Quick Guide: Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup

Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW UNBOXING

If you are new to the Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup, then this guide will show you how to set up the Brother DCP L3551CDW printer for the first time.

Unpacking & Reinstalling Drum Unit:

  • First, unpack your printer from the package and check the provided components.
  • Take out the printer supplies and keep them aside for later use.
  • Remove all the protective tapes and covers from the printer.
  • Lift the scanner unit and slide all the yellow drum locks to release it.
  • Take out the drum unit and cartridge assembly.
  • Remove the orange part from each cartridge.
  • Reinstall the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly into the printer and lower the scanner unit.

Loading Print Media:

  • Pull the paper input tray out from the printer.
  • Slide the paper guides apart.
  • Fan a paper stack and load it into the tray.
  • Slide the paper guides to touch the edges of the paper stack.
  • Push the paper input tray back into the printer.
  • Lift the paper support and slide out the output tray.

Configuring Basic Settings:

  • Connect your printer to an electrical outlet using the supplied power cord and turn it on.
  • Go to the printer control panel and press the Menu button.
  • Select the Initial Setup option and press the OK button.
  • Choose Local Language and press the OK button.
  • Press the Stop/Exit button.
  • If necessary, set the correct date & time.

Installing Printer Software:

  • Insert the Brother installation disc into your computer’s CD/DVD drive.
  • Run the setup file on the CD drive.
  • Agree to the EULA in the driver installation wizard and choose your connection type.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and establish the connection between your Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup and computer.
  • Finish the driver installation and verify the printer functionality.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW USER MANUAL

The user manual for your Brother DCP L3551CDW printer is provided along with the printer package during the first-time purchase. If the manual is not available, get it by clicking the Manual Download button on this page. Alternatively, you can download the Brother DCP L3551CDW printer manual from the official Brother site by following these steps.

  • On your computer, launch the default browser and visit the official Brother site.
  • Input your printer’s model number in the search field and click the Search button.
  • Click the printer model from the search result and select the option that directs you to the manuals download page.
  • If necessary, choose your language from the Language drop-down menu.
  • Select the required user manual from the displayed list and click the Download button.
  • Now, the manual will be saved to your computer.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW DRIVER

The printer driver is responsible for the communication between your printer and computer. You can install the printer driver from the Brother installation. If your computer doesn’t support the Brother installation disc, download the driver by clicking the Driver Download button on this page. Alternatively, you can get the driver for your Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup from the official Brother site.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW DRIVER FOR MAC

  • On your Mac, open the default browser after ensuring that the Internet connection is stable.
  • Go to the official Brother site and enter your printer’s model number in the search field.
  • Click Search and select the printer model from the search result.
  • Click the link that directs you to the driver download page.
  • Wait until your macOS version is detected automatically.
  • Otherwise, select the correct macOS version in the Select Your Operating System (OS) section.
  • Click OK and select the required driver from the displayed list.
  • Click the Agree to the EULA and Download button to get the driver file to your Mac.
  • Open the Downloads folder and double-click the driver file. Doing so will create a disk image on the desktop.
  • Open the created disk image from the desktop and double-click the installer file to run the driver installation.
  • If prompted, enter the administrator password in the required field and click Continue.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and complete the driver installation on your Mac.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW DRIVER FOR WINDOWS

  • Before starting, remove any previously installed Brother printer drivers on your Windows computer.
  • Launch the default browser and visit the official Brother site.
  • Type ‘Brother DCP L3551CDW’ in the search field and click Search.
  • Click the printer model from the search result and select the option that directs you to the driver download page.
  • Under the Select Your Operating System (OS) section, verify if your Windows OS version has been automatically detected. If not, select the version from the given options.
  • Click OK and choose the required driver from the displayed list.
  • Next, click the Agree to the EULA and Download button to download the driver file.
  • After completing the download, open the Downloads folder and extract the downloaded file.
  • Run the installer file to begin the driver installation.
  • Click the Yes button if the device prompts for User Account Control.
  • Carry out the on-screen prompts and print a test page remotely from your computer to finish the driver installation.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW WIRELESS SETUP

Wireless setup using the WPS Push Button method:

  • Before starting, verify if your router has the WPS button.
  • Turn on your printer and place it close to your router.
  • Go to the control panel and press the Menu button.
  • Select the Network option and press the OK button.
  • Choose WLAN –> WPS.
  • Press the OK button and start the wireless setup when the Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup shows the ‘WLAN Enable?’ message on the LCD panel.
  • When the printer shows the ‘Press Key on rtr’ message, go to your router.
  • Press and hold the WPS button until all the LEDs on the router flash.
  • You can see the ‘Connected’ message once the printer is connected to your wireless network.

Connecting printer and computer wirelessly:

  • Connect your computer to the wireless network on which your printer has been connected.
  • Run the driver installation wizard.
  • Agree to the EULA and choose the Wireless network connection option as your connection type.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and establish the wireless connection between your printer and computer.
  • Finish the driver installation and verify the wireless connection to complete the setup.

