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Unfortunately this product was useless to me. The Amazon product description makes no mention of the fact that the server is only compatible with certain printers, and the one I wanted to use the server with was not supported. Granted, the printer I wanted to use this with was weird (A Dymo label printer) but I wish the listing would contain a link to a compatibility list so the customer could be sure they could actually use it.
Update 4/29/2017 - After having a similar situation of a constantly dropped connection with a TP-LINK server, I purchased a Raspberry Pi 3 from Amazon and configured it to be a print server. It has been a solid performer for 5 days now and has never lost connection. You may want to consider a similar path if you want a reliable print server. I have a HP LaserJet 1200 which does not show up on a lot of lists, but the Pi with CUPS printing system and the HP module works just fine for my printer. It takes a bit more work, but considering all the time I spent trying to get this unit to work, I would say it is about equal.
Update 4/12/2017 - I really liked this server; very small size and it did not get hot. As noted below it was a horror show to get it configured correctly, but it did work. (This is the only hardware item that I can ever remember having to contact Tech Support for help.)
The problem is that it only worked for about 12 hours. Then I had to unplug it and plug it in again to get it to work. That happened about three times in 12 hours. I even thought it might be my power-saving switch so I connected it directly to my router and it still does not work. I know it is there because it responds when I ping it.
Whatever is going on now, the printed page just goes to the ether. No more failed to print messages. Just nothing. When you look in the print queue window there is nothing. So, I am returning this and would suggest that you look elsewhere for a print server.
I really wanted to like this thing, I really really did.
Original Review: OK. I am giving this print server a 5-star rating based on their customer service, not anything that is in the documentation or on their website. I spent way too much time trying to get this to work before I finally called Customer Service. But, when it works it works great and that is what you want! I have Windows 10 and an old HP 1200 LaserJet printer; not necessarily the best combination. But, I like Windows 10 and the printer still works so I want to keep it.
First and foremost, this device seems to ONLY work in LPR mode. I had a Linksys print server that just died and configuring it to TCP/IP raw was a piece of cake. So, stupid me, I thought how difficult can it be. So, I changed the DHCP to a static number and setup the printer to use this address in RAW format. (This is standard setup for just about every other print server on the market.) It will not work with this unit.
So, if you get this unit do not take out the CD that comes with it. First, go to Control Panel/Programs and Features, click on “Turn Windows features on or off”, then find the LPR Port Monitor entry and click the box next to it to turn on LPR printing. Click OK to save your setting. If you have the printer in your printer list find out what drivers and connections you have and delete them. Next, go to the StarTech.com website support and download the latest software. One of the entries is labeled Network Printer Wizard Setup 2017 with Windows 8. Use this one to get the drivers setup correctly. It should also set the printer up as well. I had tried so many times and removed the HP printer without removing the corresponding LPR port that the software did not generate the full printer entry. If you do not get the printer "icon" for your printer I would suggest that you call tech service rather than try things on your own. All the documentation you find online about how to configure a network print driver will not work with this one.
I would strongly suspect the uniqueness of this unit is why there are so many unfavorable reviews on this product. It is quirky. But, when you get the proper configuration in place it works great.
I bought this because I have bought a lot of Startech products and always have had good luck. BUT, careful on this one. There are only a few printers that this is compatible with. Also, while it does include a software CD, it didn't work on a Windows 10 machine. I located the IP and logged in using a browser which is MUCH easier anyway. At that point, i found that it has a pretty limited amount of compatible printers and found it won't work with my label printer.
I have used a few other print servers(usb and parallel) in the past and have never experienced compatibility issues before whether it's a label, laser, or dot matrix printer - this is a first for me.
Need to reboot it (unplug and plug back in power) every time I try to print. It seems like whenever the printer's power-save mode comes on the startech print server stops working. It's not the printer's fault, rebooting the print server starts working again even if the printer is in power save mode. My printer is a Lexmark E350d. No updated firmware available on StarTech's website. Easy to setup with Windows Server.
I was hoping this LPR print server would work on my network, which is a mix of Windows and OSX systems, but sadly it doesn't. Been having trouble printing from my HP Officejet 4620 all-in-one printer. The Officejet never has worked predictably with my Mac systems, although I bought it because it was on the "Apple Approved" list of printer tested to work with OSX. This is the second LPR print server USB to Ethernet that I have tried without success. The HP Officejet is Wi-Fi and USB only, no Ethernet port, so that was my hope with this product. Well just more money down the drain. Looks like I am in the market or a new printer, one with an Ethernet connection for sure this time.