wi-fi printer

Mike Shaw mdshaw89 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 17:02:58 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Brian Norman Wootton
<Brian.Meg at btinternet.com> wrote:
> But how do you get into the machine to do the initial configuration? I mean,
> setting the WiFi network ID and password? I'm guessing that this has to be
> done before it can be used. You say that you originally used it with windows.
> What I am interested in knowing is "do we need a windoze machine to configure
> it?" or can we take one out of the box, fresh from the factory and set it up
> using just Kubuntu?
> You have to know your router's SSID(Network name) and the router's WEP key if running your
> router in secure mode.
>  After that you run the 'Wireless setup wizard' on the C7180(has its own screen and keyboard)
> -just follow the destructions and you wind up with the printer connected to the router(shows
> a little aerial icon on the printer, you can print off the complete network parameters before
> attempting to connect to it.
>  Then you go to your computer and go hplip>device manager>device>set up new device, select
> Network/ethernet/wireless..... and I leave the rest the question/answers to you.
> There's a whole seies of photosmart printers in this range with/without fax and various othet +/-
> if you log onto the HP site, there is a questionaire which you can give answers to and it coughs
> up with which printer it thinks is best to match your requirements.
> hope this gives you the main idea of a 'how-to'
> brian

I have an "HP Photosmart C4380 All-in-One Printer" which has a
wireless G interface besides USB.  And the HPLIP software cannot
perform the initial configuration for wireless.  SO UNLESS YOU HAVE A
able to setup a laptop on a spare harddrive with Windows XP and
perform the configuration but if I did not have that I would have been
out of luck.  You may be able to do it with a Mac, but you can not
definitely set this thing up for wireless printing via Linux.

The funny thing is that the HPLIP software seems like it can do
EVERYTHING else that the Windoze version can BUT the wireless setup!


Ed: This is worse than when he was just stupid! - from "Sitting Ducks"

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