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using hotspot for printer
July 26, 2020
3:25 pm
Pat & Chuck Lowman
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I recently purchased a HP 4in1 home printer.  After several frustrating hours trying to get it set up, I took it back to Best Buy for help.  After 20 min their tech asked what wifi I was using and I told him that I use the hotspot on my Iphone.  He said that is the problem.  The new HP’s will not connect to a phone hotspot.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  Trying hard to find a Brother but there has been a real shortage on home printers since Covid 19.  Any suggestions?  TIA

July 29, 2020
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No – I’ve never heard of that.

Unless … you’re trying to print from your phone, that doesn’t work because it’s kind of a circular reference. Both the device you’re printing from and the device you’re printing to need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. If the phone IS the Wi-Fi network, it can’t connect to itself.

I did a little googling and found this, maybe it will help


Mobile hotspot does not have much bandwidth to support printer communication, So it is not recommended to connect your printer using the mobile hotspot. Please try few steps mentioned below.

  • 1. Go to control panel.
  • 2. Go to network and the internet.
  • 3. Go to network connections.
  • 4. In related settings, go to “Change adapter options”
  • 5. Right click on “wireless network connection” and go to properties.
  • 6. Click “Configure and then Advance
  • 7. In properties, “802.11n Preamble”, selected, select value “mixed mode” And click ok and click done

Also, you can print using wireless direct.

Refer this article to know more information about printing using wireless direct.


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