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As of initial installation (easy on Win7, you don't need the included disk or any visits to TP-Link website) it does work with my elderly Samsung Ml-1210 laser, but I'm already expecting trouble—at which point I'll come and modify this review ... or later, if I'm wrong, say nicer things.
The main concern is the web interface, and the fact that as soon as I set a new password, the device becomes completely inaccessible. The interface itself is poorly designed and buggy but it did at least allow me to set a new static IP address. The tendency to reboot for every single setting change, usually quite unnecessarily, isn't reassuring either. We have a small well-firewalled network so lack of a password isn't the end of the world, but with such poor attention to interface design and testing, instinct tells me other problems will reveal themselves soon enough.
Cheapness of manufacture is obvious, with both front and back of the device used for connections. It's more convenient and better for usability, but costs a little more, to put the USB, power and Ethernet sockets on the back and the status LEDS on the front, so with this device you know you're getting something of very modest quality right out of the box.
FYI, the default static IP for the device is 192.168.0.10. For most users, setting the device to accept DHCP addresses would probably be the best option.
Also, the Factory Reset, which is as usual a recessed button operated with a pencil tip or paperclip, doesn't work if the device is already on: you force a reset by switching off, then pressing and holding the Reset while simultaneously pushing in the DC power plug. Somewhat tricky and counter-intuitive and another poor design choice.
Once set up, this works fine with our Windows 10 PCs. Loses a star because the supplied documentation and installation disk haven't been updated since Win 7 and neither has the on-line product page. The supplied software does not install the server in a Win10 environment.
That said, setting up on Win10 is relatively straightforward but because Win10 uses TCPIP printing (don't understand the finer points of the distinction between this and Win8 myself, so won't try and explain here) the set up follows a different process to Win8. Win 10 is not difficult to install, but it first took a Google search to find the relevant FAQ in the TP LINK website and the explanation isn't perfect, but I was able to work it out. TP-LINK needs to reword the wIn10 instructions and put the link prominently on the product page.
I've had this for a few months now and every once in a while I have another go at trying to get this to work - with no luck! I want to use it for a USB printer in my studio. I don't have a cd drive so can't access what's on the that for help or get a driver I might need (?). Tech support were sluggish and useless. Apparently I need to reset the print servers IP address to match the IP address of my router but I can't even attach to 192.168.0.10 - it says the page servers cannot be connected to. I've tried two browsers. No luck. Resetting the print server. No luck.
It really shouldn't be this hard and the tech support should be sharp. It shouldn't take an hour to have about 10 messages to back and forth. Feel like it's been the promise of a solution but I've ended up with a bigger headache.
Just want to make my USB printer be able to connect with an iPad. Shame on Apple for making this so **** difficult and shame on TP-Link for their lack of support, poor explanation and supplying it with a mini CD -- who uses a mini cd?????
Once I got it set up this print server was good. The range of options in the browser interface are extensive and it's fast and reliable with our printers (we're using it with a Dymo 450).
But it ships with a factory default of a fixed IP on 192.168.0.* so if your network uses something else, you will first have to attach it back-to-back with a network cable and a browser and change it, or mess around with a clunky app off a mini-CD that won't work in a laptop CDROM drive if you use Windows or MacOS. They'd lose nothing by making the default DHCP. If any of that scares you, buy something else!
A real struggle to get it setup and working, but once it is setup correctly, it seems to do the job. I am on Windows 10. My internal network is on 192.168.1.xx. The Print Server defaults to 192.168.0.10 - so on the wrong network! It was a real struggle to change this default IP address. You are supposed to be able to set this during installation or afterwards using the supplied PSWizard software. Neither worked and the IP address remained resolutely unchanged whatever I tried. Eventually had to go to the help chatline to be talked through connecting it to a another PC via a direct ethernet connection and its web interface to change the IP. Once it was communicating OK with my network, adding a printer isn't all that straightforward either. Go to the help page on their web-site and follow the instructions specific to your version of Windows - very carefully! As others have noted, virtually no documentation is supplied, but it is easy enough to find stuff on their website. Once it is working, it is fine. Just forget about it and use the printer as normal.
