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HP PSC 2500 Series Photosmart - Setting up the Printer (Wireless Ad hoc)

Introduction

This document provides support for installing the product on a wireless network using ad hoc communication mode. An ad hoc wireless network is a simple wireless connection without an access point or router.
Figure : Wireless set up without an access point (ad hoc)
Illustration: Product and computer communicating without an access point
This document contains information on the following topics:
  • Preliminary settings
  • Steps to configure network settings
  • Methods to test the wireless communication

Preliminary settings

In order to avoid your computer connection to undesired surrounding wireless networks, follow these steps before configuring the product.
  1. Right-click the My Network Places icon placed on the desktop or in the Startup menu, and then select the Properties menu item.
  2. Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and then select the Properties menu item.
  3. Select the Wireless Networks tab.
  4. Click the Advanced button placed under the Preferred Networks section.
    Figure : Advanced button
    Illustration: Wireless Network Connection Properties tab.
  5. A new window named Advanced opens. Check the Computer-to-computer (ad hoc) networks only option.
    When done, uncheck the Automatically connect to non-preferred networks checkbox, and then click the Close button.
    Figure : Advanced window
    Illustration: Advanced dialog box.

Configuring network settings on your computer and on the product

note:
In order to establish a wireless communication between the product and the computer, the network settings should be configured initially by using a wired connection.

Step one: Configure your Local Area Connection to obtain an IP address automatically

  1. Right-click the My Network Places icon placed in the desktop or in the Startup menu, and then select the Properties menu item. The Network Connections window will open.
  2. Right-click the Local Area Connection icon, and then select the Properties menu item.
  3. Select the General tab, then highlight the Internet Protocol TCP/IP item and click the Properties button.
    Figure : Internet Protocol TCP/IP section of the General tab
    Illustration: Internet Protocol TCP/IP section of the General tab.
  4. The General tab will be selected by default. Check the Obtain an IP address automatically option, and then click the OK button.
    Figure : Obtain an IP address automatically option
    Illustration: Internet Protocol TCP/IP Properties dialog box.
  5. The Local Area Connection Properties window is displayed again. Click the OK button to save the changes and return to the Network Connections window.
  6. Disable the Wireless Network Connection on your computer by right-clicking the Wireless Network Connection icon in the Network Connections window, and selecting the Disable menu item.
    Figure : Disable the Wireless Network Connection
    Illustration: Disable option in the right-click menu.

Step two: Temporarily disable the product's wireless capabilities

  1. On the HP All-in-One control panel, press the Setup button.
  2. Scroll through the menu items by pressing the Down Arrow button until the Network menu item appears highlighted.
  3. Scroll through the Network menu items by pressing the Down Arrow button until the Wireless Radio option appears highlighted.
  4. Press the OK button.
  5. Press the Down Arrow button to highlight the Off option.
  6. Press the OK button, and then press the Cancel button twice to return to the initial display.
  7. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the product to the Ethernet connection port of your computer.
    note:
    An appropriate cable is provided as an accessory with the product.
    Figure : Ethernet cable
    Illustration: Example of an Ethernet cable.

Step three: Print a network configuration page from the control panel

  1. On the product control panel, press the Setup button.
  2. Scroll through the menu items by pressing the Down Arrow button until the Network menu item appears highlighted.
  3. Press the OK button.
  4. The Print Network Configuration Page menu item is highlighted now. Press the OK button.
  5. Wait until the network configuration page is printed, and then press the Cancel button to return to the initial display.
  6. Note the product IP address from the network configuration page (for example: 169.254.139.223).
    Figure : Sample configuration page
    Illustration: Sample configuration page.

Step four: Configure the wireless settings

  1. Open the Web browser on your computer. Type http:// followed by the product IP address (for example: 169.254.139.223) as URL address, and press the Enter key.
    Figure : Address bar from a Web browser
    Illustration: Sample of an address bar from a Web browser.
  2. The Embedded Web Server page will open in your browser. Select the Networking tab.
    Figure : Select Networking tab on the Embedded Web Server
    Illustration: Device information displayed on the  Embedded Web Server home page.
  3. The Network tab will appear enabled by default. Select the Wireless tab.
    Figure : Select the Wireless tab
    Illustration: The Networking tab of the Embedded Web Server.
  4. Check the Ad hoc (peer to peer) option under the Communication mode headline.
  5. Check the Enter network name option under the Network Name (SSID) headline.
  6. Type the desired SSID (for example homenet1) for your WLAN.
      warning:
    Do not choose a very common SSID like Wireless, Network, Linksys or your own name.
    An uncommon SSID choice provides additional security to your WLAN.
  7. Check either the Open System (No authentication) or the Shared Key (Requires a WEP key) option under the Authentication headline.
    Figure : Wireless tab
    Illustration: The Wireless tab under Network Settings in the Embedded Web Server.

