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hokiealumnus
05-21-09, 03:10 PM
Anybody have any experience with print servers? I'm going to visit my parents (well, my body will be there, they'll only care about their grandson!) in a week and my father, who isn't very tech savvy, needs a print server & wireless network. The wireless I have no problem with; I'll be getting him your standard G router.

I've just never had to buy a print server; always networked the one connected to my PC. Zero maintenance is the key. Once I set it up I don't want him to have to go into it again. Any opinions on the D-Link DP-300U (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127031)? Anyone have experience with good print servers other than that?

Thanks for any input!

SuperMiguel
05-21-09, 03:15 PM
dont waste ur money on a print server, if the printer is always connected to one computer just share it over the network like u always do.. I have played with print server before and they suck :)

nd4spdbh2
05-21-09, 03:35 PM
i got this print server

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=33-127-034-04.jpg&Image=33-127-034-05.jpg%2c33-127-034-03.jpg%2c33-127-034-04.jpg%2c33-127-034-02.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&WaterMark=1&Item=N82E16833127034&Depa=0&Description=D-Link%20DP-301U%20Ethernet%20Print%20Server

DP-301U hooked to my brother 5140 laser printer and it just works like a charm without problems, got it for 20 bucks NEW at frys.

But like stated if its already hooked to a comp just share it over the network and tell them the comp needs to be on to print.

hokiealumnus
05-21-09, 04:02 PM
That's the problem...they have a laptop and no other PCs will be networked, otherwise I'd not have them spend the money on a print server.

nd4spdbh2, how long has that one been in operation without problems?

Thanks for the tips!

mbentley
05-21-09, 07:56 PM
do they already have a printer or will you be purchasing a new one? that might make a difference as to which products you are looking at.

hokiealumnus
05-21-09, 08:32 PM
They already have one; usb interface only.

mbentley
05-21-09, 08:35 PM
I figured that if you had one it would be USB. what make/model is it?

hokiealumnus
05-21-09, 09:33 PM
Sorry, I had to find where it was written down. It's a Canon Pixima IP2600 (http://reviews.cnet.com/inkjet-printers/canon-pixma-ip2600-photo/4507-3156_7-32863658.html?tag=mncol;psum). Maybe wouldn't have been my choice, but they got it cheap and have asked me to hook it up.

nd4spdbh2
05-21-09, 09:39 PM
That's the problem...they have a laptop and no other PCs will be networked, otherwise I'd not have them spend the money on a print server.

nd4spdbh2, how long has that one been in operation without problems?

Thanks for the tips!

coupla weeks now without problems... and my printer wasnt on the "tested as working" list o printers.

Just folowed the directions to make the computer think its a LOCAL printer so that it doesnt try and connect every single time the printer is displayed on something. the document sits in the print queue on the computer and signals the print server to wake the printer, once the print server and printer are ready the document is transferred to the print servers onboard "ram" then the document is printed. this all happens in a mater of 10 secs or less.

hokiealumnus
05-21-09, 10:13 PM
Sounds like a good deal to me. :)

thehacker010
05-22-09, 01:36 AM
Sounds like a good deal to me. :)

Or, get them a G router that has a print server built-in.

Asus WL-520gU has a nice USB port and a print server included in the firmware. It also supports custom firmware.

antipesto93
05-22-09, 01:41 AM
isnt there just a USB > Ethernet converter?
so the printer just connects straight to your printer via a usb > ethernet cable?

hokiealumnus
05-22-09, 07:37 AM
Or, get them a G router that has a print server built-in.

Asus WL-520gU has a nice USB port and a print server included in the firmware. It also supports custom firmware.
See, that's why I asked! Best of both worlds for them. I'm getting the ASUS WL-500g Premium v.2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320030). It has some good reviews and supports 3rd party firmware if I need it.

Thanks for all the help folks!