Install a Network Printer

To connect to a network printer, follow the instructions that correspond with your operating system. To view a list of network printers by building and department, click here.

Installing a Network Printer with Windows 7/Vista

If your Computer IS on the Domain

Connect to the Internet, and VPN (if necessary).

  1. Open the start menu and type \\print.bumc.bu.edu in the white search box that says Search programs and files and press enter.
  2. In the top right corner, you will see a search box that says “Search bumc-print.” Type in the 6 digit BUMC IT Asset# of the printer you wish to add. (image)
  3. Double click on the printer to install the driver.
  4. Repeat this steps to install additional printers

If your Computer is NOT on the Domain

  1. Connect to the Internet, and VPN (if necessary).
  2. Open the start menu and select Devices and Printers
  3. On the top of the Devices and Printers window, select Add a printer
  4. Choose Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer
  5. Click The printer than I want isn’t listed
  6. Select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname
  7. Device type should automatically be set as Autodetect
  8. Look on the printer and locate the 6 digit BUMC IT Asset # of the printer you wish to add. (image)
  9. For the Hostname or IP address, enter the printer name in the format shown in the image: prn9xxxxx.bumc.bu.edu, where9xxxxx represents your printer’s BUMC IT Asset #, located on the red or black or orange BUMC sticker on the
  10. Make sure that Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use is checked off before clicking Next
  11. The printer installation should begin. You will have the option to rename your printer after the installation is complete.

Installing a Network Printer with Windows XP

If your Computer IS on the Domain

Connect to the Internet, and VPN (if necessary).

  1. Open the Start Menu and click “Run”
  2. In Run, type \\bumc-print and press enter
  3. In the top right corner, you will see a search box that says “Search bumc-print.” Type in the 6 digit BUMC IT Asset # of the printer you wish to add. (image)
  4. Double click on the printer to install the driver.
  5. Repeat this steps to install additional printers

If your Computer is NOT on the Domain

  1. Go to the website of the printer manufacturer and download the appropriate driver for your printer. Open the download and extract all files to the root of the C: drive
  2. Open the start menu and click Printers and Faxes (image)
  3. Click on Add Printer in the left hand menu under Printer Tasks
  4. Choose Local printer attached to this computer and make sure to uncheck the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer (image)
  5. Click Next, choose Create a new port and select Standard TCP/IP Port
  6. Click Next and in the Printer Name or IP address box, enter the printer name in the following format: prn9xxxxx.bumc.bu.edu, where 9xxxxx represents your printer’s BUMC IT Asset number, located on the red or black or orange BUMC sticker on the device. The Port name is identical to the printer name.
  7. If the network card for the printer cannot be identified, you might get a dialog about the device type. Just leave the default “Generic Network Card” option and click Next.Now you will have to select a driver for the printer you want to install
  8. Click Have Disk and browse to the folder where you saved the downloaded driver. The correct file should be selected automatically. Click OK and then click Next.
  9. Give your printer a name (it might be helpful to include the BUMC IT Asset# in the name) and choose whether you want to use it as the default printer or not.
  10. Click Next and choose Do not share this printer with other users on the network
  11. Click Next and print a test page to ensure the printer was installed successfully

Installing a Network Printer on a Macintosh Computer

Download these instructions: DOCX PDF

Connect to the Internet, and VPN (if necessary).  Please visit the printer manufacturer’s website and download the OS X drivers for your specific printer model.  Once you have the correct drivers, follow the steps below:

  1. Open System Preferences (one way is to click the Apple then System Preference)
  2. Within System Preferences, Select Print & Fax, located under Hardware. (image)
  3. On the leftmost side of the screen, select the plus sign (+) beneath the list of installed printers (image)
  4. Select IP from the options at the top of the window. The default Protocol is Line Printer Daemon – LPD. Leave this as is. (image)
  5. Under Address, enter the printer name in the format shown in the image: prn9xxxxx.bumc.bu.edu, where 9xxxxx represents your printer’s number, located on the red or black or orange BUMC sticker on the device. Many times your Mac will automatically determine the printer model.  If not, manually select it from the “Print Using:” pop-up menu. (image)
  6. Click Add.
  7. You have successfully added the network printer!  Your network printer will appear on the list of installed printers beneath any previously installed printers within the Print & Fax window. (image)