Networking USB 2.0 Print Server
    Product # 5342
    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server
    Product # 5342
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server

    This palm sized 1-port USB 2.0 Print Server allows any networked computer to share a USB printer. It complies with USB 2.0 specifications (backward compatible with USB 1.1 spec.), and provides users with an auto-sensing Ethernet port that works with either 10Base-T or 100Base-T networks. This unit also supports multiple protocols and multiple operating systems,

    The built-in web management feature provides more convenience by allowing the user to configure, monitor and even reset the print server via a web browser. This eliminates the need to place the printer right next to the computer. Print jobs can be sent to a printer in another country just as easily as to a printer in the same office. Why bother sending a degraded fax image while you can print an original at the destination?
     

    Features
    Easily connect your USB printer to a network
    Allows multiple computers to share one USB printer on the network
    Print from any computer on your network
    Supports DHCP Client and multiple network protocols
    10Base-T / 100Base-T auto-sensing
    Supports Telnet and Web Management software
    NOTE:  While the print functions on a compatible Multi-function printer may work, other functions such as scanning may not.
     

    Compatible Operating Systems:

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

    Support Files:

     

    Network Cable Length
    6 Feet
    Network Protocol
    IPX, TCP/IP, NETBUEI, APPLETALK, LPR, smb (Over IP)
    Cable Type
    CAT5
    Network Interface
    10/100Mbps RJ45
    Printer Connection
    USB 2.0, USB 1.1
    Standards
    IEEE 802.3 10Base-T; IEEE 802.3u 100Base-T; USB 2.0
    Management
    Web Based-UI, Networking USB Utility
     
     

    Printers:

    • Most printers with USB connections are supported
    Network environment:
     
    • 10/100Mbps networks

    Package Content

    • 1 x 1-Port USB 2.0 Print 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)
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    Can you connect a HDD to this and access it via the network?
    A shopper on Mar 1, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No (since this is a printer server).
    3.6 / 5.0
    72 Reviews
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    Getting it to work
    When using as a print server the CD that comes with it is worthless DONT USE IT! It doesn't work and will waste your time.
    Here are the steps I read from another post and doing these steps allowed me to get the print server working on 2 "Windows 7" 64bit laptops and on a "Windows XP" 32bit desktop.

    1. Install printer and drivers/software first using direct USB connection. Do not use server yet. Print a test page and (optionally) test scan/fax/etc. to make sure everything is functional.
    2. Turn off printer.
    3. Plug printer into server using USB cord. Plug server into router via Ethernet cord. Plug in power to server. Power on printer.
    4. Now create TCP/IP port manually. Go to Control Panel/Devices and Printers.
    5. Right click installed printer. Select Printer Properties.
    6. Go to Ports tab. Click Add port.
    7. Select Standard TCP/IP Port. Click New Port.
    8. This opens the TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.
    9. Enter IP address 192.168.1.139 (default IP address of server). (Optional and desirable step: Assign a static IP address to the print server. I used DHCP Reserve on the Router) the Port name can be changed. I used 'USB Server'. Click next.
    10. Port detection will fail after about 30 seconds. Will need to manually enter port settings.
    11. New window opens asking for more port information. Click the Custom Radio button and open the Settings window. Change Protocol to LPR enter Queue Name as LPR1 and check box for LPR Byte Counting Enabled. Select ok.
    12. Click Next, then Finish. A new TCP/IP port has now been created.
    13. Close all windows except for Devices and Windows dialog box.
    14. Right click on printer and select Printer Properties. Open Ports tab and change back to standard USB port (USB001 on my system). You will also see the Standard TCP/IP port you just created. It will be used in the next steps. Note that in this step you are leaving the standard USB connection printer in place in the event you ever need to remove the server and make direct USB connection again.
    15. Click Add a Printer in the Devices and Printers window.
    16. Select Add a Local Printer (yeah a little odd I know)
    17. In the Use an Existing Port select the new TCP/IP port you just created (named USB Server in my example).
    18. Select your manufacturer and printer model. Click next.
    19. Click Use the driver that is currently installed. Click Next. After a few seconds you will be given the option to print a test page and set the printer as default

    These steps magically allowed my print server to start working on my host machine as well as a wireless laptop."

    Again that post was from "Anonymous from Clifton, NJ" And it worked on my Windows 7 and XP computers. Don't try to skip any of the steps. Or it will fail on you. Stopping at step 13 will cause the printer to stay in a constant disconnected state. To have to continue on with steps 14-19.

