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Printer Functionality

  • Color duplex laser printing from the network or USB flash drive (30 pages/minute)
  • Black and white duplex laser printing from the network or USB flash drive (30 pages/minute)
  • Printing is up to 2400 x 600 dpi
  • Flatbed and duplex feed scanning to USB, over the network, or email
  • Scanning is up to 1200 x 2400 dpi
  • You can also directly copy materials (using the flat bed scanner or duplex scanner)

Printing in Black and White

Our black and white printer is a Brother HL-5450DN Laser Printer (yes, we give Brother lots of money). It has automatic duplexing (just like the color printer). We prefer that you use the black and white printer for a majority of your printing and the color printer for your publication submissions (e.g., to investigate how a chart or figure looks printed in color).

IP Address:

If you need to install the printer, specify the printer using its ip address: and select the Brother HL-5450DN driver (or a generic postscript driver). If you have problems, see Anne Rose to get the installation CD or download it online.

Printing in Color

We now have a duplex color laser printer in the HCIL: the Brother MFC-9970CDW to be exact. Here's a link to the manual (PDF). Please be aware that printing in color is more than twice as expensive as printing in black and white so please use this printer conservatively.

This is a multi-function laser printer that also scans (yes, scans) documents. The scanner is both a flatbed scanner and a duplex feed scanner so you can scan two sides at once (yes, I know, amazing!).

Windows Printer Setup

  • Go to "Start->Devices and Printers"
  • Click "Add Printer"
  • Select "Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer"
  • Click "The printer I want isn't listed"
  • Click "Next"
  • Enter as the hostname or IP address (you don't have to fill in port name, it will fill automatically)
Wait...a long time...
  • You will get a prompt saying "additional port information required". Click "Next"
Wait...a long time...
  • Choose "Brother" in the "Manufacturer" column
  • In the "Printers" column, select "Brother MFC-9970CDW" if it is listed. If it is not, click "Windows Update" and wait...a long time... Then select "Brother MFC-9970CDW".
  • Click "Next"
  • Enter a name for the printer then click "Next"
  • Finally, click "Finish"

Mac Printer Setup

  • Download the CUPS printer driver (from here)
  • Double click and install the dmg (the BrotherCLDrivers.pkg)
  • Go to "Print and Scan" in System Preferences
  • Click the "+" sign in the left part of the window (below the list of printers, kind of hard to notice at first)
The "Add" dialog box should open
  • Click on the IP icon
  • Enter in "" for the address
  • Select the "Internet Printing Protocol - IPP"
  • For the Name, type in "Brother MFC-9970CDW"
  • For "Use:", select "Select Printer Software..."
Then pick "Brother MFC-9970CDW CUPS"
  • Click Add


Thanks to Cody Dunne for helping me setup and configure the printer (it required some heavy lifting and some clever network hacking to get it to work). We locked down the touchscreen "Menu" icon so that you have to enter a password to change the configuration (we did so mainly because we had to setup a number of things and we didn't want them accidentally changed). However, if you need to update a configuration setting, use this password: 2117.