Brother MFC J480DW Setup - Quick Guide

Brother MFC J480DW Setup

BROTHER MFC J480DW PRINTER SETUP

Brother MFC J480DW is an easy-to-use printer that can print, scan, copy, and fax. The printer is suitable for business purposes as it offers faster output speed, an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and an auto-duplexer (for printing both sides of the document). Brother MFC J480DW supports wireless printing that is an added advantage over other printers. The front panel comprises a 1.8-inch color LCD screen [Handful of buttons (29) for dedicated functions], making the user experience more intuitive. With all that said, let us discuss the Brother MFC J480DW Setup in the upcoming segments.

BROTHER MFC J480DW PRINTER UNBOXING

Brother MFC J480DW is an easy-to-use printer that can print, scan, copy, and fax. The printer is suitable for business purposes as it offers faster output speed, an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and an auto-duplexer (for printing both sides of the document). Brother MFC J480DW supports wireless printing that is an added advantage over other printers. The front panel comprises a 1.8-inch color LCD screen [Handful of buttons (29) for dedicated functions], making the user experience more intuitive. With all that said, let us discuss the Brother MFC J480DW printer setup in the upcoming segments.

Before going to the unboxing setup, you need to be aware of the accessories that come along with the printer.

  • Power adapter
  • Ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow)
  • CD-ROM
  • Windows and mac basic user’s guide
  • Quick setup guide
  • Telephone line cord

Now let us see the unboxing Brother MFC J480DW Setup in the below steps.

  • Remove the seal and unbox the contents.
  • Make sure to remove the entire protective covers/tapes from the printer.
  • Once unboxing is done, connect the power cord between the printer’s rear port and an electrical outlet.
  • Turn on your Brother printer by pressing the Power button.
  • Follow the printer’s on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup.

PAPER LOADING STEPS:

  • As a part of the initial setup, follow the below steps when the printer reminds you to load some paper into the printer.  
  • Gently pull the paper tray completely out of the printer.
  • Open the output tray cover.
  • Slide the paper guides in a way that the paper fits in properly.
  • Fan the paper well without any folding.
  • Gently load paper into the paper tray with the print side facing down.
  • Close the output paper tray cover and insert the tray completely into the printer.

INK CARTRIDGE INSTALLATION:

  • First, remove the plastic caps from the ink cartridges.
  • Ensure that your Brother MFC J480DW printer is turned on while installing the ink cartridges.
  • Open the cartridge access door.
  • Install the four ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow) into their respective slots.
  • Once you have installed all the ink cartridges, close the cartridge access door.
  • You can check the ink levels on the printer’s home screen.

BROTHER MFC J480DW DRIVER

A printer driver can translate the computer’s language into a format a printer could understand. When it comes to Brother printer drivers, it ensures smooth communication between your Brother printer and the computer. You can download the driver from Brother's official site or from this page by clicking the download link provided here.

BROTHER MFC J480DW DRIVER FOR WINDOWS

  • Turn on your Windows computer and connect it to the Internet.
  • Open your browser and land on the Brother’s support page.
  • Enter your printer model and hit the Search button.
  • On the printer’s support page, click Downloads.
  • Select your PC’s Operating System (Windows) and its version.
  • Once selected, click the OK button.
  • On the Downloads  page, choose your preferred language from the drop-down menu.
  • Choose the driver you need and click on it.
  • Read the End-User License Agreements (EULA) and click Agree to the EULA and Download to start the driver download process.

Follow the steps mentioned below to proceed with the driver installation:

  • As you are a Windows user, you will be prompted to save the file or possibly run it (depends on your browser).
  • Locate the Setup File (My Computer Local Disk Users Brother Downloads Setup File).
  • Run the setup file to begin the driver installation.
  • Select your language from the drop-down menu.
  • When the License Agreement screen appears, agree to the terms and conditions by clicking on the Yes button.
  • In the Connection Type window, choose any one of the following connection types [Local connection(USB), Wired Network Connection (Ethernet), Wireless Network Connection].
  • Once selected, click the Next button.
  • Allow the printer driver to change the firewall settings and click Next.
  • Now the driver finds the printer and displays the name.
  • In the Windows Security dialog box, click the Install button.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the driver installation.
  • Once done, click the Finish button.
  • Now restart your Windows computer.
  • After booting up, you will find the Brother Utilities application on your desktop.
  • If you are unable to locate Brother Utilities, it signifies that the driver installation process is incomplete. So, retry the whole process.

