How to Set Up an HP Deskjet 6980 & a Linksys WRT160n

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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
  • Computer

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    Setting up the Router

  1. 1

    Connect an Ethernet cable from the broadband modem to the WAN port on the WRT160n.

  2. 2

    Connect an Ethernet cable from the computer to one of the LAN ports on the back of the router.

  3. 3

    Open a Web browser and go to "!," then enter "admin" as the password and click "OK." Leave the user name blank.

  4. 4

    Click "Wireless" from the top menu and change the Network Name (SSID) to whatever name you desire.

  5. 5

    Click "Wireless Security," then click the drop-down menu and select a security type. Enter the wireless security key, then click "Save Settings."

    Installing the Printer Driver and Connecting the HP Deskjet 6980 to the Network

  1. 1

    Connect an Ethernet cable to one of the four LAN ports on the back of the WRT160n

  2. 2

    Insert the printer software CD that was included with the printer into the disk drive.

  3. 3

    Click "Next," then on the "Connection Type" screen, click on the option for "Wireless." Click "Next."

  4. 4

    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."

  5. 5

    Click "Finish."

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