Wireless Setup of HP Officejet 5255 Printers – Windows

HP always make Wireless Setup and Connection to the network as easy as possible for its Windows users with through pre-loaded features in their HP Devices keeping it uncomplicated. Preparing an HP Officejet 5255 printer for a Wireless connection on a Windows OS begins by connecting the printer to the desired Wireless Network (Wi-Fi) followed by the installation of the most updated printer software from the software inventory of the HP Website. As opposed to the selection of USB, here the users need to pick Wireless when prompted for Connection Type.

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Step 1 : Fundamental Constituents for Installation and Wireless Setup

The preparation for Wireless Network Setup for HP Officejet Printers begin with the assembling and compiling of fundamental constituents such as Network Name, Password, Desktop/Laptop Computer and a strong working Broadband/Wi-Fi Internet connection.

  1. Prepare a simple check-list of items that are essential to setup a successful Wireless Connection Setup for HP Officejet 5255 Printers.
  2. Pick up and assemble the following essential items .
    1. Network Name & Password : Service Set identifier commonly known as SSID turns out to be the Network Name. The pairing password for the Network Name is invariably the WEP or WPA Security Key.
    2. A Desktop/Laptop and an active wireless network to which the workstation can connect to.
    3. Internet Connection & Availability: Broadband Internet connection is constantly advised for strong and uninterrupted internet access for downloading drivers & software , Web Services and periodic driver updates.
  1. If the Wireless Router and the Desktop/Laptop is not already powered, Turn them ON. This very same Wireless Network must cater to both the computer and the printer synchronously which is a non-negotiable factor. The Trio of Router, Computer and the HP OfficeJet 5252 Printer must stay well within the wireless range.
  2. Ensure that no wired connection is present between the Printer which includes both Ethernet and/or USB.

Step 2 : Facilitating Wireless Network Connection utilizing Wireless Setup Wizard

HP simplifies the connection process with the help of its utility called the Wireless Setup Wizard. It acts as a great aid to help users connect the printer to an active wireless network facilitating the easy identification of the printer by the HP Installer during the course of Installation.

  1. Get to the Printer Control Panel of the HP Officejet 5255 Printer and gently tap on the Wireless Icon sighted on the Home
  2. The gently tap the Setup
  3. Inside the Setup Screen , The Wireless Setup Wizard can be found which should be gently pressed to activate.
  4. Recognize the name of desired Network on the list and press OK.
  5. At times, your Network Name may not be enrolled for various reasons, so feel free to enter the Network Name by touching ‘Enter New Network Name’ and follow through the On-Screen instructions.
  6. Then Key in the WPA or WEP Key and then tap Done. A Summary Screen might appear immediately. Please look for Connection Error Messages and the definite cause could be case sensitivity as both Network Name & Passwords are case sensitive.
  7. As a final step, Press OK to go back to the Home Screen on the Control Panel.

Step 3 : Perform Driver Downloads and subsequent Installation

The Full Feature HP Printer software is entirely essential and can be downloaded from the HP website. Ensure to download the most recent version and then go on to install it. If in case you hold an Installation CD, that might as work as well .

  1. Visit hp.com/oj5200 on your browser.
  2. Select your Printer Model Number from the drop-down list menu and then click on Begin and Download Run the HP Easy Start program on your Desktop/Laptop.
  3. The Automated instructions appear on the screen escorts you to complete the driver installation and connection setup operation.
    1. The HP Easy Start is an auto locator and might find several connected printers prompting you to choose and install the desired one . All you have to do is provide input on the automatic software installer which is quite easy and straight forward.
    2. In instances of the printer not being found by HP Easy Start , you could manually add the printer by following the on-screen instructions guide.
  1. The last Step is to successfully finish the registration and activation process on hp.com

Wireless Setup of HP Officejet 5255 Printers – Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi Direct is a very practical and beneficial feature for Guest Printing or for the lack of a local Wi-Fi network. It is also a viable alternative when you encounter challenges connecting to that local Wi-Fi Network. All the HP Wireless Printers released post 2014 embed this feature and a print-only connection option.

The below section enumerates the procedures to connect and print with the help of Wi-Fi Direct.

Wi-Fi Direct Setup for Windows 10 & 8.1 :

Wi-Fi Direct feature enables a user to make a direct and tunneled connection to the Computer running Windows 10 or 8.1 and print using it. Keep the Computer and Printer as close as possible to perform a Wi-Fi Direct Print.

  1. Check if the Printer is powered ON and stays in the ready mode. Load the paper bundle in the input tray if you haven’t already.
  2. Head to Device Settings and open the Printer’s list.
    1. Windows 10 : Click on Start Menu followed by Settings, Devices and finally Printers & Scanners
    2. Windows 8 : Devices is residing under Charms Click on it after you find it.
  1. ‘Add a Printer or Scanner’ is the next option you have to click on. Further, click on ‘Show Wi-Fi Direct Properties’ should you see the option.
  2. One of the Printers may sport ‘Direct’ as a prefix to their name. Select that printer and click ‘Add Device’.
  3. The next step is to authenticate the connection by entering the WPS PIN The Printer might display a connection request message along with a PIN. Some Printers are designed to print out the PIN for which paper is needed on the input tray. Never confuse PIN with a Wi-Fi Direct password shown on the LCD Control Panel of the Printer which is essentially acting as login credentials to access Wi-Fi Direct via computer settings.
  4. Meanwhile, key in the PIN on your computer Screen followed by Next to facilitate successful connection and print driver setup operation.
  5. Navigate to the photo or document which you wish to print , open it , and the click on Print found under the File
  6. Choose your desired printer to perform the print operation, at last.

