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Does a printer connected to a computer through a virtual USB port have an IP address? If so, how can I find it? If not, how can I create one? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Essentially, I am just trying to find the IP address for a printer that I want to connect to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. From what I understand, I need the IP address in order to do this. If someone knows another way to connect a printer to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 that does not involve the use of an IP address, then that would solve my problem also.

    Currently, the printer (which is an HP LaserJet P1102w) is connected to 2 different computers running Windows 10 through a virtual USB port (called USB005). I have tried to find the IP address for the HP printer by viewing the Printers and Devices connected to one of these computers, looking at the properties of the printer, and clicking on the ports tab in the properties window. It does not list the IP address for this printer on the general list of ports. So then I tried selecting the printer and clicking "Configure Port". However, when I click "Configure Port", I get the error message "An error occurred during port configuration. This operation is not supported."

    I have also tried printing a test page, which also does not contain an IP address.

    I have also tried using the command function (typing cmd after clicking the start button) to retrieve the IP address. Following some instructions I found online, I did manage to retrieve some data. However, I am not a tech person and have no idea how to read this data, especially considering that the computer I am trying to retrieve the data through has 4 printers connected to it and I only need the IP address for one of these printers.

    One theory I have is that the printer does not have an IP address since it is connected through a virtual USB port. If this is the case, how do I assign an IP address?

    Otherwise, if anyone knows how to find the IP address for this printer in this situation, please help me.

    Alternatively, as I mentioned before, if anyone knows another way to connect a printer to an Android device that does not involve the use of an IP address, that would also be super helpful.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016 11:08 PM

Answers

  • if it's connected via USB, it does not have it's own IP address.  It should be accessible via IP through Windows if you've shared the printer.

    for the printer to have it's own IP, it will need to be connected directly to your network either via WiFi or a LAN cable, depending on what your printer supports. 

    You should probably contact the support for your printer, as that who would be able to help you.  

    see: http://support.hp.com/us-en

    And look up how to set up your printer for wifi.

    • Marked as answer by C.herms Thursday, October 6, 2016 10:29 PM
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:51 PM

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  • if it's connected via USB, it does not have it's own IP address.  It should be accessible via IP through Windows if you've shared the printer.

    for the printer to have it's own IP, it will need to be connected directly to your network either via WiFi or a LAN cable, depending on what your printer supports. 

    You should probably contact the support for your printer, as that who would be able to help you.  

    see: http://support.hp.com/us-en

    And look up how to set up your printer for wifi.

    • Marked as answer by C.herms Thursday, October 6, 2016 10:29 PM
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:51 PM
  • Thanks for the help! I will contact the support team you referenced.
    Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:58 PM
  • I found this to be a particularly helpful page on that site: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-laserjet-pro-p1102-printer-series/4110394/document/c04090221

    It gives a lot of information about how to connect a device using HP Wireless Direct rather than using an IP address. I also discovered that the printer I wanted to connect to doesn't support HP Wireless Direct, but we have a better printer in our building that I could use to print from the tablet with WiFi Direct. I have new problems regarding connecting that printer to WiFi, but the problems there are substantially less.

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 10:29 PM