Subject: Re: Connecting IP-based printer?
To: Users NetBSD <netbsd-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Brian McEwen <email@example.com>
Date: 04/17/2007 08:02:48
On Apr 17, 2007, at 7:43 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 10:16:23PM -0500, Brian Grayson wrote:
>> I purchased a Brother MFC-665CW printer/fax/etc. box recently,
>> and have
>> it working wirelessly with the Windows half of the home network.
>> I noticed that when I telnet in to the printer, it mentions
>> support for
>> lpr/lpd protocol, which looks promising. If I add the following
>> /etc/printcap entry, _something_ happens, but it doesn't print:
> You do not declare any filter? That is you send the raw stuff? I
> this printer supports whether PostScript or a proprietary language.
> need first to transform the the job to something that the printer can
> You have documentation in the NetBSD guide, and you can read too some
> good sections in the FreeBSD handbook (Advanced Printer Setup).
The printer/fax/scanner combos are often supported by proprietary
However if is supports lpr, that's a good start. You still have to
sort out drivers though.
You will want to print to it from CUPS I think, it's easy to
troubleshoot at least (web page config interface etc), and using a
foomatic print driver.
I took a quick look, see www.linuxprinting.org, the foomatic link,
and then the printer database for driver info.
The 665-cw doesn't have a driver listed but the 640-cw does, without
It might be close enough to work. Or a little more research might
show this as definitely possible, or totally impossible at this time :)
Brother is pretty good with opening their stuff though, so eventually
you could be supported directly.