Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/0yqjt (affiliate link) – The Brother ADS3000N network connected scanner converts documents to PDF at a rate of up to 50 pages per minute. See more scanners here: http://lon.tv/pnlin and subscribe here! http://lon.tv/s
00:10 – Scanner speed demonstration
01:12 – Hardware overview
03:02 – How to configure network settings with the web control panel
09:16 – Multipage, double sided document with blank page rejection
10:46 – Mixed size scanning
11:20 – Misfeed detection
13:08 – Mobile app demonstration
16:00 – Conclusion, comparison to Fujitsu, final thoughts
This scanner might finally be the one to best my beloved Fujitsu ix500 due to how less draconian it is for working with multiple network users. In fact it doesn’t even need a PC to operate, and I suggest not even installing the PC based software unless you need some of its included OCR software.
The three buttons on the front can be configured via the scanner’s internal web server to send documents to specific network locations either via Windows file sharing (Samba), FTP, SFTP, or to Sharepoint destinations. While only three buttons can be active at once, many more profiles can be configured and swapped in as needed through the web interface. I have been scanning documents to a NAS device on my network and it works just fine with and without user names and passwords.
Brother also has a mobile app for iOS and Android that can find the scanner on the network automatically and pull documents through that way. The mobile device can then pass the document off to Evernote and other apps compatible with PDF documents. It can also be emailed from there as well. A USB port on the side of the scanner will allow for direct scanning to a USB memory stick, again without the need for a PC in the middle.
The scanner is extremely fast and includes a workable multifeed detection. When it detects a multi-feed it will save the work it has done and stop, at which point the document can be restacked and continued although a new file will need to be created and merged with the first portion on a PC. It scans both sides of a page simultaneously and will automatically reject blank pages if you have a mix of double sided and single sided documents.
A bunch of included software is included for OCR and document management. The included OCR software can work by opening one of the PDF files on the network drive after it’s scanned, or configure the scanner to shoot the document directly into the PC that has the OCR software installed for character recognition.
Why do I like this better than the Fujitsu? Because it doesn’t need software installed on a PC to work. The Fujitsu does have network scanning capabilities but it needs to get ‘locked’ to a particular computer first. Changing the paired PC on the Fujitsu requires unpairing from one and repairing with the other one – a real pain especially when you just want to do a quick scan to your laptop vs. desktop. This one will just fire off documents to a network drive or USB stick and can work with multiple PCs too.
While this scanner doesn’t have a built in email client I have found for my purposes that the ability to connect to local NAS devices is just as useful.
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