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Monoprice Networking 4 Port USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices


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  • Users can now enjoy their favorite multimedia content stored on their computer from anywhere
  • It complies with USB 2.0 specifications and provides users with an auto-sensing 10/100Base-T port
  • When connecting WS-NSU68M4B to a wireless router users can access their multimedia content and USB devices wirelessly
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Product Description

The 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. With the versatility afforded by the USB Share Station users can now enjoy their favorite multimedia content stored on their computer from anywhere in their home or office. A user can attach a standard USB webcam to the Networking USB 2.0 Server as a simple and low cost security monitoring solution for their home and/or small office use. Because the unit includes Multi-Function Printer sharing any user can print scan or fax from any computer in their home. The WS-NSU68M4B can support up to 4 USB devices over your home or office IP network. It complies with USB 2.0 specifications and provides users with an auto-sensing 10/100Base-T port. The print server will even automatically identify your printer make/model upon connection. When connecting WS-NSU68M4B 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 a Windows Vista environment. It is a one-stop-shop for multi-functional network peripheral sharing and the number of applications is practically endless. Note: Users may not achieve optimum audio/video streaming performance when connecting to the WS-NSU68M4B through a wireless Ethernet router. Features

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.2 x 2.3 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003L170QC
  • Item model number: 106041
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 6, 2010
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Customer Reviews

It works if you have a wireless router but this MUST be connected by an ethernet cable.
Riddle
After installing the two software packages and performing a requisite reboot (seriously?), each PC on your network may connect to each USB drive for EXCLUSIVE ACCESS.
ViperGeek
I got this one as a gift and ended up purchasing a NUS2000 Cirago instead (which works as it should by the way).
H. Templeman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Michaels on September 9, 2012
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I don't know why everyone else is giving this device poor reviews. It does exactly what it says it would do, namely, connecting up to four USB devices to a computer. No, it's not a file server, nor does it make any claims to be, hence I don't understand why it would get marked down for that.

I have two printers and a scanner plugged into my router and it works perfectly. It will connect and disconnect on its own before and after printing, allowing it to be free for other computers to use. It also recognizes devices by itself without any work on your part. Compared to what I've read about for other devices, this is somewhat unique and is a wonderful feature. You simply install the software and plug it in and it's ready to go.

If you need printers or scanners to be shared between computers, this is an excellent device!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ViperGeek on July 8, 2011
Pros:
* Very fast access to attached hard drives.
* Easy to set up and configure.
* Small footprint with very little power draw, especially compared to a Windows server.
* Allows reasonable sharing of printers with included drivers.

Cons:
* This is NOT a file server. It is a per-device network sharing portal.
* The software is a bit "selfish" and doesn't work with other device-sharing software like HP Network Device monitor.
* The software is a bit buggy. Double-clicking on the network-connected printer causes Explorer to crash.

Review:
First and foremost, if you are looking for a Windows-compatible file server or media server, this is not the right product for you. After installing the two software packages and performing a requisite reboot (seriously?), each PC on your network may connect to each USB drive for EXCLUSIVE ACCESS. More than one computer cannot access any one drive at the same time. The drive must be released by one computer before it can be accessed by another. Despite it's >400Mbps access speed, this is sort-of a deal breaker for me.

On the other hand, as a print server, the pseudo-exclusive access isn't as much of a problem. The software creates a physical printer on your system, then maps your existing printer -- the printer created when you directly connected the USB cable to your PC and installed drivers -- to this new LPR physical printer on-demand. The existing printer (let's call it your "virtual" printer) looks Offline all the time, but if you print to the virtual printer, a virtual-to-physical connection is made and your job prints.

I gave this device a reasonable rating because it ranks as "acceptable" in the You-get-what-you-pay-for category. But it's by no means a miracle device.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Peters on July 27, 2011
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When it works its perfect. But it looses its network connectivity randomly. I can't find a support link either to maybe update the firmware
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on July 2, 2012
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This is an excellent product from Monoprice, have connected a Canon ip1900 and a MFP Epson Stylus CX-3900 without having problems, haven't tried any storage devices, but surely will work as expected. The speed in print or scan jobs is pretty good. Easily install software, and very useful. It comes with a Network Printer wizard and a Network USB Server software, the first specifically makes your printer a network printer and the second is a USB device server, which allows you to connect any usb device and use it as if it was connected directly to your computer. And has an Automatic Connect feature that makes this server/software combo one of the best to have, the problem of having to manually connect and disconnect in order to leave the device free for others to use is gone, this feature allows you to connect to the device automatically when it detects a print or other job, and disconnects automatically when the job is done. And having a single printer (no MFP) the setup is easier, the Network printer wizard gives your printer a specific TCP/IP port configuration, so you don't have to use any software to connect to it, it does it directly through the network.

If you need to share your printer or any other usb device over the network, this is a very well done product. Highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Halley on December 20, 2011
The Pros and Cons of ViperGeek's review are spot on. The device is fast and relatively easy to setup. To call this thing a server is stretching it and then some. Think of it as a networked USB hub with the ability to singlely connect to the device you want. Access is exclusive so if you want to share devices you need to connect one computer to the devices and then share from there, and so much for security on the computer you will share with. Software has some nice features for Windows 7/Vista/XP in that you can auto-connect when you reboot. But with Windows server 2003 these options are greyed out. The description says for home or office. Make that home or home office. Unless you have a staff that isn't afraid of technology, that don't mind getting up to search who forgot to disconnect from a device after using it, and only need one person accessing files at a time, in the words of Robin Williams from Good Morning Vietnam, "Don't go there."

UPDATE: Well, after about a month I am having problems with the device disappearing. This has been a disappointing device. I will try to setup wireless so at least can use it as a N-wireless unit. Not sure how the security is on this as I wasn't planning on going that direction.
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