[sane-devel] Brother MFC-610 CLN scanner with network cable

Johannes Meixner jsmeix at suse.de
Mon Nov 21 10:03:11 UTC 2005


On Nov 20 21:31 Martin Olof Andersson wrote (shortened):
> I have a combined printer/scanner. It is connected to my home network to a
> switch using a network cable. After fiddling a bit, I could get the printer
> working nicely, thanks to nice instructions at
> http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/cups_wrapper_install.html
> I have then tried to install the scanner but I dont get it working. Maybe
> because I dont find any instructions or maybe because it is not possible? It
> seems to be prepared for usb scanners. But then I think, that if it works
> with usb, it should also work with a network cable.



Printing on normal printers work in a unidirectional way.
A normal printer driver for a normal printer produces the
printer-specific data without communication with the actual
printer hardware.
Then the printer-specific data is sent somehow to the actual
printer hardware (e.g. via simple TCP socket if it is a
network printer).

Scanning requires continuous bi-directional communication of
the driver with the actual scanner hardware.
Therefore the driver must be prepared to do this communication.
If the Brother driver does not support communication via network,
it will not work via network.

Kind Regards
Johannes Meixner
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Maxfeldstrasse 5      Mail: jsmeix at suse.de
90409 Nuernberg, Germany                    WWW: http://www.suse.de/

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