In order to connect your printer to your network or resolve any issues, it’s essential to know its IP address. Think of your printer’s IP address as its street address – without it, you can’t send print jobs or give commands. Fortunately, locating your printer’s IP address is straightforward, whether you’re using a Mac or Windows PC. Here’s a guide on how to find your printer’s IP address on either operating system.
How To Find Your Printer’s IP Address From Your Router
Whether you’re using a Mac or PC, your printer’s IP address can be located by accessing your router.
- Simply enter your router’s local IP address into the address bar of any web browser.
- Provide your username and password to access your router.
- Once you’ve accessed your router, you should see a list of devices connected to the network, including your printer’s IP address.
How To Find Your Printer’s IP Address In Windows 10
There are a few methods to print your IP address from a Windows 10 desktop or laptop, but the most straightforward approach is to locate it in the Control Panel. Here’s how to do it:
- In the search box near the Start menu on the bottom-left corner of your screen, type “control panel”. You should see a button with a magnifying glass – select it
- Select ‘Devices and Printers’
- Right-click on your desired printer (if you have many paired) and select ‘Properties’
- Click the ‘Web Services’ tab. You’ll find the IP address located at the bottom of the ‘Troubleshooting Information’ section
If you’re unable to locate your printer in the control panel, you can conduct a more thorough search using the Command Prompt. Here’s how to do it:
Using Command Prompt to Locate Your Printer’s IP Address
- Type ‘cmd’ into your search bar, next to the Start menu icon
- Type ‘ipconfig’ in the command line and press Enter
- Find your IPv4 address
- In the Command Prompt, type “ping” followed by a space and your IPv4 address on a new command line, and hit Enter
- Once the results load, type “arp -a” and hit Enter. This will load all dynamic and static connections that use the IPv4 address
- Open your chosen web browser
- Copy & paste the dynamic IP address from your arp command (if many addresses show up, paste each address on a separate tab)
- If the IP address opens a printer setup page, that is likely to be your printer’s IP address. The webpage will typically feature the manufacturer’s logo and display pertinent information about the printer, such as its status and ink levels
How To Find Your Printer’s IP Address On A Mac
Locating your printer’s IP address on a Mac desktop or laptop is simple and can be done through two methods. The first approach is to find it within System Preferences. Alternatively, you can use the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS), which is an open-source printing system designed for UNIX and Apple devices, to find it online.
How To Find Your Printer’s IP Address In ‘System Preferences’
- To access System Preferences, you can either click on the icon in your dock or select the Apple logo located in the top-left corner of your screen and choose System Preferences.
- Click on ‘Printers and Scanners’
- Select a printer from the list on the left-hand side of the Print & Scan menu. If you have multiple printers on your network, they will be displayed on the right-hand side of the menu.
- You’ll find your printer’s IP address will be under ‘Location’
How To Find Your Printer’s IP Address Using The CUPS Webpage
- Open your ‘Applications’ folder
- From there, open ‘Utilities’
- After that, open ‘Terminal’
- Type ‘cupsctl WebInterface=yes’ and press Enter on your keyboard. The CUPS web interface will be enabled.
- Open up Safari
- Type in localhost:631/printers into your address bar
- You’ll find your printer’s IP address in the ‘Location’ column
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