Can print to DP-180 but not scan from PC or direct at DP-180 to PC. Is there a scanner driver needed to utilise the scanning operation? Dont have a full users manual and the ones on the web dont cover the information needed.
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Go to Start\Programs\Panasonic and look for the "Network MFP Utilities" There is a "Network Scanner Configuration" software that create s a "Location" for the scanner. The location can well be a network drive or a shared folder on your computer. Once you create the location, the scanner will pick it up automatically so when you want to scan, you will be able to select the destination (i.e. the location you created) You can create several locations to be able to save scanned docs in more than one place.
Can you start a scan from the computer (MP Navigator or another scanning program (Windows 7 has Fax and Scan for example))?
If the computer doesn't see the scanner, try a new USB cable and plugging the all-in-one to a different USB port on the computer. If you have a print server or USB hub, try a direct connection. Scanners need a bi-directional communication that is very susceptible to signal loss problems that do not affect the printer.
If you did not install the full software before connecting the printer to the computer, you will have installed the OS's built-in basic drivers which does not support all of the buttons on the all-in-one but you should be able to start a scan from the computer.
The problem you are having is pretty standard, the IP based printing works for most printers but the scanner require direct(or well faked, direct) connectivity with a USB port which most routers do not provide.
Several companies including Startech and Io Gear make Virtual USB devices which would resolve the issue.
How they work differs as instead of creating an IP printer, the usb device installs on an ip and then a driver you install on your PC(s) connect to the unit over the router and sets up a virtual USB port on your machine so you can re-install the printer as a local printer attached to what it thinks is a local USB port.
Doing this will allow you all functionality the printer offers but will slow down printing and scanning a bit
This is not a solution just a possible fly in the ointment. I have often found that scanners only work when attached directly to a computer. Scanning over the network is not a solution I have found. You can always share out the printer from the attached pc.
Windows XP has its own scanning software found within the control panel under scanners and cameras. This appears to provide a more direct method of controlling the scanner because it is part of the OP Sys as opposed to 3rd party scanner software. If the scanner is installed and it appears as an installed option, then try using this approach instead of the actual scanning software.that came with the scanner.