Brother printer and option "routers"

doug rorem rorem at
Fri Dec 12 13:58:35 UTC 2008

Tina Siegenthaler wrote:
> Am 12.12.2008 um 12:37 schrieb Tina Siegenthaler:
>> Hi list
>> I'm having a problem with a Brother L-5250DN network printer which is 
>> not accepting ther "routers" option from my DHCP server. The 
>> printer's boot method is set to "DHCP", and indeed it gets a valid IP 
>> and the correct subnet mask, but it always sets the gateway to 
>> Which means that no one outside of the printer's subnet can 
>> print to it. All other network devices in that subnet set the 
>> "routers" option correctly, just not that printer. Has anyone seen 
>> anything similar? I'set the printer's IP etc. manually for now, but 
>> I'd rather have it use DHCP.
>> Ah yes, my dhcpd version is 3.1.1. If you need the config file, just 
>> tell me, and I'll post it.
>> TIA, Tina
> Well, in fact this is true for all our Brother printers (been having a 
> look at them). All of them are on DHCP, all of them get an IP and the 
> proper subnet mask (which is also provided by the DHPC server), but 
> they obviously refuse to accept the router address. Any idea why?
> Tina
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I'm using a Brother HL1870N printer and it accepts the gateway address
via ISC DHCP Server V3.0.6 (running on Ubuntu 8.04):


I got these settings by telneting to my printer
and using 'access' as the password (its the default)

show ip

IP is Enabled
IP address              Boot tries    3
Subnet mask             Boot method   DHCP
IP Gateway              Max window    4096
 (via DHCP
LPD banner    Disabled                  Timeout       60 min
LPD retry     Enabled        
LPD type      TYPE1          

Port      TCP port
 P1         9100


[you can get the same info by going to the printer's webpage
and looking at network -> configure TCP/IP (in my case)]

Doug Rorem

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