Workforce 610

mikefreeman
  8 years ago
  Epson (Printer/Scanner/Multifunction)
  Mint (older version)
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

Works perfectly plugged in and fairly well over a network. Print quality is great, and driver support is excellent.

What doesn't work:

Occasionally, when printing over a network, CUPS thinks the printer is not connected. If you don't do anything and let the print job sit in the queue for a minute or two, it eventually does get picked up and printed as usual. Not good if you're in a hurry, but it does work.

Also scanning doesn't work over a network unless you have Epson's proprietary network scanning module installed.

What was done to make it work:

Added the proprietary network scanning module, then edited a file.

The files can be found at:
http://www.avasys.jp/lx-bin2/linux_e/spc/DL1.do

Go to the bottom of the page ("Form for Download" section) and put a check by the printer model list that says:
Epson Stylus Office BX610FW/TX610FW,Epson Stylus SX610FW,WorkForce 610/615

At the very bottom of the page, you can enter the distro and version (there is no Linux Mint Julia, but there is Ubuntu 10.10). Click next.

This next page has a ton of downloads on it. You don't need to download the printer driver packages or ppd's, as there is already support for this printer built-in. You do, however, want to install iscan-network-nt_1.1.0-2_i386.deb, iscan-data_1.6.0-0_all.deb, and iscan_2.26.1-3.ltdl7_i386.deb (amd64 versions are also there). Make sure you get the iscan package that says ltdl7, otherwise you will have dependency issues.

After the scanning software is installed, type the following in a terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf

Find a line near the end of the file that begins with # net.

Add your printer's IP information after 'net' (for example, net 192.168.0.110) and remove the # to activate the setting. The IP setting must be the same as the setting on your printer. It is highly recommended that you set your printer to use a static IP instead of DHCP (dynamic IP), otherwise you may have to keep reconfiguring this file to follow your printer around the network.

After you save this file and either restart SANE or reboot the computer, you should be able to run the Image Scan software to access your scanner over the network.

Additional notes:

This is one of the best all-in-one printers I've seen. It's relatively inexpensive, includes loads of professional features, and works very well with Linux. Prints, copies (both color and b/w), scans, faxes, and can print photos directly from its built-in card reader. It connects using USB, Ethernet, or Wifi. It has both normal plate scanning as well as top-feed scanning (like a copy machine). Comprehensive settings through its nice color LCD control screen. Very high-resolution printouts and scans. Nice piece of hardware!