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La version française du produit est "StarTech PM1115UW Serveur d'impression réseau sans fil 1 port USB avec port Ethernet 1/1 Mbps". Or, le produit n'est pas sans fil ni wireless. C'était mon critère d'achat. C'est ma seule déception.
The device was easy to install and set up, and my printer (Brother L2300 series) was easy to set up as a Bonjour printer, but the Mac would print one document just fine, then spend minutes "looking for printer" on other occasions. This seems to be a longstanding Mac OS problem, which has afflicted other users of networked printers. If you run into this issue, the solution is to not use Bonjour, but rather set up the printer as an IP printer (set the IP address as a static address; the MAC address of the server is on the device's label.) Took me a while to figure this out, but now the printer works as smoothly as if it was on a USB cable.
It is practically impossible to install unless you are a legit IT expert. I'm decent with normal computer stuff, but if you call, their technicians are very nice and did everything remotely for me when I granted them computer access remotely. The print server solved our printer woes for our Mac based office. It will work, but don't expect to install it yourself!
I bought this USB to Ethernet adapter a few days ago to use with my HP 1110 Deskjet printer, which doesn't have a LAN port. I needed the HP printer installation disk to get the device working, on each computer on the LAN. It worked well for 2 or 3 days, but suddenly the printer was not available from all 3 computers. After some work I discovered that the adapter device needed to be unplugged from the power and replugged to reboot it. It then was back to normal.
Not sure how much I can say about this relatively simple, straight-forward device, but here goes....
First off, it's kind of funny that the AC adapter is larger than the print server! In addition to these two items you also get various plug adapters (would have been handy a few years back when I was still on active duty, but I digress...), a network cable, some instructions, and a CD (with the install software).
This server handles one USB printer.
Installation is really easy. Run the program from the CD and you end up with a "Launch Network Printer Wizard" icon on the desktop. Sometime prior to launching this wizard, install the hardware. Pug the USB cable from the printer into the server; plug the Ethernet cable from your network into the server; plug in the AC adapter and power up the server. Launch the wizard. It will (hopefully) find the attached printer (mine - an older HP OfficeJet printer - did without a hitch). Select the printer and the next screen asks you to install a printer following the standard Windows method of doing so. Do so and you should end up at a confirmation screen that the printer has been installed. Any additional work on the printer/printer settings is done via "Device & Printers" (found under Control Panel or Device Settings (depending on OS)).
I printed a test page (no issue), then printed several documents (again, no problem). In the end, really couldn't be simpler. I suspect if one would have any issues it will be when one is installing the printer driver software (.inf files). At $32.99 (Amazon price at the time of this review) it's a little more pricey than I would have liked (I think $25 is a better price point), but it's not outrageous (the $51.99 MSRP is, however). StarTech makes good (often, niche) stuff so I don't have any problem recommending this item. It's a complete kit and seems to be well put together.
Not an item that I could ever say, "5 stars! I love it!" But I can, unreservedly, say, "I like it!" so, 4 stars.
Works great if you have an office that is still using an older USB printer that still works just fine. This allows you to upgrade your old USB printer so that it can be used by multiple computers over an ethernet network. You can send print jobs to your printer from your web browser from anywhere and it allows for easy sharing across the office. It comes with instructions, but you may need to have someone install and set this up for you if you don't have a lot of experience with computer tech stuff. You can't just plug it in and it works. An ethernet network is also required. Included in the box is 1 - USB 2.0 network LPR print server. 1 - universal power adapter (NA / UK / EU, AU). 1 - RJ45 network cable. 1 - quick start guide. 1 - software CD
I know, I know, why would I need this? Well, I still have an older all in one that I love but that is strictly USB, and because it does scanning, it would be helpful if it could also be used on my small network. Well, it can, with this StarTech device. That's the good news. The bad news is that it does take a bit of patience to hook it up. There was a time when manufacturers promised plug and play, but this is an old fashioned device that requires a disc that you must load, and a whole bunch of steps you must take to make it work. Eventually it does, but it is a bit of a pain. So good device, but wish it was easier to use.
Love the ability to connect my printer to various sources this way. Really a plus in my house where I print randomly from my desktop, laptop, or phone depending on what I'm doing. Taking a star off for a somewhat in-and-out connection at times, but it tends to go in bursts and then clear up. Other than these minor issues, I haven't had any issues. Setup was easy and didn't require much on my part - just follow the prompts as indicated and you're good to go.
Not exactly plug and play but worth it if you are dealing with a printer that doesn't have an ethernet connection already and want to make it more broadly useful. Setup isn't fun but it does work and gets the system going.