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I'm trying to install a scanner by IP the same way you would install a printer by IP. I don't want to install the horrible HP Solution Center software but I don't know how to install a network scanner without the software.

I'm having a hard time googling this because when I search for things like "install network scanner" or "install scanner by IP" all the results are for things like Angry IP Scanner which is clearly different than what I'm trying to get.

Thanks in advance.

This is for Windows Vista, but Windows 7 instructions will do.

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Printers work because there are standard ways of talking to a printer by IP, but there isn't a (common, Windows supported) standard for talking to a scanner by IP. You either need software which will do it installed on every computer, or you need a device which supports scanning to email, or scanning to a fileshare.

Does your device have something like this? http://h71028.www7.hp.com/hho/us/en/ep/articles/scan-to-email-network-folders.html#4

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What about paint -> scan from device? Seems to be a standard interface to a scanner - but it doesn't work automatically from a network device. –  mtyson Feb 23 '12 at 0:06
As I said, no standard way of talking to a scanner by IP. There is TWAIN, and likely something new for USB scanners for scanners directly connected to one PC. –  TessellatingHeckler Mar 17 '12 at 3:38

Install just the scanner drivers (if the producer provides them outside the full solution) and then use irfan. Works like a charm.


File menu->Select TWAIN source->your scanner (if the scan drivers were correctly installed it should show here)

Then File menu->Acquire/Batch scanning

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Wrong kind of scanner. Not a image scanner, he's looking for a Network scanner. –  slm Apr 18 '13 at 16:53
@slm The OP is looking for a document/image scanner. –  Kruug Apr 18 '13 at 17:26
My mistake, the question is a little hard to see that he's asking for that. –  slm Apr 18 '13 at 17:30
I'm talking about network multifunction printers and their use as network scanners. I'm talking about let's say a HP LaserJet M2727 Multifunction Printer that is connected to the network via ethernet cable and everybody in the office network can use it to scan documents from their laptops or desktop pc's. That's the solution we use at work to avoid installing the full Hp package –  Catalin Simion Apr 18 '13 at 18:32
PS. The OP is probably on windows 8 by now and owns a brand new network scanner ... =)) –  Catalin Simion Apr 18 '13 at 18:37

The majority of scanners aren't usable over the network unless they're specifically made for it, and in that case they have instructions on how to do so.

Even multifunction printer/scanner combos I've seen allow perhaps network printing, but not network scanning.

You'd first have to verify that your printer would support such a configuration. My bet is that it doesn't.

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This one allows network scanning with the HP Solution Center but I'm not sure how to set it up with out that. The problem is that the HP Solution Center pops up alerts on every single user's computer using that software, meaning all of the end users in that office get these annoying alerts. The alerts can't be disabled either...I will never again purchase anything made by HP. –  Anonymous Oct 22 '10 at 18:37
what model scanner is it? –  Bart Silverstrim Oct 22 '10 at 18:46

I'm assuming you're talking about a multifunction printer (MFP) that has print and scan capability. If that's the case then the network scanner function of the software package is just a driver and interface for the functionallity that exists in the MFP that allows you to configure it and use it from a computer. That being said, you ought to be able to configure the scan to network settings from the control panel of the MFP itself.

You can then install just the printer driver on the computer to facilitate printing from the computer.

What I'm saying may sound confusing (it does to me a little bit) but basically what I'm saying is this:

I can walk up to the MFP and configure it from the control panel to scan to the network without ever having to install the software on my computer. I can then scan documents directly from the scanner to the network. That won't allow me to do anything from my computer but I can at the very least install only the driver on my computer and have printing functionallity.

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If the scanner supports networked TWAIN, then a networked TWAIN driver/software (versus USB) may work. Typically it is bundled by the manufacturer for their specific product, but it should be interchangeable.

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If the scanner is on your network try hitting it via a web browser. My scanner presents a web page that lets you start a scan and use the browser's "Save Image As" to download the scanned image.

To see what IP address it has been given, check the WiFi status page of your router.

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If it is an HP N6350 you can modify the installers to only install the driver and required applications to make it work. It may work for other HP network scanners as well but I know the list of apps and the order in which they must be install for the N6350 to work.

I have found that a user without elevated admin privileges in Windows 7 cannot install either so you need admin rights to install it.

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