Tested on: Xubuntu 14.04, 14.10 & Lubuntu 14.04, 14.10
UPDATE: This article will no longer help you. I was going to remove it, but when I noticed the traffic and rankings it had on Google I decided to post a link from here to the updated instructions. This blog will cease to exist in the future. For now you can find the updated information on my tech notebook.
I mentioned, in my review of the Brother MFC-L2700DW, that the one thing I disliked about the printer was it’s difficulty to setup. It is difficult to setup because there are no clear step by step instructions available for doing it. I have had to piece together little bits of information from all over the Internet in order to make the printer work. Finally, I’ve gotten a process down, and can now quickly setup this printer on a Ubuntu machine.
This setup assumes that the printer is hooked up to the LAN. Before starting you should assign a static IP address to your printer. You can learn how to set a static IP address in the printer’s manual. I’ll use 192.168.1.50 for examples.
We’ll use gdebi to install the files we download, so make sure that is installed first. Open a terminal (ctrl-alt-t or find it in the menu) and type:
sudo apt-get install gdebi
Enter your password when asked.
Next install the required 32 bit libraries:
sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6
Now visit the driver download page and download the needed drivers shown below.
Execute the following commands to install the drivers for both the printer and the scanner:
sudo gdebi brgenml1lpr-3.1.0-1.i386.deb
sudo gdebi brgenml1cupswrapper-3.1.0-1.i386.deb
sudo gdebi brother-udev-rule-type1-1.0.0-1.all.deb
sudo gdebi brscan4-0.4.3-1.amd64.deb
Once all the drivers are installed, execute the following command. Remember to change the IP address to match the one you assigned to your printer. The name can be changed to anything you’d like it to be.
brsaneconfig4 -a name=Brother model=MFCL2700DW ip=192.168.1.50
Now in your browser, navigate to:
select the Printers tab. The screen should resemble the image below.
Select the first option under the “Discovered Network Printers:” as shown above. Then click Continue. On the next screen (Shown below) remove the check mark by Share This Printer (assuming you don’t want to share since there really is no point to share a LAN printer). Then click Continue again.
Wait patiently for a few seconds and you should find yourself back at the management screen for the new printer (shown below).
With the printer setup for printing, You can install software for using the scanner. I prefer to use xsane for my scanning needs. You can install it with the following command:
sudo apt-get install xsane
With that the Brother MFC-L2700DW should be functioning completely. If you do not wish to use xsane, you can install your scanning software of choice and the scanner should work with it.