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    Smile epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    I have read quite a bit about the difficulty of getting epson printer/scanners to work with Linux. My printer worked out of the box with Ubuntu 9.10. The scanner setup was another story. Suffice it to say I learned a good deal about my new OS trying to get my scanner to work wirelessly. Xsane just didn't work for wireless devices, even after mucking around in a lot of files (config, saned, inetd etc.). So I downloaded iscan from synaptics package manager. This didn't work either. I gathered from the Sane project that it would with the iscan-network-nt plugin, from Avasys, a Japanese software company. The Nabble forum stated that the workforce 610, among other scanners, would work with iscan and work wirelessly with the plugin. The problem is that there is no clear direction to the software, and that once you get to Avasys, many of the models that are said to be supported, by Avasys and by the Sane folks, have no links for iscan or for said network plugin. In fact, there is no link or download for the plugin anywhere on the site. I did finally find a link on google to the iscan-network-nt plugin here:http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/scann...1.0-2_i386.deb Lo and behold, it scans wirelessly now without a hitch. It seems that most Epson scanners, printers and all-in-ones are now supported via wireless with the iscan application and the network plugin, which for some reason, does not come bundled with the iscan program (maybe b/c it's very beta at this point).
    Finally, you have to go into the file etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf and uncomment (remove the # sign) one of the last lines at the bottom of the page that begins with #net. and add the network address of your device so that it reads, for example: net 197.168.0.166. On the 610 you can get this info by going to the menu on the front of the printer, selecting "setup," then "confirm network setting." At the bottom the IP address of your printer/scanner is listed. You can also print a status sheet from here by hitting the "start" button. This is full of info, like your IP address, device i.d., workgroup name, port in use and so on. It can come in handy. Put the IP address from here into the epkowa.conf file and save it. You will need privileges to do so, of course. I did not need to change anything in the inet.d file, the sane.d file or any others, as was mentioned in much of the Xsane help.
    I hope this is useful to someone. It was actually a very good way to start to learn using Linux.
    BTW, the epson website doesn't even mention Linux on their website, much less tell you that image scan (iscan) is an available software support option, which means you have to go look for yourself, which can be a very tedious process. There is a PDF out on the web written by Epson describing how to get their scanners working with Image Scan. It is however, a very convoluted and complicated 26 page document requiring many steps, and facility with the command line. I did not find you needed to manipulate all the files they listed, in particular, the inetd file. Regardless, the company seems to have little interest in the Linux user, probably because of customer support issues they cannot defer to a third-party software vendor. Understandable, but I would suggest using a different manufacturer given the choice. Too bad, they otherwise offer excellent value.
    Good Luck
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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    Thanks for this information. I configured the printer via the built-in Ubuntu (9.10) network printer configuration, then I downloaded the iscan-network plugin via your link and installed it and it works!

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    I'm glad that the post was helpful. Best wishes and thanks for the reply
    gcolvin

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    I appreciate the pointers on how to set up the scanner also. I was able to get my scanner working via wireless without issue.

    However, I think you are being a little hard on Epson. While they may not mention Linux at their site (I didn't try), doing a Google search of "epson linux drivers" took me to the Avasys site. There it was easy to use the Avasys web site to enter my printer type, at which point it showed me the set of drivers. They also have both RPM and deb packages and their FAQs helped me figure out an install issue when there was a missing dependency (for libltdl3). Their instructions also told me exactly how to set up CUPS so that when I added a new printer, my printer type was listed. In the past, with a new printer I would have to experiment with drivers for other (similar) models to find one that would work.

    I have for a long time eschewed getting an all-in-one printer because of lack of Linux support for some functions (often all that anyone got working was the printer). I appreciate that Epson went to the trouble and expense of contracting with Avasys to provide drivers. Yes, some other manufacturers provide Linux drivers as well, while others don't really seem to care about Linux at all. I won't mention any names, but I am thinking of a company based in Lexington.

