Wireless Printing in Linux

If you go to Uniprint’s wireless printing page, you’ll see it is possible to print to most public printers from anywhere on OSU’s network, such as osuwireless. However, Uniprint only supports Mac and Windows; Linux users are out of luck and left with the options of either installing a new operating system to print their documents or using a lab computer (if available). Therefore, we in the Open Source Club have decided to publish a tutorial so fellow Linux users can print to their libraries from their laptops or dorm rooms just like Windows/Mac users can.

First, we need to have CUPS installed. This is the default in many Linux distributions as far as I know. If it’s not installed by default, please leave a comment.

With CUPS installed, go to http://localhost:631/ and click on “Add Printer”. Fill in your own description and pick a meaningful description location that you will remember later on (e.g. Science & Engineering Library, Color Printer). For the printer Name, you will want to look up your printer in the table below. Fill it in and click on “continue”.

On the next page, select “LPD/LPR Host or Printer” for the device and click “continue”. Now, for Device URI, fill in the URI shown in the table below. For example, if I want to print to the printer in room 45 of Thompson Library, I would enter lpd://128.146.12.138/li0045-hp4200mobile. Now, select the printer’s manufacturer (should be in the model name) for Make. If the instructions for your printer below mention uploading a PPD file instead of saying the model, upload it here; otherwise, in the table that comes up select the closest match to the corresponding printer model (listed below). When your web browser prompts you for a username and password, enter the administrative username/password for the computer you’re on, or the username/password of some other user in the lpadmin group. You may be redirected to a page with a lot of optional configurations options. At this point all of your applications should be able to use that printer, and have it listed as one of your installed printers, but you may wish to customize your settings for it. Remember that you will still need to swipe your BuckID at the print station to pay for and release your print job.

Note: The installers from Uniprint will install a Popup Client program, which asks for a username, password, and title. This is not (yet) possible for Linux. Instead, the username will be the username you’re logged into your computer with and the title will be whatever the title is of what you’re printing. There will be no password. This means that from the time you send your document to the printer queue, until the time you go and pick it up, anybody can swipe their ID to pick it up. Do not send confidential or sensitive information to the printer because it is not possible to password protect it, even though Uniprint’s proprietary program will add a password.

