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lindseyf25
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How do I secure my printer so that I prevent my neighbors from using my wireless printer to print?

I am on a secure wireless network with 5 other apartments and someone has been recently been able to access and print from my wireless printer. On the printer itself, I can't find where I can set a security or encryption code for the printer. So, I'm hoping someone could walk me through how to set it up so that the printer is secure. It's a HP Officejet 6500.

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First, you can't.  With that said, how is the printer connected to YOUR router inside your apartment?  Please don't say you have it connected to a public router.

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Re: How do I secure my printer so that I prevent my neighbors from using my wireless printer to prin

The wireless internet is a free service provided by my apartment complex (6 units), so the printer uses that to wirelessly connect to my computer. We do not have our own router inside our apartment. 

 

I thought there was some way to put a password when someone is trying to connect their computer to the printer, just like I had to set up my computer to link to my printer?

 

Thanks for your time.

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Just like your computer is on the public 'hot spot', so is your printer and others can find it with ease, install the drivers and print to it when ever they want.  Suggest you disconnect and run a cable to your computer and install it again, or if the printer supports 'ad-hoc' connection, this will work for you.

 

You do realize the inherent danger of having your computer on a public network all the time,  right?   

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Actually, that is quite possible. You just have to adjust the security settings on the printer to do that. Just to to Devices and Printers, right click on the unit, go to Printer Properties and under the "Security" tab you can restrict users on the same network. 

 

This shold enable you to control your printer with a little more discretion. 

 

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Oh wow, totally forgot about that.  That may work for him, sorry.  Just not used to setting security on printers.   Typically it is set to everyone, but you can adjust it to just your PC it looks like.

 

Still not a good idea to be on a public network all the time though.

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Re: How do I secure my printer so that I prevent my neighbors from using my wireless printer to prin

Thanks so much! Your instructions were so helpful.

 

I couldn't imagine that there wouldn't be a way to restrict other people from accessing my printer. Problem solved!

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