How to Add a Printer Using an IP Address

By Steven Symes

Add a networked printer to your comptuer using the printer's IP address.
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The IP address gives a printer a unique identity, allowing you to correctly connect to the printer on a network. IP addresses help to expedite the installation of a printer when numerous printers are present on a network, making it a burdensome task to browse through a list of the printers on the network in order to choose the one you wish to add to your computer. Depending on the model printer, you can obtain a printer's IP address either on the printer's display screen or by printing a configuration page using the printer's control panel.

Windows XP

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button and select "All Programs." Select "Printers and Faxes" from the list, then click on "Add a Printer."

Step 2

Click on the "Next" button when the new window opens. Select whether the printer is on the network or is directly attached to the computer, then click on "Next."

Step 3

Click on "Create New Port" to indicate you are using a network printer. Select "TCP/IP Port" from the drop-down menu, then click "Next."

Step 4

Type in the printer's IP address in the available field, leave the "Port Name" field blank, and click on "Next." Click on the "Finish" button to confirm the information you entered.

Step 5

Click on the printer's manufacturer and the model printer you are installing and click "Next." Type a name for the printer in the "Printer Name" field and click "Next."

Step 6

Select the radio button next to "Yes" and the "Next" button to print a test page and confirm you have installed the printer correctly.

Mac OS X 10.5

Step 1

Click on the "File" button, then select "Print." Select "Add a Printer" from the menu that appears.

Step 2

Click on "IP" in the new window. Select the type of protocol your printer will be using.

Step 3

Enter the printer's IP address in the blank "Address" field. Type in a name and location for the printer you are installing, in the blank fields.

Step 4

Confirm that the same make and model printer you are using shows up in the "Print Using" window, then click "Add." If another printer model shows up, select your printer from the list in the window.