Printing: Networking a Printer

Connect the printer to a live network jack and print a Configuration Page from the printer's console following the instructions in the manual for your model printer. Find the printer's LAN hardware address (network address, ethernet address, MAC address) in order to register it on the network. (For an external print server, the LAN hardware address should be printed on a label on the bottom of the box.)

New DHCP System

  1. Register your printer with the Network Registration tool. 

  2. Make note of the DNS entry to set up your printer.

If you do not wish to use the assigned DNS, request a DNS:

  1. Search for the host within the Network Registration tool.

  2. Check the box next to the entry. Click Request DNS.

When you have received confirmation that the requested DNS for your printer has been approved, set up your printer.

Printing to a Network Printer

Windows 8

  1. Open the Start screen.

  2. Enter "control panel" and click to open the Control Panel.

  3. Click Devices and Printers. Click Add a printer.

  4. Click "The printer that I want isn't listed."

  5. Click "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname."

  6. Select TCP/IP Device from the Device type drop-down menu.

  7. Enter the hostname of the printer, for example, Click Next.

  8. Select the make and model of the printer. If the model is not listed, click Windows Update. If the make and model are not included in the update, download the printer's driver from the manufacturer's website.

  9. Click Next. Edit the printer name.

  10. Click Next. Click Finish.

Windows 7

  1. Obtain the domain name of the networked printer.

  2. Click Start, Devices, and Printers.

  3. Click Add a Printer at the top of the window.

  4. Click Add a printer.

  5. Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer. Click Next.

  6. In the Hostname or IP Address field, enter the printer's domain name. Leave the "Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use" box checked. Click Next. The appropriate printer driver will be installed. (If the driver is not installed, select the appropriate printer driver.) Click Next.
    Note: If you do not see your printer, click The printer I want isn't listed. 

  7. Click Add a printer using TCP/IP address of hostname. Click Next.

  8. In the Hostname or IP address field, enter printer's domain name, for example,

  9. (Optional) Enter a name for the printer.

  10. Click Next. 

  11. Click Print a test page. If the test page prints, click Finish. 


  1. Obtain the domain name, make and model of the networked printer.

  2. Go to System Preferences.

  3. Click Printers & Scanners.

  4. Click the Add button (+).

  5. From the top menu, select IP.

  6. In the Address field, enter the domain name of the printer. OS X will search for the printer.

  7. If located by OS X, the printer will appear in the Print Using drop-down menu. If the printer is not found, open the Print Using drop-down menu for a list of available printers. Select the printer and model you wish to install from the list.
    Note: If the printer model is not available in the list, install the printer's drivers on your Mac OS X volume from CD, or download the drivers from the vendor's website.

  8. Click Add. Select from the printer options if provided (or accept the defaults).

  9. Click Continue.

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  1. Anindya Ambuj
    Graduate Assistant
    12:15 am

    There does not seem to be a Linux option above. Thus this process should help any one in a Linux or Unix OS to be able to set up a Network Printer. Hope this helps.

    On unix(this includes Mac OS) or linux:

    1.Open Browser(any one: firefox, chrome, safari, iceweasel, etc.). 2.type in "localhost:631", without quotes in the address bar.

    This should bring up CUPS, there are more printing options for an advanced user from here. ^_^

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