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Printers have been around for much longer than computers. However, today’s best printers are internet-connected, which a lot are still adjusting to. Most of the best all-in-one printers now come with Wi-Fi connectivity, which connects directly to your router. While this option makes certain functions easier, unfortunately, it creates a new opportunity for things to go wrong. However, knowing the printer’s IP address reduces the amount of time it takes to fix connectivity issues.
So, stick with us as we show you how to find an IP address on a printer.
We also have much more printer-related resources if this isn’t the exact type of content you need. For example, we have articles explaining how to scan from a printer to a computer. And for those who refuse to give up faxing, we have a guide on how to hook up a fax machine with a cable modem.
Sometimes, the IP address in the Windows properties section will be under the “Ports” tab instead of “Web Services.”
Every internet-connected device has an IP address, a 12-digit identifier that allows a device to connect to the web. Knowing a printer’s IP address is important because it’s required for setup and helps solve connection issues.
Luckily, the ways to identify a printer’s IP address are many and quick to grasp. To do this, you don’t need to know how to disassemble your printer; all it takes is some lightweight technical know-how.
For those needing additional help with a new device, we have an excellent article explaining how to set up an all-in-one printer.
Open the control panel. Under “Hardware and Sound,” select “Devices and Printers.”
Find the network printer you’re looking for and right-click. On the drop-down menu, press “Properties.”
At the top of the menu, select the tab that says “Web Services” and locate the line that gives you the IP address of the printer in question.
Open the Apple menu and go into “System Preferences.” Then, press “Printers and Scanners.”
Click on the printer you wish to use. When the printer menu pops up, go to “Location” to find the IP address.
Use the printer’s screen to navigate to its settings. Once in the settings, find the wireless settings menu. From there, the IP address should be available to view.
Alternatively, if you need help setting up a hotspot connection, read our guide on how do I connect my wireless printer to my hotspot.
Not all printers have a screen allowing users to access the IP address, meaning it must be found via computer settings.
STAT: IT departments spend nearly 15% of their day handling printer issues. (source)