To use a campus network printer, you need to install the driver intended for that printer on your computer. Mac OS X can take advantage of Rensselaer's printers.win.rpi.edu server, however it will require some manual configuration.
Note: This document applies to the following versions of Mac OS X:
- OS X 10.7 Lion
- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Open your web browser and enter the URL http://localhost:631. If an error says the web interface is disabled, complete the steps at the bottom of this page* before continuing.
- Click Adding Printers and Classes.
- Click Add Printer and then enter your OS X username and password. Do not use your RCS userID here.
- Select Windows Printer via spools.
- Enter the name of the desired printer; for example, smb://printers.win.rpi.edu/vcpalw.
- Click Add Printer
- Name: Printer Name
- Description: Printer Name (What you enter here is how the printer listing will show up in the Printer Pane)
- Location: Enter the printer's physical location; for example, VCC Lobby.
- Click Continue.
- Select a printer driver. (Typically, you can select Apple LaserWriter 12/600 PS for standard black-and-white printing.)
- Click Add Printer. The system may prompt you to enter your RCS userID and password to authenticate.
- Select whatever options the printer might have, then click Set Default Options. The system may prompt you a second time to enter your RCS userID and password for authentication purposes.
- At this point, the printer should be added and appear within the Printer Pane listing.
Note: If you get the following error: "The web interface is currently disabled. Run cupsctl WebInterface=yes", complete these steps and then continue with the directions above:
- Open up Terminal
- Type the following: "sudo cupsctl WebInterface=yes"
- You will be prompted to enter the "sudo" password, this is the password you use to get into your computer.
- Refresh the page; CUPS will now be enabled and you can continue on the steps below to add a printer.