[sane-devel] Brother MFC 7820N Scanner

m. allan noah anoah at pfeiffer.edu
Sat Jul 8 16:07:59 UTC 2006

IIRC, the brother sane backend is closed source binary, so even if you get 
sane working on windows, i doubt that you will make your scanner work.

do yourself a favor- actually two favors. 1. start using linux, you would 
get sane, apache, and php out of the box, (and your system will generally 
be faster and more secure) 2. switch to a scanner that has available open 
source driver, so that it can be maintained by the community even after 
the vendor stops supporting the model...


On Sat, 8 Jul 2006, Girish Agarwal wrote:

> Hi All,
> 	 I have a brother MFC 7820N scanner which I would like to access/control
> via Web (i.e from a web program written in PHP). My environment is Apache
> server 2.x and PHP 5.x and everything is installed on a windows 2000 server.
> I have checked with my Device Manufacturer who says that this particular
> scanner uses TWAIN driver.
>       I have some Questions which are as follows:-
>       1) SANE API, is it only for Linux/Unix systems or it can be used for
> windows Networks also. I could not find  a library for Windows Networks.
>       2) I also searched for the Backend for my Scanner and Found that
> Brother has contributed one for Linux. Again where do I get one for Windows?
>       3) I am very novice in this area of development so please excuse my
> question but, I am hoping to come across various scanners which I will have
> to interface with my application, so is it better for me to look for a SANE
> to TWAIN kind of interface for my application or try to focus my development
> on TWAIn driver which this MFC is supposed to be compatible??? What I am
> looking for really/ideally is that I should not have to make much
> programming changes to get a SANE/TWAIN compatible scanner to interface with
> my program.
> Thanks,
> Girish

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