Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices

    This new palm-sized Networking USB 2.0 Share enables an external hard drive, flash drive, memory card reader, USB webcam, USB speaker, or USB Multi-Function Printer (MFP) to be shared on a network. With the versatility afforded by the USB Share Station, users can now enjoy their favorite multimedia content stored on their computer from anywhere in their home or office. A user can attach a standard USB webcam to the Networking USB 2.0 Share as a simple and low cost security monitoring solution for their home and/or small office use.

    Because the unit includes Multi-Function Printer sharing, any user can print, scan, or fax from any computer in their home. This also supports a USB 2.0 Hub extension, which can support up to 4 USB devices over your home or office IP network.  (4 port hub is not included and must be purchased separately)  It complies with USB 2.0 specifications, and provides users with an auto-sensing 10/100Base-T port. The print server will even automatically identify your printer make/model upon connection.

    When connecting this 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 Vista environment. It is a one-stop-shop for multi-functional network peripheral sharing and the number of applications is practically endless.

    Note: Users may not achieve optimum audio/video streaming performance when connecting to this through a wireless Ethernet router.
     

    **NOT MAC Compatible**



    Features

    • Share up to 4 USB devices through your home or office network by connecting to a USB 2.0 Hub
    • Wirelessly share your USB devices through your wireless router.
    • 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*
    • Allows multiple users to share a Multi-Function Printer (MFP) over a network to print, scan, and fax from any networked computer
    • Supported protocols:, LPR/LPD, DHCP, UPnP
    • Supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices
    • Supports Windows Vista Rally Technology
    • Works with any home or office Ethernet network
    * Some USB devices require a direct connection for optimum performance

    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
     

    Requirements

    Computer:
    • CPU of 1.7GHz and above
    • Minimum 512MB RAM
    • Available Ethernet port in home/office network
     
    **NOT MAC Compatible**
     
    Support Devices: 
    • Printer or Multi-function printer with USB connection*
    • External USB hard drive
    • USB speaker*
    • USB webcam*
    • USB flash drive
    • USB memory card reader
    • USB printer
    • USB scanner
    Printer:
    • Multi-function printer with USB connection

    * Some USB devices require a direct connection for optimum performance

     
     

    Package Content

    • 1 x 1-Port USB Net ShareStation
    • 1 x User Manual
    • 1 x Installation CD
    • 1 x Power adapter
    • 1 x Ethernet cable


    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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    Is this product UL listed?
    A shopper on Feb 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: That is not the product I purchased.
    I bought the SOHO Manager (MS-NU78M43) Networking USB Server (to use as a print server). For me it was not reliable enough, I kept on having to power-cycle it. I since bought an IOGear Wireless 4-port Sharing Station and it has been flawless (and much faster). It can be Ethernet wired or wireless, I have used both and had no problems so far.
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    Win7 64bit install & usage hints
    Install took several hours on Win7 64 bit machine and compatible Canon MP600 multifunction printer. Provided CD software could only see server & printer, but print tests failed due to lack of communication b/w server and printer. After much trial and error, and Googling, I stumbled across these steps:

    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). Port name can be changed. I used 'USB Server'. Click next.
    10. Port detection will fail after about 30 seconds. Why I don't know but ignore.
    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. It will also set up printer sharing for other networked computers (in the Win7 homegroup).

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

    Note that for my printer I lost the ink level detection and other printer status information. I'm still looking for a fix but I think it's a permanent issue when using any print server. If anyone can help on this front it would be appreciated.

    Other devices: To use other connected devices you must install the USB Server for Windows 1.2 from the provided disc on EVERY computer. This software is what provides the ability to control various usb devices, such as usb hard drives, scanners, cameras, etc. For any other non-printing device you must "connect" to it from whichever networked computer you are using. For instance, to use my built-in scanner from a wireless laptop, I needed to connect to the printer using the server software. (Full printer/scanner drivers also had to be installed on my laptop). Once scanning was complete, I then "disconnected" the printer from the laptop. This allows another computer to connect to the printer for either print or scanning needs. (Note: For standard printing the connect/disconnect isn't necessary. It's only a factor with other functionsscan,fax,etcor other usb devices, such as a hard drive.) I haven't tested multiple devices through a usb hub yet but I believe that any other devices will function similarly.

    I hope this has helps save someone hours of grief. Your mileage may vary of course depending on OS and printer. The server seems like a great little device once properly installed and configured. However, my experience was not exactly plug and play. My rating of 7 reflects these installation difficulties.

    August 22, 2010
    WORKS GREAT
    Great product. Definite bonus for my house setup because I have 3 computers and 4 devices that everyone uses (1 External Hard Drive, 2 printers, and a burner). But it took me a while to get the right USB Hub to get it working. I ended up buying the 4 Port LinXcel USB 2.0 HUB DC Powered w/ MAGNET PAD and AC adpater from Monoprice. It works! Before I tried a bunch of hubs that were self-powered (no AC/DC Power adapter) and they did not work. Software that comes with it is very easy to use. Only real down side is that you can only use 1 device at a time per user. So if I wanted to burn something from my external hard drive, I couldn't unless I saved it to my PC and then burned it. So be forewarned about that. Also, my external sometimes dies on me through this setup. ie. I tried to back up a ton of stuff (20Gb+) at once and then my external died for a second and the transfer got cancelled. It only does it when I am kinda overloading the amount of transfers. It maybe because of my external HD, cause it works fine when I plug it into the computer versus the USB printer server.

    Plus the product is very nice and small, but the light is a bit bright in my bedroom. Had to hide it inside one of my shelves to block the light while I slept.

    So happy now I can backup all my computers without manually moving my big external HD around and plugging in the power cord and then putting it back and running the wires around...

