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Configuring Network Printer XP & Ubuntu

  Date: Nov 26    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 498

Have two separate home PC's. One with XP as OS, other with Ubuntu 10.04. Printer
is a Brother DCP395CN that uses USB and LAN. I'm Connected to LAN with phone
modem and Linksys router WRG 54G. Both PC systems are using the wired ethernet
cable network connection to router. Have been UNABLE to establish printer
sharing between the two. For starters, Printer works fine on XP, but does not
print with Ubuntu.? Would somebody in our group be able to advise me to the
proper way or procedure to configure the two (2) PC's to share Printer? Please
keep in mind that I am rather limited when it comes to Ubuntu.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 26    

I am unclear from what you have said how the printer is connected. Is it
connected to the XP computer by usb or to the router by LAN? In the former
case you will need to install and setup Samba. In the latter case you will
need an IP address and the printer will need a built in print server.
Setting up a printer by IPP is easy as long as you have the static IP
address. My Brother laser printer is connected this way and it works great.

The fact that it works in XP is immaterial. What you mean to say is that the
printer is working because it prints from XP. However, that does not mean
that it will automatically work in another OS since most printers are made
to work with Windows and it likely shipped with a Windows driver. Linux
support is hot or miss. Depending on the printer, drivers may or may not be
available. This has to do with whether they are open sourced by the OEM,
whether the manufacturer supports Linux or there has been enough time to
backwards engineer a driver. If it is uncommon printer then it may never
happen. Fortunately Brother is commonplace and Linux drivers are available.
If you use Synaptic then you can do a search for brother and it will show
you the drivers and the printers that driver supports. If you use Software
Centre then you are on your own does not provide as much information.

Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 26    

It's not clear how your printer is set up. Is it attached to your router? If
so, turn on the printer, then in Ubuntu run Administration/Printing. Click on
"add," then select "network printer." Wait a few seconds and the printer should
appear. Just select it and proceed (forward? I forget the exact wording). I have
a Brother laser printer attached to my router, and I play around with a lot of
versions of Ubuntu or Mint. This always works for me.

If the printer is attached to the Windows computer, make sure that "file and
printer sharing" is turned on in Network Properties. Then right-click on the
printer in Control Panel and make sure the printer is shared; I think you have
to give it a name. Once those things are done, the Ubuntu setup should be as
described above.

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