The Photosmart C5280 is an HP-manufactured all-in-one printer. The printer's technical specifications list the connection type as USB 2.0. Computers usually have USB ports in various locations, depending on the specific computer. While the C5280 does feature wireless connectivity, you'd have to use the company's 2101nw Wireless G Print Server, which isn't included when you purchase the printer but is available for purchase as an optional accessory.
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The printer's only method of connection is through a USB 2.0 cable. The port, located on the back of the printer, is of the USB Type-B variety. The cord included with the printer is a USB A-to-B cord, meaning one end is Type A, while the other is Type B. Type A is the standard rectangular USB cords that fit into the USB ports on your computer. Type-B ports have more of a squared shape and typically plug into external devices like printers.
When to Install
HP strictly warns not to plug the USB cable into your computer before installing the printer's software and drivers. While doing so won't harm your printer or computer, it may mess up the software installation, causing you to reinstall the software. Before plugging the printer in, install the software and driver included on the disc that came with your C5280. During the installation, the on-screen instructions give you the proper time to connect the cable.
The HP Photosmart C5280 also has a multi-card reader port for reading various types of flash memory. The memory card reader accepts CompactFlash Types I and II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card and Secure Digital cards. Using an adaptor so the cards fit into the printer's slot, the C5280 also reads Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Magic Gate Duo and Secure Multimedia Card memory cards. HP recommends using cards with a maximum of 2,000 images, with each having up to 8 MB.
Windows 7 Considerations
Since the printer came out prior to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, HP warns that some of the C5280's features won't work using the basic driver. While other operating systems require you to install the HP printer driver from HP's website or the installation disc, Windows 7 features plug-and-play compatibility. This allows you to use your printer's basic functions without installing HP's software. To get the most out of your C5280, consider installing HP's official driver from their support website instead of using the basic driver included in Windows 7.
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