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Install Pharos client on Windows

Do not use MIT GUEST
You cannot use the MIT GUEST wireless network to print to the Pharos printers. If your computer is connected via Wi-Fi, you must be connected to the MIT or MIT SECURE wireless networks.


These instructions will step you through installing the Pharos Popup client software on your Windows computer. This will allow you to print to the Athena Pharos printers from your Windows computer even if your Windows username is not the same as your MIT Kerberos username.

Note: If your Windows username is exactly the same as your MIT Kerberos username, you also have the option to set up Pharos as a normal LPR printer on your Windows computer. See Set Up Printing to Pharos as an LPR Printer on Windows


Download Packages

32 and 64 bit installers for Black and White and Color print settings are available in a single zip file available on the IS&T Software Grid, here.

Install Pharos Popup 9.0.1

  1. Download and extract the appropriate package for your operating system from the links above. NOTE: The color and black-and-white printers must be installed separately.
  2. Find the downloaded file and double-click it to run the Pharos Popup installer.
  3. Click the Install button in the installer window.
    Note: You need to be connected to the network while running the installer.
  4. Click the Finish button to exit the installer.

That's it. You should now see a new printer called "Pharos BW Printer" in your list of printers. Whenever you print to it, you will get a dialog box asking you to enter your MIT Kerberos Username and a Job Name for your print job. It is important to enter your username correctly or you will not be able to release the job at the printer.

Tip: Job Name can be left blank
To save a step you can leave the job name blank and Pharos will use the document file name as submitted by your operating system. Just type your username and hit Enter...done!

If Windows displays an error "Unable to find the port:PharosPopupPort", delete this registry entry: "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\Pharos Systems Popup Port Monitor"

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October 07, 2020

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