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OS X Mountain Lion: Set up an IP printer

Set up an IP printer

If a network printer you want to use isn’t in the list of available printers, you can add it as an IP printer. The printer must support one of these printing protocols: HP Jetdirect (Socket), Line Printer Daemon (LPD), or Internet Printing Protocol (IPP).

You must know the network printer’s IP address or host name, printing protocol, and model number or printer software name. If it uses a special queue, you also need to know the queue name. See the person who manages the printer or server for assistance.

Before you begin, choose Apple menu > Software Update to make sure OS X has the latest information about printer software it can download from Apple. Check that the printer is connected to your network and ready to print.

To add an IP printer, open a document to print and choose File > Print. Choose Add Printer from the Printer pop-up menu, click IP Printer, and enter the printer information, using the following table as a guide.

Option Description

Protocol

Choose a printing protocol your printer supports from this pop-up menu.

HP Jetdirect – Socket: HP and many other printer manufacturers use this protocol.

Line Printer Daemon - LPD: Older printers and printer servers may use this protocol.

Internet Printing Protocol - IPP: Modern printers and printer servers use this protocol.

Address

Enter the printer’s IP address (a number that looks like 192.168.20.11) or host name (for example, printer.example.com).

Queue

If your printer requires it, enter the queue name for your printer. If you don’t know the queue name, try leaving it blank or see your network administrator.

Name

Enter a descriptive name for the printer (for example, “Color Laser Printer”), so you can identify it in the Printer pop-up menu.

Location

Enter the printer’s location (for example, “outside my office”), so you can identify it in the Printer pop-up menu.

Use

If this pop-up menu doesn’t display the printer software appropriate for the printer, choose Select Printer Software, and then select your printer in the Printer Software list.

If that list doesn’t include your printer, try downloading and installing the printer software (also called a printer driver) from the printer manufacturer. You can also try choosing generic printer software from the pop-up menu.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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