BROTHER MFC J480DW DRIVER FOR MAC

  • Turn on your Mac computer and connect it to the Internet.
  • Open your default web browser and land on the Brother’s support page.
  • Enter your printer model and hit the Search button.
  • On the BROTHER MFC J480DW Setup support page, click Downloads.
  • Select your PC’s Operating System (Mac) and OS version.
  • Once selected, click the OK button.
  • On the Downloads page, choose your preferred language from the drop-down and click on the driver you wish to download.
  • On the driver download page, read the End-User License Agreements (EULA) and click Agree to the EULA and Download to start the driver download process.

Follow the steps mentioned below to proceed with the driver installation:

  • Usually, the downloaded files are saved in the Downloads folder in the dock but may vary based on your browser settings.
  • Run the Setup File to begin the driver installation.
  • Select your language from the drop-down menu.
  • When the License Agreement window appears, choose Yes to agree to the Terms Conditions.
  • In the Connection Type window, choose any one of the following connection types [Local connection(USB), Wired Network Connection (Ethernet), Wireless Network Connection].
  • Once selected, click the Next button.
  • Allow the printer driver to change the firewall settings and click Next.
  • Now the driver finds the printer and displays the name.
  • Follow the on-screen steps to finish the driver installation.
  • Once done, click the Finish button.
  • Now restart your Mac computer.
  • After booting up, you will find the Brother Utilities application on your desktop.
  • If you are unable to view the Brother Utilities, retry the whole process.

BROTHER MFC J480DW USER MANUAL

  • Open your default web browser and land on the Brother’s support page.
  • Enter your printer model and hit the Search button.
  • Click on the manuals tab to view the user’s guide, Brother MFC J480DW Setup guide, additional feature guide, and appendix.
  • Select the user manual you need and click on the Download button next to it.
  • Now the chosen manual will be opened in a new tab of your browser. If you want to download it, you can do so by clicking the download icon.

BROTHER MFC J480DW WIRELESS SETUP

Nowadays, wireless connectivity has become popular, and people prefer wireless connections over wired connections. The wireless setup enables you to connect the Brother MFC J480DW printer with your network devices. Apart from this, wireless setup indeed helps users in many ways, such as security, flexibility, increased efficiency, coverage, transmission speeds, and much more. In the below segments, we have given the wireless printer setup for Windows and Mac computers.

BROTHER MFC J480DW WIRELESS SETUP - WINDOWS

  • Before establishing a wireless setup in a Windows computer, you need to connect your printer to the router.
  • Turn on your printer and wake up the display screen.
  • Begin by pressing the Wi-Fi button.
  • Select Setup Wizard from the option list and press the OK button.
  • Again press OK to enable WLAN settings.
  • Select SSID or router name and press OK.
  • Use the dedicated buttons to enter the Network Key.
  • Confirm the network key and press the OK button.
  • If prompted, press 1 to apply the settings.
  • Once the printer successfully connected to your network, it will show Connected on the LCD screen.
  • Now it's time to download the Brother printer drivers from the support page.
  • Enter your OS Family and Version to download the relevant printer drivers.
  • Double-click the downloaded Setup File to kick off the installation process.
  • When the device installation window opens, choose your language and click Next.
  • Accept End-User License Agreement and click Next.
  • In the Connection Type window, choose Wireless Network Connection (Wi-Fi) and click Next.
  • Select your Brother MFC J480DW printer from the list and click the Next button.
  • Choose Standard (recommended) for the Installation type.
  • When prompted to install the PaperPort, click Install.
  • When PaperPort is installed, click Next.
  • Click on Brother Registration to register your Brother printer.
  • Once done, click Finish.
  • Now you can perform all the printer functions wirelessly from your Windows computer.

BROTHER MFC J480DW WIRELESS SETUP – MAC

  • Turn on your Brother MFC J480DW printer.
  • Press the Wi-Fi button to open the Setup Wizard.
  • Press OK to enable WLAN settings.
  • Select SSID or router name and press OK.
  • Use the dedicated buttons to enter the Network Key.
  • Confirm the Network key and press the OK button.
  • If prompted, press 1 to apply the settings.
  • Once your Brother MFC J480DW Setup is successfully connected to your network, it will show Connected on the LCD screen.
  • Now it's time to download the Brother printer drivers from the support page.
  • Enter your OS Family and Version to download the relevant printer drivers.
  • Double-click on the downloaded Setup File to kick off the installation process.
  • When the device installation window opens, choose your language and click Next.
  • Accept End-User License Agreements and click Next.
  • In the Connection Type window, choose Wireless Network Connection (Wi-Fi) and click Next.
  • Select your Brother MFC J480DW printer from the list and click the Next button.
  • Choose Standard (recommended) for the Installation type.
  • When prompted to install the PaperPort, click Install.
  • When PaperPort is installed, click Next.
  • Click on Brother Registration to register your Brother printer.
  • Once done, click Finish. 
  • Now you can perform all the printer functions wirelessly from your Mac computer.

