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WiFi Printing at the Library: WiFi Printing Overview

Print from your Laptop or portable device using Printer On

Wireless Printing Overview

Print from your laptop computer or portable electronic device using PrinterOn, the Campus wireless printing service.  As of November 24, 2014, wireless printing is now available at all campus libraries.

Overview of Wireless Printing from Your Laptop

To use PrintOn from your desktop or laptop:

  1. Connect to the internet via a Campus network such as AirBears2, CalVisitor, eduroam, VPN or a Library workstation.
  2. Open a web browser and go to http://webprint.berkeley.edu and click on PRINT.
  3. Enter your CalNet ID (e.g., jsmith) or Guest Card number and click on LOGIN.
  4. Click on the +Library link and select library-wireless.
  5. Select a file you wish to print from your computer or key in a web site URL.  Choose the number of copies and pages you wish to print and click on CONTINUE.
  6. Select your printing preferences and click on CONTINUE.
  7. Wait while your print job is being submitted. It may take up to a minute to complete.
  8. Once the interface says "Submitted," click on the Submit Job to Printer link in the bottom -right corner of the box below the "Time Elapsed" information.  Again, there may be a small delay after the item has been submitted to the printer.
  9. Once you see the "Complete" screen, go to any Library print release station and release your print job using your Cal1Card.

Overview of Wireless Printing from a Portable Device

To wirelessly print from an iOS, Android, Kindle, or Nook device:

  1. Go to the app store on your mobile device.
  2. Search for "PrinterOn" in the store and install the PrinterOn application on your mobile device.
  3. Be sure you are using Campus WiFi access such as AirBears2, eduroam or CalVisitor, or you will not be able to access the Library public printer stations.
  4. Once the PrinterOn app is installed, tap on the No Printer Selected button at the bottom of the PrinterOn app screen.
  5. You will be taken to a screen to select the printer you wish to use. Find the Library's public printer locations by inputting "UC Berkeley campus" in the search box and choose the Library-wireless option.
  6. Print photos and Web pages by tapping the appropriate boxes on the PrinterOn application page. Then select a photo stored on your mobile device or key in the web page URL you wish to print.
  7. Print Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files that are attached to emails or in cloud storage applications such as Box or Dropbox by tapping on the document you wish to print and following the prompts for your device.  You may need to use "Share Via" or  "Print In" options on your device to successfully interface with the "Printer On" application.
  8. View the item you wish to print on the PrinterOn screen and tap on the PRINT box at the bottom of the screen.
  9. Enter your CalNet ID or Guest Card number in the box that is supplied. On Android devices, tap PRINT at the bottom of the PrinterOn screen or on an iOS device, tap on the checkmark symbol at the top right of your screen.
  10. Once the "Job Success" notification is displayed, go to a library print release station and use your Cal1Card to retrieve your print job.

Things to be Aware of with Laptop Printing.

1. Only black-and-white printing is available in the current wireless printing configuration.  

2. PrinterOn currently only supports document printing for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF formats. 

3. Wireless printing currently only supports up to 20 pages in a single print request.

4.There may be some delay in job processing once you click on the second SUBMIT button and when you click on the Submit Job to Printer link.  Don't cancel your print job while you are waiting.

Things to be Aware of with Mobile Device Printing.

1.  You must be using a Campus WiFi interface such as AirBears2, eduroam or CalVisitor for the Library's print release locations to be accessible.

2. There is considerable variation in how PrinterOn interfaces with specific applications and different mobile devices. Using the printing options supplied on the PrinterOn screen or printing from local device drive or cloud storage such as Box or DropBox usually meets with the most immediate success. 

3. It may not be possible to print emails or web pages within specific applications on many portable devices.  You may need to save the email or web page to a local device drive or cloud storage such as DropBox and access PrinterOn via that application.

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