Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices (1000Mbps)
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices (1000Mbps)
    Product # 8081
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices (1000Mbps)

    The new Gigabit LAN USB Server enables an external hard drive, flash drive, memory card reader, USB webcam, USB speaker, USB Multi-Function Printer (MFP), or Other USB Devices to be shared on a network. With the versatility afforded by the USB Server, users can now enjoy their favorite multimedia content stored on their computer from anywhere in their home or office use. When connecting USB Server 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 environment.

    Features:

    • Real Share 4 USB devices through your home or office network
    • Share an external hard drive, flash drive or memory card reader with multiple users over your network
    • Share a USB webcam over a network
    • Enjoy music stored on any networked PC with a USB speaker*
    • Supported protocols: LPR/LPD, DHCP, UPnP
    • Supports Windows Vista Ralink Technology

    Compatible Operating Systems:

    • Windows 2000
    • Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit)


    Support Files:

    ACCESSORIES:

    1 x 4-Port USB 2.0 Server

     

    1 x CAT5 Patch Cable

     

    1 x Power Adapter 

     

    1 x Installation CD

     

    1 x User Manual

     
     

    Compatible Operating Systems:

    • Windows 95
    • Windows 98
    • Windows ME
    • Windows NT
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    3.2 / 5.0
    19 Reviews
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    7
    Worked for me as described
    I had it running in just a few minutes after I opened the box. Connected it to my network, connected two webcams, loaded the SW, and restarted Windows. Ran the program and used a mouse click or two to connect each webcam.

    I don't have any plans to use it to "share" printers, scanner, or storage devices.

    PROS: Each port can be individually set to reconnect (like a Persistent network drive setting would do) when the computer reboots by having the SW run at OS start.
    Power supply provides a full 2.0 Amps. (USB 2.0 spec is for 0.5 Amps max load per port.)

    CONS: Some webcams have reduced capability when connected through any USB Hub.
    Some Webcams may lose some settings when the using system restarts. The Logitech Pro 9000 reverts to 320x240, while another, unbranded unit I have, seems to retain its settings.
    I suspect that both of these CONS would be true of any USB Hub/Switch connected via ethernet.
    January 10, 2012
    5/5
    Very good product, and very easy to instal and use.
    March 28, 2014
    Great Product
    Simple to setup. Fast performance. Use any USB device from anywhere on your network.

    PROS: Easy way to share any USB device on your network.

    CONS: Must wait for timed-auto or manual disconnect before another can use the device.
    October 12, 2012
    USB print server
    On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this item a rating of PI^2. You can adjust this by using your own scale factor. PI=3.14159

    PROS: People need to know what this is and how to use it. The name "USB print server" is the industry standard terminology, so its correctly advertised but all these USB print servers are NOT print servers, and they aren't supposed to be ! It is a universal USB extender over LAN. The fact that it works at near .5 GIG, (Full 480 b/sec USB 2.0 speed is fantastic. The $40 price is to.) It will transport ANYTHING USB over your LAN. It acts as a USB cable extender over your LAN. It lets you connect to multiple printers or hard drives, or cameras or anything USB anywhere on your LAN. You can have 4 old hard drives in the basement with it. While I haven't tried, you should be able to attach a 7 port USB hub to it and have even more USB devices of anything such as cameras more hard drives more USB hubs, you name it. The trick is whats on the other end. It is only designed as an extender so only one computer is supposed to connect to it. I realize that you want to share your printers and hard drives throughout your LAN. Don't worry, this is to your advantage. What you do is you make one of your old computers the server. You connect it to the hard drives in the basement over your LAN using this device. You then go into the properties of the device on that PC and click "SHARE". In this way The printer or hard drive is shared by whomever you select on your LAN. You can share to "ALL" or restrict access on each printer or hard drive separately. OH ! Why is this to your advantage? I'll bet your oldest PC is pretty old. This gives it a home. You now have a reason to have a server in your house, and you get to buy a whole new PC at your favorite outlet! What more could you ask for?

    CONS: PCs take power, drat!
    April 4, 2013
    print server, attach to previous review.
    5/5

    PROS: If you connect this device to one PC over your LAN and share your printers and hard drives from the share menu in the printer section and hard drive section of windows operating system you should be able to use everything at the same time. You will will be restricted to less than 480b/sec total bandwidth. The older print servers are all less than 100b/sec. The less than is because there will be overhead bits such as LAN address bits etc.

    CONS: To save power, use a laptop as a server. Remove the battery to run the laptop long term. Just use the laptop power adapter for power. Run it off a UPS if you like. Save the laptop battery. You can use your server for other things too, such as voip server, scanner server etc.
    April 4, 2013
    works on Windows 8 (no drivers update needed) .... but ...
    i have 2 USB printers : a Brother monochrome Laser, and an AIO Epson Inkjet
    previously, i shared these amongst my 3 systems via physically switching the corresponding USB cables to the printer of my choice ...
    even then, that practice is not without its limitations ... normal USB cables should not run more than 3m at best esp for an AIO printer (scanner will fail) ... and i didn't wanna invest on a USB Repeater, or USB-LAN converter
    so this device makes sense : connect USB printers to it, connect this device via LAN cable to router, hub, switch etc
    it worked beautifully under Windows 7 ...

    then, i upgraded to Windows 8 ...
    drivers became invalid, had a terrible time, until i came across (and later confirmed by Monoprice Tech Support email as well)
    the trick to installing without updated drivers is :
    to run as admin, and setup in compatibility mode (see : http://www.online-tech-tips.com/windows-8/run-a-program-in-compatibility-mode-in-windows-8/ )
    works as good as was in Windows 7 .... BUT !!!!

