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Arkview Network Device USB 2.0 Share Hub

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: ARKVIEW
  • Model Number: PS-8697

Product Description

Arkview’s palm-sized Networking USB 2.0 Server enables an external hard drive, flash drive, memory card reader, USB webcam, USB speaker, or USB Multi-Function Printer (MFP) to be shared on a network. You can attach a standard USB webcam to the Networking USB 2.0 Server as a simple security monitoring solution for your home and/or small office. It complies with USB 2.0 specifications, and provides users with an auto-sensing 10/100Base-T port. When connecting the Arkview PS-8697 to a wireless router, users can access their multimedia content and USB devices wirelessly. The UPnP technology enables quick and easy setup and configuration in Windows XP/Vista/7 environments. Supported protocols: LPR/LPD, DHCP, UPnP; Supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices * Some USB devices require a direct connection for optimum performance. Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7; Available Ethernet port in home/office network. Package Contents: 1-Port USB Server; User Manual; Installation CD; Power adapter; Ethernet cable.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 2 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002DYIZ3A
  • Item model number: PS-8697
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,839 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2009

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hazmat on July 25, 2009
Just got the Arkview USB server share device for the primary function of sharing a printer on my home network. The good news is that setup could not have been easier and it works like a champ for printer sharing (and this evenis an old parallel port job that I use with a parallel to USB cable). So far so good. Also tried to share a couple of USB flash drives...works like a champ again. The only problem I have is it apparently is not compatible with my Memorex DVD drive. It finds it and connects fine but when you try to view it on any PC it simply shows one file, which it thinks is some kind of Audio cd analog file and no matter what CD or DVD you put in it simply shows that same one file. So a mixed bag. Otherwise if you stick to the drives on the compatibility list I am sure you will be fine. Good solid product, easy setup and easy connection software. That's about all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Epstein on March 22, 2010
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I bought this because it said you can share a USB HDD over the network. Well, the device ONLY allows ONE connection to it (well, so far, that is all I can get to work).

Tried FOUR times to contact and get help from Arkview support. One response asking "what device did you purchase". So, they have not been any help, the device is sitting and I wasted 40 bucks!!

I am not happy. I would NOT recommend this for anything other than a printer server - and That has not been tried by me as I already have two on a different print server.

Wish you luck - or tell me how you got the USB HDD to share over the network.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Tracy on January 7, 2010
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I bought this in the hopes that I could plug a USB hard disk into it allowing my wife to access her iTunes music without having to turn another whole computer on to get it.

So far it works all right, but there are a couple unfortunate things about it:

1. You have to use their software to manually attach to the drive each time you want to use it. There seems to be no way to automatically attach to the drive at Windows start up, for example.

2. There doesn't seem to be a way to reserve a drive letter for the drive when you attach it. It just grabs the next drive letter. This could become a problem down the line if I add something else to the system. If the drive starts showing up as a different letter, I'd end up having to rediscover the entire iTunes library.

Don't get me wrong, the drive is network attached and accessible over my wireless network. It's just not as clean as a true NAS device. That's why I termed it a "poor man's NAS". Luckily, that's all I really need!

Update:
This product up and decided to change the drive letter it used when accessing it from our laptop last night. This rendered my wife's iTunes library useless. After an hour of fiddling I got the library back, but I'm going to take this out of service as a file server and repurpose our old laptop as a file server instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Duenas on February 19, 2010
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While the device is very small it's not really what I thought it would be. It's supposed to share any USB type device over the network but it only does this if you load the software that comes with it. That software is easy enough to install and use. I wanted to share a new USB printer over the network. Using the software that comes with it made it very easy to install the printer but if you don't want to use that software then it becomes rather tricky. I was finally able to install a network port on my Windows PC without having to use the software. I was expecting that this device work just like a HP JetDirect card but it doesn't. It uses LPR and some rather cryptic queue name. And lately the device has not responded while trying to print, I've had to go and reset the device and the printer a couple of times and the time it takes to print a job is considerably longer than if I was plugged in directly to the printer, even very simple text only print jobs.
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I bought this item, but ultimately returned it because it didn't quite suit my needs. I compared it to the ineo I-Nc04 4 port network USB hub I-Nc04 Lan To Usb 2.0 X 4 Ports Network Usb Hub Printer Serverand the Belkin FL009 Belkin F5L009 5-Port Network USB Hub. I ultimately settled on the Belkin device and returned the others.

Some notes for clarity: you have to use the software that this device comes with in order to connect a device. You can only connect a device to a single computer at a time. Note that the Belkin and Ineo devices both have functionality to behave like print servers, but this arkview device does not. While USB normally allows devices to be daisy-chained to a degree, I was unable to get a USB hub to work with this. Anytime I plugged in a second device to the hub, I would lose my connection to the existing device. So I don't recommend planning to use this with a hub.

Compatibility with different Win OS's didn't seem to be an issue for me (I think I used it on XP, Vista and Win7).

This hub isn't perfect, but if you just want to hook up a single non-real-time USB device over the network, this is a decent alternative to more expensive devices. Be warned that it is not compatible with all devices. It will support at least basic printing functionality on most printers. It didn't support scanning, at least not for my HP PSC 1510 Multi-unction printer, but this was expected (the company website has some info on compatibility:[...].
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