Print from your own computer (Mac) - Plotters

This document explains how to add the Mudd Lab plotters to your own personal Macintosh.

NOTE: Your computer must be connected to Rice Owls (not Visitor) wireless network or plugged into the campus wired network. If you are off-campus, you must connect via VPN.

Once you have the drivers installed, you can follow the steps in Printing on the Mudd Lab Plotters.


There are two ways for adding the Mudd plotters to your Macintosh device:

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

Method 2: Using the lPadmin command in the Terminal window 

(NOTE: This command line method is easier than it sounds. You cut and paste the commands listed in this section.)


Plotters Drivers Package (Install prior to adding if necessary)

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

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner. From the menu, select Systems Preferences.

Apple menu with Systems Preferences highlighted

2. In System Preferences, select Printers & Scanners.

Systems Preferences window with Printers & Scanners highlighted

3. In the Printers & Scanners preference pane, select the "+" to add the printer.

Printers & Scanners preference pane with the plus sign highlighted

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

Select Customize Toolbar on the pop-up screen


5. You can drag and place the Advanced icon on the top banner of your window.

Drag and place the Advanced icon to the top banner of your window

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 plotter if necessary
  5. Location: Nothing is needed in this field
  6. Use: Using the dropdown menu, choose:
    1. Select Software
    2. In the query window, upper right corner, type the manufacturer name and model of the printer you are trying to set up. Choose the correct printer and hit OK. The correct driver will populate at the bottom of the window as illustrated below.
    3. If the printer driver is unlisted, refer to the instructions at the top of this page and install the relevant driver(s).
    4. Add Printer Window

7. The 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 Terminal. app program found in the /Applications/Utilities/ directory on your Macintosh (you need to be an administrator on your computer to do this) 

Accessing Terminal using Macintosh

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

To add the GLOSSY PAPER 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 T7200ps.gz" -E -o printer-is-shared=false

To add the PLAIN PAPER (MATTE) 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 PageWide XL 4500PS.gz" -E -o printer-is-shared=false

To add the PLAIN PAPER (MATTE) PLOTTER (Plotter2) printer queue, use this command:

lpadmin -p "it_plotter2" -v "smb://" -D "IT-Plotter2" -L "Mudd Operations Desk Plain Paper Plotter" -P "/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/HP PageWide XL 4500PS.gz" -E -o printer-is-shared=false

To add 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" button to get the authentication prompt. 

NOTE: Your security settings might block the execution of a downloaded shell script (and that's a good thing for security). However, to run this script, you might need to temporarily disable it.

Queue Names for Common Printers on the OWLPRINTING server

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

Regular paper Queue Names
 URL  Driver

HP PageWide XL 4500


HP PageWide XL 4500

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

Glossy paper queue names
 URL  Driver


HP Designjet T7200

For color printing, use:

Color printing names
 URL  Driver


HP PageWide Color E75160

For black-and white printing, use:

Black and white printing names
 URL  Driver
 smb://  HP LaserJet M605

For more information and support, please contact the OIT Help Desk

KeywordsMac, plotter, owlprinting, add printer, printing, print, plotters,   Doc ID98716
OwnerEnrique H.GroupRice U
Created2020-03-11 16:03:07Updated2023-08-29 16:29:19
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