To install a printer using its IP address, the printer must have an Ethernet port or a wireless network card pre-installed. The main advantage of installing a printer using its network address is that there is no need to share a printer on the server. All the computers are directly attached to the printer. All the versions of windows OS like windows-7, windows 8 and win-10 support adding a printer using TCP/IP address. Before you start to installation, you must need to know the IP address of the printer. The best way to know that is to take a test page from the printer. It shows all the details of the printer including its current IP address. The IP address is assigned to the printer depending on the IP assignment type (dynamic or static).
To start, Open Control panel>Devices and Printers. Now select Add printer and select the option “the printer that I want is not listed”
Now from the number of options listed in the next window, you have to select “Add a printer using TCP/IP address or Hostname”.
Select the following configuration
Device type: TCP/IP device
Hostname or IP address: IP address of the printer
Port Name: It will be automatically filled with the required information on filling the IP address in the above field
Also select the option: “Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use”.
Select Next and the that’s it the printer will be installed.
Now, you can also check the port on which the printer is installed. Again move to control panel and then open devices and printers. Now open the printer properties by right clicking on it. Open the ports tab. Now here you can see that there are various ports like LPT, COM, File to Print, etc. but your printer is installed on TCP/IP port successfully.