|Item model number||40010073|
|Item Weight||10.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.3 x 5.6 x 2.1 inches|
Neewer 1-Port USB 2.0 TCP/IP LPR DHCP Network Print Server with Ethernet Cable, Works with 10Base-T 100Base-T Networks
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Now for my full review and instructions to make this work the way you want it...
I bought a router with a built in print server. We have two mac computers and three windows computers on our small office network. We all needed to print, and we were all sending pdf's to one computer to do so. So we tried the Belkin 600+ router which was a joke. You had to check out the printer in order to use it. And once you could finally get permission, it would only print half of the time. So we returned it and bought this print server.
I hooked it up, it recognized our HP Printer/Fax machine immediately, and I set it up according to the instructions on the Mac. Easy as pie. It uses bonjour to discover it and there was almost no installation time required. Also, even if the IP address changes for the printer, it still connects because it uses bonjour and not just an IP address.
Then I went to a Windows XP machine. I installed the software, which there are two installs to make it work, restarted the computer, then was presented with the printer software upon startup. With this software, you have to "Connect" every time you want to use the printer. The reason for my quotes is because this simulates a USB hookup. This means that you have to request permission every time you want to use it on the Windows end, just like the Belkin router. This wasn't good enough for me (and my Windows XP machine would NOT connect) so I went another route, which I'll detail below.
To make this print server work the way it SHOULD work, follow the below steps.Read more ›
The product works good except that it is not as advertised. i.e. The software included with the product is useless. After spending approximately 5 hours with the software, I uninstalled the software and configured the printserver like a network printer. I would have returned the product without DoocesWild's review. SO FUTURE BUYERS, PLEASE READ DoocesWild's REVIEW BEFORE INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE. The setup is explained in detail by DoocesWild. The hardware works (print jobs) satisfactorily from WindowsXP and Windows7 PCs.
So don't bother with the included Software CD. It is not worth it. One thing I did differently in Windows 7 is to enter "LPT1" as Queue Name and check "LPR Byte Counting Enabled" check box in the Standard TCP/IP Port settings. The last 5 days the printserver is working. No complaints. I will buy another one soon.
Update - after 3 weeks, a semi-useless attempt at technical support from the mfg, I finally got it to work. Turns out there are two whizards but only one installs from the Setup. The other is a USB driver. You need the USB to find the print driver and then open the printer setup whizard to actually install the printer. However, that got me to a deadend where I needed a driver that was on my Window 7 machine but not yet installed - go figure. To get that updated I went back to the install a new printer and worked it through until I was able to update my Windows printer driver list. Then I went back to the Printer Install Whizard and was able to find the driver I needed and finish. Now it work great but I still can't believe that any company would expect a normal customer to slog through tecno-geek hell. Good luck.
I will be testing this device to access a WD Mybook through my router since this is really designed to share just about any USB device. If it works then I am going to buy another one.
I'm not sure who makes this little gadget but they did a good job. The packaging and build quality are better than what I had expected. If they were to use the DoocesWild post for their quick start guide then I'm sure that fewer would be returned.
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