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HP LaserJet Pro Printers - Wireless Printer Setup (Windows)

This document is for Windows computers and HP LaserJet Pro M118dw and M203dw printers.
To set up an HP printer on a wireless (Wi-Fi) network, install the print driver and software from the HP website. When prompted during the installation, select Wireless as the connection type.

Step 1: Decide how to install the software

Before you install the software, choose an installation method. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use.
  • CD: Installing the printer software from the CD is quick and easy. Yet, the CD might not contain the latest software available, even with a newer printer.
  • Download: Downloading the printer software from the HP website provides you with the latest printer software. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help avoid installation issues.

Step 2: Prepare for installation

Before installing the printer software and connecting to your wireless network, check the requirements, turn on the computer and the router, and set up the printer.
  1. Gather the following items:
    • Network name: The network name is the SSID.
    • Network password (WEP key or WPA security passphrase)
    • A computer connected to your wireless network
    • Internet access (recommended): HP recommends broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL.
    • Your wireless-capable printer: Place your printer close to the computer during the installation.
    • USB cable: The installer might prompt you to connect a USB cable.
  2. Make sure the printer, router, and computer are all turned on, and that the computer is connected to the same wireless network to which you are connecting the printer.
  3. Set up the printer, load paper into the input tray, and install the toner cartridges. For detailed steps, go to the HP Customer Support page, type your printer model and First Time Printer Setup, press Enter, and then select the document from the list.
  4. Disconnect any USB or Ethernet cables from the printer.

Step 3: Connect the printer to the wireless network

Use Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to connect the printer so the HP installer can find the printer during the installation. Consult your wireless router manual to confirm if it supports the WPS push button connection type.
  • If your router does not support WPS, skip to the next step to download and install the driver.
  • If your router supports WPS, continue with these steps.
  1. On the printer control panel, press and hold the Wireless button .
  2. Release the button when the wireless light starts blinking.
  3. Within two minutes, press and release the WPS button on your wireless router.
  4. Wait up to two minutes while the printer and router establish a network connection.
After the printer connects to the network, the wireless light is on and steady.

Step 4: Download and install the print driver

Download and install the most current version of the full feature printer software from the HP website.
If an Auto Wireless Connect screen displays during installation, use it to complete the wireless setup. Otherwise, follow the guided steps in the installation software to complete the setup.
  1. Disconnect any USB cables from the printer.
  2. Go to 123.hp.com/laserjet, and then click Download to download and run HP Easy Start.
  3. When prompted to select your printer, click My Printer Is Not Shown.
    A Printer Not Found screen displays.
    Clicking My Printer Is Not Shown
  4. Click Continue, and then select Wireless network (if applicable).
    Selecting Wireless network (if applicable)
  5. Click Continue, and then follow the on-screen prompts to set up your printer on a wireless network.
If the download fails, go to HP Customer Support - Software and Driver Downloads, click Printer, type your printer model number, and then click Submit. Confirm your version of Windows is correct. Under the Driver-Product Installation Software heading, click Download for the full software package, or click Basic Drivers for other driver options.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Review these frequently asked questions on setting up the wireless network connection.






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