Reporting printer ink levels?
lubuntu at prpcompany.com
Thu Jul 24 19:24:45 UTC 2014
Thanks, Andre. So it would seem then that HP HPLIP does not support
this function as widely as I surmised from other feedback.
Printers with embedded web servers -- that's a good additional thought.
Both the EWS and control panel provisions require no additional software.
On 7/24/2014 12:50 PM, Andre Rodovalho wrote:
> I have no luck on ink levels with HP printers, nor Epson... I only
> install HPLIP or Epson driver, nothing more.
> In office I have several printers. I prefer those with embedded web
> server that shows us lots of things, including wifi and network
> configuration and ink levels.
> I have a HP Pro 8000, HP Pro 8100, a Brother DCP-7065DN, all those are
> much more expensive printers, but you buy them only once. I also have
> a Epson L355, but this specific model you can see ink levels from
> At home, I own a cheap Samsung ML-2165W, it has embedded web server.
> It does the job...
> 2014-07-24 11:37 GMT-03:00 John Hupp <lubuntu at prpcompany.com
> <mailto:lubuntu at prpcompany.com>>:
> Thanks, Eric, for the well-developed documentation for this case.
> For the Epson C120 that I was working with, I didn't need to
> download a PPD from Epson -- nor did they have a DEB file
> available to download for it -- but I'm glad to know that they
> provide this support for some models.
> Though I mentioned the Epson in my original post and I still have
> that, I really am interested in knowing about the availability of
> solutions across all the major manufacturers. My currently
> daily-use printer is an HP Laserjet P2015d, but I own several
> brands here, and I have supported all brands.
> So far what we've rounded up regarding ink level reporting:
> - HP inkjets have general support via HPLIP
> - Epson has no support, unless some models report this via
> hardware on a control panel (as Aere reports RE an HP)
> - A general workaround concept: Install Windows in a partition or
> virtual machine and use the Windows printer software for an
> occasional level checkup
> - (No word yet on printing heavyweights Brother and Canon, or others)
> On 7/23/2014 9:21 PM, Eric Bradshaw wrote:
>> John Hupp,
>> I agree with Israel that the ink level reporting from HP is, in
>> my experience, consistently provided with their drivers. I also
>> find HP printers to be built better than Epson's; better quality
>> hardware that typically lasts longer. But, despite all that, I've
>> only set up HP printers for others.
>> For printing in my own home, I, like you, choose Epson. The two
>> biggest drawbacks I've found are, as you said, the lack of ink
>> level reporting and the sometimes painful-to-configure scanning
>> and faxing (when I've actually had to fax). I've learned to live
>> with all that because the Epson all-in-one printers I buy are
>> typically under $100, the color is absolutely brilliant,
>> networking (including wifi) is a breeze and they work and work
>> and work - right up I until they don't. Typically about 2 years.
>> Unfortunately I've never solved the ink level reporting issue.
>> I've just made sure I have ink in reserve for when my latest
>> Epson literally stops printing because a particular color is out.
>> If you get the ink level reporting issue solved, please share the
>> steps. Otherwise, I'm okay. It's a minor annoyance. I hope you'll
>> be okay with it too if you don't get the issue solved.
>> The drivers for Epson for Linux are available for every one I've
>> owned so far. The following is a link to a page on our website
>> that uses an Epson WorkForce 645 in an example for downloading
>> PPD files (that reminds me, this page might need updating, but
>> you'll get the idea);
>> Thank You,
>> God Bless You,
>> On 07/23/2014 11:35 AM, John Hupp wrote:
>> > A while back (under 13.04) I was working with an Epson Stylus
>> C120 and
>> > got it installed for printing purposes after getting past
>> > I used CUPS and a Gutenprint driver.
>> > But unlike most Windows inkjet printer installations, I found no
>> > provision for reporting ink levels. I found Mtink, but it did
>> not work.
>> > In the meantime I stumbled onto the
>> > project, which is a library for reporting ink levels. And at
>> > http://libinklevel.sourceforge.net/#installation there is
>> reference to
>> > packages that use this library.
>> > But on the library's home page there is no news since 2009, and
>> > mailing list archives seem to no longer exist.
>> > Epson offers this link:
>> > http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/search/01/search/?OSC=LX. But I
>> > don't find anything there for Debian or Ubuntu.
>> > Perhaps another manufacturer has their own package that includes
>> > provision for this function.
>> > Is anyone successfully reporting ink levels (one way or
>> another) for
>> > any major brand of printer?
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