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How to Use Pharos

All labs, classrooms and clusters listed on the Computing Areas page are set to print to Pharos.

You can also easily configure your own Windows or Macintosh computer for Pharos with one installation, or use the PrintCenter website to upload print jobs from any device, including mobile devices and Linux computers.
IMPORTANT: When printing to Pharos your computer must be directly connected to the secure campus network, i.e. Mercury wireless or the wired network.

How to Print to Pharos
  1. Select File - Print as you normally would from within the software program you are using.
    TIP: large files may cause issues during print out. To avoid this break your print job into smaller page increments or print a PDF as an image.
  2. In the print dialogue window that opens, select the desired Pharos queue and settings:
    • To print to ANY black and white Pharos printer on campus, select the CUMC_B&W queue. This is the default printer on all public computers.
    • Black and white Pharos printers print double-sided by default. To change or check your double-sided options before you print:
      • Windows - select the Properties button in the Print window, then the Printing Shortcuts tab and change the option under Print on both sides.
      • Macintosh - select File - Print and look for the Two-Sided option. You may need to change a drop-down menu from Preview to Layout to see more Two-Sided options.
    • To use the Color printers select the CUMC_Color queue. NOTE: Color printers cannot print double-sided.
    • Make sure the Document/Paper size is set to Letter (8.5 by 11 inches).
  3. After a moment, a Pharos popup window will appear on your computer’s screen prompting you to log in. Type in your MC login ID (the first part of your CUMC email account, typically your UNI) and select the Print button in the lower right.

    Pharos Log In Popup

The following instructions may vary depending on the type of Pharos printer you decide to use:
  • Pharos Touch Screen Printer - Pharos printers with a touch screen attached to the printer. This includes the Color printers.
  • Pharos Multi Function Printer - there are three multi function printers (MFP) that use a smaller touch panel on the front of the printer itself to control printing. For details on using copying and scanning features at these printers, please see the Copying and Scanning page.
Pharos Touch Screen Printer
NOTE: The first time you tap your CUMC ID card at a Pharos terminal reader, you will be prompted to enter your (CUMC Email/MC) password. After successful login, your card is registered for all Pharos printers and you will not be prompted to enter your password again.
  1. Tap your CUMC ID card at the printer's reader, or enter your MC account ID using the on screen keyboard and press Enter.
    If the screen is idle, tapping your ID card or pressing the screen lightly will activate it.

    Pharos Touch Screen Login Field

  2. If prompted, type in your MC account password press the Enter key on the keyboard.
    For any login problems either use myPassword online, call us at (212) 305-4357 option 5, or come by the Service Desk on the 2nd floor of Hammer.

    Pharos Touch Screen Password Prompt

  3. Your current print jobs will be listed. Touch the job you wish to print to highlight it, then select the Print button. You can also select the Print All button to print everything listed in your queue. Nothing is deducted from your quota until the job prints out.

    Pharos Touch Screen List of Print Jobs

  4. Your job will print out. Select the Exit button in the upper right of the screen to log off of the Pharos screen.
Pharos MFP Touch Panel
  1. Go to one of the multi-function printers and tap your ID card or select the Pharos icon on the touch display in the control panel on the printer, then press OK.

    Pharos icon in Multi Function Printer display pane

  2. If prompted, type in your MC account ID for the Username and press OK, then your password and OK.
    For any login problems either use myPassword online, call us at (212) 305-4357 option 5, or come by the Service Desk on the 2nd floor of Hammer.
  3. Your Account Information will appear, press OK to continue.
  4. You will then see a list of your Pharos print jobs by name:

    Pharos Print Jobs

    • Tap the box to the left of each print job to select (or de-select) and press the Print button in the lower left when ready.
    • To print all of your jobs, press the Print All button.
  5. When done, press the Logout button in the lower right.

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Last updated 11/21/2018