Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/169679/how-to-add-a-printer-to-your-raspberry-pi-or-other-linux-computer/
Unlike a typical Windows machine, the little Raspberry Pi running Rasbian doesn’t exactly come with plug-’n-play printer support. Read on as we show you how to add full-fledged print capabilities to your Pi unit.
Does anyone know how to make multifunctional printers work. Will this allow me to scan to the Pi as well?
@huggies12 no it will not allow you to scan. I have a Pi with CUPS and an HP Deskjet F4480 multifunction. CUPS is only for printing. But what you can add to your Pi is SANE which is for scanning and works great. Here's a good tutorial for setting up SANE on Pi (See next post as I'm a new user) They cover everything but network scanning into Mac OS X for that you'll need SNAC
Scanning is a little more clunker then printing but it does work.
Maybe the geek could do a cleaner tutorial in the future for SANE.
It's pretty awesome to have my 15 or so year old USB only printer available anywhere thanks to Pi, CUPS and Google Cloud Printer along with SANE for local network scanning.
Next to a Bittorrent server and OpenVPN server a print/scan server is the only reason I got a Pi.
We can certainly look into that.
Cool thanks. That tutorial I linked too works fine but I really like the clean formatting of the Tutorials here on H.T.G.
That was a cool tutorial! I had to learn how to install CUPS on my own but it was great once I had it working (hours and days later). I plan to use this tutorial when I rebuild my server in the coming weeks since I can't remember exactly how I got CUPS installed and working. Thanks.
I can't seem to connect to 127.0.0.1:631 from my wireless computer right next to my pi. The printer is connected and working, I've modified the confg file. Can someone please help?
That's your local IP. You need to connect to the IP of your raspberry pi for the next steps.
I've been trying to do that this whole time. I must be doing something wrong. I have samba installed on the pi. I just can't seem to find it on my home network. I've searched the network for \raspberrypi. Nothing. Is there a link you can share with a walkthrough on setting up a home network?
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