After much research and help I think I have found a way to scan over the network. However, it may not be ideal. You still have to have the machine connected via USB and then networked through the host (server) pc.
Here is what I have found: (this is my first major attempt at a walk throuh - so please let me know if I have made any errors)
Image Scan! for Linux
this is provided by Seiko Epson Corporation.
It supports networking scanning when the device is connected via USB to a Server PC that client PC's can connect to through your network. [The cleint and server may be one in the same machine.]
When you goto the site fill out the radio buttons and select the proper answers to the questions that they have. Once you get to the next screen look for the .deb file for Image Scan. They also provide a printer utility as well if you want/need it.
Once you download the .deb file install it.
You may need to do some final configurations to the following files:
Here is the setup procedures. NOTE - you need to be SUDO to make the changes. Be sure to make a backup copy of the original file before you make any changes.
Make sure that the net module is enabled in /etc/sane.d/dll.conf. (if there is a "#" before the entry, remove it.) Also, make sure that an entry exists for epkowa # needed by iscan is present and without a preceding #.
Now you need a sane entry in etc/services. The install file may have done this - but check to be sure!
epkowa # needed by iscan
Look for the following entry, and if you do not see it - add it. It should be at the very bottom of the page.
You can also easily find it by using the following code
sane 6566/tcp # SANE network scanner daemon
$ grep 6566/tcp /etc/services
On the server (PC that has the scanner connected to) side you need to add clients that are allowed to use the scanner.
NOTE: Use the IP address that is assigned to your PC. You may want to assign a static address for this. If you need help with this please let me know - it is actually really simple!
Be sure that /etc/sane.d/dll.conf has the epkowa module enabled. See the directions for the client PC above. Note that the install should have done this - better safe than sorry though!
The /etc/services needs a sanr entry as well, again see the direction for the client PC above for the entry.
Hopefully you have made or ensured that all the entries are present and you are ready to restert your PC. You could just restart the services - but I like to refresh the RAM, personal preference I think.
Once your machine comes back up - give it a try. Hopefully I have written this clearly and you have a working network scanner.
I have n Ubuntu Server machine running and I think this is how I will overcome the issue. Unless somebody out there is better at figuring this out better than me!
I have noticed that on the Epson site it states that network scanning is only available for Linux users via this route:
Please note that scanning over the network is only supported in a client/server setup. Scanners directly attached to the network are not supported.
Let me know if you have any questions and if I can answer them I will.