Pros: Affordable print server, does what I need it to. I was able to print to it from the local network and over a site to site IPSEC VPN. Installer seemed to work fine on Vista 32bit.
Cons: Poor software. Does not detect print server on local network after IP settings were configured. It simply doesn't find it on Windows 7 64bit. The software setup should optionally give you the ability to specify an IP address. I think this would help solve a lot of peoples problems even though it shouldn't be that hard to write software to correctly detect a network print server. See other thoughts for manual install.
Summary: I've bought some shady, off-brand, electronics made in China before, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. This was an utter waste of money and time. I urge you to spend the extra money and buy a print server from a reputable brand.
Pros: It works as a print server. Occasionally.
Cons: I've had nothing but problems with this server. I've contacted and worked with their tech support and found them to be useless. The number of
Summary: The way it has you install any printer as an LPT printer, and then convert it to a standard TCP/IP port seems kind of like a roundabout way of doing it, but it works.
Pros: Small, reliable, converts my old USB laser printer to a network printer.
Cons: A little quirky to setup. You need to temporarily set your computers IP address to a 192.168.0.x setup otherwise the included software won't find the server on your network. Once it's found though, you can change it's IP address to match your standard network setup (I don't recommend setting it for DHCP)
Summary: When the management GUI for a device stops responding, it is quite disconcerting. Resetting the device and re-creating the printer from scratch temporarily fixes the issue, but it crashes again after a couple of jobs.
Pros: Small, easy t configure prints the test page
Cons: Bought based on numerous positive reviews. But it did not work for me. I had this set up on my home network with a mix of Windows XP, Vista and 7; connected to Canon MP600. The print server initially works, but stops responding after a couple of jobs are sent, in two ways: 1) you cannot print and 2) the web management user interface stops working, too. No unusual lights on the box itself. Spent 20 minutes on the phone with a support person with a heavy Chinese accent,...
Summary: I ran into a problem that was not specific to this print server but to certain printers. After successfully configuring the printer via the JetDirect port, it would print multiple copies of a document over and over, sometimes without end (or until the printer is powered off). The solution was to configure it with the LPR interface and enable the LPR Byte Counting option. After that, the issue disappeared.
Pros: Good performance, small size.
Cons: Does not come pre-configured for DHCP. Therefore, one needs either a Windows box in order to run the configuration application from the included CD or the know-how to configure a network interface on a computer to match the private IP subnet that the server is pre-configured for.
Summary: You can change the IP address without the CD by setting up a system on the same network as what is written on the bottom. When adding printer in Win XP select locally connected printer. Then on the same page where you could set the port to lpt1, instead there is an option to use a custom port. Select TCP/IP, take the defaults, and enter the IP address.
Pros: It is very small. Works great with the Samsung ML-2525 I just bought at Newegg. The default IP address is written on the bottom so you can use a browser to change the IP address to what you want.
Cons: The instructions tell you to set the port to lpt1 which is absolutely bogus. You would think it would be corrected at the manufacturer's website but it is not. The only thing useful on the CD is the abilitity to set the IP address of the router but it is deceptively placed where it looks like you are setting a password.