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I've been attempting to set up my new brother multi-function device to work as a printer and scanner using the following steps. It is connected to the network as a LAN device, not directly connected to my ubuntu machine.

  1. Search Brother support for the MFC-J825DW and download the deb packages for the lpr driver and cupswrapper drivers.
  2. Follow install instructions for each driver, making sure you have all required packages installed (ia32-libs or lib32stdc++ if using 64bit ubuntu for example).

After this point I was able to successfully perform a test print, so the printer part is working. So far I haven't had much luck getting the scanner working. This is what I've tried:

  1. Download the brscan4 and scan-key-tool deb packages from brother support as above.
  2. Followed the instructions for installing these ensure you have all requried packages installed (such as sane-utils).

However when I tried to scan it detects no scanner.

I then tried the solution offered in this answer to a question based on a similar brother printer, but no luck. I must have made a mistake somewhere along the line. Does anyone have any ideas what I can try to find out what? Or should I uninstall everything and start again from the beginning?

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Did you copy the libs: – Takkat Jun 2 '12 at 21:32
@Takkat I shouldn't need to do that as I'm not on a 64bit machine as far as I'm aware. – AntonChanning Jun 2 '12 at 21:44
@Takkat Thanks for that hint, made my MFC-465CN get recognized as a scanner! Should be the answer to the problem. – rearlight Jul 1 '13 at 16:32
@rearlight: well, it already is an answer on the site - glad it helped. – Takkat Jul 1 '13 at 18:36
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I think this is a case of only being stuck until you ask for help. Soon after posting this I decided to check the ip addesses of the printer and scanner. Sure enough I'd entered a different ip for each one somehow. Since the printer worked and the scanner didn't, I made the assumption that the scanner had the wrong one.

To correct this I had to enter the following line at the command prompt:

brsaneconfig4 -r SCANNER

This command removed the scanner with the incorrect ip address. Then I simply added it back again, making sure the ip address was right this time.

brsaneconfig4 -a name=SCANNER model=MFC-J825DW ip=

Note: You should probably set the scanner up to a fixed ip in the router, otherwise you may have problems later on when it gets assigned a different ip when the router is reset.

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AntonChanning solution worked for the MFC-J870DW also – Hatem Jaber Mar 26 at 15:46
@Hatem I suspect this solution works for all models of Brother scanners supported by brsaneconfig4. – AntonChanning Mar 28 at 14:58

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