I am considering buying an EcoTank Epson printer (f.x. ET-4550). However it would not be smart to use the money just to find out later that it does not work in Ubuntu. Therefore, I hope there is somebody who has tried EcoTank printer line (ET-4550, ET-2500, e.t.c.) in Ubuntu 16. I would like to hear about your experience:

  1. Does the printer work through the local network (ethernet or wifi), not USB?

  2. Does the printer offer a web-interface from which scanning is possible from the browser, through the local network, so that the scanned pdf (or image) can be downloaded to the local PC? If not, does the the scanning work and how (not via USB)?

(knowing that finding hardware compatible with linux is not an easy task I hope that providing specific model names in such messages will help others too)

Thank you


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I bought a L6190.

I installed the drivers on this page.

I also installed the packages:

printer-driver-escpr, lsb (Linux Standard Base support package)

I have ubuntu 16.04

Printing over wifi works great.

This was a helpful link:

After some editing of config file (described in manual of imagescan), I got scanning to work over wifi as well. Its great!

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    Thanks for the hint. Installing printer-driver-escpr alone helped in my case (ubuntu 20.04, focal fossy). Aug 26, 2020 at 18:11
  • @bohdan_trotsenko Can you elaborate a bit further on your answer? I'm sure you meant #sudo apt-get install printer-driver-escpr, which I've run. But then what? The printer just magically showed when selecting "Print" off a document? Or what software did you use? Apr 14, 2022 at 1:11
  • @CRutherford if I remember well, prior to installing this package my system did see a printer as I tried to add it; afterwards, running "add printer" dialog found one. Apr 15, 2022 at 15:30

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