Printer sharing is designed to work only over local networks. Even though you might be in the same building as the printer to which you would like to send your print job, you are nonetheless NOT on the same local network if your computer is connected via AirBears2. AirBears2, for good reason, is on the opposite side of the firewall from our demography lab printers and as a result the various ways in which printers ``advertise'' their existence are blocked. Consequently, configuring your machine to print will require some actual typing rather than just pointing and clicking.
In general, there are TWO approaches to enabling your mac/PC to send jobs to Demography Lab printers. The newest and most reliable method is via google cloud printing. It works from any machine that can run a google chrome browser. The second older and more obscure approach involves configuring some printer queues on your machine by hand.
We have taught the google cloud printing server to route your jobs to Demography Lab printers via a google ``group'' called UCBdemography-print. In order to avail yourself of this benefit, you must therefore become a member of this google group (but that is all that you have to do - in order to be able to print .pdf files). Once you join your account to the group, you will be able to print to Demography Lab printers from your google chrome browser. Since the browser can display .pdf's as well as .png and .jpg files, you can pretty much print anything from this browser.
NOTE that your @berkeley.edu (aka Calnet) account is also a google account so just reading your bmail in a google-chrome browser is enough to get you signed in as a google user.
Once you have joined your google account to the UCBdemography-print group, the print menu in your google chrome browser will include a bunch of printers under the heading ``google cloud print''. You can send jobs to them just as you would a local printer.
In some OS's, the FileOpen allows you to open documents that reside on your local machine, into a browser window. It is also possible with some OSs to drag a file the filemanager onto your browser. Either of these methods should cause your browser to display the file's contents in a window. And from there you just print as you would any webpage.
This works very well with pdf's, gif's, jpg's and png's, but not so well with docx and other formats. Consequently, to print from word under this scheme, you'll need to first export your document to a pdf. Tedious perhaps, but not hard.
Another way to print a file from your computer is to browse to http://www.google.com/cloudprint This site should offer you a big red Print button which launches a dialog that will allow you to select a file from your computer and send it to a Demography Lab printer. It should work very well with pdfs, gifs, jpgs and pngs. Not so sure about proprietary word processing formats. But you never know.
Although it is still listed as ``beta'' google provides a cloud printer ``driver'' which you can download from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudprintdriver. It appears to be free and will allow your windows applications to send print jobs directly to cloud connected printers. Please try it and let us know if it works.
For the Mac there appears to be no ``free'' option, but for $1.99 you can transcend the barbaric google-chrome-browser intermediated printing setup and print directly from mac applications - as no doubt your god intended. You get it through the App store so you don't have to worry (much) about ... Satan.
The app is called ``Cloud printer'' it's written by Somasundaram M. who seems like a nice guy. Here's the website http://www.webabode.com/software/cloudprint.html
If for obscure political or religious reasons you wish not to have a google account, then you may still print to Demography Lab printers, but it's a little bit more difficult. (Once again note that your @berkeley.edu/Calnet account is a google account so you really cannot escape.) The main problem is that because your machine is not on the same local network as the printers, the printers cannot advertise themselves to you in the usual manner. Consequently, the need for typing. Note also that because this scheme involves no authentication-and because it involves port 631, it ONLY works from AirBears2 connections - Calvisitor will not do it. the Google Cloud Print scheme, however, works from any Internet connected machine.
Printing from a mac is relatively easy because Linux and macs use the same printing software: CUPS, however, as noted above, AirBears2 is outside of the local network so configuration must be done manually1.
To configure your printers ``manually'' all you need to do is issue a few obscure and terrifying commands in the Terminal Application2
Hopefully you can just past the commands below into your terminal application window.
Note that the sudo command will prompt you for your password - it wants your mac password NOT your Demography Lab password.
sudo lpadmin -x age sudo lpadmin -x class sudo lpadmin -x cohort sudo lpadmin -x status sudo lpadmin -x reproduction
sudo lpadmin -p age -E -v ipp://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/age sudo lpadmin -p cohort -E -v ipp://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/cohort sudo lpadmin -p region -E -v ipp://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/region sudo lpadmin -p reproduction -E -v ipp://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/reproduction sudo lpadmin -p status -E -v ipp://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/status
You should now be able to print to any of the Demography printers, the locations of which are shown in Table 1
If you have a Windows OS, you will need to help your machine find the CUPS system. Windows does not make it easy to print on a non-Microsoft network (surprised?), but once you get it working, it should keep working...until we replace a printer, or Microsoft issues a new ``ServicePack''. The instructions below should allow you to print whether you are connected via AirBears2 (alas NOT calvisitor).
Below are directions - but be aware that things move around a bit between windows OSs so this is just a rough guide. For Windows XP these directions are pretty close, for other versions the key is to find the right dialog box into which you can type those ``http://cupshost ....'' printer specifications, and to select or install the printer drivers.
http://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/age http://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/cohort http://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/region http://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/reproduction http://cupshost.demog.berkeley.edu:631/printers/status
If your are unlucky enough to not have sufficiently similar drivers are already installed on your machine then you will need to acquire them and use the ``have a disk'' option. To acquire the drivers you will need to visit HP's web site http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html and download the driver for the particular printer. Use Table 1 to determine the correct drivers to download. HP also makes available something they call a ``Universal'' print driver which is probably the right one to use for all printers.
After downloading, unzip the file and remember where you put it.
The next step is to select instead of an installed driver, and navigate either to the place where you unpacked the drivers that you already downloaded.
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