Connect your Apple Computer to Wireless Printer (via IP or Hostname)


The instructions below are meant for Brown University members who are attempting to connect their personal printer to their computer on Brown wireless networks. 


Connect Your Printer to Brown-Guest

You can refer to this knowldegebase article on how to connect your printer to the Brown-Guest network.

Get Your Printer’s IP Address or DNS Address

Once you’ve connected your printer successfully to Brown-Guest, it will get an IP address. This can be used to connect your printer. However, most printers support getting a unique DNS address. The difference between these addresses is that using an IP address will eventually result in your printer not working as its IP address is subject to change. The DNS address will always remain the same regardless of your printer’s IP address.


The unique address is always the hostname followed by



Your printer’s manufacturer will have documentation on how to retrieve either address. Refer to those instructions to get that information and follow through with the rest of these instructions.

You can always contact the help desk to see if we can assist.


Depending on your printer, you may have to preinstall drivers. Run the installation software provided by the manufacturer.

Usually this software will attempt to connect to your printer, but this process will most likely fail on campus. Follow through these steps after the software has been installed.





Connect to Your Printer


  1. Click on the Apple symbol on the top, left-hand corner. Then, click System Preferences.

  2. Click on the Printers & Scanners icon.

  3. Click the plus “+” sign to add the printer. (You may have to hit Add Printer.. after clicking the plus sign)

  4. A new window will open. Click on the IP icon at the top and fill out the information.

    You can use the Generic PostScript or Generic PCL Printer options. However, these will not support any advanced features with your printer.

  5. Add the printer to your computer and it should appear in your printers list once configured. Print a test page to confirm the printer is functioning correctly.

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