Setting up the UTAX printer at NCT

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There are three ways to connect to the printer:

  1. smb:// (recommended ethernet + WiFi)
  2. (ethernet only, for cryptology)
  3. (ethernet only, for SOZTAG)


  1. Go to and download the driver for the printer. Navigate to Download-Center > Treiber (yikes, no permalink). The printer make is UTAX 3005ci. Choose as in the below screenshot. Download the most recent driver for your platform.
  2. Unzip the downloaded archive and install the driver.
  3. Add the printer.
  4. Change the page description language (PDL). Navigate to Systems Preferences > Select PDL and choose PCL as the PDL. Do not skip this step, or bad things (printed gibberish) may happen.
  5. Save the job accounting number as a setting preset. This is where it gets weird.
  6. You should now be able to print from any application. Make sure to always choose the correct printer and presets.


If you already have the printer installed, but it’s not working right, consider deleting the printer and adding it again.

To do so on macOS:

  1. Navigate to Systems Preferences > Printers & Scanners.
  2. Choose the printer to be deleted.
  3. Click delete.
Deleting a printer

Then start the setup from scratch.