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[Bug 1630272] Re: The "Official Documentation" for Ubuntu 16.04 does not include correct instructions on installing Printers.


> I tried both methods, and they both found the printer. On my LAN my
Epson workforce pro 4530 is "epson-wp" at However with
both methods it seemed to find and list it about 70 times.

Yes I have had similar issues when installing a network printer. I feel installing the Network Printer in Ubuntu is rather 'messed up' as you said. That is pretty accurate. 

I wish there was a straight forward process of selecting a printer via
HOST, and pointing to a driver if needed (if your printer is not
listed), and then your done.


A few weeks ago I setup a Brother DCPL2540DW network printer (static IP, but the model was not listed in Ubuntu's Add-Printer. I
downloaded the print driver from Brothers website for Linux (they
provide Deb & RPM formats.

The Brother Driver Install Tool works beautifully. Its a small Bash
script you run, and it downloads & installed the print drivers (via deb)
for you. "The tool will install LPR, CUPSwrapper driver and scanner
driver (for scanner models)."


Following Brothers simple instructions on the download screen, you
select "Yes" for "Device URI" and you can specify the IP address *(See

Note this installs the printer & scanner completely in Linux, and you
don't need to use the Add Printer option in Ubuntu at all. But this only
works if your printer vendors provides instructions to install their own
printer installation software.

It would be better though to simply install the printer using the Ubuntu
GUI as its designed.

Will you specify the Device URI? [y/N] ->Y

0: ipp
1: ipps
2: lpd
3: socket
4: beh
5: hp
6: https
7: ipp14
8: smb
9: http
10: hpfax
11 (I): Specify IP address.
select the number of destination Device URI. ->6

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  The "Official Documentation" for Ubuntu 16.04 does not include correct
  instructions on installing Printers.

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Bug description:
  The "Official Documentation" for Ubuntu 16.04 does not include correct
  instructions on installing Printers.

  Following the Official Documentation guides for Ubuntu 16.04 (see

  Ubuntu 16.04 Official Printing Documentation

  Ubuntu 16.04 Official Documentation:

  There is no Network Printer installation guide, but there should be. MOST desktop users now use network printers at home, small offices, and companies. Most printing in my experience is networked, not local. Most network printing is IP based printing, and users in Windows and Mac can easily install a network printer by providing its IP address and selecting the printer. Or installing the driver, then selecting the printer when adding the network printer by IP.

  Note: Many companies (and most home networks) use direct IP printing
  from the client, and do not forward print jobs to a print server.

  The Official Guide should include steps to clearly install a network
  printer for Ubuntu Desktop via IP address.

  I am reporting this here as the Official Doco pages state "To report
  errors in this documentation, file a bug."


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