|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Silex DS-510 - Device Server - 2 Ports - 10MB LAN, 100MB LAN, GigE, USB 2.0 (DS-510(US))
- High-performance data throughput due to optimized performance and Gigabit connection: extremely powerful CPU (800 MHz) and two USB Hi-Speed Ports (Type-A)
- Energy saver mode - when the Device server is not used for a certain period of time, the power supply to the USB bus is turned off to save energy.
- The printer auto connect feature works with the Windows or Macintosh printing system and allows multiple computers to easily share USB printer over the network by making an automatic connection to the
- Isochronous transfer mode - USB devices such as webcams or USB sound cards, which require ongoing data transmission in real time, can also be used in the network environment
- Best compatibility with a variety of USB devices over the network, like USB dongles, Disk drives, Flash drives and other storage media, scanners, printers, digital cameras, USB sound adapters
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The Silex ds-510 is designed to easily connect and share USB devices over a network. Printers, scanners, disk drives, card readers, or virtually any other USB device can be now be enabled with network capability. It allows flexibility to place the USB device anywhere on the network instead of needing to be attached directly to the computer, and multiple users can access the USB device.
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To solve this problem, if you are on another computer (where you must also have the SX software setup), you click on the Request Use button. I have the release time for each computer set to release in 10 seconds. So, if someone forgot to disconnect the printer from their computer, you can disconnect them from your computer by clicking on request use. It works flawlessly. The one thing I couldn't get it to do was automatically disconnect from the DYMO after it was done printing, but the request use accomplishes it almost as well. Of course, the other approach is to disconnect each time you're done. But, here, one of us uses the DYMO all the time and the other rarely use it. So, it makes sense to stay connected for one and for the other to request use for them to be disconnected.
If this continues to work as well as it has been, it will be the best print server I've bought. The request use button solves any concern that someone might not disconnect and leave and then you'd not be able to use the printer. If it automatically disconnected, it would be even better, but that could be the DYMO and not the unit itself. That might vary from printer to printer. To do all the setup for these features, right click your printer when it shows in the SX software and make changes to the settings under connect and disconnect. They will be fairly obvious.
In short, close to perfect. I say close because it would be absolutely perfect if it automatically disconnected from the DYMO, but its inability is not enough for me to lower it to a 4 because of the many bad servers I have had from mainstream vendors on Amazon, including those rated as top rated.. Also, it's not all that inconvenient to disconnect and connect on each computer. Thought it would be. It isn't. The Request Use just makes that easier and saves you from someone who has forgotten to disconnect. It will count the 10 second down and you will see it is working. The default is 120 seconds. That's too long for DYMO which prints immediately though you may want more than 10 seconds if your printer might print for a while after someone starts printing. This is more expensive and maybe that's why it works better, a bargain given how much trouble I had with other print serves going on and off randomly.
However, once you get it going, the device is wonderful. I even found I can use an old powered USB hub (one old one wouldn't work, another did) and plug in additional thumb and hard drives into it, and they will all show up!