Setting up Samsung Wireless Printer on Linux
April 21, 2014
Here’s a complete guide for setting up a wireless Samsung printer on Linux, where by “setting up” I mean making it connect to your wireless network.
It worked for me with Samsung ML-2165W on Debian GNU/Linux «jessie», but should work for other models and distributions, too.
Connecting Samsung printer to a wireless network
Create a new, temporary user. We’ll use it to launch Samsung’s wireless setup utility. This is optional, but it provides an additional layer of security (who knows what those utilities from Samsung do behind the scenes) and ensures that nothing will mess with your system.
We add the new user to the
lpgroup, so that it can talk to the printer.
user$ sudo useradd --create-home --shell /bin/bash --groups lp samsung
Allow the new user to use our display. (Samsung’s utility is graphical.)
user$ xhost +local:samsung
Now, time to switch to our temporary user.
user$ sudo su - samsung
Download Samsung’s PSU (“Printer Settings Utility”) archive from their website. Unpack it and go to the
samsung$ wget http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/DR/201110/20111019151150392/PSU_1.01.tar.gz samsung$ tar xzf PSU_1.01.tar.gz samsung$ cd cdroot/Linux/wirelesssetup
Check if there are any missing dynamic libraries:
samsung$ ldd bin/wirelesssetup | grep 'not found'
(Note: this is for a 32-bit system. On a 64-bit system, replace
In my case, the output was
libnetsnmp.so.10 => not found
This particular library is included in the PSU archive, so we load it by
samsung$ export LD_PRELOAD=$PWD/../psu/share/lib/libnetsnmp.so.10.0.2
lib64on a 64-bit system.)
If there are more missing libraries, first see if your distribution ships them. The major versions must match! E.g. Debian jessie ships
libnetsnmp.so.30.0.2, which has the major version number 30, so that won’t do.
If your distribution doesn’t have the right version, use a resource like http://rpm.pbone.net/ to find a package that has one. Unpack it (do not install!) and set
LD_LIBRARY_PATHso that they are found.
Now connect the printer via a USB cable to the Linux machine and run
samsung$ bin/wirelesssetup /dev/usb/lp0
A graphical window should appear, where you’ll be able to choose your wireless network and enter the password to it.
After you made the printer connect to the wireless network, you can logout and remove the temporary user. Note that the command below will remove that user’s home directory.
user$ sudo userdel --remove samsung
Please do not ask me about the problems you may have with your printer. Either try to solve them yourself, or use the usual venues (forums, mailing lists, Samsung support etc.) to ask for help.
However, if you solved your problems, and they were related to the instructions above, please do contact me so that I can fix/update the instructions.
If this article helped you and you want to say thanks, that’s fine, too :-)