Timothy C. Hain, MD

This is an old picture of Dr. Hain when he had brown hair. Professor of Neurology, Otolaryngology, and Physical Therapy/Human Movement Science, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago IL, USA.

EMAIL ADDRESS: t-hain@northwestern.edu

This space holds helpful information about software and hardware and vendors that Dr. Hain has discovered by trial and error. There are also a number of rants about various things that Dr. Hain has found upsetting. Perhaps if enough of us do this, searches on these devices or companies will bring up more relevant information.




Brother MFC 8890

Brother MFC- multifunction printers

The Brother MFC printers are impressive technological feat, and the older ones are built like a battleship. I have many different models in my office.

These printers all share the same general good points and bad points.

Good points -- mostly hardware.

Bad Points -- mostly software


Brother MFC-8890DW printer setup for scan to FTP or Network

The Brother MFC device is an awesome tool, but getting it to work is so challenging that it makes one wonder if the intent is to require an IT consultant. Here is how you set it up for scan to FTP. I have no idea how to get this guy working for scan to email or scan to a directory. It looks very formidable -- perhaps requiring 2 or more days of experimentation. Scanning to FTP is at least possible. With this document to help - -you might get it working in 4 hours.

First, realize that this is very tough, and if you make lots of mistakes, you may need 8 hours to get this working. You have to configure 3 separate devices: 1). Printer 2). Router 3). FTP server or network profile. Brother did not feel that users needed printed documentation for this highly complex task, and suggest users download the documentation from the web. The documentation is both very long and incomplete. It is beautifully formatted however. The documentation on the CD that comes with the device is harder to use than the PDF that you can download on the web,because it is in HTML format, making it unsearchable.

Printer configuration

Scan to directory.

FTP server configuration.

Router configuration

Brother MFC-8890DW printer set up for a 2wire WAP.

It took me 2 solid hours to get this printer to talk to my standard wireless router.  There are many reasons:

This is how I did it:

Brother P-500 Label printer

This little label printer and variants is fairly handy, but supplies cost a fortune. The DK-1201 labels cost about $11/roll. see here. It turns out that the label carrier is pretty hard to open, and thus it is very hard to substitute a "generic" label roll for a "brand" roll. There are two work-arounds. You can buy a reusable label carrier for $8 (from Amazon). With quite a bit of force you can also open up the label carrier. It turns out that there is a plastic tab that holds it in, basically because it is jammed in. You can see it by looking down the "barrell", and get it off by pulling hard enough.