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Officejet J4680 won't printer after router reset

I had to reset my router after replacing a bad modem, now my printer won't print. Officejet J4680 - says 100% complete, ran diagnostic and says can't connect to server for printer. I'm on a mac. Can anyone help?

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) You might not have to do this step, but if all else fails reset the HP Officejet J4680 network by pressing the setup button (the wrench) go to Wireless Menu and Press OK then go to Reset Wireless select YES and press OK. If that doesn't work then there is another reset that I found in the setup menu (the wrench) under Tools and then Restore Defaults. I wound up doing both resets on my Officejet J4680

2) Power the HP Officejet off and on for good luck (again optional but might help).

3) Make sure the the wireless on the printer is enabled by pushing the button on the left side front under the 802.11g so that the blue wireless light turns on. (again optional, but make sure the blue antennae light is on)

4) Connect to the HP Officejet J4680 wireless printer directly from the MAC (this is pretty cool stuff) Click on the Airport icon at the top bar of your mac screen, if you see the hpsetup listed then click on it, if it is not listed then click on join other network and type in hpsetup and click Join. This will join the mac to the Ad Hoc HPSetup network and you can now setup the printer from the mac!

5) Important: Print a network settings report on the HP Officejet by pressing the setup button again (the wrench) go to Print Report and press OK, go to Network config and press OK. If you try and print this before you connect (step 4) you will not get the info you need in the report, so connect first from Mac to HP then print this report.

6) fire up safari or Firefox or chrome browser on the Mac and type in the URL that is listed on the report you just printed out. It starts with http:// type in the http:// and the 4 numbers all together with no spaces into the address bar in your browser and press return.

7) you are now connected to the HP Officejet J4680 via the web browser interface. Click on Networking, then Advanced, click the infrastructure tab and fill in the passphrase info for your router type it again to confirm, then click apply. It should now connect and print from the router. But below is a good video with even more detailed info:

8) More Officejet J4680 setup via the mac using this very thorough guide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjd1ZqJ89N4

Posted on Jan 13, 2011

  • aceaceace Jan 13, 2011

    You can also attempt to type in a passphrase from the front panel of the HP but it has never worked well for me.

    One small addition to the above steps. Under step 7) type in the SSID of your router, i.e. the name of the wireless router that you see when you connect your Mac to the wireless. Type it exactly the same case. type in the passphrase and click apply. Now go up to the top row of your Mac, click the Airport icon, select the wireless router that you normally connect to. Go to the spotlight icon (top right corner of your mac) type print, select Print

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