Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Information Systems
LPR Printer Setup on Mac OS X

Here is a brief synopsis of the information you need:

  • Printer or host name - (the MBARI print server)

  • Queue name - the MBARI-assigned name of the desired printer (found on a label on the physical printer itself, or on the thunder web site.)

  • Printer model - found on the physical printer itself, or the thunder web site.)

  • Printer driver - included in most newer operating systems, or downloadable from HP

After determining the name and model of the printer you wish to print to, setup an LPR connection to it on a Mac OS X computer by following the steps below.

  1. Launch the Printer Setup Utility. The Printer Setup Utility is located, by default, in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.

  2. Click the Add button.


  3. Click the IP Printer icon, or select IP Printing from the drop down menu (on 10.2). If using OS X 10.3 or 10.4, subsequently choose LPR/LPD from the second drop down menu. Enter as the print server. Enter the printer name in the queue name field, and select the appropriate printer model, as in the example below. (If the printer model or a compatible alternate does not appear in the list, quit Printer Setup Utility, install the driver for the printer, and begin again from step 1.)


  4. Click the Add button.

  5. An installable options sheet should appear. MBARI laser printers typically have all optional input trays installed, duplex capability, an internal hard drive, and memory upgraded to 128MB plus. Ask an IS staff member if you are not sure how to configure the installable options.


  6. Click the Continue button, and the installation will be complete.

Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009