Finding your printer’s IP address allows you to connect to it directly for configuration and troubleshooting. An IP address is a unique identifier assigned to network devices that allows communication over an IP network. Knowing the printer’s IP makes it accessible from other devices on the network.
Why You Might Need the Printer’s IP Address
Here are some common reasons you may need to find your printer’s IP address:
Configure Printer Settings
Many printer settings such as tray options, paper size defaults, and more can be configured directly through the printer’s web interface. Accessing this requires the IP address to connect.
Printer firmware updates are often applied by connecting directly to the printer via its IP address through a web browser. This allows you to keep the device up to date.
Resolve Connectivity Issues
If you are having trouble printing or connecting to the printer from network devices, confirming connectivity directly to the IP can help identify where the problem lies.
Enable Extra Features
Some printers have extra capabilities that can only be activated through hidden menus in the administrative interface. You will need the IP address to access these.
Identifying the Printer’s IP Address
There are several methods you can use to find your printer’s assigned IP address. The best approach may differ depending on your specific network setup.
Check Network Config Page
Most printers have an embedded web server that can be accessed to display status and configuration information. A printed network configuration report typically provides the currently assigned IP address.
To access it:
- Press the Menu or Settings button on the printer control panel.
- Select Network Config, Network Settings, or something similar.
- Print the network configuration page.
- Locate the IP Address listing on the page.
Check Router DHCP Client List
If your printer connects to the network using DHCP, its IP was automatically assigned by your router. You can log into your router’s administrative interface to view a list of connected DHCP clients which should include your printer.
- Login to your router admin page. (192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1 etc.)
- Go to the DHCP clients table. Location varies by model.
- Identify your printer and match it to the listed IP.
Use Network Scanner Tools
There are various network scanner tools and IP address manager apps available that can scan for devices on your network and report back identifying information like IP addresses. Popular options include:
- Angry IP Scanner
- Advanced IP Scanner
Try scanning your network segment and identifying your printer based on details like hostname, MAC address or model number.
Manually Check Connectivity
If you have narrowed the IP down to a range of possible addresses, you can manually try connecting to identify the correct one.
On Windows, open command prompt and use the ping command supplying different IPs:
When you get a successful response, you have found the right IP address.
Connecting to Printer Using IP Address
Once you know your printer’s IP address, here is how to utilize it:
- Open Administrative Interface – Enter the IP into your web browser navigation bar to open the printer’s embedded web server interface for configuration: http://192.168.1.100
- Update Firmware – Visit your printer manufacturer’s website, download firmware file, open printer’s IP in browser, then upload firmware file to update.
- Configure TCP/IP Printing – Add a TCP/IP port on your computer supplying your printer’s IP address and model-specific port number.
- Enable Advanced Capabilities – Connecting via IP may enable otherwise hidden options for that printer. Consult its documentation for details.
Knowing the printer’s IP address unlocks configuration directly through the device as well as connectivity troubleshooting not otherwise possible from your computer. So if you need to change settings, update software or resolve network issues, identifying that key identifier is often the first step.
Key Takeaways on Finding Printer IP Addresses
- Checking the printer’s printed network config report is the quickest way to find its current IP address.
- On networks with DHCP, the router’s client listing can match printers to IP addresses.
- Network scanning tools like Fing can search and identify printer IP addresses.
- Connectivity tools like ping can help confirm a printer’s IP by testing connections.
- Accessing a printer by IP opens additional configuration options through its embedded web interface.
Finding your printer’s IP address enables both practical printer management and troubleshooting. While there are several possible approaches to identify the IP, checking something like the network config report or router DHCP table are simple places to start. Once armed with the printer’s current IP address, you can access hidden menus, update software, resolve connectivity issues and take advantage of direct device communication for printers on your local network.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the default IP address for my printer?
Printers do not have default IP addresses. The IP address is assigned automatically by a DHCP server such as your router, or set manually if the printer is configured for static addressing.
- Why can’t I access my printer with the listed IP?
If you cannot connect to your printer at the indicated IP address, there may be a connectivity issue. Confirm your computer is on the same network segment and that firewall settings are not blocking access. Also try rebooting the printer and renewing the DHCP lease to get a new IP assignment.
- How do I assign a static IP address?
To assign the printer a static IP that does not change, this is typically done through the printer’s administrative web interface. Connect to the current IP, find network or TCP/IP settings, and change from DHCP to a manual/static IP address that fits your network plan.
- What port do I use to access printer by IP?
Commonly used printer port numbers when accessing by IP address include:
HP – 9100, HP Jetdirect – 9100, Epson – 9100, Xerox – 8080, Canon – 8611
Check your printer documentation for the appropriate port.
- Can I connect to a printer on my network remotely over the internet?
In most home networking situations, the printer’s IP address will only be accessible from inside your local network and not from the public internet. Remote printing would require establishing a VPN connection to your network first.
- My printer says the IP address is 0.0.0.0. What does this mean?
A 0.0.0.0 IP address means that device does not currently have a valid, routable IP address assigned. This would happen if the network cable is unplugged, Wi-Fi disconnected or DHCP IP assignment failed.
- Should the computer and printer have the same IP address?
No, devices on a network should have their own unique IP addresses. However, they need to be in the same general IP range to communicate. For example, computers at 192.168.1.x and the printer at 192.168.1.y.
- What if my router does not show connected devices?
If your router does not have an interface that shows DHCP client assignments, use another technique like checking the printer embedded web server, making test connections to potential IPs, or using an IP scanner application to locate your printer.
- Why does my IP address scanner not show the printer?
Confirm the IP scanner and your computer are on the same subnet and network segment as the printer. Scanners may not work across network segments. Also try rebooting your router and devices in case of any IP conflicts.
- How can I troubleshoot if my printer has connectivity problems?
If your printer has intermittent connectivity or trouble accessing it from devices, some things to try are:
- Reboot router and printer
- Renew/release DHCP lease to get new IP
- Disable any firewalls temporarily
- Plug devices into router directly instead of switches/extenders
- Test with a short network cable first instead of Wi-Fi
- Update router and printer firmware
- Reset printer network settings