We've been using a fairly regular method to setup printers for macOS 10.15 Catalina and below by doing the following:
- pushing the Brother driver pkg (we only use Brother printers)
- mapping the printer with adjusted details like the queue being over https
In CUPS web UI, it would look like this:
Description: PAR-6FL-Payroll-HR-Printer Location: Paris 6FL Driver: Brother MFC-L8650CDW CUPS (color, 2-sided printing) Connection: https://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX/ipp/print Defaults: job-sheets=none, none media=iso_a4_210x297mm sides=one-sided
With Big Sur, Apple wants use to use AirPrint, which I guess is fine but I'm not sure how to do that now.
Looking at the CUPS web UI, I can't find a way to modify my existing printers to use the AirPrint Driver, and I'm not even sure I could use https for communication.
Looking at a (personal) recent printer install with AirPrint, I can see the AirPrint driver but also the connection using dnssd like below:
Description: Brother MFC-L3750CDW series Location: Driver: Brother MFC-L3750CDW series-AirPrint (color, 2-sided printing) Connection: dnssd://Brother%20MFC-L3750CDW%20series._ipp._tcp.local./?uuid=e3248000-80ce-11db-8000-3c2af4f40a07 Defaults: job-sheets=none, none media=iso_a4_210x297mm sides=two-sided-long-edge
So a few questions:
I'll keep digging but if anyone has ideas.