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Description of Problem 100000022746

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

Description of Solution 200000028983

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.




Verify that there is a secure connection between the Brother machine and the router or access point.  If necessary, reseat the cable on both the router and the Brother machine.




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.  Obtain the Brother machine's IP address by printing a Network Configuration Report or User Settings List:


  • Press MENU, 6 (Print Reports), 6 (Network Config), BLACK START.  The report will print.


  • Find the machine's IP address on the report.  If the IP address is not valid for your network, then continue to PART 3-4 to reset the network card.


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 correct IP address.  If you receive valid replies, then there is communication between the computer and the Brother machine.  Continue to PART 4


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 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. 


  • If the computer's connection is verified but you still have no communication, ensure that there are no firewalls, try another network cable, and other known working ports on the router.  Repeat PART 3 after making any adjustments to the configuration.  If you still can't ping the Brother machine, continue to PART 3-4 to reset the network card.


NOTE:  If you have already reset the network card once using PART 3-4 and the computer still cannot communicate with the Brother machine:


  • Try another network cable and another port on the access point.


  • Try to communicate from another network-connected computer.


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



4.  Perform a Network Factory Reset.


NOTE:  All network settings will be reset with this operation.  If you can print/scan from other network-connected computers, then do not complete this step. The issue is specific to this computer's network connection or scanning capability.  Contact your network admin or computer manufacturer for support.


a. Reset the Brother machine's network card by pressing MENU, 7 (Network), 0 (Network Reset), 1 (Reset), 1 (Yes).  The machine will reboot.


b. Once the machine powers back on, wait a while for the machine and the access point to re-establish a network connection.  It could take up to a minute or more.


c. Repeat PART 3 to determine if the network communication has been successfully established.




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 listed.  If the Brother scanner is not listed, the driver may not be installed properly.  Continue to PART 6.


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 5.




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.


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


  • If you are still unable to scan, continue to PART 6.





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 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. Choose Wired Network Connection (Ethernet) and click NEXT.


8.  For Windows XP SP2 or greater or Windows Vista 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.


9. If you are asked to "Choose the Brother machine you want to install", Make a selection.  You may leave the box checked for "Set by Nodename" and click NEXT.


  1. If a window appears stating: No devices could be found over the network, then the computer cannot communicate with the machine.  This could occur because of a firewall, security program, or the computer and/or Brother machine is not properly connected to the network.  Troubleshoot to correct any of these possibilities.


  1. If asked to "Search for the device again", click NO and choose Specify Your Machine by Address (Advanced Users).  Enter the IP address information appropriate to your network, and then click NEXT.  If you are not certain what information to enter you should contact your network administrator.


10. The installation will continue and the 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.


11. 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.


12. 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.


13.  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.


14. 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.


15.  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.


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


  • Try another network cable and another port on the access point.


  • 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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