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Description of Problem 100000023363

I am unable to scan in Windows 7 using the Wireless Network connection. What can I do?

Description of Solution 200000029773

The most common reason a networked Brother machine may stop scanning, is because the connection between the computer and the Brother machine is lost.


For troubleshooting purposes, ensure you are logged in with admin rights.  Disable any firewall programs that are running.  Once you are able to scan, enable your firewall again.  If the firewall blocks network communication, we recommend adding the following Internal/External ports in your firewall: (Refer to your Firewall software documentation for support)


-         UDP: 54925

-         UDP: 54926

-         UDP: 137


NOTE:  If your computer is running any Virtual Private Network (VPN) software, please disable it before you continue troubleshooting.




1.  If the LCD screen is blank, then the Brother machine is not powered on or is in sleep mode.  Press a button on the machine to see if it wakes from sleep mode.  If it does not, then verify that it is plugged into a working outlet and any power switches are turned to the ON position.


2.  Check the LCD screen for any error messages.  An example would be "Paper Jam" or "Ink/Toner Empty".  If the LCD screen shows an error, troubleshoot to clear the issue indicated.





1.  On the Brother machine, press MENU, 6 (Print Reports), 6 (Network Config), BLACK START.  The Network configuration report will print.


2.  Ensure that the Wireless Link Status is "Link OK" and the machine is connected to the proper network SSID.  Continue to PART 3.  If the Wireless Link Status indicates an error or that the connection is unsuccessful, then the Brother machine is not properly joined to a wireless network.  Continue to PART 4 to establish the wireless connection.




1.  Obtain the machine's IP address using the Network Configuration report you printed earlier.  If the IP address is not valid for your network, then continue to PART 4 to establish a wireless connection.


NOTE:  An invalid IP address would be all zeroes, an APIPA address (169.254.x.x) on an Infrastructure network, or an address within an incorrect range for your network.


2.  Obtain the computer's IP Address:


a. On the computer, click Start and in the line labeled Search Programs and Files type: CMD and press Enter.


b. A command prompt window will open.  Type: IPCONFIG and press Enter.


c. You should receive information about your computer's network connection.  Make a note of the IPv4 Address.


NOTE:  If you do not receive an IP address, this indicates that there is a problem with your computer's network connection.  If you are unsure of how to reconnect your computer to the network, contact your router manufacturer or network administrator for further support with the computer's network connection.


3.  Ping the Brother machine:


a. While still in the command prompt window, type: PING  (Where is the Brother machine's IP Address noted earlier.)


b. Press Enter on your keyboard.  The computer will ping, or try to communicate with the Brother machine.  When completed, you will receive the Ping Statistics.


c. If you receive replies, verify that the replies are from the Brother machine's IP address.  If you receive valid replies, then there is communication between the computer and the Brother machine.  Continue to PART 5


d. If you don't receive any replies or they are not from the correct IP address, then this indicates that there is a communication problem between the Brother machine and the Computer.


-         If the computer is wireless, confirm that it is connected to the same network SSID that the Brother machine is connected to.  If it is connected to a neighboring wireless network, then you will need to troubleshoot your computer's network connection. 


-         Ensure there are no firewalls or other security applications running.


-         Repeat PART 3 after making any adjustments to the configuration.  If you still can't ping the Brother machine, continue to PART 4 to re-establish a network connection.


NOTE:  If you have already completed PART 4 and you still can't ping the Brother machine, attempt to ping from another network-connected computer to determine if the issue is specific to this computer's Network Connection.  If so, contact the computer manufacturer or network admin for further support troubleshooting this specific computer.





NOTE:  All network settings will be reset with this operation.  If you can print or scan from other computers on the network, but not from this specific computer, do not reset the network card.  Doing so will affect the other computers on the network.  In this case there is an issue specific to this computer's network communication.  Some common causes are software firewalls, security programs, and other software applications that may be blocking communication.  Contact your computer manufacturer or network admin for support troubleshooting this particular computer.


1.  For instructions on how to join the Brother machine to the network, refer to one of the following solutions:


-         "How do I join the Brother machine to an Infrastructure Wireless Network?"


-         "How do I join the Brother machine to an Adhoc Wireless Network?"


3. Once the machine is connected, refer back to PART 3 to verify that the computer and Brother machine can communicate with each other.





1. Click Start.


2. In the line labeled "Search Programs and Files" type: Cameras


3. Click the link for View Scanners and Cameras.


4. Verify that the Brother scanner is in the list.  If the Brother scanner is not listed, the driver may not be installed properly.  Continue to PART 7.