Printer Name URI Model
265 EA Building EA265 lpd://128.146.88.5/eamobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
275 EA Building EA275 lpd://128.146.12.142/eamobile1 HP LaserJet 4200 Series
285 EA Building EA285 lpd://128.146.12.142/eamobile1 HP LaserJet 4200 Series
295 EA Building EA295 lpd://128.146.88.5/eamobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Agriculture Admin SCC Ag_Admin_Lab lpd://128.146.12.142/agmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Architectre Library (B&W) Arc_BW lpd://140.254.224.171/arcbwmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Architectre Library (Color) Arc_Color lpd://140.254.224.171/arccolormobile LANIER LD228c
Baker Hall West[i](#residencehallrestricted) Baker_Hall_West lpd://128.146.217.231/bakerwestspool1 HP LaserJet 5000 Series
Baker Systems 590 BE590 lpd://128.146.12.142/bemobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Campbell Hall 119 CM119 lpd://128.146.12.142/cmmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Digital Union (B&W) DU_BW lpd://164.107.183.24/digitalunion_bwmobile HP LaserJet 4345 MFP
Digital Union (Color) DU_Color lpd://164.107.183.24/digitalunion_colormobile (Upload [xrx7655.ppd](/sites/default/files/stp-pcl-5.5.1.ppd)[iii](#untested) file)
Drackett Tower Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Drackett_Tower lpd://128.146.217.231/drackettspool1 (Upload [stp-pcl-5.5.1.ppd](/sites/default/files/stp-pcl-5.5.1.ppd)[iii](#untested) file)
517 Dreese Lab[ii](#labrestricted) DL517 "lpd://eceprint1.ece.ohio-state.edu/dl517mobile1 HP LaserJet 4300 Series
557 Dreese Lab[ii](#labrestricted) DL557 lpd://eceprint1.ece.ohio-state.edu/dl557mobile1 HP LaserJet 4300 Series
817 Dreese Lab[ii](#labrestricted) DL817 lpd://eceprint1.ece.ohio-state.edu/dl817mobile1 HP LaserJet 4300 Series
260 Caldwell Lab[ii](#labrestricted) CL260 lpd://eceprint1.ece.ohio-state.edu/cl260mobile1 HP LaserJet 4300 Series
FAES Library FAES_Library lpd://140.254.228.35/agadminmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Fine Arts Libary (B&W) FineArts_BW lpd://140.254.224.198/finartbwmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Fine Arts Library (Color) FineArts_Color lpd://140.254.224.198/finartcolormobile HP color LaserJet 4600
Geology Library (B&W) Geo_BW lpd://140.254.224.110/geomobile HP Color LaserJet 4700
Geology Library (Color) Geo_Color lpd://140.254.224.110/geomobilecolor HP Color LaserJet 4700
171 Hagerty Hall HG171 lpd://164.107.189.195/hgmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Black Cultural Center[ii](#labrestricted) BCC lpd://140.254.46.41/bccmobile1 HP LaserJet 4050 Series
354 Hopkins Hall (Color) HC354_Color lpd://164.107.190.133/HCcolormobile LANIER LP 036c
354 Hopkins Hall (B&W) HC354_BW lpd://164.107.190.133/HCbwmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Howlett Hall HT272 lpd://128.146.12.142/htmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
050 Jennings Hall JE050 lpd://128.146.12.142/jemobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
220 Journalism Bldg JR220 lpd://128.146.12.142/jrmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
270 Journalism Bldg JR270 lpd://164.107.184.10/jr272mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Lane Ave Residence Hall[i](#residencehallrestricted) Lane_Avenue lpd://128.146.217.231/lanespool1 HP LaserJet 4000 Series
Law Library LaserJet 4200[i](#residencehallrestricted) LawHP4200 lpd://140.254.18.235/LawHP4200 HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Law Library LaserJet 8150[i](#residencehallrestricted) LawHP8150 lpd://140.254.18.235/LawHP8150 HP LaserJet 8150 Series
Morrill Tower Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Morrill_Tower lpd://128.146.217.231/morrillspool1 HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Morrison Tower Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Morrison_Tower lpd://128.146.217.231/morrisonspool1 HP LaserJet 4000 Series
Norton House Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Norton_House lpd://128.146.217.231/nortonspool1 HP LaserJet 4050 Series
Paterson Hall Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Paterson_Hall lpd://128.146.217.231/patersonspool1 HP LaserJet 4100 Series
44 Pressey Hall Wireless Printer[i](#residencehallrestricted) SHSPHAROS-44 lpd://128.146.89.20/shspharos-44mobile HP LaserJet 4250
RPAC Welcome Center RPAC lpd://128.146.217.231/rpacspool1 HP LaserJet 2430
120 SEL Printers 1 & 3 (B&W) SEL120_Printers1 _3_BW lpd://128.146.173.27/sel0120mobile-1-3-bw HP LaserJet 4200 Series
120 SEL Printer 5 (B&W) SEL120_Printer5 _BW lpd://128.146.173.27/sel0120mobile-5-bw HP Color LaserJet 4700
120 SEL Printer 5 (Color) SEL120_Printer5 _Color lpd://128.146.173.27/sel0120mobile-5-color HP Color LaserJet 4700
300 SEL (B&W) SEL300_BW lpd://128.146.173.27/sel0300mobile-bw HP Color LaserJet 4700
300 SEL (Color) SEL300_Color lpd://128.146.173.27/sel0300mobile-color HP Color LaserJet 4700
Steeb Hall Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Steeb_Hall lpd://128.146.217.231/steebspool1 HP LaserJet 4100 Series
Stillman Hall Lobby SH235 lpd://128.146.12.142/shmobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Stradley Hall Lobby[i](#residencehallrestricted) Stradley_Hall lpd://128.146.217.231/stradleyspool1 HP LaserJet 4000 Series
Taylor Tower Lobby Taylor_Tower lpd://128.146.217.231/taylorspool1 HP LaserJet 4240
Thompson Library 45 Thompson_Library _45 lpd://128.146.12.138/li0045-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library 145 Printer Thompson_Library _145 lpd://128.146.12.138/li0145-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library 160 Thompson_Library _160 lpd://128.146.12.138/li0160-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library 215 Thompson_Library _215 lpd://128.146.12.138/li0215-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library X205C Thompson_Library _X205C lpd://128.146.12.138/lix0205c-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library X305C Thompson_Library _X305C lpd://128.146.12.138/lix0305c-HP4200mobile HP LaserJet 4200 Series
Thompson Library 110 (B&W) Thompson_Library _110_BW lpd://128.146.12.142/li110-HP3530-BWmobile HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP
Thompson Library 110 (Color) Thompson_Library _110_COLOR lpd://128.146.12.142/li110-HP3530-COLORmobile HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP
Thompson Library 140 (B&W) Thompson_Library _140_BW lpd://128.146.12.142/li140-HP3530-BWmobile HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP
Thompson Library 140 (Color) Thompson_Library _140_COLOR lpd://128.146.12.142/li140-HP3530-COLORmobile HP Color LaserJet CM3530 MFP
Tuttle Wireless Printer (B&W) Tuttle_BW lpd://128.146.12.142/TuttleMFD_bw (Upload "[CNRC288X1.PPD](/sites/default/files/CNRC288X1.PPD)")
Tuttle Wireless Printer (Color) Tuttle_Color lpd://128.146.12.142/tuttlemfd_color (Upload "[CNRC288X1.PPD](/sites/default/files/CNRC288X1.PPD)")
Vet Library (B&W) Vet_Library_BW lpd://140.254.228.17/vetmobile HP Color LaserJet 4700
Vet Library (Color) Vet_Library_Color lpd://140.254.228.17/vetmobilecolor HP Color LaserJet 4700
  1. Residence halls may be restricted to current on-campus residents, subject to OSU Housing’s terms and conditions.
  2. Computer labs may be restricted to students of particular major(s) or on other factors at the discretion of department’s IT service.
  3. Some printers appear to require a PPD file and we have not yet ensured some particular instances will work.