BROTHER MFC J480DW USB SETUP SETUP

  • Before going to the USB setup, make sure that the printer is turned off.
  • Couple one end of the USB cable to the Brother printer and the other end to the computer’s USB port.
  • Once connected, turn on the printer.
  • Now go to the Settings app from the Start menu.
  • Click Devices.
  • Click Add a printer or scanner.
  • If your computer is able to detect the Brother MFC J480DW printer, then click on the printer name, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the USB setup.
  • Finally, print a test page to check if the Brother MFC J480DW Setup is working fine without any issues.

BROTHER MFC J480DW AIR PRINT SETUP

AirPrint enables you to wirelessly print photos, email, web pages, and documents from your iOS devices. It doesn’t even require any specific driver.

  • Connect your iOS device to your printer’s wireless network.
  • Note: Wi-Fi Direct provides a secured wireless network between the Brother printer and your mobile device without any access point.

  • Open the settings page, land on the Wi-Fi settings page
  • Activate the Wi-Fi function by sliding the toggle button.
  • Select your Brother printer from the list to establish the connection.
  • Now, open a page that you want to print.
  • Tap the Action icon.
  • Tap [Print], and  your printer will eject the respective document.

BROTHER MFC J480DW TROUBLESHOOTING STEPS

Troubleshooting helps you to find the root cause of the issue and will lead you to the appropriate solutions. When troubleshooting steps are followed in the correct way, you can quickly sort out the problem. Printer issues arise due to several reasons; we have given some of the generic methods that will help sort out the printer issues.

Printer offline

Set your printer as the default one

  •  Open the Control panel window.
  •  Click the Devices and Printers option.
  •  Locate and right-click on your Brother MFC J480DW Setup; then choose Set as default printer from the drop-down menu.

 Restart the print spooler service

  • Press the Windows and R keys at the same time to open the Run box.
  • Type Services.msc and press Enter.
  • Click Print Spooler and click Start.

Cancel All Documents

  • Go to the Control panel window followed by the Devices and Printers section.
  • Locate your Brother printer and right-click on it. Then choose See what’s printing Printer Cancel All Documents.
  • If you find that the Cancel All Document option is gray out, then click on the Open as Administrator option.
  • Enter the password and click Yes.
  • Now you will see that the Cancel All Document option is responsive.

Check for outdated printer drivers

  • On  your computer, type Control Panel in the search box, and hit Enter.
  • From the Control Panel window, click Device Manager.
  • Look for Printer or Printer Queues and expand them.
  • Right-click on your Brother printer, then click Update Drivers from the drop-down menu.
  • Go ahead with the on-screen instructions to update the drivers.
  • However, as an extra step, you can update your computer as well.
  • Choose the Check for updates option and install the latest software update available for your PC.
  • Once done, restart your computer and printer.

Check the overall connections

  • Check the printer's power cord connections.
  • Disconnect and reconnect the power cable.
  • If you have connected your Brother MFC J480DW printer to your computer using a USB cable, then check whether the cable is not damaged.
  • If you are using a wired network (Ethernet cable), make sure that the cable is connected to the printer and router/access point.
  • If your router is unable to communicate, then power cycle the router.
  • Ensure that there is minimal to no interference between the router and the network devices (Computer, Printer).
  • Once the proper connections are made, check whether the printer and router can communicate with each other.

BROTHER MFC J480DW PAPER JAM:

  • Check the printer’s display screen; it will display where the paper jam has occurred.
  • Now unplug your Brother machine from the AC power outlet (electrical socket).
  • Gently pull the paper tray completely.
  • Remove the jammed paper.
  • Put the paper tray back in.
  • Once you have successfully removed the jammed paper, reconnect the power cord and turn on the printer.

We hope that the above-given troubleshooting methods would have helped you in solving the Brother MFC J480DW Setup issues. If not, do call us for more clarifications.