Using a Ricoh Printer on a Macintosh

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Adding the Ricoh Printer to a Mac

There is a Ricoh MFP C4501 copier on floors 3-8 of Van Vleck. Note that in order to print to them your computer should be connected to the Van Vleck network via a wired connection and your username on your computer should be the same as your Math Department username. You can configure your Macintosh to print to these printer/copiers by following the steps below:

  1. Download and install the Ricoh Aficio C4501 driver. Note: you will need to have at least MacOS 10.5.
  2. Set up the printer by clicking on Apple -> System Preferences -> Print and Fax. The display below shows how to

setup the 7th floor Ricoh printer:


If you prefer to do this via a command line, do the following (after downloading and installing the driver) (This example sets up the 5th floor printer)

Open a terminal window and type the following commands

  • sudo tcsh
  • (then type an administrator password)
  • lpadmin -E -p 5 -v ipp:// -P "/Library/Printers/PPDS/Contents/Resources/RICOH Aficio MP C4501"
  • cupsenable 5
  • cupsaccept 5


NOTE: if have a personal Macintosh and your local username is different from your username in the Math Department, you can print using a command like this:

   lp -d P -U <yourusername> file.pdf
  (where P is the name of the printer (e.g. 5) and <yourusername> is your username.  
   NOTE that you can only print postscript or PDF files)