If you’re having trouble with your networked printer, the first step is always to find out its IP address. There are a few different ways you can do it. This blog post will show you how to find your printer’s IP address. Once you have this, you can use it to troubleshoot any issues you’re having.

What is an IP address?

Every device that connects to the internet has a unique IP address. IP stands for “Internet Protocol,” and it’s the main protocol that’s used to connect devices to the internet. Every device that connects to the internet has a unique IP address. Your printer is no exception. This 12-digit ID number is used to identify your printer on the network and allow it to communicate with other devices. 

How to find a printer’s IP address. 

Windows

  • Open Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then Devices and Printers.
  • Right-click and select Properties.
  • Look in the Web Services tab for your IP address if only three tabs appear, Or check the Ports tab if five tabs appear.

The printer driver can connect with a WSD (Web Services for Devices) or a TCP/IP port. Three or five tabs will open in a small window, based on which one is used.

Command Prompt (CMD)

  • Press the Windows key and type cmd. To open Command Prompt.
  • Type netstat -r. and press enter. 
  • You will see all the devices linked to the pc as well as the IP address of your printer.

Mac iOS

  • To open System Preferences, use the dock or click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen.
  • Click Printers and Scanners.
  • Choose a printer from the column on the left
  • Select Options and Supplies.
  • The IP address of your printer will be displayed under Location.

CUPS webpage (open-source printing system for iOS) 

  • Click the Applications folder, then Utilities, and lastly, Terminal.
  • Type cupsctl WebInterface=yes, then press Enter. 
  • This will make the CUPS web interface available.
  • Open Safari, and type: localhost:631/printers into the address bar.
  • The IP address of the printer will be listed in the Location field.

Network configuration page

Most printers should print the network configuration page that includes its IP address. Refer to the printer’s guide for the exact details. Usually, you can do it through the printer’s settings or just by holding down a specific button.

Below are examples of how to do this.

  • Printers without display screens: Press the Power, Go, or WiFi buttons and hold for roughly five to ten seconds. 
  • Canon imageRUNNER printers: Go to the main menu, then select Settings. Then find “Preferences,” and lastly, choose “Network.” 
  • HP LaserJet Pro M1212n: First, you must go to Set-up and then Reports. Then find the “Reports Demo Page” option and choose “Config Report.” The page will then print. 

From your router

You can get the printer’s IP address from the router’s settings menu if you’ve got router access.

  • Connect to the router and open a browser.
  • Type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press Enter.
  • Type in the router’s username and password. 
  • Under the Local Network section, look for a DHCP Client Table or client list.
  • Locate, then select the printer in the client list to find the IP address.

From the printer’s menu

Printers have different menu options, so you should check your printer’s user guide for more info. However, these instructions should direct you to the right menu for most printers.

  • To access this menu, push your printer’s Home button.
  • When it appears, choose Preferences, Options, or Wireless Settings.
  • Examine the top of the box that pops up. Your IP address is sometimes displayed there. 
  • If you still need help finding it, it may be in the View Wireless Details section.

Locate your printer’s IP address by entering networking or network configuration settings. TCP/IP, Network Status, and Wi-Fi Status are types of names that might also show in printer settings.

By following these steps, you can find your printer’s IP address. You can then begin fixing most problems by entering the IP address into the command prompt to solve connection issues. When linking new devices to the printer, simply enter the printer’s IP address in the relevant field. 

Note that new devices must be connected to the same network for the printer to connect.

Conclusion

If you have a networked printer, chances are you’ll need to know its IP address at some point. Whether you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem or add it to a new device knowing your printer’s IP address is essential. 

This post shows a few different ways to find your printer’s IP address. Armed with that information, you should now be able to troubleshoot any issues you may be having with your networked printer.

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