Network Printer - Mac Setup

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Apples new version of OSX (10.6 - Snow Leopard) lacks native support for many existing printers. Use the following method for connecting your Mac to a department's network printer where the IP address is known.


Setup Instructions

Collect Information

Collect information about the printer you are trying to configure. You will need to know the following...

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • IP Address


Check for Support

Check to see if your printer is supported by looking at the following webpage. Mac OS X v10.6: Printer and scanner software


Download Printer Driver

Next, download the appropriate printer driver from the printer manufacturer's website.

Configure Printer

Configure the printer on your computer.

  1. Click on the Apple in the top-left-corner.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on Print & Scan
  4. Click on the plus sign found at the bottom of the printer list to add a printer.
  1. Select the protocol from the Protocol drop-down list.
  2. Enter the printer's IP adress in the address field.
  3. Leave the Queue field blank.
  4. Enter a name for the printer in the Name field that you will recognize.
  5. Location field is optional.
  6. The driver for the printer is selected in the Print Using field. Leave it at its default selection.
  7. Click Add.

Test Printer

Test the printer to ensure that it is working.

  1. Send a test document to the printer.
  2. If the document prints successfully, setup is complete.
  3. If document does not print or the printer prints computer code instead, try a different printer driver.
  4. Change the printer driver by selecting the printer from the list in Print & Scan.
  5. Click on Options & Supplies.
  6. Click the Driver tab.
  7. Select a new driver from the Print Using drop-down list.
  8. Test the printer again.
  9. Repeat until the correct driver is selected or none of the drivers work.