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HP Business Inkjet 1200dtwn Printer - Installing on a Wireless Network

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Wireless setup for Business Inkjet 1200DTWN.

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Definition
Infrastructure mode - When the printer is set to the infrastructure communication mode, the printer communicates with other devices on the network, whether the devices are wired or wireless, through a WAP. The main thing to remember is that if a customer wants to use the printer on a network, a Wireless Access Point (WAP) MUST be setup on the network. In addition, the wireless settings on the printer MUST match the wireless settings on the WAP; the printer’s wireless settings are changed to match those of the network WAP.
Ad hoc mode - When the printer is set to the ad hoc communication mode, the printer communicates directly with other wireless devices without the use of a WAP. With Adhoc mode, the other device’s wireless settings are usually changed to match those of the printer. The printer driver still requires a TCP/IP address to print to an Adhoc printer.
Network name (SSID) - A network name, or Service Set Identifier (SSID), identifies a particular wireless network. In order to operate on a network, a device must know the network name. The BIJ 1200’s default SSID is hpsetup, which can be used by other devices to connect to the printer in Adhoc mode.
Make sure the hardware is ready and has printed out the Alignment confirmation pages. Connect the network cable to the printer and wait for 2 minutes (Max time set for the Network interface of the BIJ 1200 to time out searching for IP Source within the network) and print out a configuration page.
Note down the current Firmware version of the printer and the IP address currently assigned.
If the IP address is in the network Subnet class, open the EWS and run the wireless wizard.
If the printer still shows 0.0.0.0 as its IP address after two minutes have passed, the printer needs to be reset and then power cycled as follows:
  1. Power cycle the printer
  2. Reset the Network interface and check if printer acquires an IP address from the IP source within the network. (To reset: While holding the printer’s Network button down, press and release the Resume button three (3) times.
  3. Try connecting the printer to a different Network port.
If the printer still indicates the 0.0.0.0 as the IP address, flash the printer to the latest firmware and repeat the previous steps.
If printer fails to acquire an IP address, disconnect all the cables from the printer except the power cable and reset the printer’s network settings. If the printer still fails to default to an AutoIP address after two (2) minutes and the firmware flash has no effect, then the printer may need service.
If the printer has only Default IP (169.254.x.x) then perform the following steps:
  1. Connect the crossover cable between the printer and a stand alone computer.
  2. Change the IP address of the computer to the same range that of the printer. (Steps given below)
  3. Open the DOS prompt and check the IP address of the computer (Use IPCONFIG command)
  4. Ping the IP address of the printer.
If the printer does not ping, try pinging the printer after each of the following steps:
  1. Turn off the firewall
  2. If the computer has more than one network adapter, disable the adapter that is not currently being used (e.g. laptops with both wired and wireless option network options). This is done through the Network Connections icon in the Control Panel. IPCONFIG will display more than one adapter name if multiple network adapters are installed.
  3. Ensure the computer’s gateway setting is the same as its IP address.
  4. If more than one computer is available, try a different computer (might need to change the computers IP address)
  5. If it is not pinging Flash the Firmware and try the above steps. If it fails service the printer
If the printer pings fine, perform the following steps:
  1. Open the EWS and change the printer’s IP address to the Network’s subnet
    If there are any difficulties in accessing the EWS, or the EWS is not opening then Click on tools in the IE browser and choose the Internet options>connection tab and LAN Settings, and keep all the boxes unchecked. Try opening the EWS. Once the EWS is open complete the following steps:
    1. Click the Networking tab, and then click Wireless (802.11) in the left pane.
    2. On the Wireless Setup tab, click Start Wizard.
    3. Follow the instructions on the screen.
    4. Click Apply, and then close the embedded Web server
  2. Click on the Start wizard button
  3. Select the name of the wireless network and click next
There are three types of wireless security as follows:
  1. Open system-The network does not require security for authorization or encryption. This is the printer's factory default setting
  2. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) - WEP provides security by encrypting data sent over radio waves from one wireless device to another wireless device. Devices on a WEP-enabled network use WEP keys to encode data. If your network uses WEP, you must know the WEP key(s) it uses
  3. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) - Encrypting data sent over radio waves from one wireless device to another wireless device. Controlling access to network resources through authentication protocols
If no security is being used, simply click next without any entry. If WEP is being used, then the WEP key must be entered in the boxes as shown in the following window:
If WPA is being used, enter the network Pass phrase and click next. – Screen not shown.
Confirm the settings and click on finish.
Remove the crossover cable and run the add network printer wizard and then search for the devices on the network (printers) A search by IP address using this method must be conducted, or the printer must be shared from a PC for Windows to find it.
Better options are as follows:
  • Reinstall driver and use the printer driver’s network install feature – which will locate printers by model, IP, hostname, or MAC address
  • Download (from HP.COM) and run the HP Network Printer Installer (which will also search by IP, hostname, or MAC address). For a new installation, the driver’s network install option is better since it can automatically set the printer’s IP settings (IP, subnet, and default Gateway) to match the computers (when DHCP is not used).
Print out a test page to confirm the resolution.

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