Knowing the IP address of your printer is very important because it is needed when you want to troubleshoot any problems or connect your printer to your Windows 10 or Mac desktop or laptop. Your printer won’t give any other commands or won’t do any printing jobs if you don’t have your IP address. But, where can you find it? Here’s the How-To guide on how to find the IP address of your printer.
Find the IP Address from your Router
Whether you’re using a personal computer or a Mac, it doesn’t matter. You can easily find the IP address of your printer via a router. Here are the steps.
1. Open any web browser.
2. Into the address bar, type the local IP address of your router
3. To login, enter the password and username of your router.
4. A list of devices connected to your network will appear once you log in and you will find your printer’s IP address in it. You should take note that depending on the set-up page of your router, the data will be listed in different ways. Make sure to check and look for words, such as a connected device list or network map.
Find the IP Address from your Windows 10
Before looking for the printer’s IP address in your Windows 10, you have to connect your printer in it first. Here’s how to connect it using your Wifi:
1. Open your Windows Start Menu, located at the bottom left corner of your screen. If you don’t have an idea of what it looks like, it’s a button that’s shaped like a Windows logo.
2. After that, go to Settings, which looks like a gear icon located above the power button of the Windows Start Menu.
3. Look for the Devices tab and click it.
4. In the Devices tab, select the Printers & Scanners option, which can be found in the left sidebar of the screen.
5. Choose the Add a Printer option. To set up, just follow the on-screen instructions that will appear once your Windows detects the printer that you want to connect. You can stop at this point if this happens. On the other hand, if Windows 10 didn’t connect the printer automatically, you should proceed to the next step.
6. Look for the option that states “The printer that I want isn’t listed.” and click it. Once done, a pop-up will appear on your screen, which is the “Add Printer” option.
7. Select the option “Add a network printer or local printer with manual settings”, then click the Next button.
8. Look for the “Create a New Port” tab and click it. After that, choose the Standard TCP/IP option when the drop-down box appears.
9. Put the IP address of your printer in the box and click next to proceed. Your Windows will try to detect the Standard TCP/IP port at this point. However, it might take some time to detect the port so be patient.
10. Choose the device type appropriate for the brand of your printer. For the Standard Device Type’s drop-down menu, choose the device type that fits the brand of the printer that you have. For instance, you have to choose either the Canon Network Printing Device or Canon Network Printer in the drop-down menu if you have a Canon printer. You will see that your printer will be added in the Printers & Scanners’ list of devices once your computer detects the driver.
11. Install your print driver by choosing the printer manufacturer. You will see it on the left-hand side column. The driver for the model of your printer, on the other hand, can be seen in the right-hand side column. Click Next afterward. You have to click the box with the phrase “Have Disk” if you don’t see the driver of your printer model. When you do this, there will be instructions on the screen on how you can put the driver or install it from the manufacturer’s installation disk. After that, you have to copy it from the drive where it’s originally located.
12. Look for the option stating “Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended)” and choose Next to proceed to the next step.
13. You can put or set up other optional preferences by typing another printer name that you want. If you don’t want to, just click Next. You can also set the printer sharing up if you want when the next window appears. Click Next once done.
14. You will get a pop-up message that your printer has now been connected to and that your printer has set up successfully. Test the printer by printing a page or just click the Finish button once done.
If you have a Windows 10 desktop or laptop, you can print your IP address in various ways. However, if you’re looking for the easiest way to look for it in your Windows 10, just go to the Control Panel. Here’s the step by step instruction:
15. If you can’t find the Control Panel section of your Windows 10, just try typing “control panel” in the search bar. The search bar has a magnifying glass, which is located near the Start menu, at the bottom-left corner of your window.
16. Go to the Devices and Printers tab.
17. Look for the Properties option. When you right-click the Devices and Printers tab, a drop-down will appear and it’s where the Properties option can be seen. Click the Properties option.
18. In the Properties, choose the Web Services tab. At the bottom of the Device Information and Troubleshooting Information box, you will see the IP address.
Note: Use the Command Prompt app instead if you can’t find the printer in the Control Panel.
19. In the search box, which is located near the Start menu, type “cmd”.
20. The command line will appear. Type “ipconfig” in it and click Enter.
21. Look for the IPv4 address.
22. A new command line will appear again. Type “ping” then provide a space. Type the IPv4 address you’ve found earlier after space.
23. Click Enter afterward.
24. The results will load so when it appears, type “arp -a” and click Enter afterward. All static and dynamic connections will load.
25. Open any web browser, including Edge, Chrome, or Firefox.
26. The dynamic IP address that you’ve got on the arp command earlier should be copied and pasted in the URL tab. Paste each address on different tabs if a lot of addresses will appear.
27. Your printer’s IP address is the IP that will open a printer set up page. The information of your printer and the manufacturer’s logo will be displayed on the webpage. Some information includes how much ink your printer has, and the printer status.