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UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Remote Printing]

UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Remote Printing]

Question: Can I remotely send print jobs to MathNet printers?
Author: Joseph Tam
Date: 2018-01-19

You can submit print jobs to the MathNet public printers from network connected computers.

Restrictions and caveats

  1. Print jobs only accepted from our wired networks: in particular, you cannot print from the wireless network. you must be connected via wired Ethernet connection in the MathNet networks. In order to print indirectly from external networks, print to a file, then transfer that file to one of our public workstations, then issue a command to print the file from that workstation.
  2. The same rules apply to remote and local printing: please pick up your jobs promptly, etc. Refer to our printer use guidelines.
  3. If you are no longer a department member, please remove our printers: if you do not remove the printer definition, jobs can still be submitted to our printers, but they will not be allowed to print because it will be in an external network. However, some systems will not remove the print jobs, but queue it forever to print, and also poll the status of our printer. To avoid this, please remove this printer when you leave our department.

Remote Printer Settings

Owing to the many different systems, it would be difficult to compile all the different instructions for each systems. However, each method of installing a remote printer asks for the same information. These are the following parameters that are relevant to setting up printing to our network accessible printers:

Print server
Protocol LPR/LPD
Queue/printer name, model (see this). Most printers will work with "Generic Postscript".
Options All our printers can print double-sided (duplex). Please enable this option.

Windows Remote Printing

Windows users can try also using CIFS shared printing by specifing this UNC as a remote printer:

using the {queue-name} and printer model found in this FAQ page. This method is not well supported anymore, so it may or may not work for you.