To connect your printer to a computer, you’ll probably need the printer’s IP address. Here’s how to find your printer IP address. We’ll cover four methods to locate your IP address, including on Windows and macOS. And for all printer brands.
But when you’re not tech-savvy, you might not know where or how to get your printer’s IP address. However, this common question is not that hard to answer, and there are many ways to spot your printer’s IP address.
What’s an IP Address?
An Internet Protocol address, more commonly known as an IP address, is a set of characters consisting of 12 digits that serves as a computer’s identity that enables it to connect to a network.
This connection allows for a computer or any electronic device to exchange data or information with other devices connected to the same network.
Your device’s IP address can provide you with information like the city, ZIP code, Internet Service Provider (ISP), and even your ISP’s area code.
In addition, an IP address also serves as the digital address of your computer or electronic device since it can be used to track your geolocation.
How to Find Printer IP Address (4 Ways)
Any device that can connect to a network must have an IP address to send and receive data from a network.
For example, both your printer and computer have their IP addresses to exchange information between them.
OPTION 1: Check the Printer’s Display
Modern printers come with a display for more advanced settings, which you can check in the Settings menu to show your IP address.
This can be the easiest way to find your printer’s IP address.
- Find the home button on your printer to see the menu. Select Preferences, Options, or Wireless Settings depending on the options on your printer.
- In the next box that is displayed, you can find the IP address somewhere at the top portion of the display.
- If you can’t see an IP address, you can check under the View Wireless Details option.
- When you still can’t see an IP address displayed, explore the networking or network setup options. Some printers may use headings like TCP/IP, Network Status, or WiFi status.
Option 2: Using Your Computer
Different computers also have other operating systems so there will be different methods on Windows 10, Windows 11, and Mac OS in how to spot a printer’s IP address for each.
For Windows 10 or 11
You can follow two methods when your computer’s operating system is Windows 10 or 11.
1. Control Panel
- Open the Control Panel. Select Hardware and Sounds, then click Devices and Printers.
- Right-click the printer and click on Properties.
- If three tabs appear, you can find your IP address on the Web Services tab. If five tabs appear, then you can check in the Ports tab.
- The pop-up box will display three or five tabs depending on the type of connection you have to the TCP/IP port.
2. Using Command Prompt
- Press the Windows key to open the Command Prompt. Type in cmd.
- Type netstat -r and press enter.
- You should view the list of network devices connected to your computer and printer’s IP address.
When you have a Mac operating system, there are also two methods that you can choose from to find your printer’s IP address.
1. System Preferences
- Look for the Apple logo on the top left portion of the screen. Click the logo and select System Preferences.
- Click Printers and Scanners.
- Select the printer from the left column.
- Click Options and Supplies.
- Under Location, you can find your printer’s 12-digit IP address.
2. Using the CUPS Webpage
- Open Applications, click Utilities.
- Click Terminal
- To enable the CUPS web interface, type cupsctl WebInterface=yes and press Enter.
- Open your Safari browser and type the following in the address bar: localhost:631/printers.
- You can find your printer’s IP address in the left column.
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OPTION 3: Using the Network Configuration Page
Your computer can print out a Network Configuration Page that will display a list of your network settings, including your IP address.
For this, you can review your printer manual, check your printer settings, or long-press a particular button.
- For example, specific HP LaserJet Pro printer models would require you to go to the Setup option, then select Reports. Click Reports Demo Page. When you click Config Report, the Network Configuration Page should print.
- In the case of Canon imageRUNNER printers, if you go to the Main Menu, choose Settings. Click Preferences, then Network. Then you should be able to print the page.
- You can print the Network Configuration Page for printers without a screen display when you press and hold the Power, Go, or WiFi button for five to ten seconds.
Option 4: Using Your Router
Your IP address may be found in your router’s setup menu if you have access rights to your router.
But you need to log in to your router first.
- Open your web browser and type the following into your address bar: 192.168.1.1, and press Enter.
- Type in your router’s username and password.
- Once you’re logged in, look for a DHCP Client Table or a client list; this can be found under Local Network.
- Click the client list. You should be able to find the name of your printer and its IP address.
It can be helpful to know your printer’s IP address so that you can have easy access to it when your printer needs troubleshooting. Most technical issues can be solved by knowing your device’s IP address.
Connection issues can quickly be resolved by knowing your printer’s IP address and the command prompt box.
The printer’s IP address is also handy when trying to connect new devices to your printer, which can be done by simply typing the IP address into the Hostname or IP address box.
There are many ways to find your printer’s IP address, and some may sound or look more complicated than others.
But knowing other ways to find your printer’s IP address will be helpful when you have a device that is not mentioned in instructional blogs or articles on the internet.
You can try out different methods for different devices that you have at home or in your office. In this way, you can troubleshoot your printer or any device in the same network.
Troubleshooting can save you a lot of extra costs in the future and can prevent you from buying new units every time there is a problem with your computer.
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Now that you have your IP address, you can ping your printer and see if it’s online.
Bryan Haines is a co-founder and writer on PrintLikeThis. We troubleshoot printer problems to get you back to printing.
He also writes at Storyteller Tech and is a travel blogger at Storyteller.Travel. Bryan is co-founder of Storyteller Media, a company he started with his wife, Dena.