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Wi-Fi-Guy
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Using WPS to connect your new wireless printer to your Wi-Fi network

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:

  1. open the Apple Airport Utility
  2. select your wireless router
  3. select Manual Setup
  4. select Add Wireless Clients ... from the Base Station menu
  5. 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.

 

Regards / Jim B / Wireless Enthusiasts
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dcwagner66
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Re: Using WPS to connect your new wireless printer to your Wi-Fi network

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?

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marsheag
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where is the wps located dont know where to push

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Re: Using WPS to connect your new wireless printer to your Wi-Fi network

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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nogeeks
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Is HP still the only brand that will work with some Apple rounter functions?

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Shane_R
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I believe that would be a question best asked of Apple.  I think it still holds true, but Apple will be the best people to answer that question. 

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redfemale
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I am trying 2 setup my iPad with my hp photosmart printer. It keep asking me 4 a wap pass code. I have u verse. How can I setup my iPad with my uverse?
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How do u setup for a apple iPad?
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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.  

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