how to connect HP printer to wifi

Today, just about everything can be connected to the Internet for easier access. This is also true for most newer printers. If you own a wireless-capable printer, you can utilize its WiFi functionality to print remotely from any device, but, first, you must connect it to your wireless router.

Below, we will cover the steps you will need to take to connect your HP printer to your WiFi network.

1. Have Your WiFi SSID and Password Ready.

First, you want to be sure that your WiFi network is completely set up and ready to be accessed.

You can do this by accessing the internet via another device already connected to the network. If the device can access the internet successfully, your WiFi network is properly set up.

Next, you will need to know your network name, or SSID, which is the displayed name that you will see when connecting any device to your WiFi network, or which you can find within your router’s wireless settings.

Finally, you will need your router’s password. Typically, the password is case-sensitive, so you will need to know the exact password.

2. Go To The Printer’s Setup.

Once you have all the information gathered from Step 1, access your printer’s “Settings” screen.

You can do this manually using the printer’s on-screen touch display and navigating to the “Settings” tab or icon.

Once you have accessed the “Settings” tab, you will see an option called “Network Settings”. Select this option to enter the “Network Settings” screen.

Within the “Network Settings” screen, select “Wireless Setup Wizard”. This is where you will need to enter the WiFi network credentials that we collected in Step 1.

3. Select The Proper Network (SSID).

Using the on-screen display, locate and select the network name (SSID) that you wish to connect your printer.

On the next screen, you will be presented with a text field that requires you to enter the network password.

Here, enter the exact password from Step 1 and press OK. Your printer should now begin connecting to your WiFi network.

4. Enter It Manually

If your network name (SSID) is not showing up in the list, you will need to enter it manually via the on-screen display.

To enter the name manually, scroll down to the bottom of the list of network names and select the “Add Network Manually” option, or enter the network name into the blank text field.

You must enter the SSID exactly as it is shown within your router’s wireless settings or else it will not work.

5. Use WPS

If you are unable to connect your printer to WiFi using any of the options above, you may have to resort to using the “WPS” button on your router and printer.  To connect using WPS, press the WPS button on both your printer and your router within 2 minutes of each other to establish a connection.

Please note: This option is not as secure as the other options.

Final Thoughts

By following the tips above, your HP Printer should now be connected to your wireless network. If you are unable to connect your HP printer to WiFi using the steps above, you may want to consider reaching out to HP’s technical support team.

Once your printer is fully set up, you will now be able to take advantage of the many benefits that wireless printing has to offer, such as printing from any device on the network.

If none of the above methods work for you, you can also use an Ethernet cord to connect your printer directly to your router so that the printer will have network access. However. you will be forced to run an ethernet cable from the printer to the router which may cause some inconveniences.