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I'm on a university secure network and trying to setup my HP Photosmart C4780 for wireless connectivity with my MacBook Pro running OS 10.6.7.  I've had the printer for the whole school year and when I couldn't set up the wireless capability at first I just gave up because I was fine with using the USB to connect.  But I recently decided that the wireless setup is much more convenient and while trying to set it up, have yet again failed to do so.  While running the HP Setup Assistant, it continuously searches for the network and doesn't get any farther.  The network came up on the list of available networks and when I select it, it says "Searching for network" and never "finds" it.  The printer's wireless radio is turned on and the computer can connect to the network normally (hence I am typing this), so I'm not sure what problem I am running into in allowing the computer to communicate with the printer and the printer to the network, and so on and so forth.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Are you trying to connect the printer to the university's network?  It won't work, don't bother.

 

Or, are you trying to directly connect your computer to the printer using ad hoc networking?

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Just trying to connect to my own computer so I can put the printer on the other side of my room, where it's more convenient, instead of on my desk.

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OK, you do not need the software to do this.  Make sure your computer can connect to ad hoc networks.  Now, search for the printer network on your laptop and connect to it.  Now, add it as a printer.

 

What operating system?  Remember, your laptop can only connect to one wireless network or device at a time, so when you are connected to your printer you will not be able to be connected to the university wifi.

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I'm running Snow Leopard (OS 10.6.7).  I used to see the hpsetup network, but I no longer do. And even if I do see it, how do I add it as a printer?

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OK, you will need to reset the printer or the printer's network settings.  Consult your manual.

 

Now, turn it off and back on.  It should be broadcasting its SSID that begins with "hp".

 

Connect to it via your Airport icon in the menu bar.

 

Now go to System Preferences > Print & Fax, click the '+' sign and add the printer.

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Ensure the wireless printer software  is installed on all computers in the network for issuing the print command from any computer within the home or office premises. Bluetooth printer is a suitable option for small offices and Wi-Fi for a greater operational distance.

 

For more info of Wireless Printer Setup

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I have virtually the same problem. I hooked up my printer at home and it worked perfectly fine. I could print easily. But now I'm at school on a secured network, and I'm trying to hook up my printer with my laptop, but my laptop won't "find" my printer. I have a windows 7 operating system.

 

Please help..

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Your university will likely not allow device to device communication on their network, otherwise you would be able to see virtually all of the computers on the network.

 

Get a long USB cable and call it good.

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I know it's possible.. There are other students who use theirs wirelessly. But it's not working for me.

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