Printing from Mac Laptops

As of March 15th 2017 we have migrated to a new printing system. If you have previously installed iSchool printers please remove them before following the instructions below.

  1. Make sure your wireless networking is enabled and that you are connected to IllinoisNet.
  2. Open the Finder, then at the top of the screen, click Go then Connect to Server…
  3. For the Server Address type smb://ischoolprint.ad.uillinois.edu/scripts and click Connect.
  4. If it prompts for authentication, enter your NetID and University password.
  5. Go to the HP Drivers folder and drag the Mac installer to your Desktop. Open it from there and follow the installation instructions, accepting all default settings until it finishes. At some point you may need to enter an administrator username and password. This driver will be used for Janus (on the second floor near the central staircase) and other black and white printers. When it's done delete the file on your Desktop.
  6. Navigate back to the scripts folder by clicking the left arrow at the top left of the Finder window. Open Xerox Printers and drag the Mac installer to the Desktop. Open it from there and follow the installation instructions, accepting all default settings. This driver will be used for Optimus, the color printer on the second floor near the help desk.
  7. When prompted to Select a Printer, hit Continue then Continue again to complete the install. At some point you may need to enter an administrator username and password. When it's done delete the file on your Desktop.
  8. Click on the Apple in the main menu bar and select System Preferences. From there choose Print & Scan.
  9. Click on the "+" sign under the "Printer" menu. This will open a new window.
  10. If you don't see an Advanced button in the toolbar, CTRL-click in the toolbar area where you see the "Default", "Fax", "IP", and "Windows" options.  Select Customize Toolbar... and drag the Advanced button (it has a gear icon) onto the toolbar from the previous window.
  11. Select Advanced and then specify these settings:
    • Type: Windows printer via spools
    • Device: Another Device
    • URL: smb://ischoolprint.ad.uillinois.edu/printername
      Replace "printername" with the printer you want to install (all lowercase). We recommend adding the color printer Optimus (second floor near the help desk) and janus (second floor near the central staircase).
    • Name: the printer name such as Janus or Optimus. Whatever name is useful for you will work here.
    • Location (optional): you can leave this blank.
    • Print Using: Select Printer Software… and search for the correct model. For Janus select HP LaserJet 600 M601 M602 M603. For Optimus choose Xerox Workcentre 7855.
  12. Click the Add button to save this printer.
  13. Depending on your Mac version, you may see a screen describing the options of the added printer. For Janus make sure Duplex Unit is checked, enable Tray 3 and set it to 1500, and for Memory Configuration choose the highest setting.
  14. Click Continue.
  15. At this point, the printer will be added to your printer list. When you print using the printer, a login screen may come up.  Instead of your computer's username and password (as set by default), enter your netID and University password.