It’s nice to have a little home-server like the Seagate Dockstar or the Buffalo Linkstation running debian quite smoothly. What do you do if you would like to use your printer and scanner with more than one device?
Yes, you connect it to your server and share it over the network! Because I had to set this up in two locations for now I decided to write down those steps I took from powering on the printer through printing the first testpage I can scan later on.
This HowTo requires debian squeeze installed on your Dockstar/Linkstation. If you haven’t done this yet, please refer to other articles in this blog.
First of all we install cups, a powerful, web based printermanager:
apt-get install cups
Make the frontend accessible:
vim /etc/cups/cupsd.conf #Listen localhost:631 # comment these two lines #Listen /var/run/cups/cups.sock # Allow remote access Port 631
There are some lines in the config you may want to edit, not to require logins:
<location></location> Order allow,deny Allow 192.168.0.0/24 <location></location> <location /admin> Order allow,deny Allow 192.168.0.0/24 </location> <location /admin/conf> #AuthType Default #Require user @SYSTEM Order allow,deny Allow 192.168.0.0/24 </location>
After restarting cups you should be able to login the web interface on http://dockstar:631.
In my case I have an ALL-IN-ONE Device from HP. I tested this HowTo with a psc-1310-series and a Photosmart C4100. To get our printer ready to print we need hplip:
apt-get install hplip
Once it is installed, there is a tool for adding printers:
hp-setup -i # interactive mode (no GUI)
Just follow the instructions and you will have your printer installed properly. If you now look into CUPS you should be able to print a testpage with the newly installed printer.
1.3 Install the shared printer in Windows
To install the printer go to Control Panel, Devices and Printers and click Add a printer:
Click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer:
Then click The printer that I want isn’t listed:
Select the second radio button and fill in the correct URL for your printer in CUPS:
In the following steps you have to select and install the correct driver which fits to your device. When you are ready test the whole setup with another testpage from your windows machine.
2.1 Configure Sane-backend
When you install hplip the sane backends come with it as dependency (obviously we have to install the package), so we only need to install inetd in order to make sane accessible from the network:
apt-get install inetutils-inetd sane-utils
Add your network to
vim /etc/default/saned # Set to yes to start saned RUN=yes
vim /etc/inetd.conf # add this line: sane-port stream tcp nowait saned:saned /usr/sbin/saned saned
Make sure enabled in
sane-port 6566/tcp sane saned # SANE network scanner daemon
Now restart the services:
service inetutils-inetd restart service saned restart
Run these tests to check if sane sees your scanner:
2.2 Install sane-twain on the client
Go to http://sanetwain.ozuzo.net and download the newest version. Perform an installation as described.
Go and test the connection, scan your first image.
If you have problems with accessing the sane backends the usb-device probably doesn’t have the proper rights.
Try to modify them. In my case I had to
chmod the device:
chmod 666 /proc/bus/usb/001/002 # find out yours
Examples for USB devices would be
/dev/bus/usb/001/005, parallel port scanners are connected for example to