Brother QL-580N label printer

Finally a low cost networked label printer!

This thing was quite simple to setup, except a few problems with the Mac OS X drivers.

The driver that came on the CD with the QL-580N was a package (.pkg) installer.  Great I thought, I’ll just install the package on the 8 machines using ARD in one simple step, but it wouldn’t work…  Then tried copying the installer to a machine, but even that wouldn’t work.  I searched for a more recent driver on the Canon website, but couldn’t find anything.

I ended up installing it on each machine from the CD, what a pain!

After a bit of mucking around, I managed to create a label layout in filemaker that would print correctly on the QL-580N..  I found that I had to set my print area a bit shorter that the label size, even with margins set to zero.

The BRAdmin Light software worked well (as does the web interface), and I managed to assign a manual IP address to the QL-580N without any problems.