Northwestern Print: Overview


Overview of Northwetsren Print.


What is Northwestern Print?

Northwestern University has partnered with Ricoh to implement a unified print service across both campuses for faculty, staff, and students. The new service is branded Northwestern Print. It will allow you to print, scan, copy, and fax (if available) from any device across both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Just tap your Wildcard or enter your NetID credentials to release your document at any Northwestern Print device. The printers are energy efficient, entering sleep mode when not in use and waking up automatically when someone approaches. See the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on Northwestern Print  for answers to commonly asked questions about the transition to Northwestern Print.

View the training videos located under the "Learn More" section of the FAQ to learn more about printing with the Northwestern Print service.

All MFDs (Multi-Functional Devices) and printers that are a part of Northwestern Print will be clearly marked with a sign like this:

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Print devices in Northwestern Print

There will be over 600 multi-functional devices (MFD) and single-functional devices (SFDs) across campus in Northwestern Print. Multi-functional devices will provide print, copy, scan, and fax (if available) functions. Single-functional devices will provide just print. Some devices will provide color and black & white printing, while others will be just black & white. Some devices may only be available for faculty / staff printing.

Basic features of Northwestern print

Follow Me Printing allows users to print and release their print job at any Ricoh MFD across campus. The print job does not automatically route and print pages to a specific printer. The user must authenticate at a selected MFD device to print. This ensures printing is confidential to the user and reduces printed waste from documents left uncollected at the printer.

Mobility Print simplifies the printing for BYOD (bring your own device) and other end-user devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or Chromebooks. It delivers secure network print services for iOS, Windows, macOS, Android, and Chrome. It allows both managed and unmanaged devices to securely print to an MFD device on your network.

Another option for printing for personal devices is Web Print. Web Print is a driver-less printing service that allows authenticated users to print by uploading documents from a web browser. No client software or driver installation is required. Mobility Print is the recommended solution.

Other features of Northwestern Print – copy, scan, fax

Multi-functional Devices (MFD) can perform multiple tasks such as printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. View the Northwestern Print Copy video to learn more about using the copy features of Northwestern Print or review these KB articles:

See Northwestern Print Printer Locations for additional information on printer capabilities and Northwestern Print locations for faculty, students, and staff.

 What will I need to print?

To print in the Northwestern Print your computer / mobile device will need the proper print queue and printer driver. On all Northwestern owned and managed devices these will be deployed by your local IT (Information Technology) support staff.

Devices not owned and managed by Northwestern including personal devices (BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices)) will require Mobility Print to be installed on the device. Mobility Print simplifies the printing process for your own devices (BYOD) and other end-user managed devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or Chromebooks. It delivers secure network print services for iOS, Windows, macOS, Android, and Chrome. It allows both managed and unmanaged devices to securely print to an MFD device on your network.  The installer for Mobility Print will be made available from a webpage. 

For instructions on setting up Mobility Print on your devices or printing from the web click on the links below:

Connecting to Northwestern Print and Releasing Documents

How to Release Print Jobs

Print jobs do not print directly to an MFD / printer but are sent to a print queue that can then be released at any Ricoh MFP (Multi-Function Printers) (Follow Me Printing). Users will have several options for authenticating to release a print job including using your Wildcard (Tap to print) or scanning a QR code associated with the specific MFD/Printer with your smartphone. A third option will be to authenticate on the MFD by typing in your NetID and password.

Wildcard tap-to-release.

Tap to print is the easiest way to authenticate at an MFD to release your print jobs. This option uses your Wildcard Proximity chip to identify a user and access their print jobs.

Touchless release using QR Code

You can release your print jobs in the Northwestern Print system without ever touching the screen on the printer.  You can use your phone to release the job. You will get similar options on your phone to select some or all your pending print jobs.  First you need to register your phone or mobile device with the Northwestern Print system.

For more information, see:  Northwestern Print: Release Options: Overview​





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Northwestern Print provides unified print services across the Evanston and Chicago campuses for faculty, staff, and students running on Ricoh Multi-functional devices (MFD) and printers.