Frank R. Bollinger on Amazon
4 months ago
01/31/2023, 04:29 AM
Two key factors make this purchase a success for me
Although I've only had this printer for two days and usually wait for more experience before reviewing, there are two important items that I really appreciate. My environment is several computers and two printers connected using wired Ethernet.
1 Setup, using the bundled software CD on my primary computer was easy, and worked perfectly on the first try. Conversely, the printer I'm replacing required obtaining its IP address from its control panel and manually entering it into the settings on each computer before they would recognize it. This was an annoyingly clumsy process. The Brother DCP L5500dn had no trouble being seen on my LAN. The remaining computers all recognized this printer through the Add Device dialog, without even using the CD.
2. My Chromebook recognized the printer immediately. The previous printer never worked with the Chromebook despite months of trying every approach I could find in my research. As with the networking, this worked immediately on the Brother with no issues.
So far, regular printing and copying function very well. I won't be able to properly assess scanning until I've done more of it but the first few attempts were successful.
Update 2-7-2023 - My first disappointment. The starter toner cartridge is supposed to be good for 2,000 pages. The printer stopped working with a replace toner message when the counter showed 527 pages. I replaced it with a Brother 850 cartridge that is supposed to provide 5,000 pages. It will be interesting to see how many I actually will get.
I've reduced my rating from five start to four but am still very happy with everything else about this printer.