Windows – Setting up an IP (Network) Printer

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I shot the video below for a client last week (sometimes it’s easier to show someone rather than tell them, and videos are great for this).

So next time I’m asked it’s all screen-shot and recorded.


1. If you don’t have a CD/DVD that came with the printer, then get onto the manufacturers website and download the correct drivers for your printer, you will need to know if you require 32 or 64 bit drivers.

How to Tell if Windows is 32 or 64 bit

Windows 7 Printer Drivers

2. Start > Devices and Printers.

Devices and Printers

3. Add Printer.

Add a Printer

4. Choose “Add a local printer“. I only ever choose the network printer option if I’m connecting to a printer by name in the win7printer name format, or I’m going to browse Active Directory for a printer.

Add a local printer

5. Select a new port > Set the type of port to “Standard TCP/IP Port” > Next.

Standard TCP/IP Port

6. Enter the IP address of the printer. Either you have set this up manually, or you have got it from a configuration page that you printed off the printer > Next.

Printer IP Address

7. Have Disk.

Have Disk

8. Navigate to your drivers.

Navigate to Printer Drivers

9. Some drivers are for multiple printer types, select yours. Note: It’s not unusual for multiple manufacturers models to be listed here > Next.

Install the printer driver

10. Give the printer a name > Next.

Printer Name

11. Choose whether you want to share the printer or not > Next.

Windows 7 Printer Sharing

12. Print a test page.

Print Test Page

13. There’s your new printer setup and ready (the green tick denotes it’s the default printer).

Note: The Default Printer, is where your print jobs are sent if you have multiple printers installed, and you simply hit the print button in an application.

Printer Setup

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