Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Information Systems
LPR Printer Setup on Windows

Here is a brief synopsis of the information you need:

  • Printer or host name - thunder.shore.mbari.org (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, set up an LPR connection to it on a Windows XP or Windows 7 computer by following the steps below.

  1. Go to Start->Control Panel->Printers and Faxes... in Windows XP or Start->Control Panel->Devices & Printers... in Windows 7 and click the Add Printer item. (The Windows 7 screens will look slightly different than the XP examples shown here, but the relevant details are the same.)

  2. Click the Next button to continue.

  3. Select Local printer, uncheck Automatically detect, and click Next.

    Add Printer Wizard - Local or Network Printer

  4. Under Create a new port, select Standard TCP/IP Port, and click Next.

    Add Printer Wizard - Select Printer Port

  5. Click Next.

  6. Enter thunder.shore.mbari.org in the Printer name field. The port name can be any name that makes sense to you, but it must be filled in. (It will default as the server host name.) Click Next to continue.

    Add Printer Wizard - Enter Server Name

  7. Select Custom and click the Settings... button.

    Add TCP/IP Printer Port - Additional Port Information Required

  8. Under the Protocol section, select LPR. Under LPR Settings, Queue Name enter the name of the printer and tick the LPR Byte Counting Enabled checkbox. The printer names can be found labeled on the physical printers themselves, or on Thunder.

    Configure Standard TCP/IP Port Monitor

  9. Click Finish to continue.

  10. Locate the printer make and model on the list presented. (If the printer does not appear in the list, click the Have Disk button and navigate to drivers you downloaded from HP, or choose a similar printer model; the IS group can help choose a compatible alternate.) Click Next to continue.

    Add Printer Wizard - Select manufacturer and model of printer

  11. Enter a name for this printer. Click Next to continue.

    Add Printer Wizard - Select manufacturer and model of printer

  12. Select Do not share this printer. Click Next to continue.

  13. Select whether to print a test page, and click Next to continue.

  14. Click Finish and the installation will be complete.

Last updated: Jan. 11, 2012