    Have not tried using this through my wireless router (i.e. wirelessly), never really did like wireless, rather have the full power of wired.
    July 10, 2009
    The perfect solution for sharing a printer on a home network.
    This gadget is great.

    Software installed with no problem on XP machines.

    From other reviews I thought it would be slow, but I was pleasantly suprised to find it prints just the same as it did when I used my laptop to share the printer.

    Through the laptop, there always was a hesitation before the printing starts, but I guess that's true of any network printer compared to one that's connected directly. Once it starts though, it's the same as a direct connection.

    Monoprice does it again!

    June 19, 2009
    Ordered two of these. Both have constant problems
    Like many other reviewers have mentioned, these have terrible reliability. They have to be power cycled once an hour, unless they are frequently used. There is no firmware or driver updates available to fix this problem. I do NOT recommend this or any of the other USB extenders/servers that Monoprice sells because they ALL have this problem, according to many reviews here on the site. I'm a big fan of Monoprice, but this product is terrible and Monoprice has done nothing to address the problem, in the several years that this problem has been reported.

    PROS: Cheap

    CONS: Constantly needs to be turned off and back on again.
    August 25, 2015
    Response from Monoprice
    Hello,

    Thank you for your review and I am truly sorry for the inconvenience you've encountered. I do recommend to keep this print server in an area free from dust and debris as well as good air circulation so they do not overheat. When did you order this item as it does have a 1 year warranty if you want to try a replacement. Please let me know, thank you!

    John lingo
    Tech Support
    November 18, 2016
    Monoprice Administrator M
    Worked better than could imagine.
    I'm an IT professional so I took a stab at using this to share a Known not network friendly printer:

    - Zebra Thermal Label Printer 2844. (Prints UPS labels using UPS drivers.)

    - Must install using the provider USB server software to define network specifications then I was off to the running.

    - Must install the shared usb printer as an LPR printer. which worked amazingly from the included Network Printer Wizard app also included.

    - Do yourself a favor and get the monoprice drivers/app on a shared drive or thumbdrive to deploy the printer. Installs LPR printer very easily due to its ability to single out the monoprice device.

    If I have a need again, I will definitely repurchase. Has been installed and used by 4 users for a week.

    Thanks again monoprice.

    PROS: - Software included was perfect.

    - went into project thinking I would not get this to work. With time and network knowledge I succeeded.

    - Printer that I was able to share was not on compatibility list.

    - Branded equivalent for my brand printer is $300.00 plus



    CONS: - Setup not for everyday user.
    October 2, 2013
    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server
    This is another great deal you can count on from Monoprice. I needed to print remote and found this beauty at Monoprice. I got the #5344 because I know I will need to add an additional 3 more remote USB's to my laptop. I recieved this last night and in 10 min. I had the program up and running on both laptop computers. Interfaced with a Canon Pixma I6600D and Vista O/S Premium Home version. I have looked @ Bestbuy and found prices at $90 and not very good reviews on other types of units.
    July 21, 2009
    Great Networking USB 2.0 server
    So I bought a HP CM1015 all in one laser printer a while back and it's been great. I shared the printer via my computer (Vista 64bit) but it was just missing a network share like the more expensive HP CM1017.

    Enter the Monoprice Networking USB 2.0 Server to save the day. Below is a brief description on how I used\setup the device on my network.

    Printer sharing:
    This required intall of their software. In XP and Vista (including 64bit vista), it was painless and easy. Took about 2 minutes to setup the printer on each of my computers.

    Scanner sharing:
    This required intall of another set of software. This "Networking" software is supposed to let you share other USB devices like a hard drive, webcam, or what have you. I only tried it with my scanner as part of the HP CM1015 AIO printer.

    After installing this, I went to setup the scanner in my scanner software. Picking the CM1015 as device didn't work but selecting the default scanner that it found and I was good. Everything works great.

    The only issue I see with the device sharing is that you can only have one machine take the device at a time. If you want another maching to use that device, you must disconnect it from the machine that has control of it.

    Conclusion:
    Overall, I'm a happy camper. My only wish is that I got this sooner.
    June 1, 2009
    M4 USB server
    Awesome! I've been tracking this for a while and I'm so glad I waited and did not buy a print server or M1 unit (with just 1 usb) in a hurry!

    I hooked this up over the weekend and have 1 USB printer and 1 USB photo scanner connected to it (I used a 4 port USB hub). Setup was simple and it just works with every machine on the LAN - I did have to install the software on all the machines though.

    Highly recommended!
    May 18, 2009
    Usb server
    Works as advertised.. Easy to install and use, Started streaming music and printing with in just a few minutes.

    Best of all was the value. price and functionality are outstanding.
    Monoprice you are amazing!!
    May 18, 2009
    Works great with HP1012
    Tried this with an HP1012 laser that had been hooked up to an ancient PC that was in turn connected to the wireless router. The main user was a laptop running Vista. I've had mixed luck with a brand name print server a few years ago, but was hoping that Monoprice would come thru for me. The fact that this one could support multiple devices via a hub was a nice bonus, but that wasn't needed in this case.

    Hookup was easy, of course. The device was recognized right away, and software installation was fine. The printer was recognized, and I thought I was home free when I tried to connect. Then Vista threw a hissy fit and went balky on me for a while. I finally got it to stop bugging me, then went to HP site and downloaded a late 2008 driver package. After another Vista miscue, got that installed like any normal printer install, and all then worked fine.

    It takes a bit longer for print jobs than via the PC, of course. So far, no glitches at all, and the electronic boat anchor is no longer taking up space and kilowatts next to the printer. Kudos, Monoprice. Very good product, fairly priced. I hope you continue to develop its performance over time.

    By the way, the instruction book was something I'm not used to for devices like this. It was well written, thorough, and even nicely formatted!!! It was actually a thick document.
    June 2, 2009

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