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HP LaserJet 1320nw Printer - Wireless Network Install Using Ad-Hoc Mode

Ad-hoc is the term used to explain when a user is connecting to another wireless device directly without an access point. The user must decide what IP address and subnet to communicate.
On wireless computer networks, ad-hoc mode is a method for wireless devices to directly communicate with each other as illustrated below in Figure 1. Operating in ad-hoc mode allows all wireless devices within range of each other to discover and communicate in peer-to-peer fashion without involving central access points (including those built in to broadband wireless routers).
Figure : Ad-hoc mode
To set up an ad-hoc wireless network, each wireless adapter must be configured for ad-hoc mode versus the alternative infrastructure mode. In addition, all wireless adapters on the ad-hoc network must use the same SSID and the same channel number.
An ad-hoc network tends to feature a small group of devices all in very close proximity to each other.
Performance suffers as the number of devices grows, and a large ad-hoc network quickly becomes difficult to manage. Ad-hoc networks cannot bridge to wired LANs or to the Internet without installing a special-purpose gateway.
Ad-hoc networks make sense when needing to build a small, all-wireless LAN quickly and spend the minimum amount of money on equipment. Ad-hoc networks also work well as a temporary fallback mechanism if normally-available infrastructure mode gear (access points or routers) stop functioning.
Network components for a Windows ad hoc (peer-to-peer) network installation (for advanced users)
The following components and network information will be needed to perform an ad hoc installation:
Network information
Obtain the following information from the system administrator or the person who installed the network:
  • The network's name (SSID): the SSID identifies a particular wireless network. In order to operate on a network, any connecting device must know the network name.
  • The network's security settings (if used): WEP and the WEP key used, authentication method (Open, Shared Key, or Pre-shared Key [PSK]), and Encryption (none, WEP, or WPA).
  • The network's communication mode must be ad hoc network mode.
    In ad hoc mode, which is sometimes called peer-to-peer mode, the printer communicates with the computer directly, rather than through a WAP or base station. Each device on an ad hoc network must have a wireless network adapter.
Network components for a Windows ad hoc (peer-to-peer) network installation
    Figure : Components
  1. Functioning ad hoc wireless network
  2. HP LaserJet 1320nw printer Wireless Start Guide
  3. Installation software CD (provided with the printer)
  4. CD containing the HP LaserJet 1320nw printer Wireless User Guide
  5. Power cord
Procedures for a Windows ad hoc (peer-to-peer) network installation
Please read the entire procedure before starting an ad hoc wireless network installation. Follow the instructions in the order provided for the best results.
  note:
HP highly recommends that an existing ad hoc network is in place or that an ad hoc network be configured before starting this installation method.
  1. Prepare the printer.
    1. Close all applications on the computer.
    2. Plug the printer into a power outlet and turn the power on the printer.
    3. Wait a few minutes and then print a network configuration page by pressing the black button on the network card on the back of the printer.
    4. If the IP address on the network configuration page is 0.0.0.0, then wait a few minutes and repeat step c. Do this until the IP address is not 0.0.0.0. The printer will have an automatic IP address (Auto IP) which should look like 169.254.x.y, where x and y can be any number between 0 and 255.
    5. Confirm that there is a Network Name (SSID) such as hpsetup on the Network Configuration page.
  2. Prepare the computer.
    1. Unplug any network cable connected to the computer. This will disable any wired network. Only the wireless network should be active during the installation. Click Start, Control Panel, Network Connections to verify that the wired network is disabled. (The unplugged cables should be reconnected after the installation is complete.)
    2. Verify that the hpsetup network is available in the configuration properties for the computer wireless network card and connect to it. (For example, in Microsoft Windows XP, click Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, and then Wireless Network Connection. Click Properties and then select the Wireless Networks tab. Select the hpsetup network name in the Available networks box, click Configure, and then click OK. The network name, hpsetup, should now be available in the Preferred networks section. Click Refresh if the hpsetup network is not listed.) If using a wireless card or wireless adapter, use the utility that came with the wireless card or wireless adapter to add hpsetup to the network options. The network name, hpsetup, should only be used to configure the printer.
