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UPDATE - 5/22/16 - So after a few months of using this, i'm lowing the rating to 2 stars. Honestly, I've given up on it. It is just not reliable. You set it up, and it works, then it just stops working. You uninstall the printer and reinstall, and it starts working again. Reboots don't fix it. Rebooting the printer doesn't fix it. It requires an uninstall/reinstall to get it functional again. It's stilling on the table across from me as I write this. Next stop is probably the garbage can next to the table.
Works once you get it configured. The install software on the included disc, as well as the more recent version on the manufacturers website, did not work for me on Windows 10. However, you really don't need it. First, make sure you've already installed the printer drivers on any machine you plan to use the printer with. To set up without it, plug the printer into the print server, connect the network cable, and plug in the power. The device will grab an IP address via DHCP. Determine what IP address it is on (check your router's dhcp table), and make it a static address. Open a browser and enter the print server's IP address and set the IP address to static on the setup page. Now open Control Panel and "Devices and Printers", and click "Add a Printer". Click "The printer that I want isn't listed". Choose "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or host name". Leave the device type as AutoDetect and enter the IP address of the Print Server. Choose Generic Network Card if it isn't already selected. Choose your printer and use the driver that is already installed. You should be good to go.
I'm a long time computer professional, and I bought this device because my Google Wifi doesn't allow WPS, so my printer's wifi functionality won't work on my network. The setup was a little clunky, but I got the printer up and running mostly OK. Advanced printer status was not communicated, so the printer status could not be fully determined, but the printing worked, so I was fine. A few days later, the printer became unresponsive. I tried cycling the power on the printer, cycling power on my PCs, and on the device itself. I cleared the print queues. Nothing worked. The instruction manual didn't even mention Windows 10, so I think this device is just plain obsolete.
What I have decided to do instead is buy a fanless mini PC and use that is a print server. It's only a little more expensive, but at least it will be stable and support modern printer communication.
We bought it back in January and the Mac was fine. But the Windows computer couldn't keep a connection to the printer. Literally every three days or so we had to delete and reinstall the printer from Windows. Finally today we gave up, removed the Iogear, connected the printer by USB to the Windows machine and shared the printer locally. Mac found it right away. Only downside is, wastes energy, now I have to keep my Windows machine on most of the time. But I wish I had back all the hours I tried to make this doohickey work. They need to make it reliable or it's trash.
The compatibility list for this unit is slim. All I wanted was an Ethernet to USB Print Server to work with a Hewlett Packard LaserJet 1020. Now, the LJ1020 is notorious for not being compatible with network printing but you would think that it would work with the newer Canon photo printers and such. Well, not unless you mess with it and come across a hybrid fix between 3 different tech forums.
The problems are outlined as such on a Windows XP SP3 Computer connected to a 2Wire AT&T Uverse Wireless Router. Print Server is pingable. Set with a static IP through the router. Print Server Setup display (Going thru IE8 at the static IP Address) shows that the Print Server sees the printers for what they are.
A: When sending Print Jobs to the Printer. It appears in the queue as "Printing" then disappears. Does not print (Print Log on The Printer Server shows as completed) B: Shows Printer is off line when it isn't. C: Will print "ONE" job then stop working. D: Does not give responses from Printer if jammed or waiting for different paper.
Following the advice of some of the tech forums I am familier with, I did get problems A thru C resolved. D: is impossible to fix due to the fact that Bi-Directional Support is not supported.
In order to get this to work with Incompatible printers, the following must be done first. Before attempting the following, download the 'Latest' print drivers.
1. If your printer was connected via USB prior to connecting this Print Server, Under the Printer Preferences, Set your printer to LPT1, remove any USB port it was using and any ports you may have set up with the Print Server, and then remove the printer from the list. 2. Under the control panel under Add/Remove Programs, click on Add/Remove Window Components and verify that "Other Network File and Print Services" is Checked and that "Print Services for Unix" is installed. This will install the LPR Printing Protocol. 3. Remove the printer physically from the computer and connected to the Print Server. Reboot. 4. Go to 'Add New Printer' and Select 'Local Printer Attached to this computer' and uncheck 'Automatically Detect' Click on next and Select LPT1 as the port. 5. Insert the driver CD. Do NOT use the Automatic Setup at this point! Close out of the AutoRun program and use Explorer to go to the CD. 6. A hidden folder called SETUP2 is on the CD, you may have to set your OS to view hidden files. Go to that folder and run SETUP.EXE 7. Follow the instructions and let the program find the Print Server and then select the new printer you had just installed on LPT1. 8. If should create a Standard TCP/IP Port with the name IP_XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX-1 (X=the IP address numbers)using LPR. Set it up NOT to be Default and NOT to print test page. 9. Once completed, go into your printers properties and verify the following. (a) That it is on the correct port. (b) Under port settings, verify that it lists the protocol as LPR and that the queue name is lp1. (c) Uncheck "Bi-Directional Support" 10. Reboot the PC and print a test page. If it works, you are successful. If it doesn't, there are other things you can check but I'm not about to write a tech manual on a review page.
This was the result of 3 days worth of tenacity to get a cheap printer server to work on a cheap printer. It now suits my needs but may be a PITA for a non technical person. I had to do the same for my PC, and 3 laptops but all of them work now.
I read the reviews with the problems and the solutions. I've been messing with personal computers for over 30 years so I figured "I can handle that."
It worked well on two computers but for some strange reason one of the Windows 7 computers would just not see the server. I used the IP address method and tried several ways to access it but they just wouldn't work. Very strange... So, its on the way back to Amazon. They are great!
Solution to the "problem", replace the inexpensive USB printer with a new network attached printer from Amazon, of course.
We got this print server so we could add a printer to our home network. We installed the printers' drivers on the print server and it worked for about a week. We ended up having to reinstall all the drivers and reconnect all the computers to the print server. About another week later, we had to redo it again. We called the manufacturer, and they recommended doing the same thing that I had already done and had no other solution. This device has been nothing but a problem -- it does not stay connected to the network.
We had an old IOGEAR 1-Port USB 2.0 Print Server that was missing about every 1 in 5 print jobs, we ordered this as a replacement but even the web interface will not always respond. You have to keep clicking refresh over and over to get to the configuration page because most of the time you will get an error that the host isn't responding.
Thought this would be the answer for my Oki B410d laser printer. Sadly, it does not work with all USB printers. Had the description been more clear, I would have checked for compatibility and wouldn't have ordered it. Thank God for Amazon's return policy.