I have had exactly the same problem. However I found this link :
which suggests that Ubuntu 12.04 is capable of finding and installing printer drivers automatically. Although sceptical, I decided to try with my wirelessly-connected Epson PX730WD. It worked ! I used "System Settings / Printing / Add Printer / Find Printer" (roughly speaking) which found the printer as soon as I turned it on. In fact the drivers it found were for a slightly lower spec device - the PX710W - but so far I have not had any difficulties as a result of this.
I hope you find this useful.
UPDATE for Ubuntu 19.10
I realized that with the generic EPSON ET Series drives it doesn't print correctly (prints ASCII carachters :(), so you must modify the Make and Model from "Local Raw Printer" to "Epson Expression ET-2550 EcoTank - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.3.1"
UPDATE for Ubuntu 18.10
I had problems with the configuration in Ubuntu 18.10 with CUPS Server.
- Enter into the CUPS server Web (http://localhost:631/admin/)
- Look for the Option "Add New Printer" and add your Ubuntu User and Pass
- Here there are several Options --> Select the Driverless one (in order to have it by the Hostname instead by the IP) "EPSON ET-2550 Series (EPSON ET-2550 Series (driverless))" (I have checked also "Share in Network")
- Select the Model (if NOT listed, install the Printer Drivers, 1st direct from Ubuntu "lsb", if doesn't work download from the EPSON Page)
- Try to Print something
IMPORTANT: If you can not print anything probably you have a problem with the .local ending in the Hostname (in my case EPSON14562B)
- Go to the Printers Menu --> Additional Settings in Ubuntu Settings
- Go to Properties of the Added Printer
- Replace ".local" with ".lan" (or remove it) from the Device Address: ipp://EPSON14562B .local :631/ipp/print --> ipp://EPSON14562B .lan :631/ipp/print or directly ipp://EPSON14562B:631/ipp/print
- Print again :)
ORIGINAL Post for Ubuntu 16.10
I have the same All-In-One Printer ET-2550, and those are the steps I followed to configure with the WLAN connection through my Home Router in Ubuntu 16.10 64bits.
First of all connect the Printer to your Home Router using the Display and the Assistant Configurator from the Printer.
Insert the Local IP Address in a Browser (i.e. Firefox) to check that it is the correct IP (you can check it in the Router), in my case:
http://192.168.178.33 (you can also use the Printer Hostname i.e. http://epson14562b:631)
Copy it! We will need it later in Ubuntu Configurator
Now You can go to Ubuntu:
- System Properties-->Printer-->Add a New Printer
- In the Network Printer Drop Down, wait till Appears your Printer EPSON (with IP 192.168.178.33 in my case) and Select it and press continue.
- Follow the Driver Assistant, choosing your EPSON printer from the list.
If your EPSON Model doesn't appear you have to Install the Drivers first and go to Point 4 again.
- Test Print a Page, in my case didn't work!
- If this doesn't work change the URL of the Printer (in the Printer Properties) for this one (Printer IP + 631 Port): https://192.168.178.33:631/ipp/print (better solution use the Printer hostname ipp://EPSON14562B:631/ipp/print)
- Test Print a Page, in my case NOW works! You can print from any place of your Home :)
You can set a fixed IP to your Printer in your Router configuration in order to avoid probably change of the IP. (Not necessary if you use the hostname of the Printer)
The Scanner works perfectly with the Application "Simple Scan".
To Download the EPSON drivers
Try to configure first without installing any EPSON driver.
If the Scanner or/and the Printer are not correctly detected then Install Drivers
sudo apt-get install lsb
sudo apt-get install printer-driver-escpr
If you want the Epson "Printer Utility" download the .deb Package from:
Install them the way you prefer!
Download Ubuntu 16.10 64bits package.
Extract it and execute the "install.sh" File.
I had the same problem with my Epson WF-3520 and the driver from the Epson-Website. This solved my problem:
Try, to make sure the damaged driver will be removed:
sudo apt-get -f install
And then install the driver from the package manager
I installed the package "printer-driver-escpr" version 1.3.0-1 with the package manager and the driver works for me with the Epson WF-3520.
Now, try to install your epson printer.