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How do I determine a printer IP address?

Onboard Configuration

Canon printerA printer's network IP address can be determined through the onboard printer menu. The screen upon which the IP address resides varies from printer to printer; you may need to refer to the printer's documentation to get the exact steps. However, the following general steps should get you to the appropriate section on most machines.

  1. On the printer, press the Menu or Setup button.
  2. Use the appropriate buttons to navigate your way to a networking or network setup option and press Enter.
  3. Use the arrows to navigate through the available network options, and select TCP/IP or IP address to view and change the IP address settings.

DHCP, BOOTP, Ethertalk, or Manual?

Upon entering the network setup of your printer, you'll often be prompted for different network configurations. The following list shows the most common modes, as well as a brief description of each.

  • DHCP - The most common configuration and often the default setting. When set on a network with DHCP, the printer will automatically be assigned its network settings including the IP address for your network.
  • Manual - If you need to configure the printer's network settings manually, choosing this option allows you to enter your network values via the keypad.
  • EtherTalk - An older method utilized for printers communicating over Ethernet using AppleTalk.
  • BOOTP - Another host configuration; similar to and developed before DHCP.

Windows Configuration

If you are trying to find or configure a printer's IP address in Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button and choose Devices and Printers.
  2. Locate the printer whose IP address you’re trying to find from the list of displayed printers. Right-click the printer and choose Printer Properties. In some instances, the IP address is shown in the Locations box on the General tab. If not, proceed to the next step.
  3. Click the Ports tab on the Properties window, the IP address of the printer might show in the port listing. If not, continue to the next step.
  4. Click the Configure Port button. If the IP address is not displayed in the main window, it may be in the System Info tab next the DLL label.

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