FAQs & Troubleshooting


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FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Date: 07/30/2018 ID: faq00002656_000

I cannot print from my computer via network. (For Windows)

Follow the steps below to resolve this issue:


Step 1: Check the connection

  • Verify that the LAN cable and the power cord of the Brother machine are connected. If the power cord is connected to a surge protector or power switch, remove the cord from the device and connect it directly to the outlet.
  • Verify that the Brother machine and your PC are connected by a Peer-to-Peer environment. There is no central server controlling file access or printer sharing.



  • Verify that the Link light of the router or the hub is ON.


Step 2: Check the IP Address

Verify that both IP addresses of your PC and the Brother machine are correct and located in the same segmentation following the instructions below:


A: How to check the IP address of your PC


  1. For Windows Me / 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7 users:
    Click Start, All Programs (Programs for Windows 2000 users), Accessories then select Command Prompt.

    For Windows 98 users:
    Click Start then select MS DOS Prompt.
  2. Enter ipconfig. (C:\>ipconfig) and press Enter.
  3. Check the IP address or IPv4 address and Subnet Mask.





  4. Enter exit (C:\>exit) and press Enter to close Command Prompt.

Please make sure that the Subnet Mask is "".
If your Subnet Mask is different, please consult a network administrator to solve the problem. (This FAQ is not applicable for your network environment.)
If your Subnet Mask is, continue to the following instructions below.

B: How to check the IP address of your Brother machine

If your Brother machine was purchased Network Ready, then the IP address can be determined via the control panel of the Brother machine or by printing a Report Page which is called User Settings list or Network Configuration (Network Config) list. For more information on how to find the IP address on the control panel of the machine or print a Report Page, please refer to the User's Guide or Network User's Guide for your machine. The latest User's Guide or Network User's Guide is available in the Manuals section.


C: How to verify that both IP addresses of your PC and the Brother machine are correct and located in the same segmentation.

C-1: Mke sure all the followings points from a to c are applicable for both IP addresses of your PC and your Brother machine.


  1. The addresses (bold texts) are same as below:

    PC IP address:
    Brother machine IP address:
  2. The end addresses are different and the address is within 2-254.
  3. The addresses are unique among all connected devices on your network environment.


C-2: Ceck the chart listed below.

If both IP addresses are following all the above points, check  Case A
If either IP address is not following one of the above points, check  Case B.

You can check the Boot Method or IP Config listed in the User Settings or Network Configuration list.


Case A: IP addresses are correct

Case B: IP addresses are incorrect

Boot Method or IP Config : Auto

Boot Method or IP Config: Static

Boot Method or IP Config : Auto

Boot Method  or IP Config : Static

Reset all network settings of your Brother machine. Reset all network settings of your Brother machine and reset the IP address manually. Reset all network settings of your Brother machine.
If the IP address is still incorrect, set the IP address manually. (This changes Boot Method or IP Config to "Static".)
Reset the IP address manually.
  • To see how to reset the network setting of the Brother machine, refer to the Related FAQs at the end of this page.
    You can also check the instructions in the Network User's Guide. (The latest Network User's Guide is available in the Manuals section.)
  • Before resetting, make sure the machine is not operating, then disconnect all the cables from the machine.(except power cable)

Step 3: Restart the router or hub

Try restarting the router or hub.


Step 4: Check the Firewall setting

 If a Firewall on your computer is active, it may be rejecting the necessary network connection. Disable the Firewall on your computer and try re-installing the drivers.

Temporarily change your firewall/security settings to allow network connection

Your computer's firewall/security software may be preventing the network connection from being established. If you receive firewall-related notifications, we recommend temporarily changing the security settings on your computer to establish the connection.

Customize Settings


  • Before disabling the firewall, make sure the changes you want to make are suitable for your network. Brother will not take any responsibility for any consequences of disabling the firewall.
  • When finished, make sure to turn the firewall on again.

If you still have issues after changing the Firewall settings, please contact Brother Customer Service from "Contact Us".



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