Mac Compatible Ethernet Document Scanners

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mactrician, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. mactrician macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    I am a mac, pc and networking tech and I've been looking for an ethernet document scanner that will work on a mac only network.

    I recently received the following response from canon regarding this matter. I expect to receive a similar response from fujitsu on the same issue.

    Does anyone out there believe that we can create enough demand?

    Please advise.

    Many thanks,

    Alexis (aka The Mactrician)


    Dear Alexis (aka The Mactrician):

    Thank you for writing to us. We value you as a Canon customer and
    appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

    Unfortunately, Canon does not release plans to us for future models so
    we do not know if there are even any plans for a Mac network scanner.
    Products are created based on demand or suspected demand, and demand for
    Mac scanners is low, and demand for Mac network scanners is lower. I
    can pass your request up, but demand so far is unlikely to produce

    Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your

    Thank you for choosing Canon.


    System Support Specialist
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Not likely going to happen. Ethernet based hardware is quite a bit harder to design then USB hardware; and then the software on top of it is a bit more of a pain in the butt. Thus if they have no plans, it isn't going to happen. See if you can find any good ethernet scanners; then see if any of those have mac support.

    EDIT : Epson GT-15000 Scanner seems to support OSX
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    My university's library had a high-volume scanner available for public use. It's an Epson, but forgive me I don't know the model. One of the all-in-one printer size units, but it was just a scanner with a document feeder capable of holding 200 pages. All I had to do was download the Epson software for better feeder control, and add the IP address in Print/Fax. Then it worked like a charm.
  4. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Fujitsu just announced the 1800 model network scanner for a pricey $1900
  5. mactrician thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    Thank you ever so much for the responses.

    None of these seem to allow complete OSX integration. I wonder if any of them will allow you to scan from the document scanner to a Mac across the network?

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks again.
  6. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    Not sure if this is the route you would be willing to take, but I have an HP OfficeJet 7680 on my home Ethernet network. HP has a software package for Mac which allows me to scan documents right to PDF on my MBP.

    I did this recently for a Condo purchase I has facilitating for my mother-in-law. It worked great.

    I also have it setup to print directly from my iDevices. I have AirPrintActivator installed on a Mac Mini (which is on 24x7) and allows my devices to print as well.

    If you are looking for just a document scanner, I cannot help, but maybe my situation is the closest you may get. :shrug:
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW. One of the nice features I like about my Canon MX860 is that it is capable of scanning to PDF directly to SD card or other USB storage. The files can then be accessed via SMB share.

    Unfortunately Lion and Mountain Lion have a bit of trouble networking with it this way so I sync the files off of it using my Windows 7 box to a NAS.

  8. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    There is another way to do this.

    I have an Epson Perfection V33 that I access on my MBA via ethernet. What I use is a USB server (Silex : This connects to the scanner via USB (and to anything else I chose through a USB hub). The server than connects via LAN to anything requesting a connection. There's a piece of Silex S/W that runs on the MBA that manages the connection. I've been using this for years so that all the bulky USB stuff (Scanner, DVD drive, etc) can sit on a shelf somewhere else and not clutter up my workspace.
  9. mbartosch, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    mbartosch macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    I registered on Macrumors forum only to post this reply ;-)

    I had the same requirement a few months ago. I wanted a B/W laser printer and network capable scanner, preferably with a duplex option.

    After some market research I found that Kyocera was more or less the only company fitting my requirements. I decided to buy a Kyocera FS-1030MFP/DP and although it has a few quirks so far I am pretty happy with it. I think other Kyocera products will have similar capabilities to scan to SMB shares (check the manual before buying).

    I have configured the printer to scan to my NAS via a SMB share (FTP is supported as well IIRC). Assigned this to a function key on the printer. If I want to scan a document I just hit the function key, shove in the documents, hit the green button and get properly scanned PDFs (even duplex scan if necessary) on a file share from where I can simply pick them up in the Finder.
  10. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Doubtful. My Canon 110 scanner works just fine connected to the USB ports of any our Macs or Time Capsule. For single page scanning, it is hard to beat as a USB powered scanner.
  11. robpow macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2007
    I'm scanning docs all the time from my Samsung SCX-4500W laser/scanner to my Macs. All I have to do is to go Preview on the Mac, select Import and there's the doc as a PDF. Couldn't be simpler. It has Ethernet, WiFi and USB connectivity.

  12. helveta macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    I love my xerox documate 152, unfortunately I have to use it in Parallels.
  13. marzer, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Sorry. I guess I don't understand the issue from the information you've given.

    Are you saying there's no solutions on the market to scan directly to a Mac over the network?

    I've been network scanning to my Mac's since 2004. Back then it was an HP All-in-one that allowed me to access the scanner from right from OS X. Later, moved to a Lexmark AIO that had a document feeder for scanning multiple pages straight to my Mac on the network without even being at the computer.

    Currently, I have an Epson NX 620 that also allows me to scan directly from the unit to a desktop on the network (again without being at the computer). This one does not a have a DF but there are still many network scanning solutions still on the market that work with Mac's. (With or without document feeders.)

    And all three units (HP, Lexmark and now Epson) provide network scanning over ethernet or Wifi connection.
  14. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    My Brother DCP-7065DN supports scanning both ADF & flatbed via Ethernet just fine. The W models allow it over WiFi.

    No 3rd party software needed, just use Image Capture.
  15. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Yes. That's what's convenient about network scanning with OS X. Not even needing the manufacturer drivers. I think it's been since Leopard, OS X has recognized my network scanners automatically for scanning from the machine over a network connection. Preview even sees the scanner over the network for direct import.

    The only reason I load the drivers is for the "push" feature; scanning from the unit to a Mac on the network of my choice without having to be at the computer.

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