OS X Mavericks: IP printer settings

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IP printer settings

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.

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

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

Option Description


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


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 print servers may use this protocol.

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


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.


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


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


If this pop-up menu doesn’t display the appropriate software for the printer, choose Select Printer Software, 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.

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015