    3. Ensure that the computer has an automatic IP address before starting the software installation. The computer may take a few moments to acquire an automatic IP address. (For example, in Microsoft XP, to check whether the computer has an automatic IP address click Start, All Programs, Connect to or click Start, Connect To, and Show all connections, and then select Wireless Network Connection. Verify that the IP address is of the form 169.254.x.y, where x and y are any number between 0 and 255, in the Details section.). Verify the peer-to-peer network name is hpsetup. If the computer has not yet acquired a valid automatic IP address, wait a few minutes. The Details section of the Network Connections box will change to show the new IP address when it is valid.
  3. Install the software.
    1. Insert the software CD into the computer CD-ROM drive. Start the software installation and follow the on screen instructions.
    2. If one or more printers are found and displayed on the Printers Found page, select the printer that has the same IP address as the one to be installed, and then click Next.
    3. HP highly recommends that the device be configured to match the settings of the existing ad hoc network on the computer. Click Change Settings on the Confirm Settings dialog screen to configure the settings. If an existing ad hoc network is not in place, then accept the default settings.
    4. Accept the settings on the Confirm Settings page.
    5. Continue with the installation until the process is complete.
    6. After the software installation is complete and the computer has restarted, reconnect any network cables that my have been unplugged during the installation.
HP LaserJet 1320nw Wireless network ad hoc mode install screens
  1. Insert the CD into a computer that is linked to the network to begin the installation. Select "install hp LaserJet software" from the CD Browser screen.
    Figure : CD Browser dialog
  2. The software prepares to install.
    Figure : Preparing to install dialog
  3. The Welcome screen appears. View the Software License Agreement or Installation Notes. Click Next to proceed.
    Figure : Welcome dialog
  4. Select "Connected via the network" and click Next.
    Figure : Printer Connection dialog
  5. Select "Search from a list of detected printers" and click Next.
    Figure : Identify Printer dialog
  6. The install searches the network for all HP LaserJet 1160 or 1320 series printers.
    Figure : Searching dialog
  7. When the printer is found, verify the hardware address and IP address are correct. If so, select "Yes, install this printer" and click Next.
    Figure : Printer Found dialog
  8. Confirm printer settings. Verify settings are correct and click Next.
      note:
    The Mode setting for this install is incorrectly listed as Infrastructure. Remember, we are currently performing an ad hoc install, so this needs to be changed to ad hoc by selecting Change Settings.
    Figure : Confirm Settings dialog
  9. The Confirm Changing Settings dialog will appear. Select Yes and click Next to continue.
    Figure : Confirm Changing Setting dialog
  10. Select "Enter a Network Name" and click Next.
    Figure : Select a Network Name dialog
  11. Enter the appropriate Network Name (SSID) in the field and select the Ad hoc radio button. Click Next to continue.
      note:
    Network Name (SSID) is listed on the Jetdirect Configuration page.
    Figure : Wireless Settings dialog
  12. Select the desired security settings on the Authentication screen. If using no Authentication, select Open System (No Authentication) and click Next.
    Figure : Authentication dialog
  13. If using Wireless Encryption - WEP, select the Enable Data Encryption check box and enter the appropriate WEP key. If no encryption is used, leave the selection blank and click Next.
    Figure : Wireless Encryption - WEP dialog
  14. Verify the settings are correct in the Confirm Settings dialog and click Next.
      note:
    The mode in the example is now reading correctly as ad hoc.
    Figure : Confirm Settings dialog
  15. Setup now proceeds to the Installation Type dialog box. Select the desired Installation Type and click Next.
    Figure : Installation Type dialog
  16. Click Install on the Ready to Install dialog to begin copying the files.
    Figure : Ready to Install dialog
  17. The Installation progress dialog screen appears.
    Figure : Installing dialog
  18. Select or deselect the desired options and click Finish to complete the installation. The following options are available on the Finish dialog screen:
    • Print Driver Test Page
    • Read Release Notes
    • Register Product
    • Create hp LaserJet toolbox shortcut
    Figure : Finish dialog
  19. If Print Driver Test Page was selected in the previous dialog, the Test Page dialog box will appear. Click OK to exit the window.
    Figure : Test Page dialog
  20. Click Yes to restart the PC.
    Figure : Restart dialog

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