Connect to a Network Printer

Before you connect to a network printer, you must know the network name of the printer. Generally, the name of the server which shares that printer, plus the printer name, (e.g., \\\cassini_bw), or the printer’s IP address. We maintain two print servers

  • labprinters
  • engr-printing

For computer lab and other public printers: Look on the printer itself for the printer’s network name. You may wish to refer to the list of lab and public printers. Please note, those printers are on the print quota system, so you must have available print quota to print to them.


  1. Click the Windows button.
  2. Type two backslashes ( \\ ), followed by the name of the server which shares that printer, and press Enter.
    • For computer labs, that server name is \\
    • If you are asked to verify your credentials, use your engineering credentials. For your username, be sure to use\“yourengineeringusername”
  3. Find the printer you’re looking for on the list, and double-click it to add to your computer.
  4. After a few moments, you will be able to print to it. For lab printers you must have print quota in your account.

Mac OS X

For printers on the print quota system (All Engineering lab printers)

Your user account on the Mac must be the same as your Engineering account, or you will not be able to print. Please contact ETS if you need assistance changing your user account.

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Choose Print & Fax from the View menu.
  3. Click the + button to add a printer. This will bring up the Add dialog box.
  4. If you do not see the Advanced icon at this point, follow the instructions to Add Advanced Icon, below, then continue from here.
  5. In the Advanced window, set up the following settings:
    • Type: Windows printer via spoolss
    • Device: Another Device
    • URL: smb://”NameOfLabPrinterYouAreConnectingTo
      • Example: smb://
    • Name: Whatever you want to name it
    • Location: Leave blank
    • Use:  Generic PCL Printer
  6. Click the Add button.
  7. Select the options that apply. Note that “Duplex Printing Unit” is almost always available and should be checked. Click OK.
  8. You should now see the printer in your local printer list.
Add Advanced Icon

Follow these instructions if you need to add the Advanced icon to the Add dialog box of the Print & Fax menu (see above). These instructions assume you have followed steps 1-3, above.

  1. Right click on the top of the Add dialog box, next to the Windows icon.
  2. Choose “Customize Toolbar” from the dropdown list. This will slide down a sheet that includes all of the icons available for this dialog. One of these icons is the Advanced icon.
  3. Drag the Advanced icon into the toolbar, next to the Windows icon.
  4. Click “Done”.

For printers not on the print quota system (All non-labs printers)

  1. From System Preferences, go to Print & Scan.
  2. Unlock the lock, then click on the plus sign (+) to add a printer.
  3. Click on the IP tab. The protocol should be  HP Jet direct – Socket.
  4. In the Address field: enter the IP address of the printer. (If you do not know the printer’s IP address, you can often find it by printing out a Printer Information page from the printer itself. Otherwise, you can contact ETS for the IP address. Click Add.
  5. Give it a name and location (ex: My_Office, Engineering 100). The printer name should be the host name assigned by ETS. Leave Queue blank.
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