Benefit of using internal printer NIC over a print server

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I am looking to buy the following laser printer:

Ideally i want to have a network version but the model with an inbuilt NIC is much more expensive:

My supplier also stocks a wide variety of low priced USB print servers. For exmaple:

I am tempted to just buy the basic printer and use a print server. Can anybody advise whether using an external print server is going to give me any decrease in performance/reliability? If not, can anybody recommend any particular models?
Question by:metamatic
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    I have to start by saying that I am not familiar with the prinder models you are looking at - my comments are general.

    I always prefer getting a printer with the built-in NIC over print server, as the integration is much tighter and it usually works better. Howver, I have successfully implemented several solutions involving print server boxes (Netgear PS series).

    The performance has never been a factor for me, as unless you are printing hunderds of document per hour, you're going to get reasonabnle performance.

    My main concern has allways been around drivers and whether you need special software beyond the driver on the client PCs to make the print server box work. The best products do not require special software and work with the standard ways of connecting to printers that are built into your OS. In Windows, that is IPP or standart TCP/IP port.

    So whether you get a built-in NIC or print server box, make sure that you can easily install it on your client PCs.

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    many thanks!

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