Brother HL-2170W

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Introduction

This is a small tutorial to make the printer Brother HL 2170w work on Arch. If you previously tried to install the printer in CUPS, remove it.

This printer will work a few different ways; with foomatic, with the HP PCL6 Driver, or with cupswrapper. For further info on cupswrapper please see the Brother_MFC-440CN guide.

Using the foomatic/pxlmono Driver

This is the prefered method.

  1. Install cups and foomatic
    # pacman -Sy cups foomatic-db foomatic-filters foomatic-db-ppd
  2. Edit your rc.conf to start cups on boot:
    DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs cups crond)
  3. Open a web browser to http://localhost:631/
  4. Click the Add Printer Button (fill out the form) (Click Continue)
  5. Pick the Brother HL-2170 from the 'Device:' dropdown menu (Click Continue)
  6. Pick the 'Brother HL-2170W Foomatic/pxlmono (en)' (Click Add Device)
  7. Configure any other options for your printer
  8. Click on the Printers tab and print a test page.

Using the HP PCL6 Driver

Please bear in mind this driver is not that great, but it works. Use the Foomatic/pxlmono method above.

  1. First install cups:
    # pacman -S cups
  2. Edit your rc.conf to start cups on boot:
    DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs cups crond)
  3. Start cups:
    # /etc/rc.d/cups start
  4. Open a web browser to http://localhost:631/
  5. Click the Add Printer Button (fill out the form) (click Continue)
  6. Select Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) from the drop down menu (click Continue)
  7. In the Device URI field add the following line:
    http://printer:631/ipp/port1
    Where printer is the IP address or DNS name of your printer (click Continue)
  8. Select "HP" under Make (click Continue)
  9. Select HP LaserJet Series PCL 6 CUPS (en) (click Add Printer)

Using Brothers cupswrapper

I have had nothing but problems with this under Arch. It works, but only in A4. There is no way to configure paper size that I can find. The cupswrapper uses a binary blob to compile your printers profile, and statically links to directories common to Debian. Sorry that I cannot be more specific, it has been a while since I used it as a driver.