    If these steps where in the install manual and I wasn't forced to search the internet for these instructions I would have given this product a ranking of "10"


    PROS: Works Great. Does exactly what I needed it to do. Tested it and works on "Windows 7 64bit" and Windows XP.
    Small in size and easy to hide.
    Cute little Install CD

    CONS: CD is worthless for installing Printer
    CD was a waste of time, don't use it because it will not work.
    Printer must be manually setup which is fine but there is no instructions on how to manually install the printer.
    December 8, 2011
    Doesn't work on HP Deskjet F4100
    I was able to detect, and install the printer, but it would not print. Looking at the manual, the model does not show this printer as supported. Fine.

    Monoprice should really place the compatibility list for those people looking to purchase these print servers, as it's pretty much a guess and if you guess wrong you're screwed out of $30! Also take into account the HUNDREDS of possible printers potential buyers may have in mind to use this for.
    October 20, 2009
    not working
    Not a bad device but big downfall, even if you manually download the up to date drivers (im a technician for m&t bank so i know my stuff) my xerox phaser 3450, epson stylus c86 and other printers i own dont work. i realize that they are not in the list for tested printers but it shouldnt make any difference. What i dont get is that i can use the "launch network printer wizard" and it finds my printer without any issues and allows me to pick the driver (i tried the one from microsoft, as well as the manufacturers) and it will add it to the printer and faxes menu perfectly. After it adds it will allow me to go to printing prefrences and change the printers setup. But when i open the "Launch Networking USB server" program and i select "connect device" it will get into an infinite loop of the hour glass and then will say "device connect failed!!" and tells me to try to reboot the server and everything.

    This is really aggrivating. any suggestions or help would be nice. thanks
    June 2, 2010
    Not for you, if you have an HP 2050 Deskjet.
    Installation was simple. Once installed, you can view a list of printers it will work with. Mine was not on list, but since I had installed it, decided to try it anyway. It did not work. Had no problem returning it. Monoprice Customer Service was very accommodating. If you have an HP 2050 Deskjet, forget it.

    PROS: Easy to install.

    CONS: Does not work with all printers. List should be available to view online, before ordering, and updated as additional units become known.
    November 16, 2012
    Works! (after a power cycle..)
    Seems to work great, and cam't complain about the price, however if I don't power cycle it, it will not print. I will follow Chris's instructions on how to set it up without the cd, however how do you get/configure the IP? I'll update it to a 5 if I can figure this out..

    PROS: Works great for my Dell laser printer.

    CONS: I have to power cycle it every time I want to print
    January 27, 2016
    Device disconnects after a time period
    I found this device easy to setup and works fine with several printer models I tried it on. But it randomly loses connection. I went through several PC powersave settings (PC, screen, USB). I even wrote a cyclic ping batch program hoping to "keep it awake", but found that it basically needs to be unplugged and plugged back in again for it to be recognized. Not very convenient at all.

    PROS: Works fine when it isn't disconnected

    CONS: Disconnects and requires cycling of power
    October 28, 2014
    Simple little device
    I was really impressed with this little print server when I started setting it up. It was very easy and straightforward. I also like it because it's not much of an eyesore sitting nearby my printer. Will definitely recommend this to others.

    PROS: Small size, easy setup, exactly as expected.

    CONS: None
    June 13, 2013
    5/5
    I absolutely love this piece. Easy to setup (read the short setup procedure available on this site...OK, it may seem a little complicated to a noob but it's really not bad). I didn't bother with the setup cd as it, apparently, isn't worth using. I was up and running in about 4 minutes (2 of that was waiting for the OS to do something it was never going to be able to accomplish).

    I can see the need for the CD for setup if you don't have a clue about networking but I never tried it so can't comment.

    PROS: It works exactly as expected. A USB printer is available on the network and at this price (cheaper than paying extra for a networked printer)
    March 18, 2012
    excellent unit for putting a printer on the network
    I used two of these, with a Brother laser, and a Canon inkjet, to make them both available to everyone on my home network.

    Setup is easy, especially if you are comfortable with router configuration. Performance is great, I have no complaints whatsoever. And they've been running (under normal household use) for more than a year, trouble-free.

    Highly recommended.
    January 17, 2010
    Brother HL-5040 on the Network!
    Works fairly well, cheap way to put an older standalone usb printer onto the network. The drivers/software worked fine with Vista but didn't work well with Windows 7, however I found a newer release on the manufacturers website (found the name from the devices web interface) that seem fine: http://www.win-star.com/eshop/article.php?id=26

    PROS: Small
    Inexpensive
    Works (Brother HL-5040)
    Have ~5 computer printing to this, Vista 32/64 & Windows 7 64

    CONS: Temperamental Drivers (Windows 7)
    October 16, 2010

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