Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 1 USB Device
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 1 USB Device
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    Networking USB 2.0 Print Server - Share 1 USB Device

    Share a USB printer, scanner, hard drive, webcam, speaker system, or other USB device on your home network using this Networking USB 2.0 Print Server from Monoprice!

    This Networking USB Server is ideal for sharing a USB printer or other device on an Ethernet network. It connects to the network using a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and includes UPnP support for quick and easy setup and configuration in Windows®. It features a built-in web management system, allowing you to configure, monitor, and even reset the server using a web browser.

    Features:

    • Share a single USB device across the network
    • Works with multifunction printers, hard drives, web cams, USB speakers, scanners, etc.
    • Supports the LPR/LPD, DHCP, and UPnP protocols
    • Backwards compatible with USB 1.1 devices
    • Supports Windows Vista Rally Technology
    • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit versions)


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    4.0 / 5.0
    46 Reviews
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    Step by step instructions how to make this print server work!
    You don't have to use the included disk. Note that my printer was not on the support list but was able to network on a Windows 7 network environment using the steps below.



    Note: Before you begin, be sure to have the printer drivers downloaded to a folder on your PC. You will point to this folder when you click "Have Disk" in step 6. If you don't have the drivers in a folder, you may use "Windows Update" but this will take longer. Note that "Windows Update" may not show your printer, so you're better off downloading your drivers ahead of time.



    1.Plug the USB, Ethernet cable and power to the print server. Of course, make sure your printer is on.

    2. Make sure you have a fixed or static IP address assigned to the print server. If you are able to configure a fixed IP address, skip to 6. If not, continue to 3.

    3. Find the IP address of the print server and login. In my case, I opened the network settings in my dlink router (by typing 192.168.1.1 in my browser) and per the MAC address (printed on the bottom of the print server), I was able to determine it was assigned to a dynamic (not fixed) IP address of 192.168.1.53.

    4. To set a fixed IP, there are two options - (1) you can assign one using your router OR (2) assign one thru the print server network settings. All routers are different, so you'll have to research how to login to your router. To configure the print server with a fixed IP, type the IP address in your browser (in my case it was, 192.168.1.53) and you'll open the "Network USB server" configuration page.

    5. Click on "Network." Under "Network settings, " change "DHCP" to "disable," then type in the IP address you wish to assign. Make sure the "subnet mask" matches your network then click "Submit" and the print server will refresh. Note that I didn't have to enter any password. You may have to unplug then plug and confirm that the IP address is fixed. You can login again to the print server page to verify your settings as it will state "Fixed IP" next to "IP Setting."

    6. Now you're ready to add a printer using Windows 7.

    a. Start

    b. Device and Printers

    c. Add a printer

    d. Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer

    e. The printer that I want isn't listed

    f. Select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname," then click Next

    g. Next to "Device type" select "TCP/IP Device," next to "Hostname or IP address," type in the IP address (I typed in 192.168.1.53). Before you click Next, be sure there is a check box next to "Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use"

    h. After a few minutes, "Additional port information required" will pop up and you will only have click "Next" and nothing else

    i. "Detecting the driver model" will be in progress and this may take a few minutes

    j. "Install the printer driver" page will appear and since I've downloaded the drivers to a folder on the PC, I will select "Have Disk"

    k. Click on "Browse" and point to the folder that has a file ending in "*.INF" Click "Open" then "OK"

    l. You will see your printer listed then click "Next"

    m. "Type a printer name" will appear then click "Next."

    n. "Printer sharing" will appear and select "Do not share this printer then click "Next"

    o. "You've successfully added "(printer name here) and a check box should appear next to "Set as the default printer."

    p. Click finish.

    7. Almost there. Go back to Start Device and Printers and right click the printer you just added and select "Printer Properties". Click on the "Ports" tab, then "Configure Port". Select "LPR" then in the box next to Queue Name (under LPR Settings), type in the name of the printer. I typed in "dell" here as I added a dell printer. Click "OK" then "Close."

    8. To test your printer, Go back to Start Device and Printers and right click the printer you just added and select "Printer Properties" then click "Print Test Page." If you've done everything correctly, you'll have a print job sent to the printer. Good luck!

    PROS: Once I got it set up, it has worked great! Thanks to the reviews on this site, it took me about 30 minutes to setup and additional configurations for other PCs took about 5 minutes. Note that I didn't want to add unnecessary software to my printers so I used the built in utilities in Win 7. I hope this is helpful.

    CONS: You need to know some basic networking principles. Note that 1 in every 4 routers bought are returned, so it's probably higher for print servers.
    August 14, 2013
    works as advertised
    5/5

    PROS: Take a look at "darknight65"'s post it is spot on. If you are on windows 7+ this is a BREEZE!



    1) Throw away the driver CD that comes with the usb server.





    2) Log into the devices web interface (default IP is written ON the device).



    3) Change the IP for your network. Do a ping test to make sure the device is reachable.



    4) Plug in the printer.



    5) Go to the computer you want to install the pritner on. Add a "Local Printer". Choose new port and select IP port.



    6) Type the address of the USB device. Windows will come back saying the printer isn't reachable, and has a drop down for network interfaces. darknight65 says you can use generic network device. I choose USB printer server 1 port. Both seem to work.



    7) It will now find the printer and ask for drivers. Use the printers cd or use windows update.



    8) After the printer is installed go to "Devices and Pritners". right click on the printer and choose "Printer Properties". Choose "Ports" Tab. Select the port and click "Configure port"

    Change setting from "RAW" to "LPR". Now put a name in the LAP Que name text box.



