There is a new printer in the house: a Brother MFC-425CN. I chose it because it has network support as well as USB, supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and it has a flat bed scanner/copier/fax which is important to me. For Linux, I downloaded and installed the Brother LPR Driver MFC210Clpr-1.0.2-1.i386.rpm and the Cups Wrapper cupswrapperMFC210C-1.0.0-1.i386.rpm. As soon as I’d configured the printer to use DHCP, it acquired its lease and I printed a test page from CUPS. The printer is supplied with a CD for Mac OS X. Installation of the software was a breeze and in no time (though after a reboot) the printer was online, including having registered my Mac with the printer; when I scan a document the printer lets me choose the name of the workstation I’d like to send the scan to. The Windows drivers also work as advertised. All in all a very smart device with software that works. Only time will tell if everything keeps on working, but my first impression is very good, and the fax worked at once. ;-)

Hardware, Linux, and MacOSX :: 28 Dec 2006 :: e-mail