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HP LaserJet Enterprise, HP PageWide Enterprise - Set up and configure embedded HP Wireless Direct and NFC printing

Use the following information to setup, install, and configure the embedded Wireless Direct and/or NFC printing options on an HP LaserJet Enterprise or HP PageWide Enterprise printer.

Applicable printers

The following printers have embedded Wireless Direct and NFC capability:

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M506x

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M527z

  • HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x

  • HP Color LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M577z

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M605x

  • HP LaserJet Enterprise M606x

  • HP PageWide Enterprise Color 556xh

Step one: Update the printer firmware

To ensure printer compatibility and maintain regulatory compliance, first update the printer firmware.

  1. Make sure the Jetdirect accessory is disconnected from the printer.

  2. Make sure the printer has firmware version 3.6 or newer installed. If not, continue to the next step.

  3. Go to www.hp.com/go/FutureSmart, and then click Upgrade now.

  4. Find the printer listed in the table, and then click the link in the Link to Firmware column.

  5. Expand the Firmware section, locate the latest FutureSmart Bundle version, and then click Download.

Step two: Enable Wireless Direct printing

Wireless Direct printing is typically disabled by default.

There are two methods available for enabling Wireless Direct: 1) using the printer control panel, or 2) using the HP Embedded Web Server (EWS).

Choose one of the methods below and then follow the steps provided.

Step three: Configure additional settings for Wireless Direct and NFC printing (Optional)

There are additional (optional) settings that can be configured using the Embedded Web Server (EWS). The optional settings include enabling Near-Field Communication (NFC), changing the Wireless Direct printer name (SSID), and configuring security.

To access the Embedded Web Server (EWS), you must have the printer's LAN IP address. Locate the IP address on the printer control panel using the following steps.

Note:

The steps vary according to the type of control panel.

FutureSmart 3 control panels

FutureSmart 3 control panels

FutureSmart 4 control panels

FutureSmart 4 control panels
  • FutureSmart 3: From the Home screen on the printer control panel, press or touch the Wireless icon Wireless icon to display the IP address or host name.

  • FutureSmart 4: From the Home screen on the printer control panel, press or touch the Information icon Information icon, and then select the Wireless icon Wireless icon to display the IP address or host name.

Click the sections below for steps on how to configure the optional settings.

Enable Near Field Communication (NFC)

NFC printing is disabled by default. To enable NFC on the printer, configure the setting in the Embedded Web Server (EWS) using the steps below.

In addition to the steps below, you can view the following video of how to enable NFC printing.

  1. Open the Embedded Web Server:

    1. On your computer, open a Web browser, and in the address bar, type the IP address or host name exactly as it displayed on the printer control panel.

      Example of an IP address in the browser address bar

      Example of an IP address in the browser address bar
    2. Press Enter on the computer keyboard.

      The EWS opens.

  2. On the EWS Home page, click the Security tab.

  3. In the left navigation pane, click General Security, and then scroll down to Near Field Communication (NFC).

  4. Select the Enable Near Field Communication (NFC) check box to enable the setting.

    Note:

    To require a WPA2 password to print, clear the check box for Show WPA2 passphrase in the NFC tag.

  5. Select Apply to save the settings.

Change the Wireless Direct printer name (SSID)

The Wireless Direct printer name (SSID) is used to identify your printer when connecting from a Wi-Fi compatible device.

In addition to the instructions below, you can view the following video of how to change the Wireless Direct printer name.

Choose one of the methods below to change the Wireless Direct printer name (SSID).

Configure security settings

To configure security, you must select the Wireless Direct connection method. Follow these steps to configure the connection method using the Embedded Web Server (EWS).

In addition to the steps below, you can view the following video of how to set the Wireless Direct connection method.

  1. Connect to the printer as a network connection.

    1. Using a wireless computer, phone, or tablet, open the list of available wireless networks.

    2. Select the "DIRECT-xx-HP..." printer, or the Wireless HP Jetdirect 3000w or 3100w, and then select Connect.

  2. Open the Embedded Web Server:

    1. On your computer, open a Web browser, and in the address bar, type the IP address or host name exactly as it displayed on the printer control panel.

      Example of an IP address in the browser address bar

      Example of an IP address in the browser address bar
    2. Press Enter on the computer keyboard.

      The EWS opens.

  3. On the EWS Home page, click the Networking tab.

  4. In the left navigation pane, click Wireless Direct.

  5. Select the Connection Method from the available options:

    Note:

    To secure printer privacy, select Advanced as the Connection Method.

    • Auto – Assigns a password (not customizable); allows a connection to the printer and stays connected to a wireless network at the same time; limited security

    • Manual – Assigns a password that can be customized; allows a connection to the printer and stays connected to a wireless network at the same time; increased security (default setting)

    • Advanced – Assigns a password that can be customized; enables security features; restricted to single, peer-to-peer network connection using a direct connection to the printer; maximum security

  6. If you selected Advanced as the Connection Method, select the check boxes for one or more of the following options (if desired):

    Note:

    When Advanced is selected as the Connection Method, the Wireless Direct Name (SSID) is changed and the printer can only be connected as an available wireless network which requires a password.

    • Do not broadcast the Wireless Direct name

    • Do not show the Wireless Direct name on reports or on the printer's control panel

    • Do not show the Wireless Direct password on reports or on the printer's control panel

  7. Click Apply to save the changes.

Video of how to set the Wireless Direct Password

The following video demonstrates how to set the Wireless Direct Password using the printer control panel, or in the EWS.

More information

For more information, click the links below.


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