Summary: Deployed about 100 of these and older devices which have been online for more than three years are not accessible through port 80. they continue to work on port 9100 for print jobs, but the admin page is not available at all.
Pros: Stable print server when it is configured properly. Interfaces well with HP laserjets, Tally line printers and Datamax and Zebra label printers.
Cons: Web interface is java based which is really difficult to use because it does not load properly. Loads initial menu but java applet sections do not load, thus requires a hard reset or factory reload of the device. Internet Explorer seems to work the best with Java 1.6u30.
Summary: It is old tech, being used on an old printer. You know the type, actually made out of more metal than plastic, has outlasted numerous "model of the month" inexpensive printers, etc. Just does not support a NIC. This is the best method of keeping this workhorse functional.
Summary: An equal replacement is going to cost you less, save you money through efficiency of resources - including electricity, toner, employee time, machine time and this all equals better ROI. Time to let go of the old beast.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Outdated. Overpriced to the point that it would make sense for 99% of those contemplating this to just use the money toward the purchase of new, networked printers/MFPs. If you have an old, parallel port monster that was very expensive back in the day...odds are you are wasting time, money and el...
Summary: If you're running a shop where "can't print" is your problem, try one of these if you're having problems with the cheapo printer servers.
Pros: * It works. I ran an IT shop for over a decade, we had a number of these. Not once do I ever remember have to power cycle one. More recently I picked up a couple $70 knockoffs for my home. I have to reboot them all the time.
Cons: * Costs. Why does a piece of gear from the 1990s cost this much?