Once you get it working this device is fine and works very well with Windows and MacOS. It is very quick as well.
The Print Server Setup software supplied is for Windows Vista/7. I installed on Windows 10. Note that you MUST install as Administrator or it starts up and goes absolutely nowhere As the software is supplied on a Micro CD and I have a slot CD drive I couldn't use it on my computer. There is a download link mentioned in the documentation for the software but the link does not exist and the software is nowhere to be seen on the TP Link site. I ended up using a different computer to copy the Micro CD contents onto a USB dongle.
You need to fix the IP address for the device on your router. The default is 192.168.0.10 or 192.168.1.10 depending on your network mask. The device defaults to this, you just set the router to always reserve the IP address by linking the MAC address. Easier than it seems.
If you follow the apparently non-logical directions in the install manual from that point then it does install properly.
Once installed I connected to my Macbook Air in seconds. Just add a printer, choose IP printer,set to 192.168.0.10, set the queue to lp1 and then choose 'other' and browse for your printer.
It's a quality device which is let down by the documentation and software.
as previous reviewers pointed out watch for the default ip address of the device...i thought it would be set to 192.168.1.10 but it comes set to 192.168.0.10...my vodafone connect router (which i was unable to configure to use it's usb ports for printing) would not allow me to set a fixed ip address of 192.168.0.xxx so i had to use the setup disk to change the print server to a fixed address of 192.168.1.10... after that it worked fine from both desktop pc's wired to the router and wireless laptop pc's...you'll need to have the driver for your printer installed on all computers and then tell windows what ip address the printer can be found at.
Very, very disappointed with this product. On paper it looked like the ideal solution for my network printing requirements. TP-Link products usually just work out of the box: this was a real shock - it didn't! Even worse, this review is on the *second* example unit following the return and replacement of the first one.
The firmware is pretty buggy, and the supporting software is immature and underdeveloped. The following issues exist:
- it has randomly corrupted it's settings: specifically in one case it randomly set a password, preventing me from accessing the settings page or modifying the settings any further. This persisted even after a reset to defaults, and (unbelievably) following a re-flash of the firmware! - the re-flashing procedure is undocumented, neither in the manual nor on the support site. - The Biggie: if you disable IPP print services, it also disables LPR network printing (not documented). LPR printing remains indicating "Enabled", when it is not. Believe me, I have sweated over this one. Words fail me. - although my printer (a standard HP LJ 1200) is on the "supported" list, it has problems: the server is unable to wake the printer from sleep mode (whereas a direct connection using the same driver software does): the "bidirectional" printer support isn't: print jobs hang as progress acknowledgements are lost: the standard HP drivers for both MAC and PC are unable to drive the printer reliably. - although advertised as compatible with HP JetAdmin or WebAdmin, it is most definitely NOT! - all documentation relating to Apple Mac is for OS 8/9, without any mention of OS X. - the Web configuration pages randomly fail to display: on source inspection, the page's document header for the HTML is occasionally not sent, resulting in page display failures. - only a subset of settings are available on the web config page: others are displayed and set from the (PC only) PSAdmin program delivered to manage the product - ridiculous! - the product supports SMB/CIF, AppleTalk, NetBEUI, LPR, IPP and Novell Netware print services. It is not possible to turn some of these off (eg., if they are not required on your network). JetDirect compatible HP printers allow you to disable individual print services selectively. After a little experimentation, it is apparent that services marked as "Disabled" are still in fact, active.
Support (via email) from TP-Link has been slow, patchy, and in fact downright dismissive: the IPP/LPR stack bug described above was blamed on HP's printer drivers even after I had performed an exhaustive diagnosis of the bug and proven it to lie in the server firmware.
There are even bugs in the support request page used to request help - there's only a maximum of 200-ish characters for your problem description, requiring numerous email exchanges across two widely separated time zones, taking many days to exchange the bare minimum of useful diagnostic information.
The latest firmware update on the UK product support page is dated 2010, indicating that the product may have already been abandoned as an orphan by TP-Link.
In short, this has been such a bad experience for me I will not be buying any more TP-Link products ever again, full stop. Save your money on this one, folks - look elsewhere.