HP Officejet 3830 setup


HP Officejet 3830 e-all-in-one printer is a multifunction inkjet printer with key functionalities like print, scan, copy and fax. With a comparatively low price among the midrange printers, this comes with an impressive list of features. Automatic 2-sided printing is available along with Automatic Document Feeder. It has a paper capacity of 100 sheets and a 2-inch monochrome LCD display. HP Officejet 3830 provides connectivity for Wi-Fi, USB etc and options for Apple’s Airprint and Google’s cloud printing. Needless to say it produces professional quality documents.

HP Officejet 3830 setup

The HP Officejet 3830 printer comes with a user manual for the initial setup and some basic troubleshooting. There is also a printer driver CD you get with the package which is very easy to follow. It explains clearly how to do the HP Officejet 3830 setup and connect it to your computer and your home network. There are a few more software available on the disc, which helps you with the firmware updation, online shopping for ink, paper etc and some photo creation templates. But if you prefer, all these can be downloaded from HP Official website 123.hp.com/setup 3830 also.


HP Officejet 3830 setup with USB Connection

USB connection is very simple. You just need to connect a USB cable to the printer from the computer. The computer detects the printer. Then you can install the software using the CD or that has been downloaded from 123.hp.com/setup 3830. Once installed successfully, you can start using your printer.

Limitations of this method:

This will not utilize the full capability of your HP 3830 e-all-in-one printer. The printer needs to be connected with the USB cable all the time you need to use the printer. Moreover, you can only print documents from your computer. You will not be able to print from your mobile devices that supports wireless printing. Also you cannot make use of the advanced features like Hp ePrint, Airprint or Google Cloud print.

HP Officejet 3830 setup with Wireless Connection

You can connect your HP Officejet 3830 printer wirelessly by providing your SSID and network passphrase directly into the printer.

To set up a 3830 printer on a wireless (Wi-Fi) network, connect the printer to the wireless network first. Then install the printer driver and software from the HP website 123.hp.com/oj3830 from a Windows computer. When prompted during the installation, select Wireless as the connection type.

You can learn how to connect your HP Officejet 3830 printer wirelessly in the below video.

How do you recover the wireless password in case you do not remember?

If you do not know your Wireless WEP, WPA or WPA 2 password in windows, follow the below steps.

Your wireless password is provided by your Internet Service Provider. If you cannot remember the passwords, there are three methods to recover the same.

  1. Find the password from a computer which is connected to the wireless network.
  2. Find the password from the router
    Most of the routers from an Internet Service Provider have a label on the rear or bottom that shows the wireless an initial wireless network password. This can be named as wireless key, WPA key, security password, wireless password, WPA password, WPA2 password, or WEP password. If your password has not been changed after the initial setup, you can use this password.
  3. Find the password from the Internet Service Documents
    Your Internet Service Provider would have issued a paper work during the internet connection setup. This can be kind of a welcome letter. This document will have details like network name and password. If your not able to find the same, call the Internet Service Support.

HP Officejet 3830 setup with Wireless Direct Connection

You can also use your printer wirelessly without a router. This is called Wireless Direct. With HP Wireless Direct, you can print wirelessly from your laptop, smartphone, tablet or any other wireless capable device without the need to connect to an existing network.

Some key points to be noted while connecting a printer using wireless direct are mentioned below.

  • You should install the printer software in the computer you are using.
  • If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you should install a compatible printing app.
  • Maximum of five computers and hand held devices can use the same HP wireless direct connection.
  • Wireless Direct can be used even when the printer is connected via USB connection or connected into a network using wireless connection.
  • Using wireless direct, you cannot connect your printer, laptop or mobile devices to the internet.

You can learn how to connect your HP Officejet 3830 printer using Wireless Direct in the below video.