09-07-2009 11:03 AM
All of HP's newest wireless printers have WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) in them. This allows a very simple method to connect your wireless HP printer to your Wi-Fi network.
It's very simple: Start the WPS Pushbutton method (under the printer's wireless menu) on the printer and then press the WPS button on your wireless-router. That's it -- no need to remember the SSID or encryption passphrase.
All new wireless-routers from tier-1 manufacturers are deploying WPS. To be sure, look for the WPS logo on the wireless-router box:
Now, Apple wireless-routers do not have an external WPS button, so here's what you do:
- open the Apple Airport Utility
- select your wireless router
- select Manual Setup
- select Add Wireless Clients ... from the Base Station menu
- Select First Attempt then press Continue.
You have to start the Apple Add Wireless Client process within two minutes of starting the printer's WPS pushbutton method. Actually, order doesn't matter ... you can start the Add Wireless Clients process on the the Apple router first then start the printer's WPS pushbutton method.
( While I'm an embedded wireless systems engineer at work, on this forum I do not represent my former employer, Hewlett-Packard, or my current employer, Microsoft )
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10-31-2011 04:11 PM
Hey - thank you for contributing! I have a question for you. I can't figure out how to add a Wireless Client under the Airport Utility, when I am using a Time Capsule / Wifi configuration. Any ideas?
02-02-2013 02:41 PM
Only if your router supports WPS. Anyway, it is recommended that you connect to your wireless network manually following the instructions in the manual, since WPS has it's own issues.
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02-13-2013 02:38 PM
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08-26-2013 05:30 PM
I had a problem connecting my Officejet 4620 to my Apple Timecapsule using the Airport Utiliity (ver 6.3.1). I found instructions on the "web" to add via a WPS Printer via the Basestation Drop down. This did not work. What I was able to do was add, but I had to connect via the supplied USB cable first. After I used my MacPro to configure the wireless setup via USB, I was able to get the printer connected wireless to the network. There might be instuctions in the manual on this, but they did not jump out at me. After the printer was established on the network I was able to add a the printer to a Windows machine without the USB. I did have to insert the install disk and follow the instructions. Prior to this step the printer was not available. I also added to another networked Mac without USB using the OS Printer add function.