How do I install my network printer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sundance2007, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. Sundance2007 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    How does one install a printer that is on and network and not directly connected to the laptop? I have a Macbook and the printer is a Brother HL5052nd. I inserted the mac disk with the drivers and they were installed I think but after that I don't know where to go or what to do.:confused::confused:

  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    The exact steps will vary a little depending on which version of the MacOS you're using, but generally speaking Brother's networked printers have Bonjour on by default, so should be pretty easy.

    Basically, go to the "Add printer" thing (either in the Preference Pane on fax and printing, or Printer Setup Utility in the Utilities folder, depending on OS version), select "Add printer" (again, either the + button or "Add" in the toolbar), and under the Default Browser your printer should just appear (it'll have an odd name, though) if it's on the same subnet as your Mac.

    Select it, pick the correct driver, and you should be good to go.

    If it's not showing up, you may either need to enable Bonjour or add it manually, but a little more info on your setup would help to give tips on that.
  3. Sundance2007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007

    That is what I did more or less and printer is not showing. Not sure what this "Bonjour" is, what I need to do with it or where it is. As for setup I have a brand spanking new Macbook, so what ever it comes with is the setup, Leopard I think but I don't know what the version number is.

    Your help is greatly appreciated:)
  4. hoofa macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2008
    I'm in the same boat, I'm trying to install a network HP 5500. Brand new Mak.
    I've been a PC guy for 15 yrs. Help!!!!
  5. Sundance2007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007

    Good to know I'm not the only one alone out here in the middle of this lake. I've been with the PC since Commodore went under, remember the vic 20, commodore 64 and the Amiga? How many times have I hear how much easer the mac is than the PC????:confused:
  6. richard.mac, Jan 4, 2008
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  7. hoofa macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2008
    The Printer has an HP jet direct card. I can get to the printer through the browser.


    I've been reading about some problems with leopard, think this could be something besides me.... The HP driver support site is not working either.
  8. Sundance2007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    My Brother is also directly connected to the network via a built-in network card. I tried inputting the ip address of the printer and the mac indicates it sees the printer (shows ready-idle) but when I print something it never gets to the printer.

  9. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Not sure if this will help or not, but I always seem to have terrible problems doing this with a Mac, and yet a network printer installation in Windows is so easy. Anyway, some time ago I did a screen grab of the settings - not sure if this is the 10.3 or the 10.4 dialog box, but it just might help:

    Attached Files:

  10. Sundance2007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007

    Thanks, will let you know if it helps.
  11. Lisa199405 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Print to network printer

    Hi, I am new to this forum, but have the problem not able to configure the printer on my Macbook. the printer is a Canon IP4200 shared on a Windows XP SP2 (home edition) PC, it works from another PC-notebook connected to the router.
    Installing works, but printer pauses, then it says not connecting to a URL, but it is gone to fast to record it.
    I also configured as IPP printing and specified my printer location as:
    \\server\canonIP4 which is the name of the printer, for MAC this is probable incomplete (I am new to Mac)

    if someone could assist me, i would be great.
  12. aggarwals macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2008
    Hoofa - I am having a similar problem while adding a HP Photosmart printer to my mac running Leopard. I was able to print when I was running tiger on this laptop. :confused:

    Have you been able to find a solution to this problem?

  13. georgecamaj macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    I have the answer!!

    My brother printer had this problem 2
    i decided to try everything...
    i figured out that it was the passwrod!!?!
    the password had 2 many keys

    Make a simple password like
    no numbers no uppercase just simple
    do this for your router too (i know that is bad but what are you going 2 do...)
  14. samurusawyer macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Follow the steps below for network printer

    1 Plug in your printer, add a few sheets of paper and Connect one end of the USB cable to your printer and other to your MacBook and Turn on your printer

    2 Install any software that the came with your printer and following printer's setup instructions. Open setup assistant application installed with printer's software to begin WiFi configuration and When prompted after choose your Wi-Fi network, enter your password. If you have no printer setup assistant

    3 Click Apple icon and select the "System Preferences (Click "Print & Fax.) If locked click lock icon in lower-left corner of window and enter your admin ID, password.

    4 Click (+) icon in lower,left corner of screen to enter (Add Printer) toolbar. Double click connected printer icon to add driver to your computer.

    5 Run a software update for MacBook by clickinge Apple icon in top left of computer's screen and clicking (Software Update) Wait for computer to gather all driver or printer updates, install them to your hard drive. Disconnect the USB cable from your MacBook.
  15. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
    Not sure if this may help but Macs also have the Unix utility, CUPS (Common Unix Printing Service) installed and printers can be managed in this way. For access to this, type the numbers into your browser.
  16. DoDoLo macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2012
    Use "HP Jetdirect- Socket" protocol

    I tried a while and found this way works for me. My one is Macbook Lion and the printer is HP Photosmart C1618
    1. Go to the network printer. check the setting screen(printer's screen) and find the IP address for the printer in wireless setting section.

    2. In the mac book, open Printer&Scan page, click the "+" on the left bottom.
    3. Choose the "IP" tab on the Add printer page. choose "HP Jetdirect- Socket" protocol. input the printer IP address to the Address field. leave the "Queue" empty. Name = input a whatever name, location = blank; Print Using: choose the driver.

    This way works for me.
  17. rocket9005, Jan 27, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

    rocket9005 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    New Milford, CT
    I too have a Brother printer and setting it up was soo easy.Save your self a lot of headaches and give the printer a "static IP Address" something that is in the same octet of your network, but out of range of the rest of the stuff on your network. Most internal networks are (the xxx are the octets and it goes from 001 to 256) The router assigns address lowest to highest in order of connection. Wireless devices get an address too. Get the IP address of your mac, for example mine is, and set the IP address of the printer to the upper range of the last 3 numbers up to 255 (you can't use 256, there are a few other address which are not allowed, but they elude me at the moment)
    I gave the Brother printer a static address of I set it on the front panel of the printer, not the simplest exercise, but not brain surgery either. When I enter the static ip address in a web browser (like Safari or Firefox ) I go the the home page of the printers built on web server. There you can check your toner and print drum life, and make all kinds of settings.

    If you know the IP address of your router you can get into it the same way and poke around, and make some changes like passwords.
  18. IvanOhio macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2012
    I have a Brother HL2270DW, I simply went to the the Brother website, went to downloads, found the printer and downloaded the correct software needed, and followed the install procedures.

    Quick, painless, and very easy.

  19. jekyl macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    If you set a static address make sure to set a reserve address area in your router to place it into to prevent your router from setting another device to that same address.

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