Knowing your printer’s IP address is important if you want to connect your printer to the network or troubleshoot any problems.
Think of your printer’s IP address as a digital street address. Without the IP address, your computer has no idea where it should send printing commands.
Here’s how to find your printer’s IP address through the following methods:
How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address from Your Router
Whether you have a Mac or a PC, you can find your printer’s IP address by accessing your router. Here’s the process:
- Begin by typing your router’s IP address into the URL bar of a browser, such as http://192.168.1.2
- Enter the router’s username and password
- You’ll find your printer’s IP address under the list of devices connected to the router.
Note that it may not be identified as your printer, so through trial and error, you’ll have to figure out the device that represents your printer. To do this, you’ll be able to copy-paste an IP address to a web browser. If it opens a page that represents your printer, you have found the correct IP address for your printer.
How to Find Your Printer’s IP address in Windows 10
On a Windows 10 desktop or a laptop, the most convenient way to find your printer’s IP address is by heading over to the Control Panel. Here’s how:
- In the Windows search box, type Control Panel
- Once there, click Devices and Printers
- Right-click on a printer and select Properties
- Select the Web Services tab. You’ll find the printer’s IP address at the bottom of Device Information and Troubleshooting Information
If you followed the process and were unable to find your printer in the control panel, you can do so by using the Command Prompt. Here’s the process:
How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address with Command Prompt
- In the search box, type cmd to open the command prompt
- Once the command prompt opens, type ipconfig in the command line and press Enter
- Locate your IPv4 address
- In a new command line type ping followed by a space and then your IPv4 address
- Press Enter
- Once the results load, type arp -a and hit Enter. Every dynamic and static connection using the IPv4 address will appear on the screen
- Open a web browser and copy-paste the dynamic IP address that you got from the arp command. If you come across several IP addresses, copy-paste each IP address on a different tab
- When you’re copy-pasting an IP address to a new tab in your browser and an IP ends up opening a printer setup page, it’s your printer’s IP address. You’ll see the manufacturer’s logo and printer information to confirm.
How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address on a Mac
Finding your printer’s IP address on your Mac device is simple. You can find it under System Preferences and find it online using the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS).
How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address from System Preferences
- Head over to System Preferences
- Choose Printers and Scanners
- Select a printer. If you have multiple printers connected to your network, they will be displayed in a list on the right-hand side of the Print & Scan menu.
- You can find your printer’s IP address under Location.
That’s all it takes to locate a printer’s IP address on a Mac device.
How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address Using the CUPS Webpage
- Open the Applications folder on your Mac
- Once there, open Utilities
- Now, open Terminal
- Type cupsctl WebInterface=yes and press Enter. This will enable CUPS web interface
- Next, open Safari
- Type localhost:631/printers into the URL bar
- You’ll find your printer’s IP address in the Location column
Viola, you’ve successfully located your printer’s IP address!