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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 specification (backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification), and provides users with an auto-sensing Ethernet port that works with either 10Base-T or 100Base-TX networks. This unit also supports multiple protocols and multiple operating systems.
The built-in web management feature provides more convenience by allowing you 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?
- 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-TX auto-sensing
- Supports Telnet and Web Management software
NOTE: While the print functions on a compatible multifunction printer may work, other functions such as scanning may not.
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows® XP/Vista®/7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- User's Manual (Jul 16, 2010)
- List of Supported Devices (Feb 20, 2013)
- Drivers for Windows XP/Vista/7 ver 1.29 (Oct 23, 2012)
- Network Printer Wizard for Windows XP/Vista/7 (Mar 20, 2012)
- Network Printer Wizard for Windows ver 126.96.36.199 (Jan 11, 2011)
- Distribution disc (Apr 28, 2010)
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|Network Cable Length||6 feet|
|Network Protocol||IPX, TCP/IP, NETBUEI, APPLETALK, LPR, smb (Over IP)|
|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|
Questions and Answers
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.
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.
This is really aggrivating. any suggestions or help would be nice. thanks
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.
PROS: Works great for my Dell laser printer.
CONS: I have to power cycle it every time I want to print
PROS: Works fine when it isn't disconnected
CONS: Disconnects and requires cycling of power
PROS: Small size, easy setup, exactly as expected.
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)
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.
Works (Brother HL-5040)
Have ~5 computer printing to this, Vista 32/64 & Windows 7 64
CONS: Temperamental Drivers (Windows 7)