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Step 1: Install Mobility Print

Like all good cooking, a little bit of preparation helps! Mobility Print runs on a system (server or desktop) that is permanently connected to your network. Before you install Mobility Print, you need to:

Select a host

If you already have an existing Print Server… bonus! You can jump to Step 2.

Mobility Print needs to be installed on a system that is permanently connected to your network. This can be:

  • An existing print server.
  • A new system (even a desktop system) that’s permanently left on.
  • A virtual machine. This machine must have its own IP address so cannot be behind a NAT (Network Address Translation).
WARNING

Do not install Mobility Print on a DNS server or Domain Controller.

For more information, see System requirements.

Set up a print server (if one does not exist)

  1. Ensure the host system is connected to the same TCP network that will be used by your end users.
  2. Set up all your printers on the system using the manufacturer's provided print drivers.

    TIP

    Make sure your printers have logical names. It’s harder to change later - users get use to names!

  3. Perform a test print on each printer to make sure it works (don’t forget to put paper in the printer!)
  4. Install PaperCut secondary server (Print Provider).
  5. Check print jobs are tracked by PaperCut.

Install the Mobility Print server

Mobility Print can be installed on any Windows, macOS, or Linux server.

NOTE

Mobility Print cannot be installed on a network drive; it must be installed on a local drive.

Windows

Like all good install packages, just download the file, run it, and click Next a few times… done! The Mobility Print Admin Interface is displayed. See… that was easy.

During the installation, Mobility Print will automatically detect all available printers and you’ll be prompted to select which printers to make available to your users.

You'll also be given the option to install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended because it will help you support the widest range of Windows versions. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.

Mac

Like all good install packages, just download the file, run it, and click Next a few times… done! The Mobility Print Admin Interface is displayed. See… that was easy.

During the installation you’ll be prompted to optionally install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended because it will help you support the widest range of macOS versions. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.

Linux

  1. Log on to the server as the non-privileged "papercut" user, then download the installer.

    NOTE

    If you are installing Mobility Print on a Linux secondary server and your Application Server is macOS or Windows, you need to create the "papercut" user.

  2. Run the file from any directory.

    shell> su - papercut shell> wget https://www.papercut.com/products/ng/mobility-print/download/server/linux/ shell> sh ./pc-mobility-print-*.sh
  3. Follow the installation instructions and enter the root password when requested.

    NOTE

    Temporary root access is required for part of the install. Make sure the root password or sudo password is handy. For more detail about the install process including installing to a different location, see PaperCut NG on Linux .

During the installation you’ll be prompted to optionally install GhostTrap. This is strongly recommended. GhostTrap is open source software used to securely convert PostScript to PDF.

The Mobility Print Admin Interface is displayed. See… that was easy!