Wi-Fi Direct Setup for Android Phones & Tablets

Wi-Fi Direct feature enables a user to make a direct connection not just to computers but also to your Android Phones & Tablets. Keep the Android mobile device as close as possible to perform a Wi-Fi Direct Print.

  1. Check if the Printer is powered ON and stays in the ready mode. Load the paper bundle in the input tray if you haven’t already.
  2. Search for HP Print Service Plugin from the Google Play Store. Install , open and enable the app through Settings.
    • Installation for the first ever time : Swipe down to access your Notification panel and then tap the newly installed HP Print Service app and toggle the ON/OFF switch to enable it.
    • Formerly Installed but updated now : Go through the following series of steps by sequentially tapping on them. Settings à More à More Networks à More Settings à NFC and Sharing à Printing à HP Inc and tap ON at the end.
  1. Come back to access the Device Settings and then tap Wi-Fi followed by App Menu icon . Go through the following sequential steps , Settings à Wi-Fi Direct à Tap the Printer Name with the Prefix Direct (Example : DIRECT-72-HP Officejet 5252)
  2. The Printer might momentarily display a connection request message on the LCD Touchscreen to which one responds with an OK.
  3. Navigate to the photo or document which you wish to print and then tap open the app menu followed by Print or Share to open the Print Settings.
  4. Verify the Wi-Fi Direct Name of the Printer that is being displayed and gently touch the Print or Printer Icon whichever is found. The Print Settings found on the same screen may help in configuring or editing the image you wish to print.

Wi-Fi Direct Setup for iPhone and iPad

Wi-Fi Direct feature enables a user to make a direct connection even to your iOS based iPhone and iPad devices. Keep the Apple mobile device as close as possible to perform a Wi-Fi Direct Print.

With iOS , one needs to be wary as the following procedural steps disconnect the connect devices temporarily from the Internet. If the content/document/photo that you wish to print is web-based, they need to be opened well before this process is initiated.

  1. Check if the Printer is powered ON and stays in the ready mode. Load the paper bundle in the input tray if you haven’t already.
  2. Pick up the iPhone or iPad and tap Settings à Wi-Fi à Tap the Printer Name with the Prefix Direct (Example : DIRECT-72-HP Officejet 5255) selected out of an array of Network Names shown.
  3. The Default password that needs to be entered is 12345678.
  4. Navigate to the photo or document which you wish to print and get into the app or action Menu where you will spot Print . Tap on it.
  5. Always make sure that the desired printer is selected before Print being tapped on.
  6. With Apple Devices, you have to manually reconnect back to your local Wi-Fi Network as soon as the completion of the Print job.

Wi-Fi Direct Setup for Mac Computers

Wi-Fi Direct feature enables a user to make a direct connection to Mac run Apple Computers. Keep the Mac Computer in near proximity to perform a Wi-Fi Direct Print.

With Mac , one needs to be wary as the following procedural steps disconnect the Mac Workstation  temporarily from the Internet. If the content/document/photo that you wish to print is web-based, they need to be opened well before this process is initiated.

  1. Check if the Printer is powered ON and stays in the ready mode. Load the paper bundle in the input tray if you haven’t already.
  2. Find and click the Wireless icon found on the Mac and then tap the Printer Name with the Prefix Direct (Example : DIRECT-72-HP Officejet 5255) selected out of an array of Network Names shown.
  3. The Default password that needs to be entered is 12345678.
  4. Navigate to the photo or document which you wish to print and click on Print found under the File
  5. Always make sure that the desired printer is selected before Print being tapped on.
  6. With Mac computers, you have to manually reconnect back to your local Wi-Fi Network as soon as the completion of the Print job.

Wi-Fi Direct Setup for Windows 7

Wi-Fi Direct feature enables a user to make a direct connection to Desktop/Laptop run on windows 7. Keep the Desktop/Laptop in near proximity to perform a Wi-Fi Direct Print.

With Windows 7 , one needs to be wary as the following procedural steps disconnect the Workstation  temporarily from the Internet. If the content/document/photo that you wish to print is web-based, they need to be opened well before this process is initiated.

  1. Check if the Printer is powered ON and stays in the ready mode. Load the paper bundle in the input tray if you haven’t already.
  2. Find and click the Wireless icon found on Windows 7 and then tap the Printer Name with the Prefix Direct (Example : DIRECT-72-HP Officejet 5255) selected out of an array of Network Names shown.
  3. The Default password that needs to be entered is 12345678.
  4. Navigate to the photo or document which you wish to print and click on Print found under the File
  5. Always make sure that the desired printer is selected before Print being tapped on.
  6. Don’t forget to manually reconnect back to your local Wi-Fi Network as soon as the completion of the Print job.