    i kept losing connection ...
    on the Network USB Server device list, my 2 printers will go missing after sometime (never happened in Win7)
    tweaking firewalls, etc no lucking ...
    only way around was to power down this Print Server ... and then the cycle will continue again
    it's not really a big problem in my setup (just a little troublesome with having to reach out and pulling out the power connector from the back of the device) ... but still, i'm thinking of rectifying this if this issue doesn't go away ..
    intend to extend the length of the dc power cord by cutting the original in 2, and adding a longer run with an ON/OFF toggle switch which i intend to place near my work desk :D

    other issue lies mainly with Win8 at this moment ...
    eg printing a jpg is still best done via the desktop mode, attempting to print via the new Win8 "photo" interface will result in loss of manipulating the size.
    also, i selected 2 copies for prints, but only 1 got done and then printer stopped ...
    re-tried the procedure in desktop mode, a ok, no problem ...

    PROS: will work in Windows 8 setup ... no new drivers needed
    just need to run in compatible mode
    link : http://www.online-tech-tips.com/windows-8/run-a-program-in-compatibility-mode-in-windows-8/

    CONS: have to restart device should printers go missing ...
    November 17, 2012
    Works great as long as it's on the same subnet
    This device works wonderfully for its stated purpose, which is simply to "remote" USB devices away from your machine. I bought the 100M versions previously, and was very happy to see the 1000M versions become available I now have several of each, and use them all frequently. My use is to access the USB servers located in a closed lab, attached to various development devices (flash programmers, emulators, Serial-to-USB adapters), which are in turn attached to other equipment. This allows me to sit in my relatively quiet office instead of the noisy lab, and still control all the test equipment.

    The only caveat I ran into is that my client machine must be located on the same subnet as the USB server, or the client server cannot connect. I had hoped that I could set a fixed IP in the USB Server (and you can), and then set that same fixed IP in the client software (you cannot). For a typical home network which is going to have a single subnet, this won't be an issue.

    As for actual use: the device has cleanly handled everything I've thrown at it without issues. The 1000M version removes any speed/bottleneck considerations. I daily use Dediprog SPI programmers, Arium emulators, Xilink and Actel FPGA programmers, serial-to-USB adapters, and flash drives attached to these USB servers, with never a hiccup. Just for fun I've tried several other devices: a Canon LIDE scanner (works seamlessly), an HP DJ932 printer (works), a cheap webcam (client software reported the camera as "behind a hub" and appeared to limit the bandwidth a bit, but otherwise worked fine), and I've ever attached an external HDD in a USB case (which worked as well as locally). This device fits my needs fantastically.

    One place where this device is absolutely invaluable is if you use virtual machines. USB support in even the best of the hypervisors is soptty at best, except for limited devices such as storage. But with these units, you can run the client in the VM, and attach all those other devices (scanners, debug equipment, encryption dongles, whatever) to the client VM without a hassle. It makes it worthwhile to keep one of these right next to your actual machine just for that type of VM use!

    As a final note, I'll mention that while this device might be considered by some to be a "shared server" device, you'll probably be disappointed if you think of it that way. Two people cannot use a given USB port at the same time, so if you two people were attempting to print to a remotely-attached printer, for example, they'd have to take turns. It's more of a remote "switch" in that respect. But if your needs are to simply remote a USB device, this is the perfect device.

    If the client software were ever updated to support entry of fixed IP's to the target machine, so that you could target another (routable) subnet, it would be absolutely perfect. Perhaps some future software update... here's hoping.

    PROS: Allows remote machines to access USB devices.

    CONS: Client software doesn't allow discovery or use of the USB Server if it is not on the same local subnet there is no provision to enter a fixed IP address, even if it is routable. (Such as that typically found in a small business environement with multiple subnets inside the same firewall.)
    December 22, 2011
    Works exactly as it should
    Exactly what I've been looking for, at a great price.

    PROS: It's a really nice device for sharing USB devices. I used this to share a device to a Hyper-V VM and it works fine.

    CONS: I wish they wouldn't call it a "Print Server"



    That's not what it is. It's a USB Sharing Server, enables the use of a USB device over IP.



    Calling it a "Print Server" makes people think it does something that it doesn't do, and disguises what it actually does (and it does that rather well)



    Hmm. The box doesn't call it a "Print Server" just the website. Monoprice, update your web page.
    December 1, 2014
    Very fast, but it's not a FILE SERVER
    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 port 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. If you want per-file or media sharing, pay more and look elsewhere. If you need a usable, proprietary print sharing solution, then this will be fine. Additionally, if you somehow can live with selective, exclusive access to USB HDs, and don't mind manually releasing the device before being accessible by another computer (there's a 60-second timeout that's way too short), then perhaps this will work in your environment too.

    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.
    July 8, 2011
    Not exactly as described
    I would still recommend this product. You just can't beat the connectivity it provides for the price. Like all things Monoprice, I am still impressed with the quality and price. I have learned to work around the minor complaints that I have with this unit.

    PROS: Easy setup. Small form factor. Good looking design. Works well with my external hard drives and printers.

    CONS: Once connected to one of the computers, the drives and printers cannot be shared with other computers on the network without first releasing them from the first computer. This is a bit of a problem if I forget to release the drives and go to my shop to work. In that case, I have to walk back into the house and manually release the hard drive(s) that I want to use with the computer in the shop. This is my only complaint. It isn't truly a server. However, for the price, it is well worth the money and once configured, the drives and printers work seamlessly.
    November 20, 2012
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