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Q: How can I print to Athena printers from a Mac OS X machine?

Note: the instructions for this page are for printing to Athena printers that do not use Pharos.

If the cluster printer has a card swipe scanner, it is probably uses the Pharos printing system. For instructions on how to print to Pharos-enabled cluster printers, see MIT Pharos Printing Landing Page.

  • How can I configure Mac OS to print to non-cluster Athena printers using CUPS?
  • Mac OS X - How do I print to Athena printers from my computer?


  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner of the the screen in the Menu Bar.
    Apple icon

  2. Select System Preferences.
    System Preferences
  3. In System Preferences, click on the Print & Fax or Print & Scan icon.
    Print and fax in system preferences

  4. Click the plus button to open the Add Printer window.
    Print and fax options

    Add printer options screen

  5. For Protocol, select Internet Printing Protocol - IPP.
    Protocol options

  6. For Address, enter
  7. For Queue, enter the name of the printer. This will be listed on the printer itself. In our example, the printer name is Ajax (located in W20-575).
  8. The "Name" and "Location" fields can be set to your liking.
  9. For Print Using, select Generic PostScript Printer.
    Add printer options

  10. Click the Add button. Another window will slide down within the Add Printer window for additional configuration options.
  11. Check Duplex Printing Unit to enable double-sided printing.
    Installable options screen

  12. Your printer is now configured. Try printing a test document to make sure all is working.
    Print and fax screen

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact the Help Desk (, 617-253-1101) for cluster printers, or the Residential Computing Consultants (, 617-258-9444) for dorm printers.

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July 31, 2017

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