Chad Vogelsong on 11 May 2008 21:00:18 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] inexpensive network scanner or MFP?

I looked at these Brother MFP's.  The thing that has me worried is in the manual for the printers, it says about needing software installed on the PC (Win or Mac) that gets registered with the printer.  You then select the destination PC from the MFP to scan to as an image, e-mail (using e-mail software on the PC) or OCR / PDF.

I haven't seen one yet that you can go into the setup of the printer and give it any FTP site or SMB share and let it rip.  Or using it's own SMTP server (or another on the network) and having it send out the e-mails with PDF attached directly.

I can't believe this would be that hard to find.  It seems like a relatively simple request.  Unfortunately, printer manufacturers seem to rely more on client side software than actually putting the functionality into the MFP's.


Rich G wrote:
I have a Brother MFC 640W which does all you ask for exceot it is a lser
jet.  Printing text is fine.  Graphics works well but I've seen better.
Scanning to PDF works w/o a PC which is awesome - multipaged PDF or TIFF
as well.  It connects wired Ethernet (how I use it) or wireless (USB as

The only thing I'm hesitant about is the ink cartridge has a lifespan
and I've not looked into how to (if it is possible) to bypass.


On Fri, 2008-05-09 at 16:01 -0400, Chad Vogelsong wrote:
Not directly related to Linux, but more of a general network question...

I'm looking for an inexpensive (less than $300) MFP for home network 
use.  Right now I have a Lexmark X215.  It has the multi-page scanner, 
but it only works when attached directly to a Windows PC via USB.  Even 
then, you have to scan each page into Adobe Acrobat individually.  What 

I have it on a Hawking print server so it can be used as a network 
printer so it's only a printer, copier and fax machine now.  I don't 
want to keep a PC on full time for it.

What I would like is something that connects via ethernet.  Ideally, a 
MFP N&W laser printer with b&w / color scanning to PDF.  It should be 
able to put those PDF's on a network share (Windows or Samba) or an FTP 
site or just e-mail them.  If it only did one of those, I would be 
happy.  I don't care if it faxes or not.  I would also consider just a 
scanner that plugs into a network with similar functions.

What does everybody else use for their scanning or a network MFP?  
Anybody in a similar situation?

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