Many printers, including those that are directly connected to your machine via USB or FireWire and those that are shared by other Macs, automatically appear in the list of printers in the Printer Setup Utility, making them ready to use almost immediately. However, if you want to use a network-based printer that isn’t shared by a Mac or use a printer for which your Mac can’t figure out the driver to use automatically, you’ll have to add it yourself.
To add a printer, click the Add Printer button (or use the Printers → Add Printer menu item). After a few moments, a window pops up that allows you to Browse for the printer you’d like to add (as shown in Figure 10-4), or specify the details to add an IP Printer manually (shown in Figure 10-5). The pull-down menu at the top of the dialog has the following options to choose from:
Lets you add and configure a printer using the legacy AppleTalk protocol. You can select from printers on the local AppleTalk zone and from any other zones that your computer knows about.
Lets you add and configure a printer connected to a server (either a standalone machine or an embedded server inside the printer) using an IP-based protocol. These protocols include: LPD/LPR, a Unix-based printing protocol that has become a de facto industry standard; Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), a newer protocol based on HTTP that is intended to provide better interoperability over Internet-based networks; and HP’s Jet ...