This post will show you how to add printer by IP address in Windows 11. Printers are an essential component of modern workspaces that often come equipped with network capabilities. Users can use the IP address of these devices to establish a direct connection. Doing so will bypass the methods that need driver installations or complex setup procedures. Keep reading this post to learn how.
Why Add Printer Using an IP Address?
Adding a printer by its IP address establishes a direct connection and offer flexibility in network configurations. Nevertheless, there are several other benefits it can provide like:
- No need to install drivers manually as Windows will automatically detect and install the required drivers for the printer based on its IP address.
- Connecting a printer via IP address is useful when the printer isn’t discoverable through traditional methods. It mainly occurs when dealing with printers from various manufacturers with different network configurations.
- Users have more control over the connection settings, which offers a more customized connection.
- Makes troubleshooting easy as users can verify the IP configuration and check for connectivity issues.
How to Add Printer by IP Address in Windows 11?
Follow these steps to learn how to add printer by their IP address:
Click on Start and select Settings, or press the Windows + I shortcut.
Navigate to Bluetooth & devices and select Printers & scanners.
Here, click on Add device beside Add a printer or scanner.
Now a message saying “The printer that I want isn’t listed” will appear; click on Add manually beside it.
The Add printer tab will now open; select Add a printer using an IP address or hostname and click on Next.
Select TCP/IP Device under Device Type and type your IP Address and Portname below.
Click on Next and Windows 11 will now find and connect your printer.
And Voila! You’ve now know how to add printer by IP address in Windows 11.
How do I connect to a printer by IP address in Windows 11?
To connect a printer using an IP address, open Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners. Here, click Add device beside Add a printer or scanner and select Add manually. In the tab that opens, select Add a printer using an IP address or hostname and choose TCP/IP Device under Device Type, type your IP Address and Portname below and click Next.
Where is the printer path in Windows 11?
To access the printer path in Windows 11, open Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners. Here, select Devices and Printers and click on Manage beside your printer.