name: The network name is the SSID (Service Set Identifier).
  • Password: WEP key or WPA passphrase


To gather this information, you can ask the person who originally set up your network, see the documentation that came with the access point, or contact the manufacturer. HP cannot set up or change the network SSID, WEP key, or WPA passphrase.
  • If you have not already installed your printer, follow the steps in the Wireless installation option.
  • If you want to change an existing connection type to a wireless network connection, follow the instructions in 'Option two: Change an existing USB or wired (Ethernet) connection to a wireless connection'.
If you have not previously installed the printer software, follow these instructions.
Step 1: Prepare for installation
Follow these steps to prepare the printer for installation on the wireless network.
  1. Make sure that you have the following requirements before you begin:
    • Your network is already set up: Before you can install the printer, you must set up your wireless network. 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 WEP key or WPA security passphrase are other names for the password.
      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.
  5. Select one of the following options for steps to continue with the installation, depending on if you previously installed for a USB connection:
NOTE:You can gather additional network information by printing a network summary page. The page includes the printer's IP address and MAC address, as well as the printer network status.
  1. On the printer control panel, touch Setup ().
  2. Touch Reports, and then touch Network Summary. The network summary page prints.
Step 2: Connect to the wireless network
Follow these steps to connect to the wireless network using the setup wizard.
  1. On the printer control panel, press the Wireless button (), and then press the Wireless Menu button.
  2. Press the Wireless Setup Wizard button, and then select your SSID from the list of available networks.
  3. Enter your wireless security passphrase (WPA, WPA2, or WEP).
  4. Press OK to connect to the network, and then press OK again to return to the home screen.
Step 3: Install the software
To install the HP printer on the wireless network, follow the steps for the method that you want to use. Repeat the steps to install the software on each computer that will use the HP printer wirelessly over the same 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. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. In the Enter product name or number field, type your printer model or number.
    2. In the Questions or keywords field, type driver, and then press Enter.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
    3. Next to the image of your printer, click the name of your printer.
      Figure 35: Example of the link to your printer homepage
      Image: Example of the link next to your printer homepage
    4. On the HP support site, click Drivers.
  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 software and driver listed, and then follow the prompts to save the driver 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 install the software.
Follow these steps to install the software with the product CD.
  1. Insert the product CD into the CD drive of the computer. The HP Software window opens.
  2. Double-click the HP Installer icon. The HP Installer program opens.
  3. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Wireless Network and then click Continue.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Follow these steps to change a current connection type to a wireless connection with Bonjour.
Step 1: Connect to the wireless network
Follow these steps to change a current connection type to a wireless connection.
  1. Disconnect the Ethernet or USB cable, if it is not already disconnected.
  2. On the printer control panel, press the Wireless button (), and then press the Wireless Menu button.
  3. Press the Wireless Setup Wizard button, and then select your SSID from the list of available networks.
  4. Enter your wireless security passphrase (WPA, WPA2, or WEP).
  5. Press OK to connect to the network, and then press OK again to return to the home screen.
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.
Step 2: Add the printer with Bonjour
  1. Click the Apple menu (), and then click System Preferences. The System Preferences window opens.
  2. Click Print & Fax.
  3. In the Printers section, click the name of your printer, and then click the Minus sign () to remove it.
  4. Click the Plus sign ().
  5. Select your printer from the list of Bonjour devices, and then click Add.

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