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HP Printers - Wired Network Printer Setup (Windows)

This document is for HP printers with wired (Ethernet) network support and Windows computers.
Set up a network-connected printer with an Ethernet cable by installing the HP print driver on a Windows PC.
Before installing the driver, make sure you have a functioning network router and an Ethernet cable.
  1. Make sure you have a network router, switch, or hub with available Ethernet ports.
  2. Make sure your computer is connected to the router, switch, or hub, if it is not already connected.
  3. Obtain an Ethernet cable. Do not use a standard telephone cable.
      Figure : Ethernet and telephone cable comparison
      Image: Ethernet and telephone cable comparison
    1. Ethernet cable: Connector is wide and has eight wires
    2. Telephone cable (do not use): Connector is narrow and has between two and six wires
Step 2: Connect the printer to the network
Connect the Ethernet cable to the printer and to the router, switch, or hub so that the printer is found during the installation.
  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Remove any plug or protective cover from the Ethernet port on the rear of the printer.
    Figure : Remove the protective plug from the printer Ethernet port
    Remove the protective plug from the printer Ethernet port
  3. Connect the Ethernet cable to the printer port, and then connect the other end of the cable to an available port on the network router, switch, or hub.
    Figure : Connect the Ethernet cable to the printer and to the router, switch, or hub
    Connect the Ethernet cable to the printer and to the router, switch, or hub
Step 3: Install the software
Install the HP print driver to complete the network printer setup.
  1. Go to 123.hp.com, enter your printer model, and then follow the onscreen instructions to download your driver. Depending on your printer model, the guided driver installation app HP Easy Start might download.
    • If a driver or HP Easy Start downloads, follow the on-screen instructions to open the download file to start the setup. When prompted to choose a connection type, select Wired Network. You do not need to complete the remaining steps in this section if the setup is successful.
    • If the download fails or your printer is not listed on 123.hp.com, continue with these steps to install a driver from the HP website.
  2. Go to HP Customer Support - Software and Driver Downloads, enter your printer model if prompted, and then confirm the operating system version selected is correct.
  3. Under Driver-Product Installation Software, click Download next to the full feature driver, and then follow the on-screen instructions to use the guided HP Download and Install Assistant, or select Download only to save and then run the driver file from your computer.
      note:
    If 'Installing Your Printer Driver Using the Windows Built-in Solution' displays instead of a download button, click Learn more for steps to install the print driver through Windows.
  4. When prompted by the installer to choose a printer connection option, select Wired Network to continue with and complete the setup.
  5. Try to print, scan, or fax, depending on your printer functionality.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Review these commonly asked questions about installing and connecting your printer to a wired network.

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