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Epson WorkForce WF-7710 network scanning (Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic)

Posted 05-19-2019 at 07:36 PM by bittner
Updated 05-19-2019 at 07:59 PM by bittner

I recently bought an Epson WorkForce WF-7710 multi-function printer, scanner and fax. WF stands for "wide-format": it scans and prints up to A3 and similar sizes.

Printing works out-of-the-box from GNU/Linux, verified on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic. The device is detected and installed automatically as soon as you add it to your LAN. Printing from mobile devices is also supported, verified on iOS devices via WiFi with a PDF and a photo, which is printed borderless and cropped to fill the entire paper size.

Scanning works to a Samba network share, via email (and some other options I don't use) directly off the device. It makes sense to add the scan targets to the "Contacts" and activate the "Frequent use" option for each contact. Fiddling with the settings is acceptable, the smooth-scrolling touch screen is very nice. To make scanning work from GNU/Linux via the network some manual setup is required, though:
  1. Install Epson's Image Scan v3 application, including the non-free networkscan plugin. (See the README in the downloaded .tar.gz file for extensive details. See section 6.1 in the Image Scan v3 manual for similar instructions.)
  2. Set the hostname or IP address in /etc/imagescan/imagescan.conf, uncommenting the default configuration example. (See section 7 in the Image Scan v3 manual for related instructions.)
Afterwards, both GNOME's Simple Scan application and the Image Scan v3 application will be able to detect the WF-7710 and scan documents from document feeder and the flatbed, even in duplex.

As of the time of writing, Simple Scan had some issues with scanning from the feeder, not getting the scanned area centered correctly and missing out on the duplex completely, but with Image Scan v3 I was able to get the result I expected. So, even though Simple Scan provides a much nicer user experience, for this MFP specifically it has some areas that require improvement.

Automate the installation

If you're looking for a solution that automates the setup of this MFP take a look at the painless.software Ansible role.
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