I have a brother MFC-6490CW printer and I am unable to connect to it through my wireless network using ubuntu 14.04 due to not having a driver available... does the driver exist? if it does, how do I find/install it? thanks!


Yes they do exist, I have been using my MFC6490CW with Ubuntu since 2009, both for printing and scanning.

You can download the driver e.g. from the US support site. Select the deb versions. I have used the individual drivers, but you might want to try the Driver Install Tool (listed at the top here) download it and follow its installation instructions:

Step1. Download the tool.(linux-brprinter-installer-..-.gz)

The tool will be downloaded into the default "Download" directory. (The directory location varies depending on your Linux distribution.) e.g. /home/(LoginName)/Download

Step2. Open a terminal window and go to the directory you downloaded the file to in the last step.

Step3. Enter this command to extract the downloaded file:

Command: gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-..-.gz

Step4. Get superuser authorization with the "su" command or "sudo su" command.

Step5. Run the tool:

Command: bash linux-brprinter-installer-..- Brother machine name

Step6. The driver installation will start. Follow the installation screen directions.

When you see the message "Will you specify the DeviceURI ?",

For USB Users: Choose N(No) For Network Users: Choose Y(Yes) and DeviceURI.

The install process may take some time. Please wait until it is complete.

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