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Great device. A little annoying that dhcp isnt the default setting - in my case - but totally understandable. Setup wasnt difficult but it requires comfort with basic networking setup to make initial connections, specify your settings, install printer and begin using.
i wish it was POE (powered over ethernet) -- it would be absolutley perfect if it was.
Requires some comfort with setting up ip ports and manual printer installation and discovery - but if you know how to admin windows, its really not difficult.
The device does what it is supposed to do. HOWEVER, I had to figure out how to manually configure it and set a fixe IP address. I work in IT and it was not a big challenge. If you are going to have more than one in your network (I have three) you will need to manually configure then as far as I remember rot avoid IP conflicts.
Simple product that works better than expected. I needed to network 10 parallel printers. It cleanly recognized the devices and was able to configure everything I needed to get this humming. static ip, bonjour disable, change the print server name. Etc. Even email alerts. Awesome simple product.
This print server comes out of the box preset with an IP address that was conflicting with my Netgear readyshare. It would be impossible to install without disabling the readyshare ip on my router. The manufacturer should have set this to DHCP client on so that it pulls an available IP instead of issuing it a static IP of 192. 168. 0. 10 which would have avoided IP addressing conflicts. other than that it works fine ...that's the only reason I dropped it to four stars. Afterward I installed it on my 15 year old HP printer and was able to start printing to it immediately without any issues with the print server.
I have this unit connected up to a HP LaserJet 6P and it is working well. As previous reviewers have already indicated, some 'out of the box' pre-configuration is required mostly because DHCP is not enabled by default for some reason. To get this device to work on my network (using DHCP), I connected an ethernet cable between my computer and the StarTech device and changed my computer network settings from DHCP to a static IP address on the same network as the StarTech (the StarTech defaults to 192.168.0.10 so I set my Windows 10 laptop IP address to 192.168.0.5). Once I did this I was able to point a browser at 192.168.0.10 and the StarTech embedded browser based interface was available. From this interface (using my Firefox internet browser), I was able to enable DHCP as well as change the name of the device as it would appear on the network. Once I did this, I powered everything off, connected the StarTech to my local area network, and after setting my computer back to DHCP, I was able to point my browser on my computer to the name of the Startech and it connected up just fine. I added the printer via Windows and it all seems to work. Nice way to bring that old reliable HP LaserJet 6P back to life.