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I have a Brother MFC-7440N. I would like to print to it from Debian Squeeze over the network without installing Brother's official driver, which I know for sure to be out of date and non-functional without some pre- and post-install hacks, and to not work on 64-bit machines at all. Do you know a way to do this?

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Installation of Brother MFC 7440N on Network LAN.

System: Kubuntu 11.10 64-bit

  • Requirements

    ia32-libs or lib32stdc++ is required to be installed (with "Package Management" or whatever its name is in English)

  • LPR driver download

    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/download_prn.html#MFC-7440N

  • At the terminal go to the folder where the diver is and type as superuser:

    sudo dpkg  -i  --force-all brmfc7440nlpr-2.0.2-1.i386.deb
    

    (above is the driver name of MFC 7440n included: dpkg -i --force-all Drivername)

  • Test function at the terminal with following line:

    dpkg  -l  |  grep  Brother
    
  • The printer can be controled with:

    http://localhost:631/

    For some commands maybe you need to login with:

    • Username: admin
    • Password: access
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I suggest setting a fixed IP on the printer, as the broadcast name resolution doesn't work reliably on this printer.

Now, in the GUI:

  • Go to System >Administration >Printing
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Add then click Printer
  • Click the drop down arrow for Network Printer and click AppSocket/HP JetDirect
  • Enter your printer's fixed IP Address (if you are letting the printer DHCP, you're on your own here)
  • Click Next
  • Select HP and click Next
  • Find the first LaserJet 8150 model
  • Pick the hpijs pcl3 driver on the right (the second one for me) and click Next
  • name it brother7440 or whatever you want in the first two boxes and click Apply
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Works on Ubuntu too. –  Thomas Mar 22 '11 at 3:26
    
The generic fallback often suggested for Brother printers with Linux is the HL1250 printer driver so try that if the HP 8150 doesn't work properly. –  Linker3000 Mar 22 '11 at 7:19
    
The 1250 driver messes up margins and such for this printer. Use the HP as shown for best results. –  A Student at a University Mar 24 '11 at 1:20

The official 7440N driver has worked quite well on 64bit Ubuntu machines for a couple of years, with the printer on the network. Printing and scanning work without any issues, but I haven't figured out how to fax directly from the computer (never gave it a real try anyway). Yes, there are hacks involved, but they are all well documented on their site.

Some tips on easier management of your home or office network: 1) Assign a static IP to every adapter on the premises 2) Maintain a list of devices, their MAC addresses and their static IP addresses on your network. Also document any port forwarding rules or QoS rules for all of those addresses 3) Assuming you're using a single router to manage your network, use the above documentation to exactly recreate your desired settings on the new platform. That way you don't need to change any settings on resource or client devices.

Documentation and consistency are better than Aspirin ;)

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The above guide works for Ubuntu 12.10, use "LPD/LPR Host or Printer" and the following URI:

lpd://192.168.0.150/BINARY_P1

When adding the printer, the driver is close to the bottom of the list as they didn't put a "-" in between "MFC" and the model number.

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