LaserWriter 8.5.1: Configuring For IP Printing (LPR)

This article explains how to configure Apple printers using LaserWriter driver 8.5.1 or higher to print using LPR.

Note: Not all Apple printers support LPR printing.
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You may use the Desktop Printer Utility to setup your Mac OS-based computer for LPR printing. The implementation of LPR printing by the LaserWriter 8 driver is compliant with RFC 1179 and should work with any RFC 1179-compliant device.

IP printing in LaserWriter 8.5.1 is not available on Mac OS 8.0, but is available on Mac OS 8.1. IP printing is also available when the LaserWriter 8.5.1 printing software is installed on computers running Mac OS 7.5 through Mac OS 7.6.1.

Before you can set up a printer for LPR printing, you need to assign an IP address to the printer. Consult the documentation for your printer on how to assign an IP address. The following Apple LaserWriter printers work with LPR printing:
  • LaserWriter 8500
  • LaserWriter 16/600 PS
  • LaserWriter 12/640 PS
  • Color LaserWriter 12/600 PS
  • Color LaserWriter 12/660 PS

How to Configure IP printing


    1. Launch the Desktop Printer Utility.
    2. Select "Printer (LPR)" and click OK.
    3. In the "PostScript Printer Description (PPD) File" section, click on "Change..." and select the PPD for your printer.
    4. In the "LPR" section, click on "Change..." to bring up the Internet Printer window.
    5. Enter the printer's IP address or domain name for "Printer Address".
    6. Enter the queue name, if used. Otherwise, leave it blank.
    7. Click on "Verify" to verify that the printer was found.
    8. Click OK.
    9. Go to the File menu and select "Save".
    10. Enter a name and location for the desktop printer icon and click OK. The default name is the printer's IP address, and the default location is on the desktop.
    11. Quit.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2012