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Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 1 USB Device
Share a USB printer, scanner, hard drive, webcam, speaker system, or other USB device on your home network using this Networking USB 2.0 Print Server from Monoprice!
This Networking USB Server is ideal for sharing a USB printer or other device on an Ethernet network. It connects to the network using a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and includes UPnP support for quick and easy setup and configuration in Windows®. It features a built-in web management system, allowing you to configure, monitor, and even reset the server using a web browser.
- Share a single USB device across the network
- Works with multifunction printers, hard drives, web cams, USB speakers, scanners, etc.
- Supports the LPR/LPD, DHCP, and UPnP protocols
- Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 devices
- Supports Windows Vista Rally Technology
- Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit versions)
- User's Manual (May 17, 2012)
- List of Supported Devices (Feb 20, 2013)
- Drivers for Windows XP/Vista/7 ver 1.29 (Oct 23, 2012)
- Drivers for Windows ver 1.22 (Apr 28, 2010)
- Network Printer Wizard for Windows XP/Vista/7 (Sep 25, 2012)
- Distribution disc ver 1.29 (Apr 18, 2012)
- Distribution disc ver 1.22 (Apr 28, 2010)
Note: Before you begin, be sure to have the printer drivers downloaded to a folder on your PC. You will point to this folder when you click "Have Disk" in step 6. If you don't have the drivers in a folder, you may use "Windows Update" but this will take longer. Note that "Windows Update" may not show your printer, so you're better off downloading your drivers ahead of time.
1.Plug the USB, Ethernet cable and power to the print server. Of course, make sure your printer is on.
2. Make sure you have a fixed or static IP address assigned to the print server. If you are able to configure a fixed IP address, skip to 6. If not, continue to 3.
3. Find the IP address of the print server and login. In my case, I opened the network settings in my dlink router (by typing 192.168.1.1 in my browser) and per the MAC address (printed on the bottom of the print server), I was able to determine it was assigned to a dynamic (not fixed) IP address of 192.168.1.53.
4. To set a fixed IP, there are two options - (1) you can assign one using your router OR (2) assign one thru the print server network settings. All routers are different, so you'll have to research how to login to your router. To configure the print server with a fixed IP, type the IP address in your browser (in my case it was, 192.168.1.53) and you'll open the "Network USB server" configuration page.
5. Click on "Network." Under "Network settings, " change "DHCP" to "disable," then type in the IP address you wish to assign. Make sure the "subnet mask" matches your network then click "Submit" and the print server will refresh. Note that I didn't have to enter any password. You may have to unplug then plug and confirm that the IP address is fixed. You can login again to the print server page to verify your settings as it will state "Fixed IP" next to "IP Setting."
6. Now you're ready to add a printer using Windows 7.
b. Device and Printers
c. Add a printer
d. Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer
e. The printer that I want isn't listed
f. Select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname," then click Next
g. Next to "Device type" select "TCP/IP Device," next to "Hostname or IP address," type in the IP address (I typed in 192.168.1.53). Before you click Next, be sure there is a check box next to "Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use"
h. After a few minutes, "Additional port information required" will pop up and you will only have click "Next" and nothing else
i. "Detecting the driver model" will be in progress and this may take a few minutes
j. "Install the printer driver" page will appear and since I've downloaded the drivers to a folder on the PC, I will select "Have Disk"
k. Click on "Browse" and point to the folder that has a file ending in "*.INF" Click "Open" then "OK"
l. You will see your printer listed then click "Next"
m. "Type a printer name" will appear then click "Next."
n. "Printer sharing" will appear and select "Do not share this printer then click "Next"
o. "You've successfully added "(printer name here) and a check box should appear next to "Set as the default printer."
p. Click finish.
7. Almost there. Go back to Start Device and Printers and right click the printer you just added and select "Printer Properties". Click on the "Ports" tab, then "Configure Port". Select "LPR" then in the box next to Queue Name (under LPR Settings), type in the name of the printer. I typed in "dell" here as I added a dell printer. Click "OK" then "Close."
