We support printing from user managed macOS 10.8 or later machines. Please note that you have to be on a UMIACS network directly or connected to the VPN.
To start, open your System Preferences from the Dock or Applications folder. Once you have opened it, click Printers & Scanners.
Print & Fax
When the Printers & Scanners window appears, create a new local printer by clicking the + icon in the lower left corner of the first pane in the window.
This will bring up a Add Printer dialog.
Note: If you just want basic printing, use the steps below. If you would like to enable all the advanced options for the printer, jump over this section to "Enabling Advanced Printer Options".
- Jump over to the IP tab
- Set Protocol to Internet Printing Protocol - IPP
- Set Address to print.umiacs.umd.edu
- Set the Queue to printers/queue; in this example for cps432-3208 it would be printers/cps432-3208. You have to make sure the queue is prefixed by printers/. For clarification, the queue is typically the printer name.
- Set Name to the name of the printer you are trying to use. This makes it easily Identifiable in your list of printers.
- It will always select Generic Postscript Printer. If you need to access the more advanced features of a queue/printer or you were not able to print by choosing Generic Postscript Printer, you will need to take extra steps, please see the Advanced section at the bottom of this page.
- Select Add
- You will be asked about enabling duplex. If you know the printer has the option, which is true for most of our printers, go ahead and enable it. Then hit OK. If you're not sure, just leave it disabled. You can always enable it after the queue is added.
You should now be able to print to this printer/queue from any macOS print menu.
Enabling Advanced Printer Features
Some printers may have features not accessible with the default drivers provided above. If this is the case, follow the guide below to identify, and install your print drivers from their manufacturer.
Note: If you already installed the printer with generic drivers, you will need to highlight the printer and click -, before attempting to add it again. You may also need a system update to get the latest drivers from Apple, if your printer does not have software drivers listed in the next steps.
Step 1: Locate your printers name and search for its Make and Model here: http://print.umiacs.umd.edu/printers/
Step 2: Follow the Add Printer steps above until you get to Generic Postscript Printer. Select Software, then Add.
Step 3: A window labeled "Printer Software" will now pop up. Scroll thru the list to find your specific make and model of printer. Click on it, and hit Ok.
Step 4: Click Add on the next window and it should install your printers software suite. You should have a list of options (if they are available) that looks similar this:
Final Step: Enable the Options you wish to use, Click OK. You should now be able to print to this printer/queue from any macOS print menu.
Printing With Stapler
For print jobs using the stapler, follow the guide below. Printers with staplers are located in Iribe, in rooms 3149, 3208, 4149, 4208, and 5208.
To add/ connect to a printer with stapling capabilities:
Step 1: Follow the "Enabling Advanced Printer Features" guide until you reach Step 4.
Step 2: In the window that appears labeled "Setting up [your printer name]" set "HP 3-Bin Stapler/Stacker" to "Mailbox Mode".
Step 3: Select "OK" in the bottom right corner.
To Print: To complete the print job using the stapler once the printer has been added:
Step 1: In Preview, when trying to print, select the "Show Details" button in the bottom left corner.
Step 2: In the middle right, where it says "Preview," select "Printer Features" instead of "Preview".
Step 3: Set "Feature Sets" to "Finishing".
Step 4: A "Staple" dropdown list will appear at the bottom of the window. Select your preferred staple option.
Step 5: Press "Print" in the bottom right corner.