I have a Brother MFC-490CW printer that is connected to my LAN (wireless) and on which I can print with fine from Windows. From Ubuntu however, it does not seem to be possible. I downloaded and installed cups and lpd drivers from the Brother site and installed them. I get a Brother printer that says it is connected via USB. If I search for a network printer, my printer is shown. If I select it and select the correct driver, I can submit test pages. These pages are however not printed.

What could be wrong. Should it really be that much harder then it is on Windows?


I had exactly the same problem brother using the CUPS and LPR drivers and trying to install them through the UBUNTU printer install interface. I also tried the CUPS webpage trick with no success. After several days and methods of trying to get it to work, I finally had success using the brother installer package located here:


You have to use some terminal commands when using this method, but there are only about 7 or 8 of them and the instructions right below the installer package download link are pretty clear. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Once I saw all of the dependent packages the Brother installer downloaded to support the installation, I realized there was no way I was going to make this work using the typical Youtube simple install methods.

Hope this helps you or someone else who had the same difficulties I did.

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    No please, include those instructions here in the answer. Users shouldn't have to read another resources except to look for references. – Braiam Oct 23 '13 at 3:40

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