If you’re setting up a printer on a network and use TCP/IP Port printing, you’ll need to find out what the IP address is to the device. Many printers don’t even have a screen so that you can view this information, so it can be confusing to obtain the information you need.
If your printer has a built-in screen that features menu navigation, you may be able to navigate to a network settings menu to find the IP address. Most of the time, it’s much easier to print out a configuration page. Many top brand printers like HP and Canon allow you to quickly print a configuration page that features comprehensive information about the printer. You can usually print a configuration page by pressing and holding a button (usually the “Go” or “Power” button) on the printer for about 5 to 10 seconds. Some printers have the option to print a configuration page available in the system menus. For example, the HP LaserJet 3550 model has the option available under Menus > Information > Print Configuration. Every printer is different, so you may need to obtain the users guide to your particular printer to find out how to print a configuration page.
Once you have the configuration page, it will provide you with the IP address to the printer. If you wish to change the IP address, you can usually access the printer settings via a web browser from a computer on the network. This web-based interface usually allows you to set a static IP address so that it stays consistent. You’ll definitely want to set a static IP when using TCP/IP Port printing, otherwise the IP address may change randomly and you’ll no longer be able to print.
By using either of these methods described, obtaining the IP address to any printer should be a breeze for anybody.