Network scanner that supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

I thought this would be an easy product to find, but it seems not!

I'm looking for an A4 scanner, preferably with a sheet feeder.  It needs to have either an Ethernet interface, to be able to connect to Wi-fi, or both.  It also needs to have driver software for Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" that allows scanning across the network.

A combined printer/scanner would be OK, but would prefer a standalone scanner.

There are plenty of network scanners out there, and many of them support Mac OS X, but most of those only support versions of Mac OS X up to and including Mac OS X 10.9.  

Any ideas, please?
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I love my Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500, it's usb3 and WiFi only but it works without issues on my Macbook Pro with Mac OS X 10.10 ...
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Hi Spravtek - thanks for quick reply!  I should have mentioned in my question - I want it to be possible for multiple computers to share on a LAN.  From what I can see, it can be done (http://www.documentsnap.com/scansnap-ix500-wireless-scanning-computer/), but it's not designed to be used in this way and there's a bit of faffing around required every time you need to switch to a different computer.

I had a quick look around Fujitsu's website, and apart from their "personal" ScanSnap printers, they also have their "fi series" for workgroups/departments/etc (http://www.fujitsu.com/global/products/computing/peripheral/scanners/fi/), but drivers for these seem to be Windows-only.

Aargh, so close!
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
First thing to note is that just because some scanners do not indicate OSX10.10 compatibility doesn't mean they don't work.  Some companies haven't tested or updated their website or packaging or certified their drivers with Apple.  I've often found that the latest version of OSX will work but just needs to be checked .. maybe email manufacturer or check on forums .. for a specific model to confirm it works before you buy.

There is a great program for OSX called VueScan which has support for thousands of scanners .. even for many which don't appear to have a scanner driver for OSX themselves .. have a look and see if the scanners you're looking at are on their list.
http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/supported-scanners.html
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wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Eoin.  Trouble is that OS X 10.10 does seem to be incompatible with a whole ton of scanners - I think Apple must've changed something to do with their APIs.  I'd really prefer to order something that had a driver specifically certified by the manufacturer for OS X 10.10.  Then if it doesn't work I've got some kind of comeback.

Thanks for the tip on VueScan.  Could perhaps be an option as a last resort, but it seems that there must be at least one shareable A4 network scanner in the world for which the manufacturer provides a driver for the current version of Mac OS X!
strungCommented:
I have had great luck with Brother products, which have excellent Mac support.
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Thanks strung,  I think I did have a look at Brother's website, but didn't see anything (I had a look at Epson and HP's sites too).  Do you know of any shareable A4 network scanners from Brother that have a driver specifically for Mac OS 10.10 "Yosemite"?
strungCommented:
I think all of their scanners and multi-purpose printers support Macs. This one, for instance is said to support Mac 10.6 and newer:

http://www.brother.co.uk/scanners/ads2600we
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
It's true though, I have a Brother printer that is supported in Apple without any issues, I'm sure scanners will not be different.
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Hi strung - no go I'm afraid - looking at the "OS X v10.10.x Support Information" page for that scanner, it says "[Note] "Scan to Network" function is not supported in OS X v10.10.x." (under the first table on this page: http://tinyurl.com/onbmtpo).

Shareable A4 network scanners with OS X 10.10 drivers truly are a rare breed, it seems.  There are plenty that support Mac OS X (earlier versions), but still none at all that I've so far seen that support Mac OS X 10.10!

@spravtek: I don't want to risk hoping that it will work - I'm looking for something where the manufacturer categorically says that it will work.
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
@spravtek: I don't want to risk hoping that it will work - I'm looking for something where the manufacturer categorically says that it will work.

I completely understand that ...

There's this interesting page though, might help...
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
There's a similar page for Epson as well
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
And another for Canon
strungCommented:
@wakatashi:  Are you sure "Scan to Network" is what you want? I think all that means is that you can scan from the scanner to a network drive without using a computer. If what you want is to be able to scan from a network connected scanner using a network connected Mac, that does not require "scan to network".

