How to Find an IP Address of a Printer on a Network

By PatrickB

Every piece of hardware on a network has an Internet Protocol (IP) address--a number that identifies that specific hardware. Knowing the IP address is useful because it can be used to directly access the printer.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to a computer on the desired network.

Navigate to the Control Panel

Step 1

Using a Windows machine, click on the Start menu button.

Step 2

Navigate to the Control Panel icon and left click on it. If you can't find the Control Panel icon open a Windows Explorer window, which should be in the Accessories drop-down menu, under the Programs menu. Type "Control Panel" in the address bar without the quotation marks. It will take you to the Control Panel. The Settings menu also provides a link to the Printer/Faxes icon.

Step 3

Navigate to the Printers/Faxes icon. (They may be separate icons.) Left click on it. If you cannot find the Printer icon, it may be in a menu labeled Hardware.

Step 4

Right click on the printer you want. Left click on Properties in the drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click on the Configure Ports button, which will be under the Ports tab. The name and IP address should be listed at the top of the menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • These steps show how to find the IP address of a printer on the XP operating system connected to a network. These steps are very similar for other operating systems. The names of the menus and the submenus may be different on other systems, but they should be very similar.