Sunday, December 16, 2007
Brother HL-2070N Printer Under Leopard
The primary printer I used at home is a Brother HL-2070N monochrome laser, which is connected directly to my LAN via Ethernet. This setup has worked very smoothly for me since I got the printer last year.
I didn't notice it until this afternoon when I went to print for the first time since upgrading to OS 10.5, but the archive and install did not migrate over my printer settings. So, I had to reinstall the Brother.
Only problem is that the Printer Setup utility didn't detect the Brother on my network, even after I installed the updated driver from the Leopard install disc and disabling my MacBook Pro's firewall. Even though it's a Bonjour-enabled printer, it just didn't show up.
Luckily, the HL-2070N also supports the IPP printing protocol and can be printed to using CUPS. So, I entered the IP address of the printer and selected the correct CUPS driver, and was now able to print.
This was a bit annoying but I was able to deal with it. Most Mac users probably don't understand what IPP and CUPS are, so this might be a bit more of a challenge for them. Also, if you need to use this workaround, I recommend configuring the printer with a static IP address. Out of the box it's a DHCP client which means its IP can change, which would required you to reconfigure your Mac with the printer's new IP.