how to get hp printer online

In the past, printers needed to be connected directly to a computer to print documents via a USB cable or some other type of cable.

Today, however, most printers are wireless- or network-compatible. Meaning, you will be able to connect the printer to multiple devices on the network at once and utilize the print function from any of those devices.

However, to get an HP printer online, you will first need to establish a network connection. In this article, we will be covering how to connect your new HP Printer to your home or wireless network.

Methods For Getting Your HP Printer Online:

1. Connect Printer With Ethernet Cable

One of the easiest ways to get your printer online is by connecting it directly to your router or router/modem combo with an Ethernet cable.

In most cases, when using an Ethernet cable, your printer will be able to access the network without any additional requirements such as network name or password.

All you need to do is connect your printer directly to your router via the Ethernet cable and you will be able to utilize the printer’s network functionality.

In a situation where your network has a physical firewall, you may also need to approve the device for network access. Follow the printer’s on-screen prompts closely and you and printing over the network.

2. Connect Printer Through WiFi

Another way that you can get your HP printer online is by connecting it via WiFi.  To connect your printer via WiFi, you will need to know the name of the wireless network that your devices are connected to and add the printer to this network.

You will do this in the same way that you would normally connect any other wireless device:

You want to make sure that the network you are connecting to is the same one that the other devices that you want to print from are connected to. Thus, if you are looking to print from your computer, you will want to be sure that you are connecting the printer to the same network that the computer is currently using.

That way, the two devices will be able to communicate with one another.

To connect your printer through WiFi, you will need to access the “Network Settings” option via the printer’s on-screen display.

Typically, you will find “Network Settings” within the main “Settings” menu.

By navigating to “Network Settings” then “Network Setup”, you should be able to find the wireless network that you want to connect to and enter the network password needed to connect to it.

Final Thoughts:

By following the tips above, you should be able to get your HP printer online via Ethernet or WiFi. Now that the printer is connected, you should also be able to print from any device that is connected to the same wireless network.

If you notice issues with getting your printer online, you will want to check to ensure that your printer is set up correctly and can perform a test print properly.

If the above solutions did not work, you may need to install the necessary drivers for your HP printer. While in most cases Windows and OS X look to install drivers automatically, you may also need to go over to HP’s website and manually install the latest drivers for your printer and repeat the steps above.