Are you trying to connect to your printer and you are being asked for its IP address? Have you failed in your attempt to get this so important number?
There is no need to panic. In this article, we discuss how to find IP address of printer using different but easy methods.
What is an IP Address?
The “IP” stands for “Internet Protocol”. While the “address” is a unique number that is assigned to a device and serves as that device’s label or address. It is used when to connect when another device attempts to communicate to that device using Internet Protocol.
How to Find the IP Address of Your Printer
Finding your printer’s IP address isn’t as difficult as many make it seem. There are 5 methods you can employ:
i. Using the printer itself
ii. Printing a self-test page
iii. Using a connected Windows computer
iv. From a connected router’s status page
v. Command prompt
Let’s discuss these methods in detail.
Method 1: Using the Printer Itself (Onboard Configuration)
This method works for those whose printers have a menu screen. To find the IP address this way, you must know how to operate your printer using the menu and navigation keys.
It is advisable you consult your printer’s manual.
Here are some general steps that will work for almost all printers:
Step 1: Press the Setup or Menu button on the printer.
Step 2: Navigate your printer to either Network Setup Option or Networking. Once you’ve found either of this, press Enter to continue.
Step 3: Navigate through the network options available. Then select anything that looks like IP Address, TCP/IP, Wi-Fi Status, or Network Status. This should show you your IP Address in the settings section.
Method 2: Printing a Self-Test page
In most cases, network printers that have a built-in Ethernet port come with a menu button. This button can be used to display the printer’s IP address.
A printer we recommend that has this button is the Canon Pixma TR8520.
If this button is absent, you can find your printer’s IP address by simply printing a self-test page or configuration page. The IP address will be indicated on the page.
Method 3: Using a Connected Windows Computer
If your Windows computer is connected to your printer, you can find your IP address with the following steps:
If you don’t know how to add a printer to your computer, read this article.
Step 1: Click Start or the Windows logo
Step 2: Select “Printers and Faxes” or “Control Panel” and then “Printers and Faxes” depending on the version of Windows you are using
Step 3: Right-click on your printer’s name
Step 4: Left-click on “Properties”
Step 5: Click on the tab labeled “Ports”. Then make the first column wide so that it can show the printer’s IP address.
Method 4: From a Connected Router’s Status Page
If you use a network printer that employs DHCP, you can find your IP address by connecting to your router. Then on the DHCP status page, the router will display all host devices that have dynamic IP addresses including your printer.
Method 5: Command Prompt on Windows
Step 1: Click on Start or press on your keyboard the Windows key.
Step 2: Type “cmd”. Then double click on the app to continue.
Step 3: Wait for the command prompt window to appear. Then type “netstat-r” and press Enter.
Step 4: Below you’ll see a list of devices that are connected to your computer including your printer. You’ll see the IP address there.
The video below explains how to find the IP address of a printer. You would do well to watch it.
With any of the 5 methods above, you can find out the IP address of your printer.
If you have any comments or questions, please let us know in the comments section below.