Summary: Given the IPX, NetBEUI, SNMP, and AppleTalk support this would have been an awesome device to have in 1995.
Pros: Tiny. Boots insanely fast.
Cons: This product doesn't seem work with newer Macs. I tried the following protocols from a 10.9 machine: IPP: No response. LPD: Printed one job, then froze. SMB: Unable to connect. AppleTalk: Unable to test. It looks like OS X dropped support for AppleTalk about 5 years ago. Anything running Snow Leopard (10.6) and later requires Bonjour. Bonjour: Not supported by the print server. I've had good luck with StarTech gear in the past. This was a big disappointment unfortunat...
Summary: I wanted to allow three home networked PCs to use a Brother laser printer that was previously connected to a single PC via USB. Each PC is running a different version of Windows, the oldest being XP. No PC runs a firewall; it's on the ADSL modem/router. After researching my options, this wired box seemed like the best choice. Connecting it to the network was routine. Setting it up, however, was less so. It's not a good idea to avoid the manual.
Works with USB after my HP P4515 internal card died.
Paul N., Newegg
19 August 2014
Summary: (MARIO M. gave detailed instructions in these reviews on 5/25/14) I used a network cable plugged directly into my laptop that had only accessed the network via WiFi, so I could skip down to about step #5. I did not touch the install CD that came with it, I used the brower-based configuration interface. This method is not for the networking faint of heart, IF you don't know networking, caveat emptor, I can't vouch for the install CD.
Pros: I wanted to use it on a mixed peer-to-peer network of Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. It works perfect for me. I choose this one because it appeared to be the newest newegg had. While the IOGEAR GPSU21 had the most reviews, it also appeared to be the most ancient.
Cons: It comes with a weird default IP address of 192.168.2.2. After following the included instructions and changing it, using the brower-based configuration interface it worked perfectly. (Of course it's NOT Bi-Directional, forget about using it with a scanner/MFP.)
Working great with my Epson Artisan 50 and Windows 7 & 8 clients
MARIO M., Newegg
25 May 2014
Summary: * Here is the setup procedure that I used: 1. Connect the print server to your network switch/router. 2. If your home network's subnet is 192.168.2.X, then goto step 9. 3. Change your computer's network adapter TCPIP settings to use a static IP of 192.168.2.1 instead of DHCP. 4. Restart the computer or disable/enable the network adapter. 5. Log on to the print server's browser based configuration interface at 192.168.2.2. 6.
Pros: + Works very well as a TCPIP Print Server. + Can be setup entirely from the brower-based configuration interface. You do not need to use the included utility. + Reliability has been rock solid.
Cons: - The browser interface could be prettier and more intuitive. You click Setup Wizard at the top menu of the UI to edit configuration items.
Summary: I should have paid more attention to the other reviews here. This thing is impossible to set up and I am still waiting for an RMA from Startech. Their tech support guy could not get any of our PCs to recognize either of the two print servers we were trying to set up -- even wired directly into the PC (forget about the network). That is sick....avoid this thing at all costs!
Summary: One of my computers is linked to my network via ethernet while the rest of the network is wi fi. The StarTech Print Server allows me to access my HP Deskjet 5650 printer from any computer in my network. It provides a very simple and inexpensive solution.to the problem. Although the print server was originally designed for Ethernet networks, it works with wi fi when connected through a router.
Summary: Comes with a default ip address of 192.168.2.2. Most home routers have a range of 192.168.1.1 - 199 or 192.168.0.1 - 199 which means for most people - you won't be able to access this router. You will either have to change your router or configure your Ethernet port to a fixed address and directly connect to it. That's what I did. However, after configuring so it would be visible on my home network, I could never access it again. Updating its settings caused it to fail.
Pros: Small, light, simple
Cons: Default ip address not in range for most typical home routers. Would have been far more sensible to let it get an address from the router.
Summary: Here Message from Newegg, # Unfortunately, our records indicate that the manufacturer's parts warranty for this product has expired. Please contact the product manufacturer for additional service options. Unfortunately, our records indicate that the manufacturer's labor warranty for this product has expired. Please contact the product manufacturer for additional service options. This item is still eligible for a refund.
Pros: Small, seem to be nice package.
Cons: IT DOES NOT WORK! I am now, get a chance to install it...
Summary: Anyone who has gotten this to work with Win 7 64 bit care to share exactly how they did that?
Pros: Unlike some other cheap print servers at least this one works (more-or-less).
Cons: Stupid default IP address 192.168.2.2 ? Come on! At least default to DHCP and let me print off the config. Have not been able to get it to work with Win 7 64 bit. Provided software will not work on Win 7. Won't work via TCP/IP and LPR. Won't work via TCP/IP and RAW.