Printing

 

Before printing anything, please consider whether it is necessary. Printing costs money, and destroys valuable natural resources. Please consider printing multiple pages per sheet in order to save paper, or read the documents on the screen.

Printer List

The following is a list of SNS printers located in Bloomberg Hall. All are network printers and can be accessed from any SNS computer. All printers support PostScript. and print duplex by default.  Their supplies are in close-by cabinets, and are also available from the administrative staff and computing staff. Please be sure not to use the wrong supplies!

Name Model Location
bw1 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-244
bw2 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-144
bw3 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-191
bw4 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-118
bw5 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-272
bw6 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-218
bw7 HP LaserJet 4350dtn D-210
bw9 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-114
bw10 HP LaserJet 4350dtn BH-214
col1 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-144
col3 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-191
col4 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer D-210
col5 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-244
col6 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-272
col7 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-114
col8 Xerox ColorQube 8570 color printer BH-214

A public printer is located in the laundry area of the housing activities center. Follow these instructions to use it.

Linux Desktop Printing

Your default printer is set in your .cshrc or .bashrc file.  To change your default printer, edit these files and change the LPDEST and PRINTER lines to indicate the new printer.  Log out and back in for the change to take effect.

Following are some basic linux print commands:

To find out what your current default printer is:

lpstat -d

To view available print queues: 

lpstat -a

To display the print queue:

lpstat  [printername]
The command without printername option will list your default printer queue.
To display queue of a printer other than your default indicate the printername.

To cancel a print job:

Get the job-id from the output of lpstat command.
cancel  job-id

To print a postscript document:

lprfilename.ps

To print a text document:

a2psfilename.txt

To specify single-sided printing:

All SNS printers print double-sided by default.

To force single-sided printing:
lpr -o sides=one-sided filename.ps

To print more pages per side

To print more than one page per side, e.g.
lpr -o number-up=4 filename.ps
which prints 4 pages per side.

Optionally:

Use the 2up(d)or 4up(d)commands.

2up filename.pswhich prints 2 pages per side to your default printer.

4upd filename.ps col3which prints 4 pages per side & double-sided to print queue col3.

To print a transparency (color printers only):

Color printers col6 (in BH-272) and col2 (in Bloomberg basement) contain transparencies in Tray 3.  To print a transparency, print single-sided to Tray 3.
For example, you may print a transparency by printing to col6 as follows:

lpr -P col6 -o sides=one-sided -o InputSlot=Tray 3 filename.ps

Windows Desktop Printing

The nearest printer to your office will be automatically configured and set as your default printer. Normally, you can simply click File then click Print from any Windows application.

You can add other printers if you want. See the printer list for a description of printers and their capabilities.

  1. Click on the Windows globe
  2. Type Add printer on the search box and click Add printer on the search results.
  3. Select Add a network printer.
  4. Wait for the list to be populated and select the printer you wish to add and click next.
  5. Click next after the driver installs and (you may choose to check set as default printer).
  6. Click finish.

You can change a printer's default options. For example, you may want to enable or disable duplex (two-sided) printing for all documents.

  1. Click Start, then click Settings, then click Printers.
  2. Right click on the icon for the printer you wish to change and choose properties.
  3. Select printing preferences.
  4. Make any desired changes and click OK.

Transparency printing is on color printers only. To print a transparency:

  1. In the program from which you wish to print transparencies click File, then click Print.
  2. Select the color printer you wish to use and click Properties. Select the Paper/Quality tab.
  3. Change Paper Source to Select by Tray--> Tray 3 and click OK.

Linux Laptop Printing

In order to print from a Personal Linux Laptop, you must configure LPR printing. All Linux editions can print in this manner.

First test your network connection by opening http://print.sns.ias.edu:631/ in an Internet browser. You should then see a CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) server welcome page.  If you see anything else, you have a network problem that must be fixed first. Usually these take two forms: wrong DNS servers or a VPN client is running.

You will have to locate the graphical tool for adding printers that your operating system provides. When you choose to add a printer, select "unix style printing", or "LPR/LPD" (these names will vary, but you should see something similar). Select print.sns.ias.edu for the print server host and the queue (printer) name from the printer list.

Windows Laptop Printing

  1. First test your network connection by opening http://print.sns.ias.edu:631/ in an Internet browser. You should then see a CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) server welcome page.  If you see anything else, you have a network problem that must be fixed first. 
  2. From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel.
  3. Click on Programs and Features.
  4. On the left pane click Turn Windows features on/off.  The Windows Features window will populate with check boxes.  
  5. Expand Print and Document Services, under there, make sure LPR Port monitor is checked.
  6. Click ok to have this feature installed.
    Once LPR port monitor is installed, we can then add a printer.  
  7. On the Start Menu, select Devices and Printers and choose Add a printer
  8. Let's Add a Local Printer.  
  9. Under "choose a printer port", select the Create a new port option
  10. On the drop-down list click on LPR port.
  11. Then populate the following requested fields:
  • Print server address:   print.sns.ias.edu
  • Queue name:  bw5  (bw5 is an example)
The queue name is the name column listed on the printer list above. Use the location information to identify the printer closest to you. bw5 is an example of a Queue Name. So is col8 and hp1.
  1. Click next and select the printer manufacturer and model of the printer you are adding. Use the information provided in the printer list to identify the manufacturer and model of the printer you are adding.  (Generic PostScript driver may also be used).
  2. Add the printer, do not share it and try printing a test page. 
  3. Repeat the steps above to add additional printers.

 

Macintosh Laptop Printing

In order to print from a Personal Macintosh Laptop, first determine the printer(s) you want from the printer list.  Note the name and model of the printer(s). You will need this information below. To add a printer follow this procedure:

  1. First test your network connection by opening http://print.sns.ias.edu:631/ in an Internet browser. You should then see a CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) server welcome page.  If you see anything else, you have a network problem that must be fixed first. Usually these take two forms: wrong DNS servers or a VPN client is running.
  2. Open System Preferences
  3. Click Print & Scan
  4. Click the + symbol to add a printer and click the IP Printer tab.
  5. Enter the following:
    • Protocol: Line Printer Daemon - LPD
    • Address: print.sns.ias.edu
    • Queue: (enter here the printer name from the printer list)
    • Name: (enter the printer name again)
    • Location: (enter the location of the printer here)
    • Print Using: (select the correct printer model here)  NOTE: Generic PostScript driver can also be used
  6. Enter the Installable Options based on the printer you choose. All printers in SNS have an Optional, 500-Sheet Input Tray, and a Duplex Unit.
  7. Click Continue, the printer will be ready.