I have two computerrs in the same LAN, where computer A is running Ubuntu 15.10 and computer B is running Ubuntu 16.04. There is a Brother MFC-8860DN multi function center device connected to the network, too. Both machines recognize the MFC-8860DN as a printer. However, machine B does not recognize the Brother as a scanner device, while machine A does.

I've stumbled upon quite a few threads dealing with similiar issues. However, topics to be found are more or less referring either to outdated Ubuntu versions or to using devices via USB or both.

How to set up the Brother device properly on 16.04? What system output might be helpful?

Best, Bunjip


I have the same problem upon upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04, it was working fine before.

Brother's tools are correctly detecting the scanner, but not SANE, so you can always scan using brscan-skey, the go to your scanner and press the scan button.

I solved the issue by reinstalling the scanner driver with a newer version:

sudo apt-get remove brscan4
sudo dpkg -i brscan4-0.4.4-1.amd64.deb

then add your scanner

brsaneconfig4 -a name="Brother scanner" model="MFC-L2720DW" ip=""
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  • Solved: reinstalling the scanner driver with newer version solved the problem. – Apoil1 Nov 13 '16 at 17:35
  • sudo apt-get remove brscan4 – Apoil1 Nov 13 '16 at 17:35
  • sudo dpkg -i brscan4-0.4.4-1.amd64.deb, then add your scanner brsaneconfig4 -a name="Brother scanner" model="MFC-L2720DW" ip="" – Apoil1 Nov 13 '16 at 17:37
  • Rather than posting 3 new comments under your own question, you can click the edit button under your answer and add the new lines there. Next you can click the X button next to your 3 comments and delete them. Thank you and welcome to AskUbuntu. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Nov 13 '16 at 18:07
  • This is great info. I suggest editing your answer and adding these steps that worked. – Organic Marble Nov 13 '16 at 18:10

Note that the scanner driver for brother, event network scanners, needs libusb-0.1 installed.

sudo apt install libusb-0.1
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