Discovery Printers: Mac/OS X Setup

This document describes how to set up the Print Queue on Mac. NOTE: We encourage you to set up the print queue twice, once with the black and white printing by default settings and once with normal color settings so that it's easier for you to print in color only what you need to be colorful.

Reminder on CORE Printing

  • Color: Color printing is very expensive. Use it sparingly and set your printer to default to black and white.
  • Occupants: The printers are for building occupants only. Friends, other students, etc. are not permitted to use the printers.
  • Research: Printers are for research-related materials only. Do not print non-research related items (e.g., school work).
  • Essential: Printing should be kept to a minimum. We work in a green building and resource conservation is important.

This document was written on Yosemite, but the general instructions will work for other MacOS versions newer than 10.4

NOTE: If you haven't yet associated your WisCard with the printers, do that now following this guide: Discovery Printers: Register at the Printer

Install the Driver
  1. Either retrieve the drivers from our shared storage, or get them directly from Sharp's website.

    • Retrieve Drivers from Shared Storage
      1. In Finder, go to the Go menu at the top of the screen and choose Connect to Server. Connect to the share smb://r2d2-fs2.morgridge.net/allshared

        connect to smb://r2d2-fs2.morgridge.net/allshared
      2. Navigate to the folder Printer Drivers, then copy the file named Mac_Printer_Drivers.ZIP to your computer.

    • Retrieve Drivers from Sharp
      1. Go to Sharp's website and fill in the following information on the form:

        • Product Category: MFPs
        • Product: MX-3050N
        • File Type: Drivers and Utilities
      2. Press Search, then press Download to the right of the Mac driver.

        press the download button following the text Mac PPD 10.4 through 10.11 Drivers
  2. Double click ZIP file to extract the folder inside and then double click the folder to open it. Inside should be a .dmg image file. Double click that to open it.

  3. Open the MacOSX folder and then you will see a list of versions of MacOSX.

    contents of the dmg image file

    Double click into the version that corresponds with your own operating system, and then double click the .pkg install file inside to start the driver installation. If you're not sure what version of MacOS you're running, try this: Find the OS X version

  4. Click Continue until you reach the screen where it says Install, then press Install.

    click install to finish the installation process

    It will ask you for a username and password, and you should input your local Mac username and password that you use to log into the Mac its self. The driver will then install.

    user your local mac username and password at the installation promtp

Set up the Print Queue

Which print queue you use depends on what your local Mac username is. If your Mac username does not match your Discovery network account username, you need to complete some preliminary steps to install the PaperCut client (if you're not sure what your Mac username is, check here: OS X Yosemite: If you can’t remember your user name).

If your Discovery network account username MATCHES your MacOSX username, click here. If your Discovery network account username DOES NOT match your OSX username, click here.

  1. Open System Preferences, then Printers and Scanners.

  2. click on printers and scanners in osx system preferences
  3. Click the plus sign in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

    click the plus in the lower left hand corner of the printers and scanners screen
  4. Click IP along the top bar, then fill in the information as follows:

    • Adress: print1.morgridge.net
    • Protocol: Line Printer Daemon - LPD
    • Queue: Discovery_Print_Queue
    • Fill in a Name and Location as you want, for example Discovery Print Queue for the Name and Discovery for the location.
    printer setup window described above

  5. Where it says Use, select the dropdown and choose Select Software... instead.

  6. Search for 3050 and choose the SHARP MX-3050N PPD. Then press OK, and then Add on the page with the printer information.

    search for 3050 and press ok
  7. Switch the number of trays to 2 and the Output Tray Options to Inner Finisher (confirm it lists your settings as in the below picture) then press OK.

    change the output option to finisher in the printer settings
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Please also set the printer to default to black and white by following the instructions here.


When you print to printer queue you set up, your print job will be sent to the queue and you can then retrieve it at any of the copiers in Discovery.

  1. Connect to smb://print1.morgridge.net/PCClient

    connect to papercut share at smb://print1.morgridge.net/pcclient

    Use your Discovery network username and password when prompted.

    user your Discovery username and password for papercut share
  2. Copy the mac folder to your computer's desktop and open it, then double click the client-local-install file.

    run the client-local-install application in the folder

    Click Yes to install the client.

    click yes at the prompt
  3. The PaperCut client will open. Enter your Discovery network account username and password and check Remember my identity, then press OK.

    use Discovery username and password for papercut
  4. To make sure the PaperCut client always starts when you log in, open System Preferences and choose Users & Groups. Under your user, click Login Items and then click the plus sign

    users and groups in system settings
  5. Go to your Applications folder and then choose PCClient and click Add.

    Choose PCClient in the Applications folder
  6. PCClient is now set to start on log in.

    PaperCut Client set up as login item
  7. Open System Preferences, then Printers and Scanners.

  8. click on printers and scanners in osx system preferences
  9. Click the plus sign in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

    click the plus in the lower left hand corner of the printers and scanners screen
  10. Click IP along the top bar, then fill in the information as follows:

    • Adress: print1.morgridge.net
    • Protocol: Line Printer Daemon - LPD
    • Queue: Discovery_BYOD_Mac
    • Fill in a Name and Location as you want, for example Discovery Print Queue for the Name and Discovery for the location.
    use same print settings as described above except queue should be Discovery_BYOD_Mac

  11. Where it says Use, select the dropdown and choose Select Software... instead.

  12. Search for 3050 and choose the SHARP MX-3050N PPD. Then press OK, and then Add on the page with the printer information.

    search for 3050 and press ok
  13. Switch the number of trays to 2 and the Output Tray Options to Inner Finisher (confirm it lists your settings as in the below picture) then press OK.

    change the output option to finisher in the printer settings
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Please also set the printer to default to black and white by following the instructions here.


You will be prompted for credentials when you first print. Put your username and password and set Remember to Always and it will save your credentials for the future.

input your discovery username and password for papercut login and set remember to always

When you print to printer queue you set up, your print job will be sent to the queue and you can then retrieve it at any of the copiers in Discovery.




Keywords:printing printer mac   Doc ID:66354
Owner:Andrew M.Group:Discovery Building IT
Created:2016-08-23 11:13 CSTUpdated:2019-07-17 09:47 CST
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