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Brother Ethernet printers and LPR via IP System
I have a Brother HL-1270N that I bought when 10.0 was released. This is an ethernet-capable LPR via IP printer, and that's how I set it up in 10.0, using the PPD from OS 9. Although it worked OK, it would bomb up on the second print job submitted. If you manually powered it off and on, it would then work again. Also, my printer was randomly switching its IP address, which was also a bit of a problem!

Over on the macosxhints' forum site, this thread gave me a solution I hadn't considered - switching from LPR via IP to AppleTalk. So I deleted the LPR via IP printer, enabled AppleTalk (which was added in the 10.1 update) on my desktop machine, then selected the now-visible Brother printer and chose the OS 9 Brother HL-1270N PPD file.

Despite an email from Brother Tech Support posted in the thread that the PPD is only OS 9 comptabile, it works flawlessly in OS X. I can now print multiple print jobs without errors, and I don't need to worry about the randomly switching IP numbers any more. I also switched our iBook, and it works great over the Airport, too.

This should also work for any other AppleTalk capable laser printer that is currently set up under LPR via IP.
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Not seeing that behavior w/Brother 1270N
Authored by: mcroft on Feb 03, '02 01:20:25AM

In fact it's working great. I had to configure it from my work (W2K) laptop, but once I did that, I could administer it from a browser and it just worked.

In 10.0 I had a problem with PrintCenter being screwed up, but I reinistalled somewhere between 10.0 and 10.1.2 and the problem went away.

What does crashreporter tell you is dying?



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Not seeing that behavior w/Brother 1270N
Authored by: mcroft on Feb 03, '02 01:20:55AM

In fact it's working great. I had to configure it from my work (W2K) laptop, but once I did that, I could administer it from a browser and it just worked.

In 10.0 I had a problem with PrintCenter being screwed up, but I reinistalled somewhere between 10.0 and 10.1.2 and the problem went away.

What does crashreporter tell you is dying?



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Brother 1450, SMC router, and annoying banners
Authored by: rjbailey on Mar 16, '02 01:02:30AM

When I print to my Brother 1450 laser printer through my SMC wireless router/print server via lpr, I get an annoying banner printed after every print job; the banner displays the machine from which the print job originated. (Big deal, I've got 2 computers...) Is this banner printing thing a Brother feature, or can I blame the SMC 7004awbr? I'm wasting lots of paper, so I'm anxious for a solution. Any ideas, anyone?
Thanks, Jeff



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Same problem with a HP 4MP
Authored by: rikkers on Jun 20, '02 11:49:24PM

I have the same problem with my HP 4MP. I print the first job fine. After that I cannot print anything else until I restart the printer or reset it from the front panel.

I have my printer connected to an SMC Barricade. (I do not get banner pages, by the way). I have the printer connected to my new iMac G4. Under my old computer I ran the printer off of Appletalk, but I don't have that option on my iMac G4.

It is almost like the printer needs a final reset but doesn't get it.

Because of this I am considering getting a Hawkings print server (a little $50 device that plugs into the parallel port and supplys an ethernet line. It looks like it supports a lot of printing protocols (which may help). Anybody had experience with one of these?



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Brother Ethernet printers and LPR via IP
Authored by: Robocopnz on Nov 09, '09 12:16:44AM

I have a Brother HL5250DN -- not a bad printer. Worked great under Windows. Under 10.6 there is a nice CUPS driver, but like I am discovering on the Mac, many things don't work well out-of-the-box :-(

To get duplex printing to work, there is no option in the correct driver. But using a generic PCL driver there is a duplex option, but it will not work unless you go thru some convoluted path to access the actual printer setting in an application where you can actually cause the selected duplex mode to actually print in actual duplex.

Actually, I would have expected it to just work, and after a lot of stoopid fiddling, it finally does. So now I am happy :-)



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