This document provides steps to locate the WEP or WPA key or password for your wireless network. This password is required when installing your HP printer on the wireless network.
Listed below are the basic wireless network security terms and several methods for finding the wireless network password.
Open system. A wireless network that does not use any authentication or encryption method is an open system. An open system can still have a low security level if the router does not broadcast the wireless network name (the Service Set Identifier, or SSID). Before connecting your HP printer to a network, you must know the network name.
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). WEP is an optional wireless network feature. Not all wireless networks use WEP. WEP encodes the data sent across the network, making the data unintelligible to eavesdroppers. In order to properly communicate, network devices must share the same WEP settings as your HP printer.
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). WPA provides a higher level of security than WEP. WPA encrypts data sent over radio waves from one wireless device to another, and controls access to the network through authentication protocols. In order to properly communicate, network devices must share the same WPA settings as your HP printer.