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IOGEAR USB 2.0 Print Server, 1-Port GPSU21 (Silver)

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  • Easily Connects Usb Printer To A Network
  • Allows Multiple Computers To Share 1 Usb Printer On The Network
  • Print From Any Computer On The Network Or From Across The Internet
  • Supports DHCP Client and multiple network protocols
  • 10Base-T / 100Base-T auto-sensing
  • Supports Telnet and Web Management software
  • Easily Connects Usb Printer To A Network
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Product Description

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Product Description

IOGEAR's palm sized 1-port USB 2.0 Print Server allows any networked computer to share a USB printer. It complies with USB 2.0 specifications (backward compatible with USB 1.1 spec.), and provides users with an auto-sensing Ethernet port that works with either 10Base-T or 100Base-T networks. This unit also supports multiple protocols and multiple operating systems, and it integrates Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) in this print server to allow users to print from any computer over a LAN/WAN or the Internet by specifying the device's URL. The built-in web management feature provides more convenience by allowing the user to configure, monitor and even reset the print server via a web browser. This eliminates the need to place the printer right next to the computer. Print jobs can be sent to a printer in another country just as easily as to a printer in the same office.

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IOGEAR USB 2.0 Print Server, 1-Port GPSU21 (Silver)

IOGEAR's palm sized 1-port USB 2.0 Print Server allows any networked computer to share a USB printer. It complies with USB 2.0 specifications (backward compatible with USB 1.1 spec.), and provides users with an auto-sensing Ethernet port that works with either 10Base-T or 100Base-T networks. This unit also supports multiple protocols and multiple operating systems, and it integrates Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) in this print server to allow users to print from any computer over a LAN/WAN or the Internet by specifying the device's URL.

The built-in web management feature provides more convenience by allowing the user to configure, monitor and even reset the print server via a web browser. This eliminates the need to place the printer right next to the computer. Print jobs can be sent to a printer in another country just as easily as to a printer in the same office. Why bother sending a degraded fax image while you can print an original at the destination?

Device is not compatible with Multi-Functional Printers.

Key Features

  • Easily connect your USB printer to a network
  • Allows multiple computers to share one USB printer on the network
  • Print from any computer on your network or from across the Internet
  • Supports DHCP Client and multiple network protocols
  • 10Base-T / 100Base-T auto-sensing
  • Supports Telnet and Web Management software

How it works

Requirements:

  • Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 & 64-bit)
  • Mac OS 9.22 or later
  • Unix/Linux
  • Printer with USB connection

What's in the Box:
1-Port USB 2.0 Print Server, CAT5 Patch Cable, Power Adapter, Installation CD, User Manual and Warranty / Registration Card 

Warranty:
3-year warranty

About IOGEAR

IOGEAR headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, offers innovative Consumer Electronics and IT solutions that enable convergence through connectivity in the home, at the office and on the go. Founded in 1999, the company provides a broad range of products that help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste.

The company is environmentally-conscious and emphasizes conserving natural resources to employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives. In addition, IOGEAR has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant one tree for every product purchased on its Web site or by members of its GREEN initiative partner program.

IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.


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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
National Stock Number 7025-01-608-1027
Brand Name Iogear
Item model number GPSU21
Item Weight 14.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches
Color Black,Silver

Additional Information

ASIN B000FW60FW
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 382 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Print Servers
Shipping Weight 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available July 7, 2004

Warranty & Support

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Customer Reviews

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The print server hardware worked fine, but the setup software
caused a few problems as a result of oversimplication.

I was able to get the server going with a Brother HL-5150D USB
printer on a home network with 4 computers (3 wireless, 1
ethernet), an all-in-one networked device and the USB
printer itself. This is using a mixture of computers with
different flavours of Windows XP. The print server is wired to
a router using DHCP. I did not chose to put the print server on
a static address (as the manual prefers) since that does not
reflect my network setup (home networks are usually DHCP).

I encountered problems because:

(a) My software firewall first caused the installer to crash.
I wanted to avoid turning it off entirely, but
to no avail. I was able to leave my router's hardware
firewall on but had to turn off my software firewall
for the installation. The manual asks that firewall
be turned off at installation, but I find that drastic.
I guess I should have cut off my internet connection when
I did this.