Brother describers the "Scan to Network" feature as follows:

"When you choose Scan to Network, you can scan documents directly to a shared folder on a CIFS server located on your local network or the internet. The Scan to Network feature supports Kerberos and NTLMv2 authentication.

The details required to use Scan to Network can be entered by using Web Based Management to pre-configure and store the details in a Scan to Network profile. The Scan to Network profile stores user information and configuration settings for use on a network, or the internet.

Benefits to the customer 1
 You can scan the document directly to a CIFS server.
 You can configure up to 10 Scan to Network profiles. Once you have configured Scan to Network profiles using Web Based Management, you can operate Scan to Network from the machine's control panel without using a computer.
 Scan to Network supports Kerberos Authentication and NTLMv2 Authentication for secured communication.
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
@spravtek - thanks for the links.  I didn't exhaustively search through everything in each manufacturer's product line, but I did spend a while on each linked page, so far without finding what I'm after.

Brother link: The page has a caveat: "Scan to Network" function is not supported in OS X v10.10.x" I'm afraid.

Epson link: There's a long list of scanners, but I suspect many if not all with just support a USB connection.  Is one of the scanners listed a shareable A4 network scanner?

Canon / Konica Minolta link: These are pretty expensive-looking photocopier type systems as far as I can see.  Is one of the scanners listed a shareable A4 network scanner?
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
@strung - thanks for your reply.  What I meant by "allows scanning across the network" (in the original question) is that I'm looking for a driver for Mac OS X 10.10.x that will allow me to initiate a scan on a scanner connected to the same LAN as a given Mac, and save the resulting image file on the Mac's local hard drive.
strungCommented:
In that case, the Brother would appear not to work with Yosemite.
strungCommented:
From reading various posts on the internet, the problem would seem to be that Apple has switched to SMB3 for Yosemite and that is not supported by most (or any?) scanners at the moment.

The workaround may be to scan to a shared network drive instead. For instance, if you have a time capsule, hang a USB drive off the time capsule and scan to it. That drive will be available from your Mac as a network drive. This should work as well as saving you from filling up your internal drive with scans.
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Always read the small print :)

Seems no brand really likes to say they support scan to network for 10.10 ...
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
@strung: Trouble is, the people I'm looking into this for haven't got a shared network drive.  I suppose I could share a folder on one of the Macs, but it's not really what they're after - they want a TWAIN driver that talks to the scanner across the network.

@spravtek: It's bizarre, isn't it?  I wonder what Apple changed.   Apple used to support sharing of USB scanners as well, but they removed that feature in the last version or two of Mac OS X.

Come on folks, this MUST be possible!  Surely!  Somewhere out there... there must be one single solitary scanner that fits the bill!
serialbandCommented:
Will scan to email work for you?  Is this for an office?  Ricoh Aficio MP C2551 works well in that regard.  You can be anywhere.  If you need security, then you'll need to run a local, internal mail server.
wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Thanks serialband - yes, it's for a small office with 3 people in it.  They just need a small A4 scanner with a TWAIN driver for the Macs that talks to it across the network.   The Ricoh looks a bit on the large/expensive side for these guys (http://wholesalericoh.com/Images/20-20.jpg), and scanning to e-mail or a shared folder on the network isn't really what they're after I'm afraid.

This kind of shareable A4 network scanner is really common in the Windows world, but beginning to lose heart about finding such a thing that's compatible with Mac OS X 10.10.
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Have you looked at the Canon all-in-one?
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/pixma_mx_series/pixma_mx870#Specifications
OSX10.10 drivers, network scan etc.
it seems that apple dropped their twain support some time ago but it looks like the canons can still get it re enabled. See this article
http://janegil.net/2014/01/twain-scanners-in-os-x-maverick/
http://macmanus.nl/2015/01/27/fixed-use-unsupported-scanner-in-osx-10-10-yosemite/

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wakatashiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Eoin - looks like that's a win!

Thanks so much everyone for all of the research - finding something that'll do what I want it to has been more tricky than I thought.
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