    9) save and close. If you get an error do steps 8 again.



    10) Print test page.



    This may seem like a lot, but this is no more difficult then adding a wired network printer. You can do it!%
    May 13, 2014
    Printer server works great but disconnect daily
    This unit works great. can print from any pc in my home group.



    not sure why it disconnects daily. I have to disconnect the power and reconnect. The server starts back up and the printing starts immediately.



    Getting tired of having to keep disconnecting and reconnecting

    PROS: Works great, when it works. would have given it a 9, gets a 4 because it disconnects daily

    CONS: Disconnects daily
    September 9, 2014
    Works via Windows 8.1 and 7
    Works really will so far. Follow instructions by reviewer seaston from Watertown, NY for configuring it on my Windows 7 PM. Configured perfectly on 8.1 laptop.

    PROS: Easy to install on existing wireless network

    CONS: Some difficulty with 7.0 Printer would initialize but not print.
    July 11, 2015
    Very good basic print server
    As previous posters have stated, this device works as it should. However, the reason I'm not giving it a perfect score is that the install doesn't go exactly as the directions state. I ended up just installing the printer as a local printer via a TCP/IP port, setting the port as an LPR port, and providing a queue name:

    1. For my installation, I setup a printer locally via a TCP/IP port
    2. Set the network card as a "generic card"
    3. Install the print driver
    4. After the printer is configured, you need to go back into the printer settings, click on the ports tab, then select "configure port" for the TCP/IP port you created.
    5. Set the protocol to LPR (default is RAW).
    6. Enter a queue name.

    Save and you can then print. I don't think you even need the software they included. I removed it off my laptop.
    November 24, 2009
    Great Device
    Install disc worked with W7 premium 64 bit on 1 laptop but not 2nd laptop same configuration, both HP. Disc worked on Vista desk-top and HP XP home desk-top.
    Disc did not work on Hp W7 premiun 64 bit desk-top or IBM thinkcenter XP-pro.
    I got corrupt file messages.
    The monoprice download worked on 1 Hp lap-top W7 premium 64 bit. It would not work on other computers ..Corrupt file error..
    I uninstalled printer and reinstalled..updated drivers..uninstalled , reinstalled printer server. Tried all trouble shooting.. Worked on why 1 computer would work and other would not... THEN.
    I put the disc in computer opened it and put files on desk top screen then tranfered to flash drive..
    Put flash drive into computers and opened up file and clicked on Set-up Application
    then I was able to install the server on computers that I could not before.
    I think the txt file maybe corrupt. Application file opened up and install was completed and all computers printed a test page. Lag time to printer is about same as USB connrcted printer..FAST.

    PROS: Server works great 7 computers using same printer. My printer was not listed but after reading revews that some non-listed printers would work I tried it.
    Worked with W7 premium..W Vista ..XP-pro..XP- home. HP IBM and ACER computers.

    CONS: Had trouble with disc that came with it and had trouble with software online from MonoPrice. Corrupt file can not open. Solution ..Flash-drive..see review
    July 23, 2012
    Not user Friendly
    I ended up just installing the printer as a local printer via a TCP/IP port, setting the port as an LPR port, and providing a queue name:

    1. For my installation, I setup a printer locally via a TCP/IP port
    2. Set the network card as a "generic card"
    3. Install the print driver
    4. After the printer is configured, you need to go back into the printer settings, click on the ports tab, then select "configure port" for the TCP/IP port you created.
    5. Set the protocol to LPR (default is RAW).
    6. Enter a queue name.

    PROS: Now it can print without computer attach

    CONS: Software is not good.
    March 28, 2013
    How to make this Ptint Server work flawlessly
    Thanks to the suggestions from the review by Chris from Canton I was finally able to get this server to work on an unsupported printer:
    1. For my installation, I setup a printer locally via a TCP/IP port
    2. Set the network card as a "generic card"
    3. Install the print driver
    4. After the printer is configured, you need to go back into the printer settings, click on the ports tab, then select "configure port" for the TCP/IP port you created.
    5. Set the protocol to LPR (default is RAW).
    6. Enter a queue name.
    April 20, 2012
    Print server works when you configure it correctly
    Originally I had problems with this device, no matter what I tried it didn't seem to work on XP or 7. It would only work on Windows Vista. After continued problems I sent it for exchange.

    I got the exchange back and it still would not work on XP or 7. But this time I fiddled around with it more, and just changed the printer IP in the printer settings of each client. For some reason, at times it was unable to resolve the IP based on the hostname of the printer, the setup application uses.

    At first I was confused when installing the wizard, but it turns out there are two options you can install. One way is to share a USB port, where each comp takes turns "locking" and use that port exclusively. And the other way is to simply install as a print server, where any comp can use it seamlessly.

    I got confused until I figured it out later on.
    October 2, 2009
    just works
    5/5

    PROS: Usually don't write reviews as almost nothing ever get works out of the box due to some unfortunate murphy's law thing. This one though worked flawlessly.
    - 2 laser printers on 2 different nets (with different routers) now available wirelessly to 4 computers in the house (all running different versions of Vista/XP/7)
    - money saved: lazy family members send draft b&w stuff to color inkjet which happens to be wireless instead of plugging in usb cord from laser printers. now laser printers on line and color inkjet only used when really needed
    - follow instructions

    CONS: none
    January 27, 2011

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