I really like my Brother printers. I've had only two Brother printers in the past 6+ years, but that's a fraction of the number of HP DeskJet printers I've had in the 4-5 years previous. For my purposes, they are rock solid and a great bang-for-the-buck especially when it comes to the consumables (i.e. ink or toner).
Last year I started working from home and needed a FAX of some sort. The Brother MFC-295CN was only $60 on Amazon, and was everything I needed:
- Network attached
My last HP laserjet cost around $100, and was not network attached (the HP JetDirect box was over $100 separately). The Brother is a great little device for an all-in-one.
And the best thing?? Brother is very Linux friendly - a big plus in my book.
Right after I got it a year ago (2010), I jumped through some hoops to get the Scan-to-PC feature to work but it was possible. Recently, I re-installed my workstation with Ubuntu 11.10 and had to re-setup the configuration.
To my plesant suprise, this was extremely easy to setup. Here's what I did:
- The official Brother drivers. Get the one that you need for your printer.
- Follow the directions beneath the section where you downloaded the drivers.
Here are my steps that I took to install the Brother scanning software under Ubuntu 11.10.
- Download the drivers from the Brother website.
- Install the driver:
- sudo dpkg -i /home/dan/Downloads/brscan3-0.2.11-4.amd64.deb
- Configure the driver:
- brsaneconfig3 -a name=BrotherScanner model=MFC-295CN ip=192.168.1.15
- (My printer is at 192.168.1.15)
- Try a test scan:
- For this I used "Simple Scan": Applications -> Graphics -> Simple scan.
- I placed a document on the scanner, the clicked the "Scan" button.
- After ~20 seconds of thinking, the scanner started working and the document appeared on my screen.
I almost feel silly writing this down - it was the same series of steps I would have had to go through if this was an "easy Windows install". It was very easy to configure. Way to go Brother!