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How to Find the Printer's IP Address Through the Command Line

If you have a large office for your business, you may have multiple printers and other machines connected to your network of computers. Each networked printer has its own IP address. This IP address helps you diagnose problems if a printer stops working correctly. Many printers allow you to see the IP address via a menu on the LCD display. If your printer doesn't have this capability, you can also find the IP address from the command line of any computer connected to the network.

ARP Table Lookup

Click the Start button, then type "cmd" (without quotes) in the search box. Press "Enter."
Type "ipconfig" and press "Enter" to see your IP address and other information about your network. Your computer's IP address is listed next to "IPv4."
Type "ping" followed by your IP address, then press "Enter."
Type "arp -a" and press "Enter" to see a list of all devices connected to the network and the IP address for each.

Network Route Lookup

Click the Start button and type "cmd" in the search box, then press "Enter."
Type "netstat -r" at the command prompt.
Press "Enter" to view the IP address of printers and other devices connected to the network.


  • If your printer cannot properly communicate with other devices on the network, the network route method may not work.
  • You can also find the printer's IP address by clicking the Start button and selecting "Control Panel" and "View Devices and Printers." Right-click on your printer, then click "Properties." Click on the "Ports" tab. Look for the IP address in the first column.

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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
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