Since my HP Lasejet 4MP is a little bit outdated and Toner is almost empty I considered buying a new Laser printer.  I came up with the follwing wish list:

  • Laser Printer
  • Color
  • Scanner
  • Standalone Copier
  • Network Interface (printing and scanning)
  • OSX support
Comparing prices I decided to buy a Samsung CLX-2160N.
The device works well as standalone Color-Copier and network printer on OSX after I installed the driver from Samsungs website. I can’t compare the drivers with the windows version but I read that there are some differences and the windows drivers are more flexible in terms of print setting.

 

Nevertheless I still think that the level of print support under OSX is sufficient for my use case. One thing that is not provided by Samsung is support for Scan to Network. This feature is only available on windows. You can however scan to USB Stick – which works well. Searching various Mac forums I was not able to find a way to get network scan to work with OSX – until yesterday.

 

I found this interesting website. They provide a small perl script for scan to network supporting various MFP printers and they support the CLX-2160N. You just run the perl script including some parameters form a terminal window. Afterwards you can select your workstation in the printer menu and select the resolution. I only managed to get JPGs out, the TIFF and PDF settings have no effect. Although you don’t have the full resolution and flexibility the TWAIN driver using the USB port offers, for me it is sufficient for most use cases.

/Users/nd/downloads/dell1600n-net-scan.pl --clx2160n --format jpeg --listen 192.168.2.11
You simply start the script using the above command where 192.168.2.11 is the IP of my printer.