Connecting your HP printer to your home or office Wi-Fi network allows you to print documents and photos wirelessly from any device connected to that network. This guide will walk you through the steps to get your HP printer connected to Wi-Fi using the printer’s control panel or the HP Smart app.
Benefits of Connecting an HP Printer to Wi-Fi
There are several advantages to putting your HP printer online via Wi-Fi:
- Print Wirelessly from Anywhere – Once Wi-Fi is enabled, you can print from your computer, phone, or tablet from anywhere within range of your wireless network. No cables required.
- Remote Printing Capabilities – Many HP printers with Wi-Fi allow you to print remotely when away from home by connecting to cloud printing services.
- Increased Security – Wi-Fi enabled printers allow you to monitor printing activity and set security and access controls through password protections and more.
- Flexible Placement – Without the need to connect to a router or computer via cable, you can place your wireless printer anywhere within range of your Wi-Fi router.
Getting your HP printer connected to Wi-Fi only takes a few minutes. The steps below will guide you through the process.
Methods to Connect an HP Printer to Wi-Fi
There are two main methods you can use to get your HP printer hooked up to your Wi-Fi network. Choose the option below based on your preferences and printer capabilities:
Using the HP Printer’s Control Panel
Most HP printers with wireless connectivity can be put online right from the printer’s control panel and display screen. This is the quickest option if your printer has a good display menu.
Using the HP Smart App
For printers without an LCD display or good menu controls, you can connect to Wi-Fi using HP’s Smart App on your Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android device.
Detailed steps for both connection methods are outlined next.
Connecting HP Printer to Wi-Fi with Control Panel
Follow this process if your printer has an LCD display panel:
Step 1: Access the Wireless Setup Menu
Press the Wireless button on your printer, select Wireless Settings, and then select Wireless Setup Wizard. This starts the Wi-Fi connectivity wizard.
Step 2: Select Your Wi-Fi Network
The printer will detect nearby wireless networks. Select your network name when it appears on the printer display. This is the SSID name of your home or office Wi-Fi network.
Step 3: Enter the Wi-Fi Password
Using the on-screen keyboard, enter the password for your wireless network. Select OK when finished typing the password.
Step 4: Confirm Wi-Fi Connection
The printer will now connect to the Wi-Fi router using your network credentials. Make sure the display confirms the printer is connected to Wi-Fi. The wireless icon or IP address should display.
Once connected via the control panel, you can start printing over the Wi-Fi network from linked devices.
Connecting an HP Printer to Wi-Fi with the HP Smart App
If your printer does not have an LCD screen or you are having issues with the control panel method, connecting via the HP Smart app provides an easy alternative.
Step 1: Download the HP Smart App
Download and install the HP Smart app from your device’s app store. HP Smart is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices.
Step 2: Select Printer Setup
Open the app and select your printer or tap the Plus icon to add a new printer. Choose Wireless Setup and then select the option to connect your printer to Wi-Fi.
Step 3: Connect Printer to Wi-Fi Network
The HP Smart app will automatically detect nearby Wi-Fi networks. Select your network name and enter the Wi-Fi password when prompted.
Step 4: Confirm Connection
HP Smart will connect your printer to the Wi-Fi network using the details provided in the previous step. Confirm the Wi-Fi connection was successful in the app before exiting the setup.
And that’s all there is to it! HP Smart provides an easy way to put your printer online without using the printer’s control panel.
Connecting Devices to the Printer Over Wi-Fi
To start printing over Wi-Fi from your computer, tablet, smartphone or other devices, install any required HP printer software or add the printer to your operating system:
- Windows: Add device in the Windows Settings or Printer Properties
- Mac: Add in System Preferences > Printers & Scanners
- Smartphones/Tablets: Install the HP Smart app
Wi-Fi connected printers will show up as available on your network. Select the printer and install software or drivers if prompted.
Tips for Using an HP Wi-Fi Printer
Follow these tips for a smooth wireless printing experience after getting your HP printer online:
- Position the printer near your Wi-Fi router for optimal connection strength.
- Connect devices to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer for access.
- Enable wireless security via WPA2 password protections.
- Keep printer software and firmware updated for connectivity fixes.
- Print a wireless test page for diagnosing issues.
- Reboot the printer and router if having trouble connecting devices.
- Enabling Wi-Fi on an HP printer allows wireless printing from anywhere within your network range without cables.
- Most HP printers can be put online via the printer’s control panel or the HP Smart app in just a few quick steps.
- Connecting your computer, phone, tablet and other devices to the same Wi-Fi network as the printer permits wireless printing access.
- Positioning your wireless HP printer closest to the Wi-Fi router provides the most reliable connectivity.
FAQs About HP Printers and Wi-Fi
- What HP printers can connect to Wi-Fi?
Most current consumer and office HP printer models offer built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. This includes HP’s Envy, Diskette, Officejet, LaserJet, and Photosmart printers. Refer to your model’s features to confirm wireless capability.
- Do I need a wireless router?
Yes. In order to connect your HP printer to Wi-Fi, you’ll need an 802.11b/g/n wireless router broadcasting a Wi-Fi network in your home or business.
- How far can my HP printer be from the router?
In most homes and offices, your HP wireless printer will connect reliably within 100 feet of your Wi-Fi router. Longer distances or walls/obstacles can impact the connection strength.
- Can I print without Wi-Fi?
If your HP printer supports USB connectivity, you can connect it directly to a computer via USB cable instead of Wi-Fi to print offline. Wireless functionality is not required for USB printing.
- Why does my wireless printer disconnect from Wi-Fi?
If your HP printer loses connectivity, it’s likely due to a weak Wi-Fi signal in that location. Try moving the printer closer to your router for improved performance and reliability. Outages can also disrupt connectivity.
- Can I connect my HP printer to public Wi-Fi?
Some HP printers with more advanced Wi-Fi connectivity can connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, most home models are only intended only for private Wi-Fi networks for optimal security.
- Is wireless or USB printing faster?
Print speed is more dependent on your actual printer’s specs than how it connects to devices. However, weakened Wi-Fi signals can slow data transfers. USB offers the fastest, most reliable data speeds.
- Can I print wirelessly from my smartphone?
Yes! Once Wi-Fi is enabled on your HP printer, you can install HP’s Smart app on your iPhone, Android phone, or other mobile device to print photos, PDFs, documents and more wirelessly.
- Is wireless printing secure?
Printing over Wi-Fi is generally safe if using a secured private home or office Wi-Fi network protected with WPA2 encryption. For maximum protection, you can assign administrative passwords to printers to control access.
- Why does my computer not detect the wireless printer?
If your PC or Mac is not discovering the HP printer on Wi-Fi, try rebooting your computer, printer, and router. Also confirm your computer’s Wi-Fi connection is working properly. If issues continue, re-run the Wi-Fi setup process.
Adding Wi-Fi capabilities to your HP printer takes just minutes but provides so much added freedom and functionality. With the printer connected to your wireless network, you can print effortlessly anywhere within range and wirelessly link all types of mobile and desktop devices. Just follow the simple control panel or HP Smart app instructions covered here to get setup quickly.