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Instructions for printing from your own personal Mac

To connect and print, your computer must be connected to the Rice Owls Wireless or Wired Networks. If you are off-campus, start by logging in to VPN.

Also, you should install the printer drivers before configuring the printers.

HP PageWide XL 4500 This is an ftp link to the Mac OS driver installer on HP's website, the installer will go to your downloads folder. You will get a certificate expired notice when you install the drivers, tell your Mac that you trust it and proceed with the install. We have asked HP to update their certificate.

HP DesignJet 4000 Series Plotter Drivers

HP Printer Drivers

There are 2 methods for adding the Mudd printer queues to your Macintosh. The GUI method (below) and by way of using the lpadmin command in the Terminal window. 

The command line method is easier than it sounds--you just cut-and-paste the commands listed at the bottom of the page to add the desired printers. Even easier, just use the shell script linked at the bottom of this sections.

METHOD 1: Using the MacOS Graphical User Interface (GUI):

1. From the apple menu select Systems Preferences.

Systems Preferences

2. In System Preferences, select Print & Fax or Print & Scan.

Print and Fax

3. In the print and fax preference pane, select the "+" to add the printer.

Add Printer

4. At the pop up screen, right click or CTRL click the banner and select Customize Toolbar.

Customize Toolbar

5. You can can drag and place the advanced icon to the top banner of your window.

Advanced Icon

6. After the "advanced" option has been added, select the icon and fill in the appropriate settings as follows:

  1. Type : Windows / Windows printer via spoolss
  2. Device : Another device
  3. URL : smb://
  4. Name : Rename printer if necessary
  5. Location : Nothing needed in this field
  6. Print Using: Using selection menu at right end of this field, choose:
    1. Select Printer Software
    2. In query window, upper right corner, type the manufacturer name and model of the printer you are trying to setup. Choose the correct printer and hit OK. The correct driver will show up at the bottom of the window as illustrated on the screen-shot below.
    3. If the printer driver is unlisted, go to: and install

    Print Drivers

7. Next please visit the Printer and Plotter Locations & Rates page to find if the printer you are installing has duplex available. If so, then be sure to install the option to print dual sided.

Printer Locations

8. Your printer should be added now.

Printer Added

9. Next time you choose to print from the newly installed printer you will be prompted to enter your netID and password to print.

  1. Login as ADRICE\yournetID  and select OK.


If the job does not reach the printer due to an authentication error in the computer's print queue, delete the print job and try again. It should work successively thereafter.

METHOD 2 (Unix Terminal method)

STEP 1: Open the program found in the /Applications/Utilities/ directory on your Macintosh (you need to be an administrator on your computer to do this) 

STEP 2: At the prompt, cut and paste the command string for the printer(s) you want to configure.

To add the GLOSSY PLOTTER (GPlotter) printer queue, use this command:

lpadmin -p "it_gplotter" -v "smb://" -D "IT-GPlotter" -L "Mudd Operations Desk Glossy Plotter" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/HP Designjet 4000 PS3.gz" -E -o printer-is-shared=false

To add the PLAIN PAPER PLOTTER (Plotter1) printer queue, use this command:

lpadmin -p "it_plotter1" -v "smb://" -D "IT-Plotter1" -L "Mudd Operations Desk Plain Paper Plotter" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/HP Designjet 4020 PS3.gz" -E -o printer-is-shared=false

To add the the MD101PS (The main lab printer in Mudd), use this command:

lpadmin -p "it_md101ps" -v "smb://" -D "IT-MD101PS" -L "Mudd Operations Desk B & W" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/HP LaserJet 4250.gz" -E -o HPOption_Tray3=True -o HPOption_Duplexer=True -o printer-is-shared=false

When you print to these queues, because they require your Rice NetID authentication to proceed, you may need to click on the "retry" botton to get the authentication prompt. 

Additional print queues are listed below.

You can also download this shell script which will add the 4 above printers automatically if you are an administrator and have installed all of the printer drivers before running.

Mudd Print Queues

NOTE: Your security settings will block the execution of a downloaded shell script (and that's a good thing for security). However, to run this script, you will need to temporarily disable Mountain Lion's "Gate Keeper" in MacOS X v10.7x and v10.8x. See the instructions here for doing that:

Queue Names for Common Printers on the OWLPRINTING server

For plotter printing (regular paper), use the following queues in the URL field:

 URL  Driver

HP PageWide XL 4500


HP PageWide XL 4500


HP DesignJet 4000ps


HP DesignJet 4020ps

For plotter printing with glossy paper, use the following queue in the URL field:

 URL  Driver


HP DesignJet 4020ps

For color printing, use:

 URL  Driver


HP Laserjet M750             

For black and white printing, use:

 URL  Driver
 smb://  HP LaserJet 4250dn

Keywords:Mac, plotter, owlprinting, add printer, printing, print,   Doc ID:71272
Owner:Cynthia S.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-03-02 15:31 CSTUpdated:2020-01-23 15:15 CST
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