A printer, like any device that connects to the internet, has an IP address. This article looks at what IP addresses are, why printers use them and how you can find the IP address of your printer.
An IP address is a unique string of characters and is used to identify each device that communicates across a network using the Internet Protocol. Printers rely on IP addresses as a way of receiving print job information from computers and other devices.
Your printer’s IP address is the 12-digit ID number and is used to connect the printer to the internet or to another device. If your printer has a problem, knowing your printer’s IP address can help you fix it faster.
An IP address works in a similar way to a postal address; the computer sends information (the print job) to the printer at its IP address. If the printer’s IP address is incorrectly configured, the print job won’t arrive, just like an envelope with the wrong address won’t reach its intended recipient.
There’s more than one way to find the address of a printer, and this can vary by the printer manufacturer and your computer’s operating system.
If you’re using a Windows 10 computer or laptop, you can follow the simple steps below to find your printer’s IP address:
You will see either three or five tabs depending on how your printer connects to your network printer; if it uses WSD (Web Services for Devices), it will be three tabs, if it connects via a TCP/IP port, it will be five.
For Macs, the process is slightly different to Windows 10. You can find a printer’s IP on a Mac through these steps:
HP (Hewlett Packard) lets you check your printer’s IP address without going through your computer’s settings area, by using these easy-to-follow steps:
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