Scan from Epson ET-4850 Printer to a PC

Epson ET-4850

I was recently setting up Epson ET-4850 EcoTank Printer/Scanner and found that it cannot scan directly to a network share on a PC or a NAS device. This is quite disappointing as the printer is quite expensive and in my experience scanning to a network share is normally the most reliable method when it's properly set up.

One workaround is to set up scanning to a OneDrive folder via EpsonConnect. Obviously, this relies on the Internet connection and Epson services being available. Another option is scanning to a PC via Epson Scan software. There is also the WSD method, but I didn't go there...

To scan using Epson ET-4850 when the scan is initiated from a PC, all you need is Epson Scan 2 software that can be downloaded from the Epson Support website.

Epson ET-4850 Screen

However, if you want to initiate the scan from the printer itself (Scan > Computer), you need three different software packages:

  • Epson Scan 2
  • Epson Event Manager
  • Epson Smart Scan

Epson Scan 2  and Epson Event Manager can be downloaded from the same Epson Support page. For some reason, it doesn't contain Epson Smart Scan, which can be downloaded from here.

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