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119. What should I think about when adding my own network printer?

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See also: What do the different symbols in BlueCat mean?
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Be aware that the Uppsala University already have a central printing system currently called eduPrint. Getting your own printer is in general contra productive.

  1. The printer should in general be configured to use DHCP. In order for the printer to get an IP-address thne MAC-address should be added to the DHCP-server at the network. This is in general the central IPAM-system called Bluecat.
  2. Close down any older or unused protocols on the printer that are not in use, like telnet or FTP. No other services than those to be used should be open at the printer.
  3. Set up a local firewall on the printer and only let those networks that should be able to also be able to print directly onto the printer.
  4. Check that the manufacturer has working drivers or instructions for at least macOS, Windows and Linux (RHEL/CentOS).
  5. Check that the PostScript module is added to the printer. Double check this when the computer has arrived. This makes printing on macOS work better or at some models at all.
  6. For scanning purposes, use the central mail server called As a sender for the mail use the receivers own mail-address or create a special account for this. The sender must be accepted at the university mail servers. People receiving mail will eventually reply to this sender so the behaviour should be known - do not send everyting to a black hole for example.
  7. For searching use the catalogue LDAP-server at or maybe the Active Directory LDAP-servers at For the later an account is needed for access so create a function account for this.
  8. Set up logging for the printer to using the syslog protocol.
  9. Set up a unique password for the department printers. Make sure the default passwords are removed. Make sure the IT-support know about the passwords.
  10. Make sure to update the firmware on the printer regularly in order to follow normal security guidelines.


This entry printer was last modified 2018-05-31


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