Network and USB printing with Brother MFC-9970CDW works great on Linux and Windows Subsystem for Linux.
The Brother installer script automatically downloads and installs necessary programs.
Opt out of the last program
brscan-skey, as it’s unnecessary.
Download Brother MFC-9970CDW driver.
apt install cups mkdir -p /var/spool/lpd/mfc9970cdw gunzip linux-brprinter-installer-*.gz bash linux-brprinter-installer*
For Windows Subsystem for Linux: save to
c:\temp → WSL Terminal:
cd /mnt/c/temp → steps above.
“Input model name”
“Will you specify the Device URI? [Y/n]”
y (if networked)
“Specify IP address”: “Enter IP address” the static IP printer address
- BRscan: YES allows
xsanefor Brother MFC9970CDW.
- BRsaneconfig: YES
xsanescanner over the network
- BRscan-Skey: NO don’t install. Don’t need to press a key on the scanner to go to my laptop, because of potential security risks.
If accidentally installed
brscan-skey, uninstall with
dpkg -r brscan-skey
As usual, manage/check printer from CUPS by pointing your PC web browser to localhost:631
Scanning documents in Linux in typically done with Xsane, which works on networked or USB connected scanners.
apt install xsane xsane
To update scanner IP address:
brsaneconfig4 -a name=MFC-9970CDW model=MFC-9970CDW ip=yourIPaddress
For native Windows (not using Windows Subsystem for Linux), download driver that is about 15-20 MB and add the MFC-9970CDW by IP address and choose “have disk”, pointing to the folder where you extract the drivers files to (e.g. C:\brother9970)