8. To test your printer, Go back to Start Device and Printers and right click the printer you just added and select "Printer Properties" then click "Print Test Page." If you've done everything correctly, you'll have a print job sent to the printer. Good luck!
PROS: Once I got it set up, it has worked great! Thanks to the reviews on this site, it took me about 30 minutes to setup and additional configurations for other PCs took about 5 minutes. Note that I didn't want to add unnecessary software to my printers so I used the built in utilities in Win 7. I hope this is helpful.
CONS: You need to know some basic networking principles. Note that 1 in every 4 routers bought are returned, so it's probably higher for print servers.
PROS: Usually don't write reviews as almost nothing ever get works out of the box due to some unfortunate murphy's law thing. This one though worked flawlessly.
- 2 laser printers on 2 different nets (with different routers) now available wirelessly to 4 computers in the house (all running different versions of Vista/XP/7)
- money saved: lazy family members send draft b&w stuff to color inkjet which happens to be wireless instead of plugging in usb cord from laser printers. now laser printers on line and color inkjet only used when really needed
- follow instructions
PROS: Take a look at "darknight65"'s post it is spot on. If you are on windows 7+ this is a BREEZE!
1) Throw away the driver CD that comes with the usb server.
2) Log into the devices web interface (default IP is written ON the device).
3) Change the IP for your network. Do a ping test to make sure the device is reachable.
4) Plug in the printer.
5) Go to the computer you want to install the pritner on. Add a "Local Printer". Choose new port and select IP port.
6) Type the address of the USB device. Windows will come back saying the printer isn't reachable, and has a drop down for network interfaces. darknight65 says you can use generic network device. I choose USB printer server 1 port. Both seem to work.
7) It will now find the printer and ask for drivers. Use the printers cd or use windows update.
8) After the printer is installed go to "Devices and Pritners". right click on the printer and choose "Printer Properties". Choose "Ports" Tab. Select the port and click "Configure port"
Change setting from "RAW" to "LPR". Now put a name in the LAP Que name text box.
9) save and close. If you get an error do steps 8 again.
10) Print test page.
This may seem like a lot, but this is no more difficult then adding a wired network printer. You can do it!%
PROS: Easy to set up
CONS: Prints 1/2 documents
PROS: Great promise
CONS: Couldn't make it work on a Brother QL-570 label printer
I put the disc in desk top computer that let it open and transferred the files to my desk top screen then put the files on a flash drive. I put the Flash drive in the computers that would not open the disc and I opened the files "Net work printer wizard" and "Net work printer server" they installed and I was able to find my printer and connect and print. It worked for me probably took the long way home but I got there.
PROS: Works great. HP laptop W7, HpDesktop W7, Dell Laptop XP Pro, IBM Think Center XP Pro, ACER AM5100 Vista, HP a708N XP, HP laptop W7 all work with Epson RX580 printer.
W7 both 64 bit.
CONS: Disc that came with print server worked on 4 computers. Good on HP W7 laptop not on HP W7 Desk top. Good on Dell XP Pro laptop not on IBM Think center XP Pro. Good on ACER Vista 32 bit. Good on HP Xp. Worked on 1 HP laptop but not on second laptop same W7 64 bit.
Every once in a while, we have to restart it (especially if there's a power outage and we end up having to restart the modem, wireless router, etc). Other than that, no trouble.
would love to make it to work and keep it. but where else can i get help?
PROS: would be good if i can get it to work.
CONS: i cannot get it to work.
Add a printer, but under Device URI, you need to add the queue to the end of the string for LPR or else it won't work.
Ubuntu default is this:
Use the Brother HL-2140 Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5e driver and you're golden. Takes a lot of patients however.
If you get a bunch of white pages, then you're on the right track and don't change the URI! Getting the connection string right is a PITA.