Cannot scan for printers on the network in KDE4

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Fri May 1 03:42:59 BST 2009

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> In KDE 3 the user could scan an IP range for printers. As my D-Link
> DIR-320 gives the printer a different address whenever the router
> looses power, I simply told KDE 3 to scan 192.168.0.* for printers and
> it found my printer. KDE 4 does not seem to have this ability,
> furthermore, the only way to get the IP address of the printer out of
> the router is through an EXE file that the router provides for
> configuring Windows machines: not a solution for me! Is there some
> other way that I could scan the network for printers, even from a
> shell script, to get the correct IP address?
IIUC, KDE4 has no printer support so this is going to have to work 

Can you use the CUPS web interface?

IIUC, KDE4 uses NetworkManager and Avahi.  I have to say that I don't 
have much of a network (Box connected to DSL modem with Ethernet) so I 
don't really know how these work or how KDE4 interfaces with them.  But, 
it looks to me that if you want a KDE4 GUI to find your printer that you 
need one or both of them.  NetworkManager depends on the DHClinet so you 
need DHCP installed too.


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