How to Find a Printer on a Network

How to Find a Printer on a Network

To share data and get more work done in a short time, set up a network printer. Since most of the latest printers have networking built-in, the sharing process becomes easy. Connecting a printer directly to the network is simple.

If the printer has an LCD screen, find the Network Settings within Settings or Wireless Network. Simultaneously, keep the router turned on. Search for available local wireless networks nearby and then pick your network. Enter the network’s password and hit Connect. If the wireless network name is not enlisted, you can also manually enter the network name.

When a networked printer suddenly stops working, the IP address of the printer is required for further diagnosis. Here is how you find the static IP address of a networked printer.

  • Step 1: Any networked printer with an in-built Ethernet port has a Menu button which displays the IP address assigned to it.
  • Step 2: Or print a test page or configuration page from your printer.
  • Step 3: If there’s no chance of learning the IP address from the menu display or if the printer is connected to a server with no display, find it from a computer to which the printer is configured. 
  • Step 4: Proceed as given below:
  1. Go to Start Printers & Faxes or Start Control Panel Printers and Faxes
  2. Right-click the printer name and select Properties.
  3. Within the Ports tab, you’ll find the IP address of the printers.
  4. If the printer uses DHCP, connect it to your router.
  5. Log in to the router account and view the IP address from DHCP status page.
  6. The router shows the list of host machines that come with dynamic IP addresses.
  • Step 5: Try pinging your network from a computer connected to the network. 
  • Step 6: View the arp table.
  • Step 7: On your Windows computer, go to Start Run and type cmd. Hit Enter.
  • Step 8: Input ipconfig to find the network address.
  • Step 9: Perform a logical AND operation on your IP address and the subnet mask.
  • Step 10: Ping your network using a broadcast address.
  • Step 11: Type arp-a to see all the devices connected to the network.
  • Step 12: Enter netstat-r command to find the IP address of all network routes.