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HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit (Q6236A)

by HP

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  • Economical and robust wireless printing kit
  • Print from virtually anywhere in home or office via wireless 802.11g connectivity
  • Eliminates ugly cable clutter
  • Use with network or just one PC
  • Microsoft Windows XP required
4 new from $132.50 3 used from $69.99 2 refurbished from $65.00

Product Description

Product Description

Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit , White

Amazon.com Product Description

Cut the Cord Between Your Computer and HP Printer
Get everything you need to print wirelessly in this simple upgrade kit. It includes a printer receiver and PC receiver for a wired desktop or notebook PC, and it's easy to both install and use. Works with most HP printers and All-in-Ones, plus all PCs, wired or wireless.


Setting up your HP printer adapter with your HP printer is a snap. View larger.


The HP printer adpater's various lights and ports. View larger.

With the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit you can

  • Print from virtually anywhere in your home or office via the wireless 802.11g connectivity
  • Eliminate ugly cable clutter but still get the same print speeds as via USB
  • Retain full all-in-one wireless functionality: print, fax from your PC, scan, and access photo memory cards access and PC status
  • Set up quickly: just plug the receivers into your printer and PC; there's no configuration
  • Protect your signal from interception with the secure wireless connection
  • Use with a network, or just one PC

HP Printer Compatibility for the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit

The HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit is compatibile with most HP printers, all PCs (wired or wireless) including the models highlighted in the following table:

Brand Series
PSC 700, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 2100, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2600, 2700
Photosmart 300, 400, A500, A600, A700, 2400, 2500, 3200, 3300, 7200, 7400, 7600, 7800,
8000, 8200, 8400, 8700, C3100, C4100, C5100, D5100, D7100, D7300
Officejet 4100, 4200, 4300, 5500, 5600, 6200, 6300, 7200, 7300, 7400, 9100
Deskjet 3700, 3800, 3900, 5100, 5700, 6500, 6800, D1300, D2300, D4100, F300
LaserJet 1000, 1600, 2000, 2600

Note: Microsoft Windows XP required

What's in the box
1 printer receiver, 1 PC receiver, Power cord for printer adapter, USB cable for printer adapter, Wireless Printing Upgrade kit CD, Setup guide


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.6 x 2.4 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000J3ZZ4Y
  • Item model number: Q6236A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 28, 2006

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By David T. Kight on February 18, 2009
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I read several reviews, most of the bad experiences could have been made better if HP would support and document this product correctly. This device assigns an address to your printer, similar to how each computer on a network has an address.
First you install everything according to the directions. I had to unplug and replug in the USB part that connects to the computer and the one that connects to the printer until the connection was made. Once everything is set up and installed, you need to start the advanced setup options. This is how you set the printer to have access to your other computers on the network. You have to permit it to allow other users to connect. If you have WEP or WPA (which you should if you have a wireless network for security) you need to put in the password. I suggest using WPA.
Once you do that, right click on the icon in your system tray and connect. THEN you can remove the USB device from your computer. Go to start, then printers. You should see your printer there, paused (because you took out the USB device). Right click the icon, share the printer, that gives you the shared name. Unpause it.
This allows you to browse out on other computer when you `add' a new printer. You need to put in the name (mine is hpoffice which I think is the default). Anyway, once you do this you can add the printer to other computers after installing the software on them.
I hope this helps. I can confirm, you can connect several computers to your printer using this, and you do NOT have to have the USB part plugged in to any computers, once you set everything up. Setting the device up makes it a networked device that you can access from any other networked device.
I will update this review later once I have used it a while.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By John Theodore Knecht on February 23, 2007
Folks, After reading the first review, I double checked with HP and they told me it would support more than one computer. So I bought it. It arrived last night...and I installed it to use. It worked great on my first machine, but I could not install on others. Since you need a wireless USB adapter for each machine.

Well...after 1 hour of chat with HP in India and then almost another hour with Level I and Level II support on the phone..they told me over and over it could not be done. I then found in the software options 'advance set up' and I choose that. It asks if I want to connect it to my wireless network. I say yes...and it then searches for my network. It finds it and then pulls up the security setting page and offers me 5 options, 4 of which are WEP enabled and one 'open.' Well...I entered my key of 26 chars for 128 encryption and guess what...IT DOES NOT ACCPET 26 chars. It only takes 22. So I called HP back and they level I told me it would not be able to do this. I asked for Level II and got Level II. Their answer was 'You have to set it up to 'open' and then it will work. If you set it to WEP we don't support it. We MAY, in the FUTURE, have an update that allows you to use WEP and the wireless technology."

Well...needless to say...Amazon is receiving back from me today this WORTHLESS WIRELESS UPGRADE DEVICE.

I was so mad I actually sent an email to Mark Hurd head of HP so he can know about their problems. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Preferred Customer on May 30, 2008
this upgrade kit hooks up easily to my hp photosmart c4100 all-in-one printer. my wireless network consist of a pc with windows xp, a laptop with vista, and a second pc also with vista. after i figured out how to hook up the 1st pc and the laptop with only one pc adapter, with the laptop i printed a test page w/o the adapter just my wifi connection it worked great. now all i need to to do is set up my 2nd pc, and i know it will work fine. i did not have to make any calls to hp tech support i just read the simple steps on the support website for hp products after i registered my upgrade kit. took a total of 15 minutes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. E. Black on September 18, 2008
I read some of the previous reviews with a degree of scepticism particularly as there seemed to be problems when setting this up with Vista. However I went ahead and bought the product and I'm glad I did. Set it up to work on three laptops ,two on XP and one on Vista, it took no more than 30 minutes and it worked like a dream on all of them. It's still early days but on performace so far I have to rate this with 5 stars.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Bloom on July 12, 2007
I am unhappy with the product. It works 95% of the time with my desktop and the PC adapter included with the kit. (Resetting the connection is necessary if there is a power outage or when the printer adapter is removed and reinserted or when the printer is shut down and restarted.) The operation using my existing wireless network for a second PC (a laptop) is an unsatisfactory experience. Once I get it working, it is OK, but every time I start up the laptop and try to print it requires resetting or reconfiguraing or reinstalling the drivers. I asked HP (twice) if a separate PC adapter could be purchased (because there is no part number for it) and received no response. The wireless network operation for a second PC stinks!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Lambert on November 1, 2008
Despite what some of the other reviews have stated the Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit does support integration with your existing 802.11g wireless network with several security options (WEP 64/128bit, WPA ,etc.) Maybe HP released a firmware upgrade?

The key is to install using the USB Adapter on your PC first! After installed and connectivity is achieved with the printer side adapter you can access the Advanced Settings using the connectivity software. From there it's a snap to set up your SSID, security type, security key, etc. (don't forget to add the printer side adapter's MAC address to your MAC filter list if you are using that feature on your wireless router).

Once this is set up you no longer need to use the USB Adapter with your PC unless you need to make additional changes to the Advanced Settings and now any PC/laptop on your network will be able to access the printer.

I have found the HP Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit to be a great value compared to the other print servers available. Works great over my wireless network and allows me to use the print/scan/copy features of my HP printer just as if it was connected via USB cable.

I rated the item 4/5 because these advanced features are nowhere to be found in the installation manual. I'm guessing this is also why there are so many negative reviews on the product with folks having problems with wireless networking set up and using the printer with multiple computers.

Bottom line...if you are savvy enough to set up a wireless network without following an instruction manual and have a compatible multifunction HP printer, this product is the lowest cost way to add wireless connectivity!
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