Chad Vogelsong on 16 May 2008 09:57:06 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] inexpensive network scanner or MFP?

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 
> a PITA!
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Chad
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I decided to go with the Brother MFC-7820N.  They have Linux drivers and 
support for scanning (to pc or e-mail), printing and pc-fax.  That is 
pretty impressive in my book.  Linux is still a 2nd class citizen in 
that it has it's own driver page and can't be included with the generic 
"find my drivers" selection, but at least Brother does bother to offer 
the support.
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