The HP Deskjet 6980 printer has wireless networking capabilities that allow you print wirelessly. In order to do so, however, you need to set up a wireless network using a wireless router, such as the Linksys WRT160n. The printer associates with the wireless network that is broadcast by the wireless router. Thus, the printer becomes a network printer where anyone with a wireless connection and the proper driver installed can print to the printer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ethernet cables
Connect an Ethernet cable from the broadband modem to the WAN port on the WRT160n.
Connect an Ethernet cable from the computer to one of the LAN ports on the back of the router.
Open a Web browser and go to "!126.96.36.199," then enter "admin" as the password and click "OK." Leave the user name blank.
Click "Wireless" from the top menu and change the Network Name (SSID) to whatever name you desire.
Click "Wireless Security," then click the drop-down menu and select a security type. Enter the wireless security key, then click "Save Settings."
Setting up the Router
Connect an Ethernet cable to one of the four LAN ports on the back of the WRT160n
Insert the printer software CD that was included with the printer into the disk drive.
Click "Next," then on the "Connection Type" screen, click on the option for "Wireless." Click "Next."
Double-click the SSID of your wireless network, then type in the wireless security key. Type the key in again to confirm it, then click "Next."
Installing the Printer Driver and Connecting the HP Deskjet 6980 to the Network
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