FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

How do I disable the APIPA protocol?

The Brother print server supports the Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) protocol. With APIPA, DHCP clients automatically configure an IP address and subnet mask when a DHCP server is not available. The device chooses it's own IP address in the range through to The subnet mask is automatically set to and the gateway address is set to

By default, the APIPA protocol is enabled. If you want to disable the APIPA protocol, you can do so by using the BRAdmin Light utility.
If the APIPA protocol is disabled, the default IP address of a Brother print server is However, you can easily change this IP address number to match with the IP address details of your network.


Follow the steps below to disable APIPA using the BRAdmin Light utility:

  1. Start the BRAdmin Light utility.

    (Windows 2000/XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003/2008 ,Windows 7 and Windows 10)
    Click Start => (All Programs* or All apps =>) Brother => BRAdmin Light => BRAdmin Light.
    * Programs for Windows 2000 users

    (Windows 8)
    1. On the Start screen, click DownArrow.
      If DownArrow is not on the Start screen, right-click somewhere on an empty spot, and then click, All Apps from the bar.
    2. Click BRAdmin Light
  2. Choose the print server which you want to change the settings.
  3. Choose Network Configuration or Configure network setting of selected device from the Control menu.
  4. Enter a password. The default password is "access".
  5. Open the Network tab and check off 'APIPA' in the Boot Method option.

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Related Models

HL-5350DN, HL-5370DW

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