(b) I installed my printer drivers and print server back-to-back
without rebooting the computer in between. The manual
allows for this but I was not able to avoid the "the
segment of the print server is different from your
computer" error no matter what I tried. So I rebooted
and started the print server install a second time over.
Worked fine. The manual's guidance for this error was
incorrect in my case.

So, if what I've learned applies:
(i) install the printer driver as a normal USB
printer on your computers first.
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6/7/2012 UPDATE: I have looked on their site and there is a newer list than the first one I posted. Although the PDF does not state the date modified, the index list says it was modified in Feb 2012. Here's the link to the newer PDF:[...]

Here's the link to the index list of so that you can see if the list for the model has changed (be sure to find the correct model):

[...]

ORIGINAL POST: March 5,2009
I made the mistake of taking the product description at face value. It does not work with all printers, so check the compatibility list from Iogear's website first! [...]

You may notice that the list has not been updated since 2007... so that tells you something. I have a HP Deskjet D4160 which a bought a few years ago (probably right after this list was created!)

I was able to install the print server without any complication. I could ping it, I could log into the configuration page, but whenever I tried to print, the print queue would say "Printing" but nothing would ever print. After trying the IPP method and using a static IP, still no joy. Come to find out the compatibility list does not include any of the Deskjet D series and is two years old. Cutting my losses and not wasting another minute on it, I packed it up and sent it back to Amazon. My guess is that if I had a compatible printer it would work..but I'm not about to buy another printer in order to test that theory.
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I bought this to connect my Canon MP760 to my two notebook computers, one running XP and the other Vista. After connecting the device to my printer and my router, I started the install CD on my XP notebook and ran the wizard, accepting all the standard options. The software finished and reported a success, but I couldn't print anything. Then I noticed (after being clued in by reading someone else's review) that the printer needs to be set to Online in the printers control panel. After doing this my XP notebook could print.

However it wasn't so easy on the Vista notebook. Although the CD software seemed to run fine (after giving it permission), no amount of tweaking got anything to print. Items would sit in the print queue forever, and zero bytes would by shown sent to the printer. It should be noted that IOGear nowhere says this software is compatible with Vista, I can confirm it is not, and I couldn't find any Vista driver on the IOGear website.

Now the good news. I discovered there is a much simpler way to install this device. Just use the instructions for IPP that are given at the back of the manual. These instructions are given for setting up to print over the internet, but the same technique can be used to set up on a local home network. With a home network it all boils down to: tell Windows you are installing a network printer and type in the URL as [...] (your IP address will be different) then select the print driver and you are done. What it so hard about that? Nothing. And this method DOES work for both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

So it took me about 2 hours of trial and error, but now it works great. The device can be managed and configured using a web browser, just by typing in its IP address.
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Let me preface this review by stating that I am in IT and consider myself pretty technical. That being considered I am not at all intimidated by setting up something that I have to customize out of the box. This device however is completely not worth the time that you will spend to get it working correctly! I decided to purchase this device so that I could get rid of my old desktop that's only purpose was to act as a print server. I wasn't looking to make a substantial investment so when I saw the price point on this I could not resist. I really wish I would have done a little more homework before pulling the trigger on this one as I spent upwards of 3 days off and on trying to find the right sequence of steps to actually get this bad boy working on my very simple home network. The first problem started with the fact that when I plugged the Print Server itself into my router it would not auto-assign an IP address. I did not see link lights and switched cables and ports on my router to see if I could figure out why. Finally, after getting frustrated, I went to bed and decided to pick it back up the next day. Sure enough, I look the next day and I have a link light and an IP assigned!!! Still no idea how that happened, but I will take it. After that I closely followed the directions that came with it to get the print driver installed. My advice to you: DO NOT DO THIS! I went round and round in a circle trying to find the right driver for my 2 year old printer and then getting it installed and never did find the right sequence. Luckily, out of desperation, I started reading the reviews of the product here on Amazon and found one that resolved my issue immediately.

Here is the key to getting it done properly:

1.
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