I purchased a 2145cn in July 2009 because of good reviews of its little sister and the scanning functions (duplex, scan-to-ftp and scan-to-smb).
However, the network scanning is so heavily flawed that it must be labeled "broken" by any means:
1) TIFFs to ftp/smb and also to USB are corrupted ... Read review
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Buggy firmware - breaking most network scanning capabilities; printing is slow
"...was confirmed to me by DELL in the US.
2) Scan-to-ftp is broken: You cannot do more than one scan at a time. Then you have to manually delete the newly created folder on the server before you can do the next scan (it insists on creating this folder and cannot cope with it, once it is already there)
3) Scan-to-smb is doing weird things: When you scan to SMB shares the 2145cn creates a separate folder for each scan, leaving your server cluttered with ..."
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Up to 2400 x 600 dpi (mono) / up to 2400 x 600 dpi (colour)
Data Compression System
MH, MR, MMR, JBIG, JPEG
Max Transmission Speed
Document & media handling
Printing : ( Letter A ) - B/W ¦ Printing : ( Letter A ) - colour ¦ Copying : - B/W ¦ Copying : - colour
Document & Media Handling Details
ADF - 50 sheets
Output Trays Capacity
Max Media Capacity
Supported Media Type
Envelopes, plain paper, coated paper
Max Copy Weight
Min Copy Weight
Document Feeder Capacity
Drivers & Utilities
Operating System Support
MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux 8.0, Red Hat Linux 9.0, SuSe Linux 8.2, SuSE Linux 9.2, Mandrake Linux 9.2 - 10.1, MS Windows Vista, Red Hat Fedora Core 1-4, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5, MS Windows Server 2008
TCP / IP
Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX
PC Connection Availability
1 x Cartridge ( black ) - up to 2500 pages ¦ 1 x Cartridge ( colour ) - up to 2000 pages