Whether you have just one printer connected to your home network, or a whole bunch of them linked up to an office, there are plenty of good reasons why you may need to know the IP addresses of the printers on your network. Having the static IP address of a printer makes it easier to share with other devices on the network, and sometimes if a PC stops detecting a printer, then the IP address can be the best way to find it.
Here we’re going to show you a few ways to find the IP address of a printer on your network.
Note: in order to have an IP address, your printer needs to be connected via the network (e.g. Wi-Fi or server) rather than directly to your PC through a USB cable.
Find Printer Using Printer Properties
Whether your printer is on or not, you should be able to find its IP address (or WSD address) within Windows 10 easily enough. Hit the Win key from the desktop, then type “printers” and click “Printers & scanners.”
Click the printer in the list that you want to know the IP address for, then click “Manage -> Printer properties -> Ports” tab. Scroll down the list to find your printer, then look over to the column on the left to see which port it’s on.
There’s a chance that your printer doesn’t use a “Standard TCP/IP Port” but a WSD one instead. This is a protocol designed to make the connectivity of wireless devices automated on a network, effectively treating them like USB or plug-and-play devices. For all intents and purposes, a WSD and IP port in this case fulfill the same role.
Whether your printer has a WSD address or an IP one, you can still add it manually to other Windows 10 devices on your network from the “Add a printer” menu of the computer you want to connect it to. Just make sure to pick “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname,” then choose the correct device type (TCP/IP or Web Services Device) from the drop-down menu.
Use the Physical Printer Buttons to Find IP Address
Just about every modern printer can print a page showing all the crucial diagnostics of that printer, such as its ink levels and indeed its IP address. The button on the printer is likely an ‘i’ button, or you can navigate around on your printer’s LCD screen and look for a function along the lines of “Print Diagnostics Page.”
If your printer has an LCD screen, you may not even have to print a test page. Simply use the LCD screen to navigate to your networking options and look for options along the lines of “Network address,” “TCP/IP” or “Wi-Fi status.”
Find Printer IP on Your Router
Seeing as your network printers go through your router, it’s only natural that the router contains their IP information. Log into your router (usually by typing 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 into your browser address bar, then entering your username and password), and you should be able to find a list of all the network devices connected to your router.
How exactly to find this information varies from router to router, but you may find the list under “Attached Devices” or “Network Devices.” Have a bit of a browse around your router menu and you should happen upon it eventually. Find your printer’s name first in the “Device” column, then look over to the “IP Address” column to see its IP address.
The above tips should help you track down your printer’s IP address on your network. If your printer isn’t appearing using any of the above methods, then you should consider the possibility that it’s not actually connected to your network and that you may need to hook it up first.