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Recommendations for mono laser MFC: a) ethernet  b) scan to shared folders as a PDF  c) solid performer for small office

Posted on 2010-09-09
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Hi All,

I am trying to identify a solid b&w laser MFC unit for my small clients (typically 5-20 PCs).  Features I am looking for:

a) networkable (wired ethernet)

b) b&w laser/led

c) scan to PDF with ability to save PDF on a shared folder on a Win network (domain or workgroup).

d) optimized/compressed PDF files (smaller file size is better)

e) intuitive easy to use control panel

f) integrated web management of MFC's settings

g) light usage (5,000 to 10,000 pgs per month)

h) budget: under $1000.

TIA,

-Mike
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Look into the Brother MFC 9320CN.

The hard to find feature for this printer is that it supports Scan-To-FTP, and NOT just scan-to-pc, which is what most small scale printers have, and that requires you to run back and forth between the client software running on your computer and the printer. That sucks. With this one, you can perform the entire scan while standing at the printer, and it delivers the scanned PDF to an FTP server.

So what you do is install Filezilla FTP Server on your fileserver, point the root folder to your shared "scan" folder that everyone has access to via network share. This way incoming scans arrive in the shared folder. It is a lot more reliable than SMB too, the whole windows authentication thing has bitten me several times with different printers.

Aside from that:

Fairly complete HTTP interface for configuring it, particularely the scanning

Network-ready and supports DHCP or static IP, and if you get the "CW" model it also supports wireless network

It has a fairly small footprint and replacement toner is affordable and easy to find at most office supply stores, you don't have to order it online direct from manufacturer if you don't want do.

Cost is usually in the $500 range.
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Hmmm, I had not thought of the FTP approach - cool idea!

I'd still prefer the MFC have the ability to scan to a shared Windows folder (typically on a server).  Any other suggested models?

Thanks!
-Mike
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I ended up choosing a Brother MFC-8480DN.  It was $399 and supports scanning to a shared Windows folder (on a server or workstation), duplex printing.  The fact that it can be fully configured thru a web browser interface is great.  That means I did not have to install any Brother software in order to set up the scanning to PDF features.  Users just walk up to the machine and press Scan button, select the destination (shared folders on their individual PCs).
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