Mac OS X Network Printer Training

A network printer is a printer that is available to any machine that is on the Luther College network. The first time a network printer is used from a computer, it needs to be added to that computer. After it has been added, it is available for you or anyone else to use from that computer. This article provides instructions for installing a network printer on a computer running Mac OS X.


Upon completion of this 1-on-1 training, you will be able to:


Add a Network Printer

The step-by-step instructions for adding a network printer follow.

1. Log in as a user with Administrator access (usually the computer owner or Help Desk).

2. Open System Preferences, located in the Dock or under the Apple menu.

Mac Network Printer Training - Apple Menu
Mac Network Printer Training - Apple Menu

4. Choose the Printers & Scanners system preference.

Mac Network Printer Training - System Preferences


5. Click on the '+' button on the left of the Printers & Scanners system preference and choose "Add printer or scanner..."

Mac Network Printer Training - Add a New Printer

6. Choose the IP option and enter the appropriate information.

Mac Network Printer Training - Configure Printer

  • Address:
  • Protocol: Line Printer Daemon – LPD
  • Queue: [queue name]
    • NOTE: The queue name can usually be found on a sticker on the printer. You can also see a list of the queue names of printers that students connect to with their personal computers here
  • Name: [Any name] (this is what appears in print dialog boxes, lists, etc.)
  • Location: [printer location]
  • Print Using: Generic PostScript Printer

5. Click Add. On the next screen, check "Duplex Printing Unit" and click OK.

Mac Network Printer Training - Duplex


6. Congratulations, you're finished! You can close out of System Preferences.

First time extra step: Change Username

PaperCut tracks print jobs based on the Norse Key associated with the print job. In order to print to a Luther printer from a personal computer, your computer username must match your Norse Key username. For instructions, please click here.

Releasing Print Jobs

Luther manages printing with PaperCut. When you print to a network printer, you have to login to PaperCut using your Norse Key and release or cancel your print job. Learn more about PaperCut here.

Additional Resources

Review the Help within Mac OS X

Searching for “Add a printer” in the Help menu will return related support articles, though you should follow the ITS instructions here exactly when adding a printer.

Review Technology Help Desk Webpages

Contact the Technology Help Desk