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New Printer: Brother HL-2270DW

Posted 01-25-2012 at 03:39 AM by hydraMax

Finally broke down and bought my first printer, a Brother HL-2270DW. It has only been a few days, but I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's everything I wanted: an inexpensive, Ethernet capable, Linux-compatible laser printer (I hate inkjet). It provides LPD/LPR service over the network, so you don't even have to download the proprietary drivers to use it: just use the CUPS Web interface to add an LPD printer (Generic PCL) and point it to the correct IP address.

If it is plugged into the network, it will get an IP address through DHCP, which you can use to get to the Web control interface on port 80. Also, if you press the "Go" button on the printer three times rapidly, it will print a page telling you its IP Address, MAC, and other settings. I couldn't find a menu option in the Web interface for setting a static IP, but I didn't look very hard... I'll probably just set my router to always give it the same IP based on the MAC.

Supposedly has Wireless support as well, but I haven't messed around with that.

Now, off to print my tax forms. :|
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