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Secure your HP printer against unwanted access

Protect your HP printer against unwanted access and printouts by using a password-protected (secured) Wi-Fi connection, creating a unique printer display name, and limiting access to your printer.

Connect to a secured Wi-Fi network

Connect the printer to a secured Wi-Fi network to prevent unwanted access.


HP does not recommend connecting your printer to an unsecured (open) network. Doing so increases the risk of possible unwanted printer and network access.

When connecting to a network, look at the icon next to the network name and make sure it has a Lock icon next to it. This lock represents a secure connection.

Change the Wi-Fi network password

Change the router Wi-Fi password to make the network more secure and to remove any unwanted users.


Changing the Wi-Fi password removes all connected devices from the network. Any devices you want to use will need to be reconnected with the new password.

  1. Determine your router IP address and password.


    The following list is provided for informational purposes only and might not work with your router model. Consult your internet provider or router documentation for steps to access router settings.

    Common router brands with default IP addresses, user names, and passwords

    Router brand

    IP address

    User name




    no password required, or admin





    no user name required, or admin

    no password required


    admin or user

    no password required, or admin


    admin, no user name required, or Comcast

    admin, no password required, or 1234



    password, 1234, or setup

  2. Open an internet browser, type the router IP address into the address bar, and then press Enter.

  3. On the router sign-in page, enter the user name and password.

    The router home page displays.
  4. Locate your Wi-Fi network settings, and then change the password.

    The router reboots and the password is updated.
  5. Reconnect your printer to the network using the new password with the HP Smart app or

Create a unique printer display name

Create a unique printer name to make it easier to identify in a list of available network devices.

  1. Open the Advanced Settings (EWS) in the HP Smart app or type the printer IP address into a web browser address bar.

  2. If a login or certificate window displays, complete the information to finish opening the EWS.

    • If a website security certificate displays, click Continue to open the printer homepage.

    • If a login window opens, type admin for the username, and then type the PIN found on the label located underneath or on the back of the printer, or the password set by the printer administrator.

    Example of the PIN sticker on printer
  3. On the printer home page, click the Network, and then select Advanced Settings > Bonjour.

    Clicking Bonjour under the Advanced Settings on the Network tab
  4. Under Bonjour Service Name, enter a new display name for your printer.

    For example, if the original name is HP ENVY Inspire 7900 series [C00000], change it to something you can recognize easily but is not personally identifiable to protect your privacy.

    Changing the Bonjour Service Name
  5. Click Apply to save the changes.

The printer name is now more identifiable and secure.

Secure access to the printer features

Secure additional printer features such as HP ePrint, Print Anywhere, Wi-Fi Direct, and HP wireless direct.


Available features vary by printer model and country/region.