Mac Printing

How to print from Macs using the UNIX print server, Windows print server, or directly

Reviewed by bil hays 02/21/2017

All Macintosh computers and printers in Sitterson are on the department’s network.  This allows printing from any Macintosh to any printer.

Some printers are located in private offices.  Please do not print to a printer that is not in a public location.  See here for a list of printers.

To print a document from a Macintosh, you must select the printer you wish to use and instruct the application to print your document. Drivers are generally available on cifs://gandalf.cs.unc.edu, in Public Software distribution/Printer Drivers.

Printing via the UNIX print server (recommended)

  1. Select File, Print from the application’s main menu, or use command-P to open the Print dialog box. You will see a list of configured printers in the popup menu for the printers.
  2. If you don’t see the printer you want in the list, open the System Preferences, Print and Fax (10.5 and later) or in earlier versions of the OS, use the Printer Utility application and click on Add (10.4 and earlier).
  3. In the dialog box to add a printer, select IP, and then select Line Printer Daemon – LPD.
    -For the address, use unix-print.cs.unc.edu.
    -For the queue, use the name of the printer, eg. ljfb209 for the laserjet in FB209.  See the list of printer locations for details.
    -For the name, use whatever you wish, but change it to something meaningful, because by default OSX will use to the print server name.
    -Choose the printer driver for the printer model you are using (listed here).

Printing directly via IP from OS X

    1. This is not recommended and will not work unless you are on the cs.unc.edu wired network with a cs.unc.edu address.
    2. Select File, Print from the application’s main menu, or use command-P to open the Print dialog box.  You will see a list of configured printers in the popup menu for the printers.
    3. If you don’t see the printer you want in the list, open the System Preferences, Print and Fax (10.5 and later) and click on the plus button below the list of printers.  in earlier version of OS X, open the Printer Utility application and click on Add.
    4. Select IP Printer tab.  Then select Line Printer Daemon-LPD, and check the Use Default Queue box.
    5. If your mac doesn’t automatically choose the type of printer, select the model of printer from the pop up list at the bottom of the dialog box. Use generic if you don’t find the appropriate model (listed here)

Please refill printer paper trays after long print jobs.  If a printer is out of toner, send email to help@cs.unc.edu to have the cartridge properly installed, we routine run with cartridges low on toner.  Please use another printer rather than install the cartridge yourself.