there is actually a install from brother that does all the job

all the use needs to do is specify how to connect to the printer:

  • asign fixed LAN IP to brother printer
  • unpack the
  • renamte it to be a script:
    • mv -v linux-brprinter-installer-2.2.2-2
    • chmod +x; # mark as being executable script
    • su – root; # become root
    • ./; # start installation with default shell (bash)
    • sh ./; # start installation with sh
  • tell script to direct network connect (LAN) via direct via protocol:
    • socket or HP JetDirect
    • brother protocol
  • then enter the ip address of the printer
  • that’s it!

the cups ppd method:

also good but need to find the ppd that matches the printer file first! (which can be a hazzle, why brother? why?)

tested on: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt7-1 (2015-03-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux

If the user followed the pretty cool Brother setup and installed the *.deb package:

one might realize: Colorprinter is only printing Black and White (RAW GrayScale is selected as driver)?

This is because the wrong driver is loaded/config wrong so lets go to CUPS: http://localhost:631/

so the default port to reach the CUPS config is : 631

And you should see something like this:



Go to Administration:

cups manage printers

Select your printer and you will be asked for password to modify it: give your Linux’s Systems root password:

cups admin modify printer0

When it asks for the way how to connect go for the HP LaserJet Direct Stuff:

brother protocol


I assume you have unpacked/installed the *.deb package from brother:

Search for driver on your harddisk:

locate *.PPD|grep 9465_2; # search for proper driver PPD file
find / -name *.PPD|grep 9465_2; # search for proper driver PPD file


upload driver ppd

Give Brother a fixed ip (highly recommended) and put it into the mask like this: 9100 is the port


this is how it worked for me:

brother mfc 9465 cdn in cups

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