Printer setup on a home network connected to a Mac

Printer: Brother MFC-440CN
Computers: iMac
Laptops: Various Windows, Ubuntu

Screenshot of add printer

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I thought this blog may be of use to some folks having difficulty with a printer that is connected to their Mac and they wish to print through the other laptops or PCs (wirelessly) connected to their home network.

Initially when I had the home network setup, I was able to connect directly to my printer connected via my main system through iMac. However, when I tried it on a new Ubuntu laptop that I setup, I was unable to make a connection to the printer. The details below outline how I managed to get the printer working and I followed a systematic procedure which seemed to always do the trick.

On your Mac that has the printer connected

I checked the printer settings on my Mac and found that Print sharing was not enabled which was a surprise, because I was printing thru other laptops. However, the setting may have defaulted for some unknown reason i.e. software updates etc. The first thing you want to do which is obvious, is to make sure you can print out to the printer. My Brother printer is connected via USB to the Mac and I do not use the Network feature that came with it.

I then went about trying to attach the printer to my Ubuntu laptop and the settings found in Applications > System Tools > System Settings and then printer did not locate any printer on the network. I made sure that I was able to ping to the Mac which I was able to and I have file sharing enabled so I have access to them anywhere on the network. I experimented with CUPS which I found on the internet but I could not proceed through the login as it would not accept my login and password. Changing the cups config file and restarting did not help either as some folks suggested.

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  • Gaurav Kumar

    Printer setup is an easy procedure, it can lead to common printer
    problems if not done properly. I would recommend a couple of things here before
    setting up a printer. Keep your printer setup manual handy so that you can
    refer to it if you get stuck during the procedure. Always connect your printer
    to your computer or wireless router as mentioned in the user manual. 

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