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Brother HL-2170W
6.6 out of 10

Brother HL-2170W

Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer with Wireless and Wired Read more

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Overall 6
6.0

Solid Printer - Aside of WiFi

Jerry G., Newegg
24 November 2012
  • Summary: Happy with printer aside from WiFi issue
  • Pros: Fast Reliable Good with Printer Toner
  • Cons: Printer's WiFi is broken or bad coding. Tried to connect this printer for hours to wireless network before just giving up and using USB
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Overall 6
6.0

TOOK HOURS TO INSTALL - MUST READ!!

Mangesh S., Newegg
16 October 2010
  • Summary: ARGHHHHH It literally took me 4 1/2 hours to figure this out. I finally have wireless printing! I also set the IP address manually to 192.168.1.198 Not sure if that made a difference. Otherwise, it looks like a good printer. The users guide and installation is a piece of junk.
  • Pros: !@!@#$%#@$%^(#@$*%(@*$#%(*@#(%$!# ... ... ... 5 Hours later - IT WORKS! *****NOTE: THIS DOES NOT SUPPORT TKIP ENCRYPTION METHOD***** You have to use AES METHOD if you are using WPA2/PSK I spent hours installing/uninstalling drivers. This is a fault with BROTHER. Not sure if they have any updated ...
  • Cons: TKIP ENCRYPTION does not work on WPA2 if it works for you, please let me know how you did it!! get.mango at gmail
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

John L., Newegg
18 September 2010
  • Summary: I gave it a three because of the problems I had setting up the wireless. I had to connect with the cat5 and configure the wireless using the IP web interface to get it to work.
  • Pros: Low cost to get into a laserjet printer.
  • Cons: Not very user friendly when it comes to the setup of the wireless. No LCD just lights to tell you when something is working or not working. You will need to refer to the manual to decode the blinking lights. Wireless was a pain to setup with Cradelpoint. Clients kept losing connection whenever I ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Fast printer, but toner rip-off and unable to go wireless

4seasons, Amazon
27 August 2010
  • Summary: I've been using this printer at my work place and I'm happy to work with such a fast unit as we print hundreds of letters. However, I was not able to set it up as a wireless unit, no matter what I tried.
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Overall 6
6.0

Became squeaky

Kendall R., Newegg
18 August 2010
  • Pros: Fast and cheap
  • Cons: Manual feed is horribble. After a few months it began to very very very loudly squeak...nothing has fixed it.
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Overall 6
6.0

Duplex printing problems

Anonymous, Newegg
6 August 2010
  • Summary: If you do a lot of duplex printing get a better unit. I never had any paper feed problems with HL-1440.
  • Pros: Decent print, easy network connection, small footprint
  • Cons: Duplex printing for larger documents (>10 pages) is a terrible waste of time. The printer routinely 'eats' several pages once the unit gets a bit hot from printing. My previous HL-1440 was a better printer and less cost per page but lacked the built-in networking.
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Overall 6
6.0

Reliable, burns through toner

Michael G., Newegg
26 July 2010
  • Summary: My cost per page has not been as good as some others report, but I think it's still lower than a good quality inkjet with obviously better text/line graphic quality. Image print quality is not good, but it's rare that any B&W laser prints good quality images, let alone low-end ones.
  • Pros: Price when on deep sale. Reliable, rarely jams. Excellent text quality at 600 dpi, very good at 300 dp - obviously superior to any inkjet. Has a bunch of features like printing multiple pages per sheet and "manual duplexing" which are semi-gimmicky, but that can be useful, and they do work.
  • Cons: Goes through toner pretty quickly, especially at higher print quality settings. Drum life also seems short. In my case, the printer shows the drum nearing its end of life with < 1600 pages printed, when rated life is 12,000 pages. I understand rated life is a working fiction for comparison purpos...
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Overall 6
6.0

Great Value, Poor Network Interface

Brian B., Newegg
10 July 2010
  • Summary: I gave up on wireless for several weeks and went with a CAT5 connection. That was fine until yesterday and that became unresponsive too. Numerous power cycles eventually brought it back.
  • Pros: Terrific value Compact, light and easy to move around Quiet Fairly fast Mechanically reliable Economical to operate Well-written drivers (for Windows XP, at least)
  • Cons: Unreliable wireless interface I have had tremendous difficulty maintaining connectivity to the printer. It wasn't too bad to initially set up even on a fairly secure WLAN, but periodically (maybe once a week or a bit less), it loses its connection and it's hell getting it to work again. It usuall...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good while it lasted

David H., Newegg
11 May 2010
  • Summary: I would have loved this printer and given it 5 stars if it had lasted longer.
  • Pros: Very fast, efficient and was cost effective until it died 8 months after purchase. Networking is a breeze.
  • Cons: Printed roughly 1,750 pages before dying. Bought an extra toner at the time of purchase 8 months ago, wasn't even able to use it.
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Overall 6
6.0

Linux support could be better

Jason R., Newegg
20 April 2010
  • Summary: Do hook it up with a wire when you are performing initial configuration. The fact that it's a wireless network printer is a big plus---no need to keep a machine running as the print server any more. The number of print failures from linux is unreasonable (I'd guess 10-20% of jobs fail).
  • Pros: Easy wireless setup w/o special software. Easy to set up with linux (Ubuntu 9.10). Nice that it doesn't have to be connected to any computer. Most print jobs come out quickly.
  • Cons: Many print failures from linux (a page comes out w/ an error code instead of what I wanted to print) Occasional long wait to first page (1-2 minutes).
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