Fix: Brother Printer keeps going Offline

Brother Printers are well known in the industry for providing economical printers without compromising in the printing quality. Brother is one of the direct competitors for HP and Canon printers which are considered to be the best ones out there.

Brother Printer keeps going Offline
Brother Printer keeps going Offline Fix

Recently, several users have complained that they often see the printer go into offline either automatically or after some idle time which can range from 10 to 30 minutes. This issue can become very problematic as users will not be able to print pages as the printer itself will be listed as offline and the documents will only be added to queue when directed to print.

What causes Brother Printer to go Offline?

There are several different reasons why you might see your Brother printer go into offline mode every now and then. Some of the reasons why your Brother printer goes offline intermediately are but not limited to:

  • Static IP: The port you are assigning to the printer is not a static one. In case of a dynamic port, the IP can change which might mismatch with the information stored on your computer.
  • Antivirus software: Antivirus software is known to cause issues with the printer when they block its actions because of a false positive.
  • Driver problems: The driver installed against your Brother printer might not be working properly and may be the cause of the printer going offline again and again.
  • Use printer offline: Windows has a feature where it lets you use the printer offline. If this option is selected, it might accept the offline printer and start queuing documents instead of printing them.

Before we move on with the solution, make sure that you are logged in as an administrator on your account and the network capabilities are correctly established through which you are connecting the printer with your computer.

Solution 1: Disabling Firewalls/Antivirus software

Antivirus software and Firewalls are known to cause issues when they issue false positives against actions which are already verified and cause no threat whatsoever. In this case, you can temporarily disable all Antivirus and Firewall software and check if the issue is fixed.

One particular application which was known to cause issues is BitDefender. Nonetheless, you should try disabling all these applications and see if this does the trick. You can check our article on How to Turn Your Antivirus Off. Once you are completely sure that the Firewall/Antivirus is stopped, you can continue printing the documents and see if this fixes the problem.

Solution 2: Disabling SNMP Enabled

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a renowned protocol for network management which is used for collecting information and configuring network devices which include printers, servers, hubs etc. This protocol is known to cause issues with Brother printers and might cause it to go offline. We will configure your port settings and see if we can remedy this.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “control” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  2. Once in the control panel, select the option View Devices and Printers present underneath Hardware and Sound.
View Devices and Printers – Control Panel
  1. Your printer will be listed here. Right-click on it and select Printer properties.
Brother Printer Properties
  1. Now locate the port in which the printer is currently connected to. Select it and click Configure port.
    Configuring Port
  1. Once in the port configuring settings, uncheck the option SNMP Status Enabled. Save changes and exit.
Disabling SNMP Status Enabled
  1. Now try using your printer and check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 3: Checking type of IP and its Validity

If both the above methods don’t work, you need to verify that the IP address that the printer is using doesn’t contain a dynamic IP address. If it is a dynamic IP, the printer will automatically change its IP address once the IP lease expires by the router. After checking the validity, we need to make sure that the IP address being used is unique and the same as on your PC.

  1. Navigate to printer properties and as done in the previous solution, click the Ports tab.
  2. Here you need to choose a Static IP which your printer can use. Do note that this is a very important step.
Selecting Static IP
  1. Once you have selected the correct port, click Configure port.
  2. Now check the port name and address. Make sure that they correspond to the system you are using currently.
Matching printer port and port in Windows
  1. Save changes and exit. Now check if the issue is resolved.

Also when choosing the port, make sure that the WSD port is not selected. This is known to cause issues with your printer.

Avoiding using WSD

Solution 4: Disabling Print Offline

Windows 10 has a feature where you can print document offline. This allows users to stack their documents in a print queue and print them later when the printer is connected again. This very feature is known to cause issues. We will disable this and check if this solves our error.

  1. Navigate to the printer properties as done in the first solution.
  2. Right-click on the printer and select See what’s printing.
See what’s printing option
  1. Now click on Printer and uncheck the option Use Printer Offline.
See what’s printing option
  1. Save changes and exit. Now check if the issue is resolved.

Solution 5: Reinstalling Brother Drivers

If all the above methods don’t work, we can try reinstalling the printer’s drivers from the device manager. There are many instances where because of corrupt or outdated drivers, the printer is unable to connect properly to the network and might disconnect from time to time.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  2. Once in the device manager, expand the category of Imaging devices, locate the printer, right-click on it and select Uninstall Device.
Uninstalling drivers for the printer
  1. When prompted, also select the option Delete drivers. Now take out the power of your printer and restart your router and computer. Now attempt at connecting with the printer from scratch and check if the issue is solved.

Note: If the printer still keeps disconnecting, make sure that you take a look at Microsoft’s Official Hotfix targeting the issue and also this guide which address this issue in general.


Kevin Arrows

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