questionshas anyone else experienced problems with hp wi…

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@evelyn5317: Sorry but I have to agree with the original poster. I was HP all the way but their wireless inkjet has been a pain since I bought it. When it works it's fabulous. Then it gets pissy and runs away. It is not listed on my computer, it doesn't connect. I have to uninstall and re-install every couple of weeks. I downloaded an update but that did not solve the problem. To add insult to injury I am connecting an HP printer to an HP computer. They should like each other but instead it is like that cousin you try to ignore at the family reunion.

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Due to the type of business we were in, we have owned several different printers over the years such as HP, Brother and Epson. The most reliable and less expensive to run were the HP and Brother. I gave the HP to one of the kids for use at school, so I purchased an HP 3050A at Best Buy for the wireless capability as I needed a unit for casual use. I'm not a hardware or software expert, but I installed it myself without a problem. The unit works great. I suspect the person who had problems with the HP 3052A may have received a defect. That could happen with any company.

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I have a Macbook and a HP J6480 (so that makes your printer more newer best essentially the same) and have not had any problems with connecting.

Usually I would do one of the three things if it's not functioning.

1) Check for blue light (WiFi On).
2) Unplug printer (from power source) and plug back in. Sometimes my printer "Freezes" but looks normal with the light and everything on, but it won't receive anything.
3) Restart everything. Printer, Mac and Wireless Router (and I also restart my modem).

EDIT: I lol @ dos argument. It's like me saying that I wrote CSS back in high school, which I did. I think he meant that he was writing DOS back in the day but he didn't necessarily invent it.

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really? we need to argue about dos? guy isn't claiming he made that crap.

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@mkentosh: You said, and I quote, "I wrote DOS back in 1992" and that sounds like you're claiming you wrote DOS. You did not originally state that you wrote programs for the DOS operating system instead.

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@cengland0: I wrote some DOS programs, I didn't claim to be the inventor of DOS.

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The hostname I use the address, but you could technically use the printer name (if you can ping the name via the command line).
For example my pc's address is 192.168.1.2 my subnet is 255.255.255.0 so I would set up the wireless address of the printer to 192.168.1.102.
If anyone else has any questions I would be more then happy to help.
*if you change routers it is possible that you may need to start this process over again.
Example your router hands out addresses 192.168.1.1-192.168.1.254 your new router may hand them out 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.254

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Yes, I work for a company that unofficially supports home printers. We do not have to help but we do.
The software either works or makes thing more difficult to setup.
I personally bypass the software and set up all my printers by hard coding the address and using the web interface to setup wireless encryption. I find this the most reliable method. I have not tested on a Mac.

To do this you need to attach the printer to the cat5, the printer will get an address using DHCP.
I use a program called ping range to find the printer on the network. You can also guess by using a command line and finding your PC address and guessing the next few addresses up.
I log into the printer using internet explorer and the new printer address.
I set up the wireless address in the same subset but +100.
I add the printer (windows machine) as a local printer
Create a new port (standard TCP/IP)

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HP makes good printers. Their laser printers last forever. Problem is that the inkjet printers have built in obsolescence. They are good for maybe two or three years. (No technology updates.) And their Asian customer service sucks big time. Their aim is to get you off the line, not to solve your problem.
(That said - I have a 10 year-old HP 4050n Laserjet and a 3 year-old wireless color Officejet 6000 that perform flawlessly. I get ink and toner when it goes on sale.)

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I use the HP Photosmart 5510.....It has been a DREAM. Not a single issue to this point. I am keeping my fingers crossed now.

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We have a wireless HP Deskjet 5850. It's ancient (six years old? seven?) and works like a charm. We've never had a single problem with it; our only grumble is that HP inks are expensive, as we haven't gotten brave enough to use anything other than OEM inks.

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@mkentosh: You wrote DOS in 1992? Actually, the original author of DOS was Tim Paterson from Seattle Computer Products in 1980. They sold the rights to it for $75,000 to Microsoft.

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I did just last week. I bought the HP 3052A. I went online, did plenlty of research and I was really surprised how inexpensive it was and that it got a good strong rating. I went to WalMart of all places and there was a kid in the department that actually took the time to ask me questions and recommended a few printers to me too. Bottem line is I bought this unit based on good reviews, good customer service and price.

I should have known someting was up..... What a pile of turd. I spent over an hour and a half trying to get it to work. The install is simple, takes 10 minutes to install software, but the unit could not sync up with my wirless network. I've been doing this a long time, I wrote DOS back in 1992, so I'm no stranger to cpu's. I could not get a hold of HP customer service, no numbers listed in the box and I wasn't waiting days for an email. Best part was when I returned it, the woman said "Oh boy another HP printer returned". I guess that said it all.

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I have experienced a fair amount of pain with WiFi printers...

I recommended using a wired printer if it is an option. It just lowers the number of networking issues to troubleshoot.

DISCLAIMER: I haven't touched a WiFi printer in a few years.

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Usually with a mac they install the printer automatically.. I recommend one with a ethernet plug, put it into the home router and give it a static IP from the router. Then you can goto your mac settings > printers > + (add) put in the static IP and it should work with lion automatically.. If not, you will probably need to download the drivers and maybe a network printer driver.

For windows os just download the drivers.