How to Set Up a HP Printer

Introduction

This is a general guide that aims to assist you with setting up your new HP printer. Your printer can be connected directly to your computer using a USB cable, connected to your home network by using an Ethernet cable, or wirelessly connected to your home's WiFi network.

The connection methods available to your printer will depend entirely upon the model printer you are working with.

Things You'll Need:
  • USB or Ethernet cable (for wired connections only)
  • Power cable
  • Ink cartridges
  • Paper
Before You Begin:

Make sure the following are completed:

  • Printer is unboxed
  • Power cable is connected
  • Ink cartridges are installed
  • Paper is placed in the tray
  • Print heads are aligned

Do not connect the printer to your computer until you are instructed to do so. Connecting the printer too early may result in the software not properly recognizing your printer.

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? Choose the type of connection you wish to use for the printer setup

  1. How to connect an HP printer to a home network over WiFi
  2. How to connect an HP printer to a home network with an Ethernet cable
  3. How to connect an HP printer to a computer with a USB cable

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This is a general guide that aims to assist you with setting up your new HP printer. Your printer can be connected directly to your computer using a USB cable, connected to your home network by using an Ethernet cable, or wirelessly connected to your home's WiFi network.

The connection methods available to your printer will depend entirely upon the model printer you are working with.

Things You'll Need:
  • USB or Ethernet cable (for wired connections only)
  • Power cable
  • Ink cartridges
  • Paper
Before You Begin:

Make sure the following are completed:

  • Printer is unboxed
  • Power cable is connected
  • Ink cartridges are installed
  • Paper is placed in the tray
  • Print heads are aligned

Do not connect the printer to your computer until you are instructed to do so. Connecting the printer too early may result in the software not properly recognizing your printer.

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Follow this guide to set up your printer wirelessly:
  1. In order to connect to a wired Ethernet connection, your printer needs to have an Ethernet port on the rear. This will vary depending on the model printer you have.
    Ethernet port on rear of printer.
  2. Acquire an Ethernet cable and connect it to the port on the back of the printer.
    Ethernet cable.
  3. Take the other end of the Ethernet cable and plug it into your router's Ethernet port.
    Ethernet cable being plugged into router.
  4. This is all that is needed to get your printer physically connected to your network.
  1. Open your web browser and navigate to support.hp.com
    URL for hp support
  2. Click on Software and Drivers.
    Website for hp support showing software and driver highlighted
  3. Type your product name, number, or serial number and click Find.
    HP product name search field
  4. The latest drivers are usually marked Important. Select the latest one to Download.
    HP printer download showing Important and download highlighted
  5. Your download should begin. Depending on what browser you've used, you may have to click Run or Save to continue, or simply click the file that's downloaded to launch the installer.
    Google chrome download popup
  1. Once your file is downloaded and the installer open, click Continue.
    HP printer software program with continue highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    HP printer program with next highlighted
  3. Check the Terms of Service box and then click Next.
    HP printer software terms of service
  4. Software will begin installing.
  5. Select USB and then Next.
    HP printer install with USB selected
  6. Connect the printer and your computer using the USB cable.
    HP printer software explaining to connect the USB cable
  7. The installer will detect your printer.
    HP printer software showing connecting
  8. Type in the required information.
    HP printer software asking for printer use and zip code
  9. After the install the printer assistant will open automatically. This program offers you many options for your printer including monitoring ink levels.
    HP printer software program
  10. Your printer is now set up and ready to use via the Ethernet connection. You may disconnect the USB cable.
  1. Open your web browser and navigate to support.hp.com
    URL for hp support
  2. Click on Software and Drivers.
    Website for hp support showing software and driver highlighted
  3. Type your product name, number, or serial number and click Find.
    HP product name search field
  4. The latest drivers are usually marked Important. Select the latest one to Download.
    HP printer download showing Important and download highlighted
  5. Your download should begin. Depending on what browser you've used, you may have to click Run or Save to continue, or simply click the file that's downloaded to launch the installer.
    Google chrome download popup
  1. Once your file is downloaded and the installer open, click Continue.
    HP printer program with continue selected
  2. Click Next.
    HP printer software with next selected
  3. Check the Terms of Service box and then click Next.
    HP printer software terms of service
  4. Software will begin installing.
  5. Select USB and then Next.
    HP printer software connection options with usb selected
  6. Connect the printer and your computer using the USB cable.
    HP printer software explaining to connect the USB cable
  7. The installer will detect your printer.
    HP printer software connecting
  8. Type in the required information.
    HP printer software asking for printer info and zip code
  9. After the install the printer assistant will open automatically. This program offers you many options for your printer including monitoring ink levels.
    HP printer software
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