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Works great once set up. In order to set up this is what I did: 1.) Turn off your wi-fi and connect to the device by an ethernet cable between it and your PC.2.) manually set your windows PC's IP to a static IP (for example 192.168.0.05). Use google to help you figure out how to do this. Click "verify settings on exit" in the control panel window when making these changes. Open your web browser and type in 192.168.0.10. This should bring up the device's setup page. Navigate to settings and turn on DHCP mode. Save and exit. 3.) Disconnect the ethernet cable, re-join your wireless network. 4.) Press the WPS button on your router, then push the WPS button on the print server device. Wait 3 minutes. 5.) Navigate to your router's homepage (usually 192.168.0.1) and check what I.P. has been assigned to the printer device--it should be listed in the list of currently connected devices on your router. 6.) Connect your printer to the device via USB. 7.) Follow the instructions for adding the device to a windows or mac computer as found on the Startech website.
Tip #1: contact Startech directly and do the live chat. Their tech support team will remote into your computer and get everything set up! It still took him about 30 minutes, including printer driver re-set up. All you have to do is move wires around (ethernet cable from server to computer - you must have wifi to this, then disconnect, then connect your printer).
My primary issue, as others have identified, was getting the wifi router connected with the server. The tech guy was able to get everything hooked up (via changing my static IP, which I could not figure out on my own even with Google's help, nor would it connect via the WPS button on my modem). I spent about 30 minutes tinkering, then contacted tech support.
DO NOT USE this device if you value your network security. Mine is going back to Amazon
It would have zero stars if Amazon permitted it
It's not possible to change the user name from the typical first use "admin", that's like running a flag up the pole saying open here, that's bad enough by itself , but read on
Using a password longer than 7 characters will cause the Direct browser IP access to refuse connection, once this has happened then the Startech supplied Admin software will however allow access to the device without asking for the set password.It's like throwing the barn door wide open.
I asked Startech to direct me to a firmware download with a checksum to do a re-flash of the unit, in case what I was seeing was a one off bad flash their response was that they do not have access to a firmware file, WTF.
Works great once it was setup via the “Star Tech Live chat” agent. The included instruction were , well let’s say useless unless you have a lot of computer savy. Unfortunately my purchase was done on impulse, really should have gotten one that also included Air Print for my IOS devices. However the reviews of such were not favourable.
Up and running within minutes. I was hesitant to buy this because of all the reviews saying how hard it is to set up. I literally had it running in five minutes (or less) and was surprised when my first print came out. I thought that it couldn't be this easy but it was. Just make sure you use the same IP range (most routers do already by default) and you're good to go. You'll be surprised how easy it is to get working - I was. Excellent device to turn a non wireless printer into a wireless printer. Love it!!!
Setup is easy do not use the software provided and the instructions tell you nothing. Your router must have a WPS button or a WPS setup wizard (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). Enable the router WPS first then push and hold in the same button on the printserver for about 2 seconds. The 2 devices will find each other. Through your web browser check what the printserver IP address is on the router home page then use that address to get to the printserver setup page. Make the printserver address static not DHCP. To setup the printer just use windows to add the printer as a network printer with the correct model number and IP address. Reserve the printserver address so the router doesn't change it.
Used this device to print wireless to Brother USB printer. Now that it is setup it has been working great. No issues printing. When setting up I could not get the wireless printer to setup with Windows 10, I did get it to work by connecting directly to PC by ethernet cable. Instruction provided were not exact but close enough to figure out. As long as someone has modest computer knowledge I would recommend this product.
Finally, I don't have to move my laptop to the room with the printer to be able to print! (It's been an issue ever since I got fibre optic internet and had to move the router to the basement. My printer supports Ethernet and USB but not WiFi.)
Rather than follow the manual for setting up the WiFi connection, I just used the WPS button like some reviewers on Amazon suggested. Much easier! But it was hard to tell if it worked or not until I hooked it up to the printer and followed the instructions to print a test page. Even now with everything working, the Status light is blinking and the instructions say it should be solid on when everything is good.
I also had to dig through troubleshooting info on the internet to figure out how to change the IP address. My router only allows IP addresses in the 192.168.1.x range, but this print server is set to 192.168.0.10 by default. Eventually I figured out that I could connect it directly to my computer with an Ethernet cable, go to 192.168.0.10 in a web browser, and change the IP address there.
Set up on Windows wasn't too difficult, but I did have to select the networking device ("Network Print Server, USB, 1-port" or something like that) and the printer model manually. Setting up on Chrome OS was a bit trickier, but eventually found out that LPD (the option I had to pick on the Chromebook) is basically the same as LPR (listed in the specs for this device on the Startech website).
Now it's all working! Just needs better documentation.
Liked their support line. My system had already assigned default IP address. Support guy had that figured out and me up and running in 15 minutes. Really like that I can put my printer in a discrete location rather than in my living room and print to it from any of 4 or 5 computers in home. I have had it running for about 3 weeks now, unplugged it several times as we worked out its' permanent home and it has never failed to make a connection and let me print.
Can't get this pos to work either under windows or linux. I strongly advise others to avoid this product. I emailed about the problem, was told it would be investigated and never heard from the company again. A wasted 75 bucks for me but hopefully I'll stop others from getting sucked in.