An IP address is a very crucial entity, whether in the case of your computer or the case of other devices connected to the local network. If you have a printer and it is connected to the router, then surely it has a useful IP address. You may wonder what to do with the printer’s IP address. Let me tell you, a printer’s IP address is necessary when it comes to fixing any connection error when the printer is connected with other devices. You just have to know and put in the IP address in order to re-connect your printer with the network. The next obvious question- how am I going to find my printer’s IP address when it is necessary to know? Today’s topic is all about it; we are going to discuss 3 main methods or ways to find the printer’s IP address; plus scratching the surface of one or two more methods.
3 Methods of Finding Printer’s IP Address
The most convenient location to find your IP address is the ‘Settings’. Like most of the solutions to device-related problems and queries, finding the IP address of the printer can also be traced to the settings of your computer. Remember one significant thing here; your printer must be connected to the computer right now; otherwise, this method won’t just work. I am sure you know this; just a little reminder. The figures shown here are for Windows 10 users. However, there is not much of a difference when it comes to searching something on the settings menu of the other versions of Windows.
Step 1: Click on the Windows logo located at the bottom-left corner of the screen. You will see a gear icon suggesting the settings. Select it.
Step 2: On the settings main menu, you will see several options available, among them the ‘Devices’ is the one we are interested in. So, click on it to enter.
Step 3: Next, from the left bar, select the ‘Printers & scanners’ option.
Step 4: Here, you should find the printer that is currently connected to your computer. If multiple printers are connected to the computer, then all of them should appear here. Select the printer of which IP address is to be known and then from the pop-up command list, click on the ‘Manage’ button.
Step 5: Now, you have entered the printer’s menu. Hit the ‘Printer properties’ option located on the left side of the current window.
Step 6: Your printer’s property box will appear on the screen from where select the ‘Ports’ tab.
Step 7: You will find out that the current printer is automatically right-checked i.e. selected for further information; so, you don’t need to worry about it. What you need to do in this step is click on the ‘Configure port…’ button, right below.
Step 8: This step is the result that you dearly wanted. You will find the printer’s IP address in the ‘Printer Name or IP Address text box. The same address is also found in the ‘Port Name’ text box. So, the two are basically the same, by default, unless you previously had changed the port name. Nevertheless, we have found our goal in these 8 steps.
Note: The procedure that was carried out to find the IP address of the printer using the settings menu, the same objective can be accomplished and with the more or less similar procedure using the ‘Control Panel’ too. You can follow this pathway in case you are comfortable with the control panel, rather than the settings-
Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers>………….
Then, just select the printer from the list, right-click on it, and click on the ‘Properties’. Here we go, the next procedure is the same as we have mentioned above (follow from step no. 6). Where to find the control panel? Search for it from the Windows search bar and you should easily find it.
You can use the ‘Command Prompt’ to find the IP address of the printer. It is also an easy method to discover any IP address, not just the printers. Follow the instruction texted here:
1. Click on the Windows search bar and type in the ‘cmd’ keyword. Hit it after you see the app.
2. The command prompt with a black screen will appear. Just type in ‘netstat-r’ and hit the enter button.
That’s it, you should be able to see the IP address of the printer that is connected to the network and your computer.
Our method no. 3 to find any printer’s IP address is to look for it from the printer’s screen. Any modern-day printer with an LCD screen and buttons should help us find its IP address. Remember, each printer is different from the others. So, you should better know how to navigate through your printer. If you don’t, search for it on Google. We have provided pictures of a Xerox printer that won’t exactly match your printer’s arrangements. Nevertheless, you will have a good chunk of ideas about your own printer after reading this section.
Try to locate the preference/ settings/ machine status button on your printer. You understand what we are trying to achieve, right? The IP address must be somewhere there. Press on it upon finding the correct button.
Now, navigate through the system by following whatever commands appear on the screen until you find something like properties/ machine information/ about the printer, etc. Hopefully, you find the printer’s IP address right in this menu.
These are the three main methods commonly used to find a printer’s IP address. You can try anyone whichever seems to be easier. Additionally, you can even use the router to find the printer’s IP address. Obviously, the printer must be connected to the router. Use any browser to enter your router’s menu and navigate to the client list to view the printer’s IP address. The Mac users can find the printer and its IP address even more easily by firstly opening the ‘System Preferences’ menu and then selecting the ‘Printers and Scanners’ option.