How to find a printer IP address

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope
Canon printer

There are a few ways to find the IP address for a printer on your network. The option you choose depends on a few factors, such as what type of printer you are using or network access restrictions. To proceed, look at the following list and select the option that best pertains to your situation.

Onboard configuration

A printer's network IP address can be determined through the onboard printer menu. The menu screen where the IP address resides varies from printer to printer. Consequently, you may need to refer to the printer's documentation to get the exact steps to find the appropriate menu screen. However, the following steps should get you to the appropriate section on many printers.

  1. On the printer, press the Menu or Setup button.
  2. Use the appropriate buttons to navigate through the menu options to a networking or network setup section and press Enter.
  3. Use the arrows to navigate the available network options. Select an option named something similar to TCP/IP, IP address, Network Status, or Wi-Fi Status to view the IP address settings.
  4. Your printer's IP address should be listed in this section.

What are DHCP, BOOTP, EtherTalk, and manual?

If you are accessing the network setup on your printer, you may be prompted for different network configurations. The following list shows the most common modes and a brief description of each.

  • DHCP - The most common configuration and often the default setting. When set on a DHCP network, the printer has its network settings assigned automatically, including the IP address.
  • 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

In Windows, you can often find a printer's IP address through the printer's properties or the Windows command prompt.

Printer properties

  1. Press the Windows key, type devices and printers or printers & scanners, then press Enter.
  2. Locate the printer with the IP address you’re trying to find in the list of displayed printers.
  3. Right-click the printer and select 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.
Note

In Windows 10, select the printer on the list, click the Manage button, and then click the Printer properties option on the left side of the printer settings window.

  1. Click the Ports tab in the Printer Properties window. The IP address of the printer may show in the port listing. If not, continue to the next step.
  2. 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 to the DLL label.
Note

If the printer you are accessing hasn't been set up on the network (i.e., only connected via USB cable), the IP address displayed may not be correct.

Note

If the IP address is not found using the steps above, use the steps for the printer menus. You can also try using the Windows command prompt to find the printer IP address.

Windows command prompt

  1. Open the Windows command prompt.
  1. At the prompt, type netstat -r.
  2. A list of network devices connected to your computer is displayed.
Note

If you have a wireless network printer, the network devices' netstat list may not include your printer.

Router access

If you have access rights to your router, like a router for a home network, you can locate your printer's IP address by going through the router's setup menus.

  1. Log into your router by opening any web browser and typing 192.168.1.1 into the address bar and pressing Enter.
  2. At the prompt, enter a username and password. If you forgot your login credentials, visit the following link to reset your credentials.
  1. Once you have access, look for DHCP Client Table or any reference to a client list, often found under the Local Network section. This step varies by router manufacturer. You may need to consult your router's documentation or the router manufacturer's website.
  2. Open the client list and locate your printer to obtain its IP address.

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