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Nikhef print system

Introduction

The Nikhef print system consists of Xerox multifunctional printers and the Follow-you software Safeq from Ysoft.

Two types of printers are available:

  • 6 x Xerox AltaLink 8035
  • 2 x Xerox AltaLink 8055

All printers are able to print, copy and scan documents in A3 and A4 format, single and double sided. Scans will be done in color by default. The printers are located at all floors in the Nikhef H and N buildings. Three printers are installed at the reception desk, the secretariat and the personal department. These printers are part of the print system, but have limited access.

You need a valid access key (druppel) and a valid Nikhef computer account for copying, scanning and follow-you printing.

Note: Before you are able to use your access key, you have to activate it once for the print system. Put your access key on the reader sticker on the front left side of the printer. Enter your Nikhef user name and password. Request the CT Helpdesk to assist you in case you do not know how to do this.

Printing

Follow You

Printing at Nikhef uses a "Follow You" system. All users with a valid Nikhef computer account and a valid Nikhef access key (druppel) can use follow you.
The follow-you system allows you to go to one of the eight printers in the building and to activate your print job with your access key.
When you are done with printing, use your access key to end the session.

You can submit your print job to the following follow-you queues:
  • color (for color prints)
  • bw (for non-color prints)

Be aware of the following:
  • First time printing with follow-you, requires registration of your access key so it is linked to your Nikhef account.
  • A print job send to a follow-you queue stays there for 7 days after which it will be automatically deleted from queue.

Guest Printing and Printing via email

It is possible to send print jobs to the printers via email. If you send email with attachement to print@nikhef.nl the attachement will be send to your print queu and you can print it with the follow you system.
Please note that you need to use your Nikhef email address to send the email.
This system is able to print most common file formats like pdf, jpg, png, doc etc.
This system can also be used by guests to print at Nikhef. The guest can register their email and collect a temporary access card at the Nikhef helpdesk.

Available Printers

Printer bw color
h0 x x
h1 x x
h2 x x
h3 x x
n0 x x
n1 x x
n2 x x
n3 x x

Copying and scanning

You need a valid and registered access key to be able to scan or copy documents on one of available multifunctional printers in the Nikhef building. By default scanned documents will be mailed to your Nikhef account.
However, for larger documents there is also the option to have them placed in a special retrieval folder. More information can be found here

Add a printer to your system


Windows desktop

  • Login with your own Windows Nikhef account
  • In the address field of the Windows Explorer type the address of the print server: \\smb\
    • Note: smb is more generic name for our Windows print server with host name ditta.
  • All available printers queues are shown, right-click the printer you want to add and select connect...
  • The printer is added to your configuration and ready to use.
  • Installed printers can be found under: Start -> Devices and Printers. By right clicking a printer and choose Set as default printer

Windows laptop

  • Login into your system
  • In the address field of the Windows Explorer type the address of the print server: \\smb\
    • Note: smb is more generic name for our Windows print server with host name ditta.
  • If requested, login into the Nikhef domain with your nikhef\username and password (important: let those credentials be remembered!)
    • Warning: this may take a while.
  • All available printers queues are shown, right-click the printer you want to add and select connect...
    • Warning: this may take a while.
  • You might be prompted "do you trust this printer?', answer yes
  • The printer driver will be installed if needed
  • The printer is added to your configuration and ready to use.
  • Installed printers can be found under: Start -> Devices and Printers. By right clicking a printer and choose Set as default printer

Mac OS X (IOS)

You can use Airprint to print to the Nikhef printers. The printer is called Nikhef Airprint and is available on the wireless networks (Nikhef and Eduroam) as well as the wired guestnet. When using for the first time you need to enter your nikhef username and password. Your print jobs should then be available at all printers.
If you want to use all the settings(staples etc.) for the printer please install as follows:
  • For Color download the following ppd file: https://www.nikhef.nl/nikhef/departments/ct/printer/xrxC8055.color.ppd
  • For BW download the following ppd file: https://www.nikhef.nl/nikhef/departments/ct/printer/xrxC8055.bw.ppd
  • Open Printing and scanning in your System Preferences
  • Select + to add a printer
  • Select the IP tab
  • Select the LPD protocol and enter "your_user_name"@lpd.nikhef.nl in the address field
  • Enter the name of the printer you want to add in the Queue field and in the Name field
    • use printer name 'bw' for black-and-white printer
    • use 'color' for color printer
      • For driver select other and choose and select the ppd file you downloaded earlier
  • Select OK to finish the printer installation (do not change the settings of the printer)

Linux

  • Connect with the browser to the CUPS daemon running on the laptop, using
 the following URI:

                    http://localhost:631/
  • You will get a login window. Use your laptop's user credentials to log in
  • In the displayed window choose respectively "Administration / Add Printer"
  • Tick "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
  • Fill in at "Connection:" lpd://<Nikhef-user-id>@lpd.nikhef.nl/color (or .../bw)
 (the user id is crucial here but is not shown lateron in the config listing!)  

And since a laptop-owner is free create his own queues, it is wise
to create serveral queues with their specific default settings, but all
using the same queue "color" (or "bw") at Ditta. This may prevent
inconsistencies between selected Paper-size and Tray-setting.

  • Next fill in the queue name e.g. "Name: colour-a3" with papersize set to A3 AND ALSO the right papertray, i.e. Tray 4, just to avoid the printer being tight-lipped and doing nothing.
  • In the next config step: do not select "Printer Make", but "Or Provide a PPD File:" and browse to the printer specific PPD-file, which can be found at
 http://www.nikhef.nl/nikhef/departments/ct/printer/xrxC8055.ppd
  • In the config window it is essential, as stated before, that the correct paper-size/tray number information is supplied.
Testing
The created printer queues should be tested as basically as possible just to exclude any influence of fancy applications' GUIs.
So either do use plain-text files or clean PostScript files, i.e. without tray information, and without A4/A3 bounding box info if that can be avoided.
If during a test of a printer queue with known correct settings the printer does not print and is taciturn as usual, as the helpdesk to look into the corresponding log file on ditta to figure out what's wrong.
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