Connecting the printer to MACBOOK AIR, PRO or iMAC is pretty simple and does not require specific knowledge, as in principle on Windows. But for those who switched from Windows to MAC, there may be difficulties associated primarily with a different interface of the MAC OS. In order to facilitate this task, I wrote this article, here it describes step by step how to connect a printer to a MAC (MACBOOK AIR, PRO, MAC mini or iMAC) device in different ways (via USB or network interface).
Connect the printer to the MAC via USB.
The easiest way to connect the printer to the MAC. using the USB interface, just connect your MAC to the printer using a USB cable. Then you need to go to "System settings" in the dock panel.
In the panel "System settings" Press "Printers and scanners".
Next, click on the icon "A plus"to add a printer.
After that, you will be asked to install software for the printer, as you can understand, in order to download it, you need Internet access from your MAC device. Press the button "Install". A similar window may appear immediately after connecting the printer to the MAC.
Then the process of downloading and installing the necessary software will begin.
After that, the printer will be available for printing.
Connection to the MACBOOK AIR, PRO, MAC mini or iMAC of the shared printer connected to Windows.
Let’s consider another situation when your printer is connected to a Windows PC / laptop and you need to connect it to MACBOOK AIR, PRO or iMAC. To do this, it’s not at all necessary to connect USB from the printer to the MAC device every time, it’s enough to share (make a network) a Windows printer, as I described in the article Connect and configure a network printer in Windows 7
After you have shared the printer on Windows, now it is quite simple to connect it to MACBOOK AIR, PRO or iMAC. To do this, go to "System settings" in the dock panel.
Select item "Printers and scanners".
Next, select the tab "Windows". After a short network scan, the MAC OS will give you the available working networks. Your computer name and network printer.
By clicking on the printer, in the field "Used" select a driver, there are several possible options:
Common PostScript Printer.universal driver for printers. It must be used in extreme cases, if not "relatives" drivers for the printer.
Shared PCL printer. Printer Command Language is a printer control language developed by Hewlett-Packard.
Choose software. provides a selection of indispensable software that is already installed in MAC OS. most preferred option.
Other. You can specify the file with the necessary software and drivers (it is advisable to download them from the official site of the printer).
In my case, the option came up to me "Choose software", after which I indicated the model of the connected printer.
After that, click "Add".
The printer will be added to your MAC OS.
If you want to print something, a window will appear in which you need to enter the credentials of a Windows computer (computer name / account and password). In order not to enter it every time check the box "Remember this password in the keychain".
Connect a network printer to MAC OS (MACBOOK AIR, PRO, MAC mini or iMAC).
If you need to connect a network printer to the MAC OS (by a network printer in this case, I mean a printer connected directly to your network (using Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable) or via a print server. In general, a printer with an IP address on your network) .
As in previous cases, go to "System settings".
Choose "Printers and scanners".
Click on plus to add a new printer.
In the window "Add" select tab "IP". In field "Address" enter the ip address of the printer or its name on the network. To find out the IP address of the printer, just select it in its settings. Printing network settings (the name depends on the printer model), if the printer is connected via a print server, then the IP address can be found from the DHCP server (if the router acts as DHCP, you must go to its web interface and find the printer in the list of connected devices and find out its IP) .
Field "Protocol", "Turn" can leave empty in the field "Name" You can specify the name of the printer (the name that will be used on your MAC for this printer), you can also specify its location. At the very bottom, you need to select drivers or use universal ones. "Common PostScript Printer".
Confirm your selection and click "Continue".
The printer will be added to your MACBOOK AIR, PRO, MAC mini or iMAC and you can freely use it.