Network Printer - Mac Setup
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.
Collect information about the printer you are trying to configure. You will need to know the following...
- 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 the printer on your computer.
- Click on the Apple in the top-left-corner.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click on Print & Scan
- Click on the plus sign found at the bottom of the printer list to add a printer.
- Select the protocol from the Protocol drop-down list.
- Enter the printer's IP adress in the address field.
- Leave the Queue field blank.
- Enter a name for the printer in the Name field that you will recognize.
- Location field is optional.
- The driver for the printer is selected in the Print Using field. Leave it at its default selection.
- Click Add.
Test the printer to ensure that it is working.
- Send a test document to the printer.
- If the document prints successfully, setup is complete.
- If document does not print or the printer prints computer code instead, try a different printer driver.
- Change the printer driver by selecting the printer from the list in Print & Scan.
- Click on Options & Supplies.
- Click the Driver tab.
- Select a new driver from the Print Using drop-down list.
- Test the printer again.
- Repeat until the correct driver is selected or none of the drivers work.