The Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology is using Windows to administrate all printers and servers. Since I am a Mac user, I need to adapt to this environment. The following instructions will hopefully help you installing and using printers in this environment. We will be using Window’s SMB protocol to connect to a printer server that collects all print jobs in a queue before sending it to the actual printer.
Open System Preferences
You need to install the system preferences and click on the “Print & Fax” Icon
Add new printer
You need to click on the “+” icon to add a new printer
Add Advanced tab
You need to make a right click on the icon bar (alternatively use ctrl+click) and select “Customize Toolbar”
Add “Advanced” Icon to toolbar
Drage and drop the icon “Advanced” onto the toolbar
Add printer information
You need to select “Windows” int the “Type” menu and enter the url of the printer. The url is using the following components smb://tue/login:firstname.lastname@example.org/workcentre:
- “smb://” – this defines the protocol of communication
- “tue/” – this defines the windows domain
- “login:password” – use your normal windows login account name and password. This is the same as for your webmail
- “@idprint.campus.tue.nl/” – this is the address of the print server
- “idworkcentre” – this is the name of the printer. The printer names are on a labels that are glued to each printer. For this tutorial, we are using the “idworkcentre” printer as an example.
Select printer driver
You need to select a printer driver.
Search for the printer driver
You can narrow down the list of printer drivers by writing parts of its name into the search field.
Select printer options
The printer might have options installed. Select the appropiate options.
Your printer is now ready for action.