Here’s How to Find the IP Address of Your Printer
By Nick Anderson 4 minutes
Networking devices have the ability to connect and communicate with each other. Some single-purpose devices such as a printer allow multiple computers on the network to conveniently access the printing functionality. But before you can begin using the printer on the network, you need to locate it by using the IP address.
Setting up a printer is easy since modern devices are built around the idea of plug and play. If you need to know a printer’s IP address to connect or troubleshoot, then keep on reading manually. We’ll cover some of the ways you can quickly achieve it.
Why do You Need an IP Address
Every device that wants to connect to internet or intranet needs a unique identifier to ensure reliable communication. IP addresses are assigned to each networking device to communicate with other devices on the network. So, knowing the IP address will ensure that it belongs to the printer and not some other computer on the network – you could also have more than one printer on the network.
You can learn more about IP addresses in our blog here. But to explain quickly, an IP address is a 32-bit address in the case of IPv4 and 128-bit address in the case of IPv6; the former is most common today.
How to Identify the IP Address
There are three ways you can do it. We’ll go over them in the order of accessibility and ease.
Check the Printer’s Setting
The easiest way is to walk up to the printer and navigate to its settings menu. Modern printers that have the capability of connecting to computers on a network allow you to print its setting on a paper. Refer to the user manual to locate what menus have to be navigated to reach network settings.
Check the Router’s Client List
If the printer is connected through your router’s DHCP, then it can be identified by going into the router’s client list. Assuming you are the administrator of the computer, the router page will be accessible to you through 192.168.0.1 address. Type the address in a web browser, enter your credentials, then navigate to DHCP and client list. Refer to the back of the router or the manual to see the default gateway if 192.168.0.1 does not work – but it should for most people.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is the part of your router that automatically assigns an IP address to every device that makes a connection. The printer’s IP address will appear next to its model number in the client list. You may want to assign a static IP address for future convenience, and you can do that by noting down its MAC Address and reserving an IP address against it.
But if you are at work, then accessing the router’s setting is something you cannot do. In that situation, check from the printer directly or reach out to the IT administrator.
How to Check to Check IP Address in Windows
The premise of this blog is based on the assumption that an IP address is required for you connect with a printer on a network. This part of the solution, however, helps you find the IP address of discovered printers on the network. The process is similar on Windows and Mac; we’ll go over both of them.
- Windows 7/8/10
- Click on the Start button and type Control Panel in the search bar.
- Open Control Panel, go to Hardware and Sound >Devices and Printers.
- Right-click on the connected printer and a small window will open. Check the tabs for network information.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Go to Printers & Scanners.
- You will see connected printers on the left column of the window. Click on one, and the IP Address will be visible next to Location.
If you are an employee, then simply asking the IT department to help you out is the best approach. For users at home with a single network and multiple devices connected, accessing the router is the easiest way to locate the printer’s IP address. Devices register themselves on the DHCP’s list with their model number, thus making it easy for you to spot the printer among the bunch of connected devices.