Macintosh IP Printing Setup for 10.4.x Tiger

Printing services were greatly enhanced in OS X 10.4. This FAQ contains information not pertinent to previous versions of OS X, namely 10.0.x through 10.3.x. You should be running Mac OS X 10.4.x to use this FAQ. To check what version of OS X you are running, click on the Apple menu in the top left corner, and select About This Mac. Under the Mac OS X logo will be the version of Mac OS X that you are running. See Figures 1 and 2.

 Figure 1                 Figure 2


  1. Once you have confirmed that you are running OS X 10.4, the first step is to open the System Preferences by clicking the Apple Menu and selecting System Preferences... Once the System Preferences application is open, you will then select the Print & Fax icon. See Figures 3 and 4.

     Figure 3       Figure 4

  2. After that, you will be presented with the main Print & Fax window. From here you can set up and manage your printers and print jobs. See Figure 5.

     Figure 5

  3. The first step is to add a printer. Before you can add a printer you must know the name and IP address of the printer. This can usually be found on the printer itself; if not, you will have to ask your local network administrator for more information. Once you have the name and IP address of the printer, click the Add button. See Figure 6.

     Figure 6

  4. At the pop-up menu at the top, make sure IP Printing is selected. Here you can enter the IP address of the printer. The printer may or may not have a unique queue name. Again, see your local network administrator for details. See Figure 7.

     Figure 7

  5. In the Print Using pop-up, select the manufacturer of the printer you will be printing to. A large number of printer drives come installed with Mac OS X. After the manufacturer is selected, you can select the printer model. See Figure 8.

     Figure 8

  6. After you have selected the model of the printer, click Add. This will enter in the name of the printer into the Print Browser window, with the name of the printer equaling the IP address you entered for the window. See Figure 9.

     Figure 9

  7. When you return to the main Print & Fax window select the printer you just added and click the Printer Setup button. This will open a window with options for the printer you may need to change depending on the printer. See Figure 10.

     Figure 10

  8. In the Printer Info menu, the first thing we will do is change the name of the printer. Highlight the name (it should still be the IP address) and change it to what would make it more recognizable (eg. Undergrad Office HP 8100, etc.). Note that since you cannot change the IP address in this menu, there is no fear of erasing the IP address information. Please note that whenever you make a change, click Apply Changes before proceeding, to ensure that your changes are saved. See Figure 11.

     Figure 11

  9. The last options we will set will be Installable Options. Navigate to that menu in the pop-up at the top of the Printer Info window. See Figure 12.

     Figure 12

  10. Once there, you can select options based on what printer you have. The options listed will differ between printer models. If your printer does not have access to a certain option it will probably not be listed. Be sure to always click Apply Changes before closing the window.
  11. You will have to repeat this operation for each printer you wish to use. Also, if you make a mistake in entering in the name, address, or manufacturer/model of the printer, you will have to add a new printer; you will not be able to edit the current one.


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