One of my clients had a problem installing his network scanner on his new Dell 3115cn Multi Function printer/scan/fax. Sounded simple enough. Just run the install disk and the scanner will simply set up. Not so fast. After installing the printer, the scanner
simply would not work. I tried, and tried, but ended up making the dreaded call to Dell Service. After a long discussion I found out that this machine can not scan over a network out of the box. The supplied software as well as the downloadable software does
not work. And forget about scanning from your desktop it isn't going to happen. now that I know how to set one up I thought I'd share the process with you.
Network Scanner set up for a Dell 3115cn printer/scanner/fax
Things you will need:
The IP address of the client you will scan to
Click start, then Run ( or in Win7 simply enter CMD) then CMD
Once you have the command window, type "ipconfig" Write down the IP address, it should look like 192.168.xxx.xxx
You will need the “Login Name” of the user
When you typed in “CMD” it will open a black screen and return a line that looks like this;
c:\documents and settings\xxxxxx (where xxxxxx is your “Login Name”)
Create a folder called “dellscan” in the root of drive C.
It should look like c:\dellscan
Not sure how to do this then Google “how to create folders in Windows”
The '”dellscan” folder must be shared with read write access
Not sure how to do this then Google “how to share a folder in Windows”
IP address of the Dell 3115cn Network printer/scanner/fax
This can be obtained by printing a configuration report from the printer. See your manual for details.
Now that we have all the things we need we can log on to the printer and make the needed changes.
Open your internet browser and type the printer IP address into the address bar.
A log in screen will appear. Type admin for the username, leave the password blank.
You have now logged on to the printer.
On the left-hand column Click on “Address Book”
On the top tabs click on “Server Address”
ID - (Prefilled in)
Name - (Enter your name, The one you want to appear on the scanner)
Server Type: SMB
Server Address: Enter the IP address of the client computer not the printer
Server Port Number: 139
Login Name: the login name of the client computer (see above)
Login Password: skip this
Share Name: dellscan
Server Path: Skip this
Click apply setting and your done.
Now head over to the scanner and you should see your name on the list when you “scan to computer” When the document is scanned it will go to the C:\dellscan folder. Remember to make a shortcut on your desktop to make this easier to find your scans.
I hope this helps you save some time and money setting this unit up. Overall it’s a nice printer/scanner/fax, but what were they thinking when they wrote the drivers.