Solved How to change printer IP address

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September 9, 2016 at 09:30:19
Specs: Windows 10, AMD A8/4 Gb
I have two of the same printers connected to two different networks at two different locations but use the same laptop at each location. As such, the IP addresses of the printers are different. If the printer works at one location, it is listed as "offline" at the other. I constantly need to install the printer software when I go from one location to another in order to print.

Is it possible to give both printers the same IP address?

Thank you.
Brian W

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September 9, 2016 at 14:51:12
It is.

You'll need to consult the manual for the printer on which you want to change the IP.

NOTE: for this to work, both locations will need to be on the same subnet.

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September 9, 2016 at 18:24:54
Every network printer has a different name/MAC. If you run Add printers (Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners) it should show up. Give it a different name if needed.

If you want more control over devices, use the classic win 7 panel: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Devices and Printers

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September 9, 2016 at 19:51:40
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Exactly what curt and sluc is suggesting, you can assign the address manually through your router or modem. You probably need to isolate one printer on the network and have the computer and printer communicating directly. You can only have one primary printer. When you select your printers they should both say (Network) beside make and model. Which you already may know. You can see what the printers MAC address is through your router. I do not know how to change MAC addresses though. Static IP's are simpler since you assign each device manually and always have the same address. If you copy and paste the MAC address in the address bar you could configure your printer that way. The printer should have device settings and find network settings. (Not Printing Preferences) There you should be able to manually change one of them. The owners manual will help knowing the default settings.

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September 11, 2016 at 16:36:28
Curt R, sluc and Stiefler 182,

Thank you for your assistance.

Brian W

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