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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Setting Up Printer

    In my newbiness, I went on-line looking for answers on how to connect our printer. So much on-line info, I don't know where to start. So I come here with some questions to get started.

    I tried to go to "Printers - localhost" >> "Add" >> "Network Printer" >> "Find Network Printer" >> "Host" field >> entered "canon" >> then the "Find" button. Not surprisingly, this printer dialog was expecting a URI or an IP address in the Host field. This is a home network, and this Ratel found the router by itself when I first turned it on in January. So I'm not necessarily familar with the various IP addresses on our little net. (I guess it's time.) The printer is on and works for the Windows PCs in this home. Here are some questions to get me started:
    1) Do I need to install nmap or something to find my printer's URI/IP so that I can use "Printers - localhost"? Or, do I already have a command in bash or some other Ubuntu tool?
    2) The printer is a Canon MX700. Will I need to download/install drivers first? Suggestions as to which?

    Let's start there. Once I get past this stage I'll probably get stuck and come back with more questions. Thanks in advance for the good help that comes from this forum.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Canon MX700 install on ubuntu?

    Cliff: that is six year old printer; and six years is a long time in computing........Canon now provide good linux support; back then, things were just starting;

    first thing would be install drivers:

    so two possible solutions that involve a small amount of cash:

    1) buy a new printer: the Canon MG2100 series is on sale in many places for about $US40......over a year or two ink may cost much more if you do a lot of printing; there is full linux support for this current range of MG printers from Canon
    2) buy and install turboprint; (it is easy to do); and it will auto-configure your MX700; in linux means free as in speech, not free as in these folks put food on the table by doing this linux support fixes on linux likely involve complicated solutions where you have to kid the computer you are using an MP510 or something......

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Aurora, CO

    Re: Canon MX700 install on ubuntu?

    If you buy a new printer, I'd recommend HP though, as every single printer they sell is fully compatible with Ubuntu and they require minimal configuration.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Re: Setting Up Printer

    I'd recommend Brother myself. They provide deb packages for all of their printer drivers and most of those are included in Ubuntu's repositories already. In addition they don't screw you with drivers on the Windows side like HP does.


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