Cons: It requires the installation PC to run. It's not a print "SERVER". My point is not to have to run my PC otherwise I could hook up the printer to the PC for that! It's useless. No direct TCP/IP install like the Linksys print server.
Excerpt: This device is not really a print server - it is more like a USB server. You can operate up to 4 USB devices from an attached USB hub (sold seperately). The device comes with server software that is run on a host computer. When the host computer is powered off, access to the server is also off.
Summary: This might be just fine as a Print server but is a failure for networking a Hard Drive. When it was working the best I could get from it was 3kb a sec down or up.
Pros: I recently had a HHD fail and no backup system on it. I purchased this for a network backup drive for all my computers, to avoid having anymore data-loss.
Cons: I set it up and with a Samsung 3TB drive connected. I partitioned the drive into 3 different drives. When I tried to upload to two different drives at once. My system went Blue screen and reset. I disconnected the system and connected the External drive to my PC and all was just fine.
Excerpt: This product description is incorrect....it doesn't have 4 USB ports; only 1....there did not meet my needs at all as I needed to connect multiple printers to the server! Very disappointed as I also had to wait almost a week for the part to arrive!
Summary: I shared a Canon printer / scanner between two Windows 7 computers for about seven months with no problem. A couple weeks ago both computers started to experience a problem. After booting up, it was impossible to maintain focus on any window which basically rendered the computers useless.
Pros: Shares printer / scanner between multiple computers using the network allowing much flexibility on equipment placement.
Cons: Stopped working after seven months. No support from TP-Link. They have ignored both an online support request through their WEB site and email. Calling multiple times yields a message that nobody is available to help.
Summary: This device claims Win 7 compatibility, but it doesn't tell you that you HAVE to use the included software for it to work. It also doesn't tell you that the included software has to be running all of the time for you to print.
Pros: Works great for Windows XP with included software or manual setup Works great for Win 7 if only using 1 or 2 PC's and included software Easy Setup if using included software Had no issues on XP systems for duration of use
Cons: Does not function on Win 7 with manual setup Included software HAS to be running to work Included software locks printer to single PC while using
Summary: One thing I found out about this device is that although my printer does not show up as supporting LPR printing on the list I was able to configure it as such. For multi-function printers it gives the ability to install the full suite on whichever workstation you want and then just set the others up...
Pros: This device does exactly what it says with the ability to connect devices other than printers. Just make sure you look up the latest device compatibility list at TP-Link's site.
Summary: • I purchased the TP-LINK TL-PS31OU to replace a Trendnet TE100-P1U that started corrupting print jobs. • Only one workstation can be connected to the printer at a time (via software), so if you have multiple workstations, then they all should "disconnect from printer when idle" and only connect...
Pros: • It works with my Epson R340 (not all features of the multifunction printer work, but it still prints). • Very small size. • Setup was easy, and the manual covered everything needed.
Cons: • It's dependant on the TP-LINK "MFP and Storage Server" software. NOT setup via TCP/IP network setup. • The software must be started to access the network printer. • Software can auto start with Windows logon, but... The software has a BIG SPLASH SCREEN! I hate those! • It uses those blocky powe...
Summary: I was shopping for a MF print server for my company. This one not only does that, it also supports storage sharing up to 4 devices through a USB hub. The USB server is very small and it is very easy to install the hardware and software.
Pros: Small foot print. Very easy to install. Great compatibility with many multifunction printers (check the list first). Utility and firmware updates available. Win7 compatible.
Cons: Cat5 cable not included. Slow web interface. Current version of utility does not match the description on manual.