5.  Make sure the Brother scanner is selected and click PROPERTIES.


6.  Click the Network Setting tab.


7.  Click the BROWSE button.  The computer will search for the Brother machine. 


-         If the machine is found successfully, ensure the IP address matches the address of the Brother machine.  Highlight the search result and click OK. 


-         If the machine isn't found successfully, then there is no communication between the devices over the network.  This may be caused by a firewall or other security program blocking communication.  Try to eliminate as many of these applications and try browsing again. Contact your network admin or computer manufacturer for further support.


8.  Change the setting to Specify Your Machine By Address.  The IP Address should match the machine's IP address found in the previous step or you can manually specify the machine's IP address.


9. Click OK.  Continue to PART 6.





1. Click Start => All Programs => Windows Fax and Scan.


2. Click NEW SCAN.


3. Choose your Brother "Scanner Driver" and click OK.


NOTE:  If you only have one imaging device you may not be prompted with this option.


4. Choose your preferred scanner settings and then click SCAN.


5.  Click SCAN.


-         If the Brother machine scans, then the issue is resolved. 


-         If you are still unable to scan, continue to PART 7.





1.  On the computer click on Start => (All) Programs => Brother => XXX-XXXX => Uninstall.  (Where X is the model of your Brother machine)


NOTE:  If the software is not installed, continue to STEP 4.


2.  When asked to confirm that you want to completely remove the software, click OK.


3.  When the uninstall is complete, you will be prompted to restart the computer.  Click YES and wait for the computer to reboot.


4.  Insert the supplied CD for your Operating System into your CD drive. If prompted, select your language and model.


NOTE: If the CD does not automatically run, double click on My Computer on your desktop, or click Start => (My) Computer. Then double click on the Brother MFL-PRO Suite icon to run the CD.


5. The CD-ROM main menu will appear.  Click Initial Installation.


6.  Click MFL-Pro Suite Without PaperPort(tm) SE.


NOTE:  This assumes PaperPort has already been installed once.  If this software was never installed, you may choose to install the full MFL-Pro Suite from the main CD menu.


7. When the Brother MFL-Pro Suite Software License Agreement window appears, click YES if you agree to the Software License Agreement.


8. Choose Wireless Network Connection and click NEXT.


9.  For Windows XP SP2 or greater, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 Windows Firewall Users:  If a firewall is detected, choose Change The Firewall Port Settings To Enable Network Connection And Continue With The Installation (Recommended).  You may have to click NEXT to continue.


NOTE:  If you are using a firewall other than Windows Firewall or Windows Firewall is off, you may receive a message warning you that the firewall could block network communication.  See the instructions provided with your firewall software for information on how to add the following network ports:


-         For network scanning, add UDP port 54925.


-         For network pc-fax receiving, add UDP port 54926.


-         If you still have trouble with your network connection, add UDP port 137.


10.  If the wireless settings fail and the machine is not found on the network, the Wireless Device Setup Wizard will appear during the installation of the MFL-Pro suite. This means that the Brother machine OR the computer is not on the network, or a firewall is blocking the communication.  Disable any firewalls and ensure that the Brother machine AND the computer are connected to the network.


11. The installation screens will appear one after another.  Please wait. It will take a few moments for all the screens to appear.  Do not try to cancel any of the screens during this installation.


NOTE: If asked: Would you like to install this device software?  Click INSTALL.


12. When the User's Guides screen is displayed, if you want to download the manuals click View Manuals on the Web and follow the on-screen instructions.  You can also view the manuals on the documentation CD.  Once you are finished click NEXT to continue the installation.


13. When the On-Line Registration screen is displayed, make your selection and follow the on-screen instructions.  Once you have completed the registration click NEXT to continue the installation.


14.  When the "Setup Complete" window appears, make any of the following selections, and then click NEXT:


-         You may select Enable Status Monitor on Startup, which is a software tool for monitoring device status and error notification from your PC.


-         You may select Enable the Network Connection Repair Tool, which is a software application that will check for network problems and automatically attempt to correct them.


-         You may select to Set as Default Printer.


15. Select Yes, I Want To Restart My Computer Now and click FINISH.   The computer will restart.


NOTE:  After restarting the computer you must be logged on with Administrator rights.


16.  Once the computer restarts, you will be prompted to select an option for firmware update notification.  Make your selection and click OK.


NOTE: Internet access is required for any firmware upgrades.


17. Attempt to scan again to determine if the issue has been resolved.  If you are still unable to scan:


-         Verify that there are no security applications or firewalls running on the computer that could prevent network communication.


-         Attempt to scan from another network-connected computer.


These steps will help determine if the issue is specific to this computer.  If you can scan from other computers, then contact your computer manufacturer or network administrator for assistance troubleshooting this specific computer.



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