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Mobility Print from Ubuntu Client


Mobility Print from Ubuntu Client

 

Everyone loves Mobility Print from PaperCut, why wouldn’t you? It has made BYOD printing easy and from a support point of view, we encourage easy!

Here on our support desk, we get a lot of Linux traffic and we wanted to show you that setting up Mobility print  on Linux is not so scary. We originally set this demo up on Ubuntu 16.04 (other distros are available) but decided to write up a guide for Ubuntu 18.04 as it is more recent and it should hopefully minimise confusion.

Warning – As this is for Ubuntu you may find some differences if you use a different distro.

So to print via Linux to Mobility Print we are going to use IPPS, see, that does not sound so bad, you are probably already using it to print from your Mac.

 

Linux Addnewprinter

Step 1. Add the printer

Go into Settings>Devices>Printers and select Additional Printer Settings in the right-hand pane.

In the Printers window select Add

Choose Network Printer and Internet Printing Protocol (https).

At this point, you need to enter the queue name along with the login details in the following format

https://username:password@[FQDN_or_IP]:9164/printers/queuename

In the above example, our user is Karl and his password leaves much to be desired.

 

Step 2. Chose wisely

Driver selection time. The system shows Searching for Driver and then displays a selection window. You need to pick the driver and as PaperCut doesn’t have a global driver for Linux the best bet is to use the generic postscript driver from open printing instead of a device-specific driver.

Linux Addprinter

Step 3. What’s in a name?

The next window allows you to give the printer a friendly (or aggressive) name, this is much the same as adding a printer via Windows.

Linux Job Tracked

Step 4. Test!

After you have added the location and description details you will be asked if you wish to print a test page, do it. Once done, log into the PaperCut Admin UI, select printers and then Jobs Pending Release. All being well your test job should be waiting for you paused in the queue. If you are happy then release the job and hop on over to the printers Job Log screen to confirm all is well. Fingers crossed!

 

Job done, successfully printed and tracked.

 

Good to Know:

As a side note, the system only shows the username and password while you are setting it up if you return to the printer properties settings afterwards the URL does not show the sensitive information (nice huh).

What next?

We hope you find this useful, it’s something that crops up enough now that we can just happily point people at this blog post and be confident they will be able to succeed!

As always, any questions, problems or advice on what Xbox game to get next just chuck us an email.

 

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