Setting Up Brother MFC-L2700DW on Ubuntu


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 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.

printerdriversscannerdriversIn the terminal navigate to the folder the four files were downloaded to. By default the command would be:

cd ~/Downloads

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=

Now in your browser, navigate to:


select the Printers tab. The screen should resemble the image below.

Printer ManagementClick the link for the printer to display the management screen for your new printer.

Printer ManagementFrom the right drop-down list (Administration) select Modify Printer. It will bring you to a screen similar to the one below.

shot 3Select 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.

Printer ManagementLeave the Current Driver – Brother BrGenML1 for CUPS driver selected. The only change that was made by this edit was not sharing the printer, and changing the type of Connection from USB to dnssd.

Printer ManagementWhen finished click Modify Printer to save changes.

Wait patiently for a few seconds and you should find yourself back at the management screen for the new printer (shown below).

shot 2From the drop-down list on the left (Maintenance) select Print Test Page. The printer should spit out a test page.

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.

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