How to Set Up HP LaserJet Pro M1218nfs MFP Printer as a Wi-Fi Hotspot

February 01, 2014


As the brand new HP LaserJet Pro M1218nfs offers the Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, enabling it will help you hop on to your wireless network and get going with wireless printing, browsing, file sharing, and instant messaging etc. for daily office activities or personal needs. The Wi-Fi hotspot in the HP printer requires either a PPPoE-enabled connection or a dynamic/static IP address connection via a wireless router to work as a hotspot and let you connect to your wireless network on your Smartphone, tablet, computer, or iOS device using your printer.
To begin using the mobile printing/wireless connectivity feature, you will need to set up your brand new HP printer as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Below mentioned are the two methods which we have successfully used to set up the HP printer as a Wi-Fi hotspot, check them out.

HP Printer

HP Printer

First Method: Enable Wi-Fi hotspot during driver software installation

Turn on both your computer and printer. Since this HP hotspot-enabled printer doesn’t require a CD installation, you will need to directly connect it with your computer using the USB cable. Wait for Windows to detect the printer and automatically install driver software for it. Follow the on-screen prompts and wait until the driver software is installed. When done, your Windows computer will prompt you to continue with the installation procedure and turning on the HotSpot & Direct Print feature.

On the HotSpot & Direct Print Configuration window, click Enable HotSpot & Direct Print> Next.
On the next screen, select a security mode from WPA/WPA2 (maximum security level: recommended), WEP (moderate security level), and Disable (no security, not recommended) options and click Next.
On the next screen, select your Internet connection type from the given options viz. Dynamic IP, PPPoE, and Static IP and click Next. Follow rest of the on-screen prompts and complete the installation. You will now see a summary of all the current settings on the screen.
Second Method: Enable Wi-Fi hotspot post-installation of HP driver software

Make sure that both your computer and printer are turned on and connected with a USB cable. If you are using Windows 7/Vista, click Start> Programs> HP. On the next screen, you should see your HP printer listed there. Right click the printer and select Wireless Configuration. If you are using Windows XP, click Start> All Programs> HP.
On the Wireless and HotSpot & Direct Print Configuration Utility, choose HotSpot & Direct Print> click Next. Choose Enable HotSpot & Direct Print and click Next.
Choose a security mode on the next screen from the given options viz. WPA/WPA2, WEP, and Disable and click Next. Follow rest of the on-screen instructions and complete the installation. When done, you will see a summary of all the current settings on the screen.

Third Method: Enable Wi-Fi hotspot via the Embedded Web Server

This method works for both Windows and Mac computers. Before you enable hotspot, you should know the IP address of your HP printer. Here is how you can locate it.

On the Hp printer’s control panel, press the wrench-like Setup button> press the right arrow button> select Reports> and press OK.
Press the right arrow button> select Config Reports> and then press OK. You will now see a self-test/configuration summery of the product, network, and IP address information etc. Make a note of the IP address displayed under Network Information and open your web browser on your computer.
Enter the printer’s IP address in the browser’s address bar and hit Enter. This will open up the Embedded Web Server (EWS) configuration window. Select the HotSpot & Direct Print> and then Enable. Click the Apply button to save changes.

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