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Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 4 USB Devices
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**
- 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
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows XP/Vista/7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
**NOT MAC Compatible**
* Some USB devices require a direct connection for optimum performance
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)
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.
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.
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!
CONS: Constantly needs to be turned off and back on again.
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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, I'm a happy camper. My only wish is that I got this sooner.
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.
Best of all was the value. price and functionality are outstanding.
Monoprice you are amazing!!
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.