Pros EASY, EASY Setup (OSX 10.6)
Decent print Quality
Cons Not any so far
Summary This is a very easy printer to set up. I just plugged it into my router, went to settings on both of my macs, selected the printer in the first tab (driver was already on my mac) and set it to default. Wireless setup may be harder, but i am using the network print function using Bonjour. Print quality is average for a laser printer, but i have not messed with the settings. It will not be used for printing pictures, as it is just a B/W printer. But Documents and diagrams look fantastic. Great printer for the price and if you print as little as I do and do not want ink to dry up as it would in a ink jet, this is a very good buy.
Pros Fast Printer and great print quality
Cons Horrible instrctions to setup the wireless
Summary Here is how to setup the wireless:
This instruction is to setup Brother Laser printer 2170W in windows 7
Turn off Windows Firewall
To reset the printer:
Turn off the printer.
Press and hold the Go Button in front, at the same time turn on the printer from the right side. You will see three lights(Error, Drum, Toner) turn on. Release the Go button. The light is not blue and is off.
Now, Press the Go button 7 times. Wait for some seconds.
The three lights will turn on and off by themselves. The printer warms up and then stops.
Connect the ethernet cable to the wireless router and the printer
in the browser type:
It shows the device connected and its ip address.
Close the browser and open new browser
on your internet browser type in http://(ip address that you see as device)
click on "Network configuration"
click on "configure interface". Change it to "Auto Switching" Click OK
You are back in "Network configuration"
click on Configure wireless
Make sure it is "Infrastructure" and the "channel" is correct.
Also "Authentization Method" should be "open system"
Choose your encryption method
type in your password in "hexadecimal format" and click "submit".
If your password is ascii change it to hexadecimal with an online converter
Follow the instructions.
Wait until it prints the papers.
When it tells you to remove the ethernet cable, Do not remove.
Wait until printing is done. Turn off the printer and remove the cable. Turn on printer.
Now Print the printer status:
click on the Go button once to wake up the printer.
Now click on the Go button 3 times. Wait! it will print 4 pages.
Look at the last page
you will see the IP address of the printer.
go to your browser and type in http://( new ip address that you see on last page)
The last step is again in the "configure wireless" to "configure TCP/IP"
choose something like 192.168.1.198 the last 3 digits should be a high number. Close browser.
Now put in the CD and install the wireless Driver only. All Done!
Turn ON Windows Firewall
Pros This printer is fast. Its toner replacements last a long time and are cheap if you shop online. It also prints good quality documents, even in toner saver mode.
Cons A little loud when printing, no duplex
Summary I have had this printer about 9 months and I have printed over 1300 pages on it. I have had to replace the toner once, as the starter cartridge only lasted 550 pages. Overall, I love this printer. It is compatible with every computer in my house and has never had a paper jam. It is a little loud when printing but it doesn't matter because it prints so fast. It is very efficient and lives up to its expectations on toner use. Overall great buy.
Pros Fast, doesnt take up a lot of space, network card
Cons could not get wireless to work
Summary I go to law school and this printer is great for printing out cases and research papers. However, the software that came with the printer is useless for setting up on the network. I tried several times to set up on the network with the included disk but could not get it to work. I ended up uninstalling the software and created a tcp/ip port and installed manually on each computer to get to work over the network.
Pros Printed... for a while
Cons Doesn't print anymore because the printer bombards itself with worthless notifications of problems I have/had already fixed multiple times. I am never buying a brother product again and no one else should either
Summary Horrible, horrible programming and setup. I am very experienced with computers and even after reading reviews complaining about the difficulty of the setup and the problems that occur down the road, I still thought I could put my computer skills to good use and fix any problems that may occur. I was completely wrong. One would think the mere act of pulling out the drum unit, replacing the toner or even cleaning the corona wire after a notification that it is dirty would be a simple process, but many times it would take HOURS to get the computer or the printer to realize that the drum unit was clean or that the toner was full. Hours of troubleshooting later I would figure out a way to force the printer through some sort of bypass that I would have to create to make the printer ignore the notifications it was giving itself. It got to the point where I would get extremely angered over a paper jam, because sometimes it would take hours after I had fixed the paper jam for the printer to realize the jam was fixed. This is not a problem with my printer, this is a fundamental and foundational problem with their drivers and firmware installed on the printer and I know that a new printer won't fix any of this, so thank you Brother for taking the 300$ spent on this printer and the toner and drums with it, and days of frustrated attempts to fix this plastic piece of junk!