This document explains the process of setting up a Windows computer to
print to any of the Astronomy network printers. It is written for
Windows XP systems, but the same steps should work under Windows
Vista and any other Windows version which supports IPP printing.
The first step is to identify which printer you would like to install
and to make sure you have the appropriate printer drivers. The
current list of printers and their model numbers is available at this link. You
can find the drivers for Lexmark printers here.
Once you have made sure you have a copy of the drivers, go to the
printers and faxes control panel and click on the Add a
Next, make sure to select the option to add A network printer, or
a printer attached to another computer and then press the
Astronomy supports the IPP protocol and printing is done over
http. When you a prompted to specify a printer, choose Connect to
a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network: and
then enter the URL
So, if you were setting up a workstation to print to the WATSON
printer, you would specify the URL
Next you will be prompted for the drivers. You may wish to check and
see if the drivers for the printer are already installed, however if
they are not go ahead and select the Have Disk option and
point to the directory where you downloaded the drivers into. If you
are given multiple choices for both PCL and PostScript (PS) printers,
please choose PS.
Once you have added the printer, please right click on the printer
from the initial printer control panel and print a test page.