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 Windows.
The step-by-step instructions for adding a network printer follow.
1. Click on Start Menu (or press the Windows key) and then click on Devices and Printers. If your computer doesn't have this option listed by default, start typing "devices and printers" to search for this service.
2. Click on Add a printer on the menu bar.
3. Click on the Add a local printer button.
4. Click the Create a new port radio button and select Standard TCP/IP Port from the dropdown list, then click Next.
5. Enter “printers.lc.luther.edu” in the box labeled Host Name or IP Address, and enter a name for the port (e.g. “pl_2nd_a”) in the box labeled Port Name. If you do not know the appropriate port name, check the label on the printer, look up the port name, or contact the Technology Help Desk. Be certain the box labeled Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use is not checked. Click Next.
6. It will take a few seconds for the next window to appear. When it does click on the radio button next to Custom, and then click on the Settings… button.
7. Change the Protocol to LPR, and enter the Queue Name (e.g. “pl_2nd_a”). ITS recommends the queue name and the port name match. Next check the box next to LPR Byte Counting Enabled.
8. Click OK, which will bring you back to the "Additional Port Information Required" screen. You've already supplied that additional information, so click Next.
9. If you downloaded the driver directly from the manufacturer, then click Have Disk and choose the driver package. Otherwise, choose from the list of known Windows drivers by selecting the printer manufacturer (e.g. RICOH), and then choosing the type of printer from the Printers listing. If you do not know the type of printer, check the information on the printer itself or contact the Technology Help Desk. Click Next.
10. Give your printer a recognizable name in the Printer name box. This can be any value you'd like. Indicate whether or not this is the default printer, and click Next.
11. Click the button next to Do not share this printer click Next.
12. Print a test page if you desire, then click Finish. Congratulations!
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 see PaperCut-Change Username.
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. You can also learn more about PaperCut.