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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.
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.
Bought the print server to replace broken HP JetDirect print server that broke. The PM1115P2 works but it was a bit tricky to install. Out of the box the IP address is set to a static address. In order to change that you have to be on the same network. Most routers etc now use the 192.168.2.xxx configuration. This device however is a using the older default of 192.168.0.xxx. My first attempts at installing were done by disconnecting from my network, using a standalone 10/100 switch, setting my IP address to a compatible value in the 192.168.0.xxx range. The installer was not able to see the device. Error 432 was displayed stating that Uninstallshield was running. After looking this up saw this was a common problem and followed some of the suggestions. Here is what finally worked for me on Win10 / home network.
1. Disconnected from LAN 2. Connected via 5 port 10/100 switch - you can use a crossover cable as well if no switch 3. Entered the default IP address as given in the manual in the 192.168.0.xxx range in browser 4. Found the setup section - had to look for it - not apparent at first 5. Changed the tcp-ip properties to DHCP 6. Disconnnected from small switch - attached to LAN switch / router 7. Changed address on my computer back to DHCP and refreshed 8. It took about 40 minutes for the router to pickup the server - the PM1115P2 is slow - patience 9. Rebooted my router just to help it along - during the 40 minute wait 10. DHCP in my router identified and assigned an IP address in the 192.168.2.xxx range 11. Opened Control Panel - Hardware & Sound - Devices and Printers 12. Deleted previous IP port under the printer properties 13. Added a new port - standard tcp-ip port 14. Left the default at generic network card 15. Value default is to get IP address (DHCP) 16. Applied and closed 17. Printed test page - this is an older printer so communication was slow but worked fine 18. Throw away the Startech CD -
Startech needs to reconfigure these for DHCP but the software etc. appears to date back to the late 90's. The device works you just have to be patient.
I concur with other reviewers on the difficulty in programming this device. it is not for the novice computer user. The instructions are short and offer little explanation, but I have done this programming before at work for use in our Domain with a static IP address outside of the DHCP. As for the device. I am disappointed in the memory. It must be very small and thus it cannot spool all the pages of your document in the device memory but rather your computer must feed it to the parallel printer server 1 page at a time which slows down your ability to move on to other task because printing status window stays up until all pages have been printed. I will look for another one with more memory. Other than above it works as designed.
I had a very old printer and I needed to add it to the Production area so I had to install this to add it to the network instead of buying a new printer. The installation is not too bad and looks like it is working fine. But whenever they print they get an error message that the print job did not go through though it dose. Tied it on different computers with the same result. Also the problem is that I can not get into the gui interface of the printer as the IP address is for this adaptor. But well, it is working.
The installation instructions that came with the device were incomplete and confusing. I had to call tech support, and as knowledgeable as he was, it took him about 40 minutes of trying multiple things before is was working on two computers. All in all, it works fine now on my Windows 10 systems.
I used it to put a Roland PS-60 Vinyl Cutter on the network - didn’t feel like running a long parallel cable thru the ceiling to the machine (looks tacky) nor did I feel like having an old PC next to it (another machine to support).
So I ordered this, plugged it into the vinyl cutter and used the CD to set a static IP and set up a direct port to talk to it.
Vinyl cutting program talks to the PS-60 just like it was connected direct instead of over the network.
Would recommend to others to try if they need to do something similar.