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Revision as of 17:36, 4 March 2010

Step 1 - Starting the Add Printer Wizard

To start the Add Printer wizard, click on the Start button, then click on Control Panel. When the Control Panel Window Opens up, click on Printers. Once this opens, click on "Add a Printer" on the bar right below the address bar, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1 - Opening the Printer Wizard

Choose the second option, "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer", and hit NEXT to proceed to the next step. Figure 2 shows this step.

Figure 2 - Choosing to Add a Network Printer

On the next window, the wizard will start searching for printers, however, IGNORE this and select "The printer that I want isn't listed," as in Figure 3.

Figure 3 - Selecting to Add a Printer Not Listed

Step 2 - Enter in the Print Server and Printer Name

You should now be looking at a window titled "Find a printer by name or TCP/IP address." Make sure the second option, "Select a shared printer by name", is chosen and click in the blank. You must fill in this blank with the print server and the name of the printer that you wish to use. The print server is eceprint.ece.ncsu.edu, and the name is the name of the printer. Fill in the blank in the following format:

  \\eceprint.ece.ncsu.edu\<printer's name>
Figure 4 - Entering the Server and Printer Name

Figure 4 shows an example where we are connecting to the printer HIPPOGRIFF. As you can see, we have entered "\\eceprint.ece.ncsu.edu\hippogriff" in the blank. Once you have filled in the blank, click NEXT to proceed to the next step.

Step 3 - Authenticate to the Print Server

Your computer may take a moment to contact our print server, but eventually a login prompt should appear. You must authenticate with your WOLFTECH-domain login and password, which should be identical to your unityID and password. For questions about your WOLFTECH login and password, email ecehelp@ncsu.edu.

  • If you are adding a printer from an ECEW2K-domained computer, enter your username as
  • If you are adding a printer from a personal machine, enter your username as
Figure 5 - Entering Your Login Information

Figure 5 shows an example of the login prompt and how to enter your username and password. After you have entered your username and password, click OK and the computer will attempt to add the printer. In the case that the Add Printer Wizard doesn't prompt you to enter a password, don't worry, this just means that your password has already been stored, possibly from a previous printer addition.

Figure 6 - Installing Drivers

At this point, a dialog box might pop-up such as in Figure 6. If this happens, it means that drivers need to be installed for the printer; However, all you need to do is simply click Install driver, then give Windows permission to do such at the next prompt.

If you are not prompted to install a driver then your computer is already equipped with the required drivers and you can proceed onto the next step in this guide.

Step 4 - Finish the Wizard

The next window that comes up will have the printer's name on it, and in some cases, the option to make it your default printer. Simply verify that the printer name shown is the one you want to add and hit NEXT.

Finally, you will be prompted to end the Printer Add Wizard. This window also gives you the option to print a test page to verify that the printer is working. If you wish to do so, click "Print Test Page", otherwise click FINISH.