Monitoring My EPSON XP-8600 Series Printer using Prometheus and Grafana

Xavier «X» Santolaria
4 min readJan 4, 2023


Playing around with my Pi-hole Raspberry Pi, I thought I could expand its mission and started looking into Grafana and Prometheus. One thing leading to another, I though why not monitor my printer. Running out of ink is very common. It’s always when you need that print, that you can’t do it.

In this post, I’ll show you how I did it, and consider this a proof-of-concept. We’ll assume here that you already have a running instance of Grafana and Prometheus. If not, you can find plenty of good articles online on how to do it.

High-level diagram of the setup

My setup at the time of writing:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) running Bullseye version
  • Grafana v9.2.6
  • Prometheus v2.37.3 and snmp_exporter v0.21.0
  • EPSON XP-8600 Series printer

The EPSON Printer

First, let’s ensure we got the SNMP capability enabled. Connect to the web administration interface (it’s easier than the LCD screen on the printer itself) using its IP address, e.g. that if you had not previously set an Administrator password you will be prompted to do so, for obvious security reasons.