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Review of Linux Compatibility
The Epson Home XP-205 is a All-in-One printer that can be accessed by WiFi. The color ink printer has a resolution of up to 5760×1440 dpi and is fully supported by Linux. The Epson- driver epson-201202w is used for this printer.
The printer driver as well as the driver for the scanner are available for download at the Epson homepage (in RPM or DEB file format). To find the drivers one has to enter in the “XP-205″ in the Epson Linux search filed to get to the driver download.
Under Debian (64bit AMD CPU) the following files have to be downloaded:
epson-inkjet-printer-201202w_1.0.0-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.3.0-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb iscan_2.29.2-1~usb0.1.ltdl3_amd64.deb iscan_2.29.2-1~usb0.1.ltdl7_amd64.deb iscan-data_1.24.0-2_all.deb
The installation of the files is performed via the package management system, e.g. by the command:
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Printing via cups is now possible, if the printer is connected to USB. For printing via WiFi the device has to become part of the WiFi network. This can be achieved with WPS, if this protocol is supported by the WiFi router: WPS has to be activated on the router, e.g., by pressing a dedicated button of by settings in the router software. Afterwards, the WiFi button of the XP-205 has to be pressed for 3 seconds.
For the operation of the scanner it is necessary to install the SANE library:
sudo apt-get install libsane-extras
Additionally, the file /etc/sane.d/epkowa.conf has to be configured. If the XP-205 is connected to USB, the USB ID has to be added to this file. This ID can be found in the ouput of the command
and has to be added to the file
usb 04b8 0x????
To access the scanner via WiFi the IP address of the XP-205 has to be added to the file:
The scanner connection can be tested by the command:
The proprietary scanner driver provided by Epson installs the program “iscan”. This program is a a simple scanner frontend and only works for Epson scanners. Additionally the Epson driver installs a Gimp plugin, that allows accessing the scanner from Gimp.