How to find a printer IP address

Updated: 05/21/2018 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 particular your situation.

Onboard configuration

A printer's network IP address can be determined through the onboard printer menu. The menu screen upon which 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. However, the following 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. 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, 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 has its network settings assigned automatically, including 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

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

  1. Press the Windows key, type Devices and Printers and press Enter.
  2. Locate the printer whose IP address you’re trying to find from the list of displayed printers.
  3. 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.

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

  1. Click on 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.

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.


If the IP address is not available using the steps above, you will need to find the IP address through the menus on the printer itself or through the Command prompt, using the steps below.

Command prompt

To find your printer's IP address through the command prompt, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the Windows key, type cmd, and then press Enter.
  2. In the command prompt window that appears, type netstat -r, and then press Enter.
  3. A list of printers and other devices connected to your computer will appear.

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 into the address bar and pressing Enter.
  2. At the prompt, enter a username and password. If you forgot your login credentials, visit our page on how to reset them.
  3. 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.
  4. Open the client list and locate your printer to obtain its IP address.

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