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Brother 2700CN Color Laserwriter--Loss of Ethernet Connection

The Brother 2700CN can be networked by a twisted pair Ethernet cable, USB Shared Printing as well as a Parallel port. Ethernet is favorable but it appears the Ethernet port is malfunctioning. The cable is fine as it works for other components. The green lights on the the printer and the Hub no longer come on when connected.The Ethernet connection was working up until a couple days ago. I am currenting using the USB connection and sharing the connection on the network. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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No lights on network card mean that you will need to replace network port/card on printer if cable and connection is sound

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If you connected the desktop with a hardwire connection (ethernet cable or usb cable) and the laptop is connected wirelessly, then the Desktop needs to be "awake" for the laptop to print. What I did was connect the printer to the network with an ethernet cable to the router, either wireless router or standard. Then you have a seamless connection for both computers independent of each other.

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Check connections

The connection of the USB cable
Verify that the USB cable is connected between your Brother machine and your PC.
The connection of the LAN cable (if applicable)
Verify that the network cable is connected between your Brother machine and access point and the machine is powered on.
1.Access point/router
2.Wired Network machine (your machine)
3.Wireless capable computer connected to the access point/router
4.Wired computer connected to the access point/router
The connection of the Wireless network
1.Access point/router
2.Wireless Network machine (your machine)
3.Wireless capable computer connected to the access point/router
4.Wired computer connected to the access point/router
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I downloaded printer driver for brother mfc240c, but even after install, I get a message that says the driver isn't installed.

Open the printer and scanners folder an delete all the devices (Brother Printer, Brother Fax, Brother PC-Fax if installed). Point to device an right click the mouse button.
Restart the computer.
Download the software from Brother Solutions Center. Download the whole suite not just the drivers. Make sure you select the software that is compatible with your version of the OS :Windows 7 32 bits, Windows 7 64 bits, Windows 8 32 bits, etc.
Install the software. If you are going to use a USB cable to connect the MFC to the computer, install a local USB printer. If you are going to use Ethernet network cable, install a wired network printer, and if wireless connection then install a wireless printer.
If you have problems finding or attributing an IP address to your printer (for Non-USB connections) there is Brother program that helps you attribute an IP address. You will find it on the same page as the software suite on Brother's site.

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I lost my disk and need info to put in new computer

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For the scanning software (ScanSoft) you will have to install it from the original CD. If you no longer have it you can buy some scanning software or install free software from the web. Several applications (Word, Acrobat) can scan by themselves. You also have some free OCR software; FreeOCR, PaperScan Free, etc.

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We just got two brother hl 2170w printers from a lab across campus, they were configured for a wireless connection and now we are trying to connect them to the network via a wired connection. the test page...

hi there, this should work for you:

When you disconnect an Ethernet cable from the printer, wireless network will be enabled.
On the other hand, when the Ethernet cable is connected to the printer, wired network is enabled.

If you press the Go button for approx. 13 seconds, the network setting page will be printed out. Then release the Go button, wired network will be switched to wireless network even if the Ethernet cable is still connected.

You can then verify your network settings and change between wired and wireless setups.

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If you are connected via the USB cable, the connection may be lost (or the setup which is particular to the actual USB plug itself). Try deleting the printer and reinstalling it. Don't change USB ports after the printer is installed by the way. Also we had problems with this when the printer was networked (shared) and the auto sense was on - after another person printed the local box would seize up. Try not having the printer auto sense its presence so that 2 printers show up in the network neighbourhood. Of course check that the cables are installed right and try changing USB ports.

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Please make sure that the printer is working okay if directlysd connected to the MAC computer. You may try this as well. hope this helps

LPR (line printer remote) is a platform independent printing protocol that is associate with TCP/IP. It works by using LPR client software that communicates to a server running LPR services.

In terms of PSU, LPR printing will become the basis for all network printing while Novell print queues are phased out. Therefore, all Macintosh, Windows, and Unix computers will be configured to print through LPR.


· The name of LPR print queue. This can be found by searching the LPR printer database.

· LaserWriter print drivers version 8.5.1 or newer

· The Macintosh must have a working TCP/IP networking configuration. (If the Mac can browse the web then it's working.)

· a server running LPR services or a printer that supports LPR printing. Most HP LaserJet printers support LPR. However, only the following LaserWriters support LPR printing:

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1.Open up the Applications folder from the OS X menu.
2.Open up the Utilities folder
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8.Select the printer model.
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(LPR Printer’s address is the ip of our PRINTSERVER)
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