Summary: Excellent printer server for reviving an old printer. A basic understanding of network IP setting might be helpful. Knowing how to log into your router to determine IP range and default gateway. Installed on two Windows 8.1 and one Windows 7 machines. After installing the software on the CD just for the initial setup. Assigned a static IP and the default gateway. Each PC needs to have a TCP/IP port manually added.
Setup worked pretty quickly but for some strange reason it killed my ...
2 January 2015
Summary: Setup worked pretty quickly but for some strange reason it killed my network. I have to troubleshoot to see what happened, but after I set it up to use DHCP and successfully sent a print job to it, it shut down all my Ethernet. No communications would work from any node. I could not reach my default route or anything. As soon as I disconnected the Ethernet cable from it, I could magically reconnect to everything. I will troubleshoot and see what went wrong.
Summary: This is a great print server and it should get 5 stars. However, someone in there infinite wisdom set the Ip to static instead of DHCP. The IP address is set to 192.168.0.10. If you are like like most of us our IP is 192.168.1. Once you can get the IP changed it is easy to set up. I did not use their software. You can easily web in and set the print server and then go to add a TPC/IP printer on your PC.
Summary: If you follow the directions and you know what IP address is available outside the DHCP range on your network, the setup is easy. Because the device is so simple and uses an older but universally supported protocol, you have to get every detail right on both the device setup and the computer printer setup in order for it to work. This is definitely NOT AirPrint simple, but it is a very inexpensive way to put an older printer directly on a network.
Summary: it wasn't as easy to install as I thought. I wanted something easy and quick to install. Not because I'm not tech savy but because I didn't want to mess with this printer, instead I had to and still have to do some trouble shooting to try ti figure out why my printer doesn't work. I might have given up before I even tried but like I said , I wanted something quick I could plug and play and this was not one of them .
Summary: I looked at a few print servers and this one was on the high side. But I'm glad I got this one. The setup Wizard was worth the extra cost. It went so easy I couldn't believe it. My network ip is 10.0.0,1 the print server comes with IP address 192.168.0.10. I didn't think it would be able to work across ip's. The wizard found the printer server and gave me the chance to give it a new ip. found it and set it up on my network.
Summary: This did not work for me. Although I was able to follow the install process, my print jobs refused to print. When I called tech support I was told that my printer was not in their list of compatible printers (http://www.tplink.com/resources/document/TL-PS110U_V2_Compatibility_List_140314.pdf).
Summary: Getting this working was really a chore. I only have a net book so no drive into which I could put the setup cd. Tried to download it and that did not work until I called support and found out that even though the one I ordered was v2, they only had the utility for v1. And then that would not download onto my desktop... Had to move it out of Download and onto my desktop and unzip the file to the desktop. Aagh! Then it killed the software for my printer.
Summary: I followed the instructions to install this thing several times. By that, I mean at least 20. The result was a screen that said "failed. Set up port manually." Which I did. Also several times. I finally gave up and bought a network printer. Then I tried to use this server on a different printer. This printer is a rather expensive one that doesn't have network capabilities (Epson 2880). I got the same results. I'm running Windows 7.
Summary: This is a great Print Server. I used mine to make my older wired printer into a wireless printer. However it can also be used in many other applications. If anyone is wondering, I don't work for this company or anything like that. I am an electrical engineer, and I know a good machine/device when I see it, and I want to make a notation in here about what makes it work so well.