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janemcdonnell
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Printer cannot connect to laptop

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HP OfficeJet 3830
macOS 10.15 Catalina

Printer will not connect to laptop. When I try to connect through my system preferences I get an error saying "unable to communicate with the printer at this time". I've also tried to connect through HP Smart, where it says "printer status unknown". 

When I first got this printer, October 2019, I was able to connect and print, but then the connection got weaker and weaker until it was gone completely. 

None of my other devices have internet connection issues and I've had my internet tested with no issues.

Please advise. Thank you.

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@janemcdonnell, Welcome to HP Support Community!

 

To be able to assist you better, I would like to know the following:

  • Are the printer and PC connected to the same network?
  • Is your router dual-band enabled i.e., both 2.4GHz and 5GHz?
  • What is the distance between the router and the printer?
  • Is there any antivirus software installed on your computer?
  • Could you perform a ping test using the Mac Network Utility and let me know the results?

Use the printer IP address to perform a ping test, the printer IP can be located by selecting the wireless icon on the printer display.

 

The wireless status menu on your Mac should also give us quite a lot of information that would help us identify the issue. You can press and hold option-click the WiFi icon and then use shift-command-5 to take the screenshot. Press the space bar when the icon turns into a camera. Share the ping test results and the screenshot with us.

 

Also, check with your Internet service provider if your router is able to forward 'Bonjour packets'. 

Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records. The software comes built-in with Apple's macOS and iOS operating systems.

 

Keep me posted for further assistance.

 

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