Step five: Enable WEP encryption

Enable the WEP encryption to secure your wireless network. To do so follow the steps below:
  1. Check the Enabled option under the Encryption headline.
  2. Select the WEP key 1 menu item from the Encrypt transmit data using drop down list.
  3. Check either the Alphanumeric or Hexadecimal option in the Input keys in field.
  4. Type the desired password in the WEP key 1 box.
    Figure : Encryption options enabled
    Illustration: Enabled options located under Encryption.
    note:
    If ASCII characters are used to establish the password, this should be either five or 13 characters length. For example: ilike (five characters) or ilikehpprintr (13 characters).
    If hexadecimal characters (0,....,9,A,,,,,,F) are used to establish the password, this should be either ten or 26 characters length. For example: AFFEAFFEAF (ten characters).
  5. Click the Apply button, and when a confirmation window comes up, click the OK button.
  6. Refresh the page by pressing the F5 key on your computer keyboard.

Step six: Configure the network settings

Select the Network tab to configure the network settings by following the steps below:
  1. Select the Manual option from the IP Configuration Method drop down list.
  2. Type an IP address in the range 192.168.x.x (for example 192.168.0.5) inside the IP Address box.
  3. Type 255.255.255.0 inside the Subnet Mask box.
  4. In the Default Gateway box, type the same IP address as entered in step 2 directly above (in this case 192.168.0.5).
    Figure : General tab with Network settings
    Illustration: The Network Setting section of the Embedded Web Server.
  5. Click the Apply button, and when a confirmation window comes up, click the OK button.
  6. Disconnect both sides of the Ethernet cable from the product and the computer.

Step seven: Enable the wireless mode on the product

  1. On the HP All-in-One control panel, press the Setup button.
  2. Scroll through the menu items by pressing the Down Arrow button until the Network menu item appears highlighted.
  3. Press the OK button.
  4. Scroll through the Network menu items by pressing the Down Arrow button until the Wireless Radio menu item appears highlighted.
  5. Press the OK button.
  6. Press the Down Arrow button to highlight the On option.
  7. Press the OK button, and then press the Cancel button twice to return to the initial display.

Step eight: Create a wireless network on the computer

Create a wireless network on your computer with same network name (SSID) by following the steps listed below:
  1. Enable the wireless network connection again. To do so:
    1. Open the window Network Connections by right-clicking the My Network Places icon placed on the desktop or in the Startup menu, and then selecting the Properties menu item.
    2. Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and select the Enable menu item.
      Figure : Wireless Network Connection enabled
      Illustration: Enable option for the Wireless Network Connection.
  2. Right-click again the Wireless Network Connection icon, and select the Properties menu item.
  3. Select the Wireless Networks tab.
    Figure : Wireless Networks tab
    Illustration: Wireless Networks tab under Wireless Connection Properties.
  4. Under the Preferred Networks section, click the Add button to open the Wireless Network Properties window.
  5. Type the SSID in the Network Name (SSID) box.
  6. Select either the Open or the Shared Key option from the Network Authentication drop down list.
    Figure : Association tab
    Illustration: The Association tab under Wireless network properties.
  7. If the WEP encryption was enabled follow the steps below:
    1. Select the WEP option from the Data Encryption drop down list.
    2. Remove the checkmark from the Key is provided for me automatically checkbox.
    3. Type the password you chose in the Network Key box, and confirm it in the Confirm network key box.
    4. Select the index (1 to 4) from the Key Index drop down list.
        warning:
      It is highly advisable to establish an encryption key to secure your wireless network.
  8. Insert a checkmark in the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used checkbox.
  9. Click the OK button to save the changes, and click the OK button again in the Wireless Network Connection Properties window.

Testing the wireless communication

Once the wireless network is configured either from your computer or the product, test the communication by one of the two following methods:

Method one: Test using the Embedded Web Server

  1. Open your web browser (for example Microsoft Internet Explorer), type http:// followed by the product IP address as the URL address, and press the Enter key.
  2. If the Embedded Web Server page cannot be opened by the browser, then check the wireless settings configuration once again.
  3. If the Embedded Web Server page for the product opens up, then the wireless network is ready for the HP software installation.
    Figure : Embedded Web Server page
    Illustration: Device information displayed on the  Embedded Web Server home page.

Method two: Test using Command Console

  1. Click the Start button on your computer desktop, and select the Run item.
  2. Type cmd in the text box, and click the OK button. This will prompt the command console window to open up.
  3. Type ping, enter a blank space, and type the product IP address (in this case 192.168.0.5).
  4. Press the Enter key.
  5. If the product does not reply to the packets being sent, check the wireless settings configuration once again.
    Figure : Command Console
    Illustration: Command console unsuccessfully communicating with the product.
  6. If the product replies properly to the packets being sent, then the wireless network is ready for the HP software installation.
    Figure : Command Console communicating with the product
    Illustration: Command console successfully communicating with the product.

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