advice on wireless print server

Posted on 2006-05-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am planning to purchase a wireless print server, and would like to know if there are any recommendations.  I have looked at a Belkin, a Trendnet, a Hawking, and a Linksys.

I have a wireless network, using a linksys router.  I have an HP LaserJet 8500 and an HP DesignJet 130 that I plan to connect to the prinet server.  Both are either a parallel or usb connection.  None of the print servers I've looked at have gotten consistently good reviews.  The linksys got a pretty low score from pcmag.  I like the Trendnet and the Hawking, because both offer three ports, one parallel and 2 usb.  The reviews of the Hawking indicated that it could be very challenging to set up, and I have not found any reviews of the Trendnet.

I am looking at the Trendnet TEW-P21G  and the Hawking HWPS12UG.

Any other options I should consider?

Does any one have any recommendations about how I might choose?

Thank you,
Question by:pjfromny
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    If you can, use HP jetdirect printservers for HP printers.
    The designjet especially, will probably not perform well with a third party print server.
    This is due to several issues- file size, network spooling speed, etc.
    3rd party printserver units are generally a poor solution for network printing, especially for large colour files, common problems are:
    Some print jobs fail, or print part of the page and then fail.
    Blank strips in the middle of print jobs.
    The problem is that the printserver unit has a slow processor and a low memory capacity, is not optimised for the printer, and lacks bidirectional communications.
    I have often used old PCs as print servers, with far better results than the "plugin boxes" and  often for less cost.

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    This is helpful information - just what I was looking for.  Thank you.

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