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Wireless Installation Tip
on 9 February 2013
Several Amazon customer reviews tell horror stories about installation on a wireless network, especially with a BT Home Hub 3, and that made me extremely nervous because I use BT Broadband. Trawling online forums for further information, I discovered that HP offers a Printer Installation Wizard as a free download and that gave me the reassurance I needed to proceed with my purchase. Of course, this will only work for customers who own a computer.
Before I go any further, I should point out that this method requires a USB cable for the duration of the installation and that none is supplied with the printer. I already had one from my old HP scanner but Amazon sells them for less than a pound, a small price to pay for convenience and peace of mind. The type required is A to B and the length only needs to be sufficient to stretch between the rear left of the printer and the computer.
The procedure is very simple: attach the printer to the computer using the USB cable, download the Printer Installation Wizard and run it. It will be necessary to follow some instructions on the front panel of the printer later, but the instructions on the computer screen should be followed first. It is only necessary to specify the type of installation required; the wizard automatically detects the hardware, downloads the software and configures the settings.
My experience was that everything went smoothly; both the test print and test scan worked first time and, once instructed to remove the USB cable, the wireless connection worked perfectly. I even switched the printer off and back on and the wireless connection continued to work. By the way, I do not recommend doing this unless absolutely necessary because the printer goes through a cleaning cycle when switched on and that can waste ink.
If ease of installation is anything to go by, I expect to be extremely pleased with my purchase.
*** Update - eight months on ***
I have found that wireless connection does have its limitations, although I have always found a way round them:
Sometimes, for example after using the Copy function, wireless printing from my PC does not work and I have to resort to the age-old solution of turning the printer off and back on again; a minor nuisance but not a show-stopper.
More annoyingly, printing large documents such as those with high graphical content always fails, apparently because of the inability of the printer to recover from an interruption to the wireless connection. My workaround is to rig up an Ethernet cable between the printer and the wireless router but that is quite a major nuisance and may not be practical for some.