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Yesterday, I installed an HP Photosmart C4750 printer. As soon as I connected the printer via a USB connection, Ubuntu 9.10 instantly recognized the printer and automatically setup the driver. However, I don't know how to setup the wireless connection for the printer with the "built-in" Ubuntu driver. Has anyone any suggestions?
You've got a couple of options. If hp-toolbox is installed, that should get it, otherwise you'll need to connect via CUPS (point your browser at localhost:631). I'm sure Ubuntu has some facility in their print manager to set up a networked printer as well.
I suggest you install HPLIP using whatever method applies to your distro. If it is an option, ensure that it is installed with SMTP protocol.
What is your wireless environment? Are you planning to use an ad-hoc connection, or is there a wireless router to manage the connection? I prefer the managed solution. From the printer console, set up the wireless to associate with your router. If all goes well, you can get the printer to tell you the IP address it was assigned. You should then be able to use a browser to open the printers web page at the printer's address.
If your network has discovery services such as Avahi (Bonjour)you should be able to use those discovery tools to locate the printer.
Once all of the above are satisfied, the HPLIP tool will be able to find and configure the printer.