Windows 7 & 8: Install Printer Via IP Address

Install a printer in Microsoft Windows 7 & 8 using an IP address.

  1. Select “Start” and type “print” in the search box. Choose “Devices and Printers“.
  2. Select “Add a printer“.
  3. Select “Add a Network, Wireless, or a Bluetooth Printer“.
  4. The printer may appear in the box. If so, select it. If not choose “The Printer That I Want Isn’t Listed“.
  5. Select “Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname“. Select “Next“.
  6. Select “TCP/IP Device” in the “Device type” list.
    Windows 7 - Adding printer by IP address
  7. Type the hostname or the IP address of the printer. Select “Next“.
  8. Windows should find the printer if the printer is on and configured correctly. You may have to specify more information. If prompted, Select the type of network adapter installed in the printer in the “Device Type” drop-down list. You can also click “Custom” to specify custom settings for the network printer. Select “Next“.

Windows will now walk you through installing the drivers for the printer. After that is complete, you should be able to print to the printer via direct IP address.


  1. N K chy says

    I have network with 3 computer 1 router and 1 printer. Printer connected to a computer. I want to instal printer with a ip. But i dont understand which ip address i use. A new ip address or the ip address of the computer which connected to the printer?

    Please advice me.
    Thank you.

  2. Sue G. says

    Well, that certainly did something…It added it AND changed my default to it. (for my printer)
    Now, it remains to be seen if it truly connected my printer wirelessly to the internet.

    BTW, I found your instructions very precise and easy to follow…not usually the case for me following computer/technical jargon. Well done!

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