Epson SX600FW Scanning via network

Firstly, I hope I’ve opened this thread in the right forum, please let me know if not and I’ll move it. I have openSuSE 11.1 x86_64 installed and an Epson SX600FW all-in-one. I have the printing side working by updating the gutenprint drivers to 5.2.4 from Openprinting, however, I now need to get the scanner working. The device is located on the local network (it’s a networked device, not attached via USB to a server) and it would seem the latest version of the sane-backends in the repros is 1.0.19, which do not support my device even via USB!

Having looked at the Sane Projects web site at SANE Supported Scanners - Search Engine my device is only supported in the current development repository. Also, having looked at their downloads page at SANE - Download there is a warning:

Most Linux distributions package SANE with modifications required to support their authentication or permissions systems. We recommend you use the vendor’s packages. If you need a more updated version of SANE, be prepared to build from source, and ask on a distro-specific forum for advice
I also have no experience of compiling and installing from sources under Linux (although I am reasonably computer literate and can program in Java), so guess what, I’m taking the Sane Projects advice - can anyone tell me if there are any mods required or, even better, has anyone already created a sane-backends 1.0.21 rpm?

Any advice about compiling and installing would also be appreciated!

I have had connectivity (at work) to Epson MFP devices, and it generally requires a driver from Linux Driver | AVASYS CORPORATION

However, a quick search of the site does not convince me that your model is supported yet. If it uses the same communication protocol as other similar models, it may be just a matter of adding the chipset identifiers to the relevant udev entry or similar. Thats about as much help as I can offer.

Hi deano, many thanks for your very prompt reply, your suggestion is worth a try, I’ll give a go over the weekend:)

Following Deano’s suggestion I checked out the download pages of Avasys at All-in-Ones (Multifunction Inkjet Printers) | AVASYS CORPORATION and as he said it initially looks as if the SX600FW is not supported for scanning from a device directly connected to a network, however I contacted Avasys and found them very helpful and received the following reply:

While it has not been tested and remains unsupported, the
iscan-network-nt package may work with the Epson Stylus SX600FW. To
try it, you will need to do the following:

  1. Install the latest version of Image Scan! for Linux (2.24)
  2. Install the latest version of the iscan-network-nt plugin package
    (1.1). You should be able to download this from the Epson Stylus
    SX610FW’s download page
  3. Edit /usr/share/iscan/fs-blacklist by deleting the line containing
    “WorkForce 600”
  4. Add the scanner’s IP address to /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf by following
    the instructions found towards the bottom of that file

Whether or not you are able to get network scanning to work with the
Epson Stylus SX600FW, please do let us know the results.
Having followed their instructions I’m pleased to say it worked and I’ve informed them accordingly, so issue resolved. Once again many thanks to Deano, and also to Avasys:)

Great work! Now you’re at the forefront of scanning technology with Linux. :slight_smile:

I’d just like to confirm that this technique also works for the Epson Stylus Photo PX700W (remove blacklisting for “Artisan 700” from epkowa.conf). Download the net plugin by saying you actually have a 710W.I have conducted several tests at a variety of resolutions and have yet to see any errors.

Off now to tell Avasys that this works.

Works for my SX600FW on Fedora 13 also very nice! Thx a lot!!!