Can I connect a usb printer/scanner to eth LAN?

Asked by Bob Merhebi on 2012-11-17

I'd like to ask if its possible to connect a usb printer/scanner (this one in particular: to a LAN?

How should I do that if possible?

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Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
Release: 12.04
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Linux *** 3.2.0-33-generic #52-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 18 16:29:15 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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Can you ping the printer by IP?
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Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) said : #2

Pinged it? well its a usb & I can't connect it to the LAN with a usb. My question was if it is possible to connect it to eth?

I tried a crossover adapter & an RJ45 adapted & tried pinging but it didnt work.

Wait, do you want to SHARE the printer so that systems on the network can print to it through the Ubuntu PC?

Sam Hathaway (sam.hathaway) said : #4

I connected my USB inkjet printer to the USB port on my wifi router. The router is running DD-WRT and uses p910nd to share printers using the JetDirect (a.k.a. AppSocket) protocol.

More information here:

I haven't tried to make scanning work. I scan so infrequently that it's easier for me to just plug the printer directly into my laptop when I need to.

Ahhh so there is a router involved.Why did you only just mention this now? Why was it not in the initial question?

Sam Hathaway (sam.hathaway) said : #6

parsnip, you may be confusing me with the initial question writer. I'm just letting him know how I solved this problem. The router is just a convenient linux-based system that has both an ethernet port and a usb port. It happens to come with p910nd pre-installed. This can be done with the Ubuntu p910nd package.

Incidentally, you can do this with CUPS as well, but it's more of a hassle:

Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) said : #7

Yes I do.

Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) said : #8

Oh I didnt see the previous comments. I'll check them in a moment, but I have to mention that I have a regular DSL modem with no usb ports. Only eth ports!

Sam Hathaway (sam.hathaway) said : #9

You can use any Linux machine to "share" your USB device via p910nd or CUPS as I described. Doesn't have to be a router. That was just what I chose since it has a USB port and sits right next to my printer.

If you use the network printer option in the printer dialogue, you can tell the OS to probe the IP to find printers

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