Zebra Thermal Printer - 2844 - UPS Online - Driver???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gceo, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2007
    San Diego, CA

    I am using UPS online, and need to print to a thermal printer for labels.

    UPS gave me a Zebra 2844, but I am unable to print to it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions, or can point me in the right direction.


  2. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2005
    10.5.2 now has a Zebra driver built in; you can go to http://www.nrgsoft.com/services/epl_zpl.html to find directions on installing the driver properly OR purchase their application which will take care of printing for you. I have not gotten mine to print in Mac OS X either but am just getting the effort started.
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    What is the deal with this? How can it be done! There has to be a way 2 years later!!!
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2010
    northern VA, USA
    Yeah, I agree, the situation really is ridiculous. All the UPS Plugin for Windows is is a special-purpose MIME handler; it looks for the MIME type indicating a Zebra "EPL" file and sends it directly to the Zebra printer. There's really no reason why UPS can't make their plugin for other platforms. In fact, someone wrote an open-source plugin for Linux, but it isn't being maintained. It's on SourceForge here:

    My way around this mess is to download the label generated by UPS.com, then manually send it to my Zebra printer. This is preferable to copying the label image and printing it because you get full resolution, so the label looks nice and sharp.
    The easy way to download the label is to use a download manager (I'm using Speed Download), and tell the DM to handle the MIME type "application/epl2". Now, every time Speed Download sees this type of file sent, it downloads it to my Mac. Once the file is on your Mac, you have to send it to the printer. So far, I do this on the command line. Just like other *nixes, you can use 'lp' to send the file. Or, if you have a network-attached Zebra, you can use NetCat to send the file: 'nc PRINTER_IP 9100 < /path/to/label/file' (substitute your Zebra's IP for "PRINTER_IP"). This technique works perfectly, though anyone shipping more than a few packages a week will find this cumbersome. Hopefully, UPS will write a Mac plugin, or better yet, someone will improve the open-source one.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2011
    Zebra printers are one of the best options which are available in the market if you are looking to print labels for your needs. A zebra printer offers all features that is required for your printing. Zebra printers provide high quality printing when compared to other normal printers.
  6. macrumors regular


    May 4, 2008
    Print eBay and/or PayPal Labels???


    Has anyone used either the Zebra LP-2844 or TLP-2844 Thermal Label Printers to Print Shipping Labels via eBay and/or PayPal??? (not just for any label, but eBay and/or PayPal ones)

    If so, which driver have you used???

    I've found this info so far:
    CUPS Driver:

    Peninsula Driver:



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