How to Turn on Wireless Radio on HP Printer (Step-by-Step)

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Angela Otero

Turning on the wireless radio for an HP printer usually follows a similar process for most models. However, slight differences can exist depending on the model or the printer’s design. It’s always a good idea to refer to your specific printer’s user manual or HP’s support website for the most accurate instructions if the steps below don’t work for you.

Overview of Steps to Turn on Wireless Radio on HP Printer

1Ensure the HP printer is powered on
2Locate the wireless radio button on your printer (this might be on the front panel or near the back of the printer)
3Press and hold the wireless button for a few seconds until the wireless light starts blinking
4Once the wireless light blinks, the wireless radio is on
5Navigate to the “Settings” menu on the printer’s control panel or HP smart app

In this article, I’ll walk you through the detailed steps to turn on the wireless radio on your HP printer. We’ll cover everything from finding the “Wireless” button on your printer to connecting to your network and troubleshooting any issues that may arise.

Finding the Wireless Radio Button on HP Printer

Before proceeding with the steps, you might wonder where your HP printer’s wireless radio button is. Here are a few simple steps to help you find it:

  1. Start by ensuring your HP printer is turned on and properly connected to a power source.
  2. Look on the front or top of the printer for a button labeled with a wireless icon. This may look like a curved antenna or a series of connected bars resembling Wi-Fi signal strength.
  3. If you’re having trouble locating the wireless radio button, refer to your HP printer’s user manual or visit the HP website for more information.

Once you’ve found the wireless radio button on your HP printer, it’s time to turn it on.

Enabling Wireless Radio on HP Printer via Control Panel

buttons and settings of an HP Printer
Video | HP Support

To enable the wireless radio on an HP printer via the control panel, follow these simple steps:

  1. First, turn on your HP printer and navigate to the control panel.
  2. Locate the “Wireless” button on the control panel and press it.
  3. Once the wireless radio has been turned on, navigate to the “Settings” menu on the control panel.
  4. From there, select “Wireless Setup Wizard.”
  5. Follow the prompts on the control panel to connect your HP printer to your wireless network.
  6. Once your HP printer has successfully connected to your wireless network, the radio will stay on, and you can print wirelessly.

It’s important to note that some HP printers may have a slightly different process for enabling the wireless radio via the control panel. If you’re unsure about how to turn on the wireless radio on your specific HP printer, consult the user manual or visit the HP support website for detailed instructions.

Enabling Wireless Radio on HP Printer via HP Smart App

HP Printer wireless set-up panel via HP Smart App
Video | HP Support

In this section, I’ll walk you through enabling Wireless Radio on your HP Printer via the HP Smart App. First, ensure your HP printer is powered on and connected to your wireless network. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the HP Smart App from the app store on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Launch the HP Smart App and tap the printer icon in the bottom left corner.
  3. Click on the “Printer settings” button.
  4. Scroll down and click on “Advanced settings.”
  5. Select “Wireless” and then tap on “Wireless setup wizard.”
  6. The HP Smart App will then search for available networks. Select your wireless network from the list of available options.
  7. Enter the password for your wireless network and click on “Connect.”
  8. Once connected, the wireless light on your printer will turn on, indicating a successful connection.

Comparison Between Using Control Panel and HP Smart App

ParameterVia Control PanelVia HP Smart App
Ease of UseIt may require navigating through the printer’s small displayUser-friendly interface on smartphone or tablet
ConnectivityDirect connection to the printerRequires stable internet connection
VersatilityLimited to printer’s built-in featuresOffers additional features such as scanning, digital storage, and more
AccessibilityYou need to be physically near the printerCan be done remotely as long as both printer and device are on the same network

Troubleshooting: What to Do When Wireless Radio Won’t Turn On

If you’ve followed the steps to turn on the wireless radio on your HP printer and it refuses to cooperate, don’t panic. Here are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Verify your Wi-Fi Connection: Ensure your printer and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If they’re not, connect them and try turning on the wireless radio again.
  2. Restart your Printer: Sometimes, restarting the printer can help resolve this issue. Turn off your printer, unplug it from the power outlet, and wait a few seconds before plugging it back in and turning it on.
  3. Check your Printer’s Configuration Settings: Ensure your printer’s wireless settings are properly configured. You can check the settings using the printer’s control panel or the HP Smart app.
  4. Update your Printer’s Firmware: Outdated firmware can sometimes cause problems with the printer’s wireless connectivity. Check if your printer’s firmware is up-to-date and, if not, update it.
  5. Contact customer support: If none of the above steps work, contact HP for further assistance. They’ll be able to diagnose the issue, provide additional troubleshooting steps, or refer you to a technician if necessary.

Don’t worry, by following these simple steps; you’ll be able to get your printer back up and running in no time. However, when all is done and your wireless radio still won’t turn on, it’s time to consult the user manual or visit the HP support website for detailed instructions.




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