Printing to Instructional Lab Printers

Please note there is a charge of $.04 per page payable using a BuzzCard.

From Instructional Lab Computers located on the first floor of CCB and ara.cc.gatech.edu:

  • From the File/Print menu, select the mobile_black printer/queue.
  • Go to the Pharos release station located outside of the Baird Lab (CCB 103).
  • Log onto the release station with your GT username and password.
  • Select the print job(s) you wish to release to the printer.
  • Swipe your BuzzCard on the keyboard.
  • Select Print.

 

Note: Print jobs will remain in the print queues for 2 hours before they are purged.

 

From Personal Laptops (Windows) on LAWN:

  • Install the OIT Mobile Printing Packages from the OIT software download page.
  • This will create a printer queue named mobile_black.
  • From the File/Print menu, select the mobile_black.
  • Enter your GT username and password.
  • Go to the Pharos release station located outside of the Baird Lab (CCB 103).
  • Log onto the release station with your GT username and password.
  • Select the print job(s) you wish to release to the printer.
  • Swipe your BuzzCard on the keyboard.
  • Select Print.

 

Note: Print jobs will remain in the print queues for 2 hours before they are purged.

 

From Personal Laptops (Mac OS) on LAWN:

  • Install the OIT Mobile Printing Packages from here.
  • This will create a printer queue named mobile_black.
  • From the File/Print menu, select the mobile_black.
  • Enter your GT username and password.
  • Go to the Pharos release station located outside of the Baird Lab (CCB 103).
  • Log onto the release station with your GT username and password.
  • Select the print job(s) you wish to release to the printer.
  • Swipe your BuzzCard on the keyboard.
  • Select Print.

 

Note: Print jobs will remain in the print queues for 2 hours before they are purged.

 

From Personal Laptops (Unix) on LAWN:

  • Users should consult the documentation for their particular OS and use the following information to define a queue:
    • Queue Name: queue name of the user's choice.
    • Location: lpd://gt-printq1.ad.gatech.edu/mobile_black.
    • Printer driver: use either a generic postscript driver or the PPD driver here.
  • When a print job is sent to that queue, it must be sent with the GT username. In order to do so, there are two options:

 

  1.  Users may make a new user account on their computers that matches their GT username. 
  2.  Users may use the lpr command to define the exact username to send a job as, avoiding the need for a new user account.

An example of the lpr command to accomplish this is shown below:

 

lpr –P printername (e.g. mobile_black) -U <GT Account> <document to print>

 

Note that the use of lpr may not be usable, or require additonal steps,  in some situations. An example would be printing a page from within Firefox. Printing directly from Firefox would not work using option 2.  A workaround would be to save the page to a file and print it with lpr.

  • Log onto the release station with your GT username and password.
  • Select the print job(s) you wish to release to the printer.
  • Swipe your BuzzCard on the keyboard.
  • Select Print.
  • Print jobs will remain in the print queues for 2 hours before they are purged from the queue.

Alternate instructions:

For users having trouble with the above Linux instructions, here are alternate instructions using the built-in CUPS server on Linux.  The following solution was developed using Ubuntu 12.10 using a user account that matched the GT username.  Some slight changes may be encountered on other distributions. 

  1. Open CUPS by pointing your browser to 127.0.0.1:631
  2. Click the Administration tab, then click Add printer.
  3. Choose LPD/LPR Host or Printer and click Continue.
  4. For Connection, enter lpd://gt-printq1.ad.gatech.edu/mobile_black and click Continue.
  5. Fill out the Name, Description, and Location with descriptors of your choice.
  6. Provide the PPD file referenced here and click Add Printer.
  7. If the username of the computer doesn't match the GT username, printing via the command line will still be required.