How to Find a Printer IP Address

4 easy ways to quickly find your printer IP address

An injet printer connected to a network
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There are four easy ways you can find a printer IP address on your network. These include the printer's built-in menu, checking the printer settings on your computer, issuing a simple DOS command, or looking it up on your router.

Find the Printer IP Address on the Printer Itself

Depending on the brand of printer you own, the menu system may be slightly different.

In general, you'll find the printer's network setting under either Preferences, Options, or Wireless Settings (if it's a wireless printer).

Wireless settings in a printer's menu system

You may see the printer's IP address displayed at the top of the network settings dialog box. Or you may have to click through some of the submenus like View Wireless Details to see what IP address it has.

Printer IP address in the wireless details menu

In most cases, you can't manually set this IP address. Your wireless router assigns IP addresses automatically to devices that connect to your home network.

Find the Printer IP Address on Your Computer

If you don't have access to the printer, or you'd prefer not messing around with its menu system, you can also find the printer IP address on any computer where the printer is already set up.

On Windows

  1. Click on Start, and type control.
  2. Under Best match, click on Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel, click on Devices and Printers.
  4. In Devices and Printers, right-click on your printer and select Properties.

You'll see one of two sets of tabs here, depending which type of connection your printer driver used.

If your printer is set up under a "WSD Port", that means it uses "Web Services for Devices" technology to connect to the printer. In this case you'll see a Web Services tab. Click on this, and you'll see your printer's IP address listed in the IP address field.

Printer IP address located on the web services tab.

If you don't see a Web Services tab available, then your printer is set up directly to the printer using a TCP/IP port. In this case you can find the IP address via the Printer Properties.

  1. Click on Start, and type control.
  2. Under Best match, click on Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel, click on Devices and Printers.
  4. In Devices and Printers, right-click on your printer and select Printer Properties.
  5. Click on the Ports tab and you should see the IP address displayed in the Port field.
Port IP address displayed for tcp/ip printer

If the Port field doesn't display the IP address, then select Configure Port and you'll see the IP address configured for that printer.

This method to find a printer IP address works for all versions of Windows, but the steps to get to the Control Panel may vary slightly.

Find the IP Address with Command Prompt

Another quick trick to find your printer IP address is with the command prompt.

  1. Click on Start and type cmd
  2. Under Best match, click on Command Prompt
  3. Type netstat -r

If your printer is connected via TCP/IP (not WSD), then you'll see your printer displayed in the list of Active Routes in the IPv4 Route Table.

On a Mac

Finding the printer IP address on a Mac is even easier.

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on Print & Scan
  3. Select the printer you want the IP address for
  4. The IP Address is displayed in the Location field

Another easy method on Mac is to open up a Safari browser and type: localhost:631/printers to see a list of printers and associated IP addresses.

If you are printing to an AirPrint printer, the IP may not show up using the method above. In this case, follow these steps:

  1. Open Applications, click Utilities, and then click Terminal
  2. Type the command ippfind
  3. You'll see your printer as something like: ipp://yourprinter.local.:631/ipp/port1
  4. Type the command ping yourprinter.local
  5. The result will display your printer IP address

Find a Printer IP Address with the Router

The last option to find your printer's IP if none of the above work, is to go directly to your router.

Since your router manages all network traffic, the printer IP needs to be registered there as a connected device. You can view that IP by logging into the router.

To use this option, you'll need to know the administrator ID and password for your router. If you don't know it, ask whoever set up the router for you.

  1. Click on Start and type cmd
  2. Under Best match, click on Command Prompt
  3. Type "ipconfig"
  4. Make a note of the Default Gateway IP address
  5. Open a web browser, and type the Default Gateway IP address into the URL field
  6. Log into your router using the administrator ID and password
  7. Find the Connected Devices in your router's menu system
  8. Locate the printer under the Host Name field and click on it
  9. You'll see the IP address listed under IPV4 Address
Printer IP address displayed in router connected devices menu

What You Can Do With Your Printer's IP Address

Once you have the IP address of your printer, you can use it to set up the printer from any computer or mobile device that's connected to your network.

Having the printer IP address handy also lets you type in a "ping" command in the command prompt from any computer if you're having printer problems and need to check if the printer is even on the network.

Whatever you need it for, any of the options above will help you locate your printer IP address quickly and easily.