HOW TO SCAN DOCUMENT USING BROTHER DCP L3551CDW

Using the printer control panel:

  • First, turn on your Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup and place the original document on the scanner glass.
  • Next, connect your printer and computer via a USB cable or over a wireless network.
  • Ensure that you have installed the Brother printer software on your computer.
  • Go to the control panel and press the Scan button.
  • Select the to PC option using the navigation keys and press the OK button.
  • Choose the File option and press the OK button.
  • If the printer is connected over a wireless network, select your computer’s name from the displayed list.
  • To scan your document with the default settings, press the Mono Start or Color Start button.
  • Otherwise, press the Copy/Scan Options button and specify the following settings.
  • Scan Type
  • Resolution
  • File Type
  • Document Size
  • Remove Bkg Clr
  • Finally, press the Mono Start or Color Start button to scan your document and save it to the connected computer.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW USB SETUP

Before starting:

  • Make sure that you have a standard USB cable handy.
  • Disconnect the USB cable connected between your printer and computer, if any.
  • Verify if you have completed the basic printer setup.
Brother DCP L3551CDW USB Connection

Installing the printer driver:

  • On your Windows computer, run the driver installation wizard using the Brother installation disc or the downloaded driver package.
  • Agree to the EULA and choose the Direct connection (USB) option as your connection type.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and connect your printer to the computer using the USB cable.
  • Once the connection is made, a confirmation message will be displayed in the driver installation wizard.
  • Click Next and finish the USB setup.
  • You can test the connection by printing a test page from the driver installation wizard.

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW TROUBLESHOOTING

BROTHER DCP L3551CDW PRINTER NOT WORKING

  • If your Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup is not working as expected, identify the cause of the issue and execute the correct troubleshooting steps.
  • Sometimes, you can resolve the issues by simply restarting the printer.
  • Errors like paper jam, scan issues, printer offline, and wireless connection issues are due to incomplete installation and improper maintenance of the printer.
  • If you are stuck while troubleshooting your printer, do not hesitate to click the Call button to contact us. We will assist you in resolving your printer issues.

TONER RESET

    You cannot reset the toner level on your Brother L3551CDW printer. However, you can reset the drum unit counter after replacing the drum unit. To know how to reset the drum unit counter, follow these steps.

  • Turn on your printer first.
  • Press the OK button and Up arrow key simultaneously.
  • Next, press the OK button and select the Drum option.
  • Press the OK button and select the color of the drum unit.
  • Press the Up arrow key to reset the drum unit counter.

PAPER JAM

  • If a paper is jammed inside your printer, the LCD panel will show the Paper Jam error message. Check for the jammed paper in the following areas.
  • Manual feed slot
  • Paper tray
  • Output paper tray
  • Back of the printer
  • If the paper is jammed inside one of the above-mentioned areas, remove it from the printer without damaging the internal parts.
  • After removing the jammed paper, restart your printer.
  • To avoid paper jams, fan the paper stack before loading it into the tray.
  • Do not load the paper stack more than the specified limit.
  • Also, make sure not to adjust the paper stack too tightly with the paper guides.

PRINTER OFFLINE

  • Is your Brother printer offline? Check if there is a communication breakdown between the devices.
  • Check if your printer is turned on while printing from your computer. If the Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup has been turned off, check the power cord and restart your printer.
  • Sometimes, your printer status might be offline due to other issues on your Windows computer.
  • Open the Control Panel tool on your computer and click the Devices and Printers tab.
  • Locate your printer’s icon from the displayed list and check the printer status.
  • If the status is offline, right-click the printer icon and select the See what’s printing option.
  • Cancel the pending print jobs, if any.
  • Click the Printer tab and deselect the Use Printer Offline option.
  • If there is no green checkmark on your printer’s icon, give a right-click on it and select the Set as default printer option.
  • Now, your printer status should be online.

PRINTING BLANK PAGES

To stop printing blank pages on your Brother DCP L3551CDW, carry out these steps.

  • On your computer, open the print application and select the Print option from the File tab.
  • In the Print command box, choose your printer’s name from the drop-down menu.
  • Click on Properties or Preferences to open the Printing Preferences window.
  • Under the Advanced tab, click the Other Print Options(Y) button.
  • Select the Skip Blank Page option to exclude blank pages while printing your documents.

PRINT HEAD

The Brother DCP L3551CDW printer doesn’t have any print head. Instead of a print head, this printer uses a drum unit for printing. If you are getting poor print quality on your printer, follow these steps to clean the drum unit.

  • Turn on your Brother DCP L3551CDW printer and wait until it comes to Ready mode.
  • Press the Menu button and select the Print Reports option using the navigation keys.
  • Press the OK button and select the Drum Dot Print option.
  • Once again, press the OK button and wait for the printer to print the Drum Dot Check sheet.
  • Next, press and hold the Power button to turn off the printer.
  • Open the top cover and take out the drum unit & toner cartridge assembly that is causing the print quality issues.
  • Push down the green lock lever.
  • Pull the toner cartridge from the drum unit.
  • Hold the drum unit handle and rotate it anti-clockwise.
  • Gently wipe the drum surface with a lint-free cloth to remove the particles from it.
  • Refix the toner cartridge into the drum unit and fix the assembly into the printer.
  • Close the top cover and power on your Brother DCP L3551CDW Setup.