    So I appreciate you for providing information that made the scanner set up easier, and I appreciate Epson for having Avasys provide drivers and update them (they made updates in March). Having been a Linux desktop user for over 10 years, I actually researched the Linux driver issue before deciding to purchase the WorkForce 610.

    Now as for how quickly the ink runs out and the cost of new ink, that I don't appreciate so much.

    Thanks again for providing the information on your experience.

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    I have the 610 connected to my network via router w/wired connection. Printer works fin but can't get scanner to work. Tried downloading the file you suggested and get an error saying wrong architecture. My P4 is 64bit. Couldn't find a 64bit file for ubuntu. Can you help?

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    Post Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    @gcolvin - Great post! just what I needed to get my workforce 610 scanning, tyvm!!

    @jpschubert - I have 10.0.4 64bit, here is what I had to do to get the scanner to work, I am sure its the same for 9.10

    1. download http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/iscan...tdl7_amd64.deb
    2. open it and have it install
    3. download http://linux.avasys.jp/drivers/scann....0-2_amd64.deb
    4. open it and install it
    5. Follow gcolvin instructions and open /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf
    Code:
    sudo vi /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf
    6. add your printer's IP address to the end of the file like this:
    Code:
    net 192.168.1.30
    (make sure you have "net" at start and replace 192.168.1.30 with your printer's IP)
    if all goes well go to "Applications >> Graphics >> Image Scan! for linux" and start scanning, good luck!

    Note - this is my first post so I am not sure if the links will work.. so i am attaching a zip with the files I listed
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    Followed these instructions, but Image Scan cannot find the scanner. I get the following:

    Could not send command to scanner.
    Check the scanner's status.

    I can print fine to the printer, so I know it is connected and functioning. I confirmed that the IP for my printer is correct in my epkowa.conf file on the uncommented net line.

    I am running 64-bit Linux Mint 9 (which is Ubuntu 10.04 with some extra programs, all non-free codecs installed, and some driver configuration mods). I followed Dybbuk's 64-bit install instructions, as well as Gcolvin's original instructions.

    Any ideas? Thanks!

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    Just wanted to thank you and let you know this information helped out and worked. This went quickly and smoothly, I think the time from taking it out of the box to my first print, to my first scan was about a half hour.

    An important note: I did set up the unit with a static IP. (Epson calls it manual set up) I think it is important to set up the printer/scanner with a static IP when it comes to scanning because of the configuration file "/etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf" This way you are sure the address doesn't change.

    I want to thank the users on this page and the other page listed above for their help.

    I found this other page of use also
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1407631
    Last edited by SoFl W; June 2nd, 2010 at 12:46 AM.

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by mikefreeman View Post
    Followed these instructions, but Image Scan cannot find the scanner. I get the following:
    Did you make sure you edited the "/etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf" file correctly? You need to sudo edit this file. You also need to make sure the IP addresses match in the config and the address the scanner uses. This is why I recommend manually using a IP address.

    I should ask if you downloaded the correct version 32bit or 64 bit
    Last edited by SoFl W; June 2nd, 2010 at 01:17 AM.

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    Re: epson workforce 610 wireless scanning

    I was able to get it to work on my 9.10 64bit ubuntu-studio machine, however on my 10.4 32bit ubuntu-desktop laptop it wants to scan, I hear the scanner start but it crashes. This is with sane not the default simple scan. simple scan doesn't even locate the scannner.

    I was not able to download the packages as you described, there was a version conflict. The printer works fine.

    I was able to get memory card access from ether machine, even tried these directions
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1285845

    EDIT:
    I was able to get the memory card to work. You have to have at least one file on the SD card. Also on the original print out of my setup there were several "NONE" fields. Once I made corrections and scanned to a PDF on the memory card the memory card features worked.
    Last edited by SoFl W; June 2nd, 2010 at 02:44 AM. Reason: luck changed on reading the memory card

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