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Canon PRO-200 setup

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Canon PIXMA PRO-200 setup

Printer installation and setup


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Keith has been testing the PIXMA PRO-200.

In this article he looks at setting up the PRO-200 13″ A3+ printer. There is a full PRO-200 review as well.

It includes unboxing, ink and printhead loading with initial printer software setup, along with a look at avoiding the (Mac) Airprint problem.

How to get the PRO-200 (PRO-100 replacement) up and running.

pro-200-printing

I have a PRO-200 installation video I recorded during setup that may also be useful.

PRO-200 setup

The PRO-200 printer from Canon is the successor to the PRO-100 I reviewed in 2014

There are printed instructions in the box, but do note this on the box itself.

canon-pro-200-box

The box is in two parts which just pull apart and there is a link to a web installation guide.

http://ij.start.canon

I set it up without this (until I connected it to the computer) – then again I get a lot of practice with new printers.

 

The website link will need you to enter the model number to get to PRO-200 specific info.

canon-web-site

The setup covers everything you need (Mac and PC)

pro-200-setup

Lifting the top part of the box off.

box-lid-removed

Inside the box, you get various guides/notes, a windows setup CD, a CD holder for printing on them, a mains lead, the print head, and the 8 ink carts that the printer needs. Note that there is no USB cable.

box-contents

The printer can be lifted out of the box using the plastic bag it’s in – it is designed to take the weight.

plastic-bag

There is a lot of packing to remove, internally and externally.

preparation

Note the orange print carriage lock. Anything orange does not stay with the printer.

internal-packing

In what is already an improvement over the PRO-100, there is a screen and controls, rather than the minimalist ‘guess what’s going on’ approach of the PRO-100 and its two big buttons.

Putting in the printhead

The printer can now be powered up.

network-and-power

Do not attach a network or USB cable yet, if you’re going to be using one

The USB cable here is just not plugged in to my laptop. If you want to use Ethernet, remove the light grey plastic plug first.

Note the screen showing what needs doing. There are clear animated guides available for many printer activities.

You’ll need to set your chosen screen language and the date/time.

ready-to-install

First up, the printhead needs installing. Opening the lid will cause the carriage to move over to the left.

The head assembly goes under the grey bar. Lift the locking lever at the right to open the space for it.

ready-to-load-print-head

The head itself is in a sealed bag.

canon-print-head

The electrical contact and ink jets are protected with an orange clip.

This needs removing, but take care not to touch what’s under it..

print-head-and-covers

The head just drops in. Lower the grey lever at the right side to lock it in place.

head-locked-in-place

Next, the inks

The ink carts just click into place, after removing the wrapping. They just drop into the slots in the recently installed printhead and click into place.

loading-ink

There is an orange plastic tab on the bottom of new carts. This twists and breaks off before installing the cart in the slot corresponding to the ink colour.

ink-cart-top

Initialisation

With all carts in place, close the lid and the printer will do things for a few minutes, checking all is well. Do not turn the printer off or open the lid during this time. Printers do not like disturbance when initialising.

After a few minutes, the printer is ready to use.

At this point you could go on to install printer drivers and connect up the printer to a network or computer (or phone). However, there is an important print quality setting/adjustment that is best done before this.

Print head alignment

The print head is a good fit, and designed to be self-aligned during the mechanical fitting process. However, small variations in position will exist after fitting. These are small, but the precision needed for precisely placing ink drops on a paper is even finer.

This is why the printer offers an alignment check option.

Personally I’d suggest doing this right now, and once more after replacing the first ink cart. This will refine any adjustments after the mechanism has bedded in a bit. After that, do it when the last of the supplied carts is used up and perhaps annually after that (more often if you print a lot).

Two sheets of A4/Letter plain paper will suffice.

start-alignment-print

These are loaded in the top feed slot.

alignment-print

A few minutes later I’ve a couple of sheets of test patterns.

alignment-sheets

The printer really is ready to go now.

Connecting to a computer/network

I’ll just show some examples connecting the printer to my MacBook Pro. For newer Macs an windows systems, the options will be slightly different, but the process is the same.

connecting-printer

Unless you already have another PRO-200 set up, you’ll need the driver setup software downloading.

If you’re connecting via a network then the setup process may need to access things that some security software may have issues with. In my case it was when I tried a wireless access connection in that my WiFi details were needed during the connection. Now, to save me the hassle of finding the piece of paper with the wireless password on it, I let the process happen automatically. Just remember this if installing in a corporate environment with more stringent access controls.

install-software-warnings

Whilst on a PC you could install from the CD (as far as I know), I prefer to let the software get the most up to date drivers for me.

download-drivers

I first tried a setup with a USB cable.

usb-connection

All the options are shown in the on-line documentation.

connection-methods

Note the wireless connection gives the printer serial number and network name.

wifi-connection

The serial number can be shown on the printer screen along with other printer information. The serial number is also the default password for the printer’s own web server.

Various bit of software will be downloaded for the printer.

driver-install

Once it’s done I check my printer settings and the printer is there on my computer, ready to print from.

check-drivers

A quick check of the options, lets me connect to the printer web pages.

printer-info

The printer’s web server has quite an array of settings.

web-page-inks

Some of these settings are quite advanced and of minimal use to 99%+ of printer users. Feel free to browse, but my own rule of thumb is that if I’ve no idea what a setting is for I then take that as a hint it doesn’t need changing.

The Mac AirPrint problem

If you look at the printer setting after installation, then there are actually two instances of the printer.

Looking in detail shows that one is marked AirPrint

check-drivers

This is easy to miss and regularly causes problems.

The problem is that the AirPrint version of the driver will lack certain driver settings that you would expect to see. If you’ve been using the normal version and then one day accidentally print via the AirPrint version, the natural reaction is to wonder what’s wrong.

I’ve done it, and from my email inbox, I’m not alone.

My solution is to delete any airprint printer instances.

delete-airprint

Just ‘adding’ a new printer and selecting PRO-200 in the example below, added an AirPrint one.

generic-add-printer

By going to the ‘Add Printer or Scanner’ option, and going through the option, I see a non airprint version.

not-airprint

AirPrint will be there if you don’t have a proper (downloaded) printer driver available so not entirely as useless as I thought, but still annoying for a lot of people…

Finishing up

The full online PRO-200 manual is available at:

https://ij.manual.canon/ij/webmanual/Manual/All/PRO-200%20series/EN/CNT/Top.html

You can use this to download additional Canon software.

The printer is now up and running. The alignment check and driver setup tells me it’s printing, but I do usually try one other option you get with the Canon printers. That’s a pattern print.

Available form the menu, I use it for printing the odd sheet of musical score paper or graph paper. Since there’s still a sheet of plain paper in the slot (from the alignment) I simply print off a sheet just to be doubly sure everything is OK

print-graph-paper

graph-paper

All is well, now for some testing…

Following on from this article I’ve written a full PRO-200 review

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1Comment
  • Joseph Andrews | Jan 12, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Keith:

    Your work is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to reading the full review.

    I remain satisfied with the PRO-100…but am always on the lookout for ‘better’!

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