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I need some ideas on the Best print server hardware to use.  I have Dell USB printers in a general area,  one is in shipping used amongst 4 people , and the other is used by 5 users.  The way I have them configured is Printer is attached on ones users workstation than I share it and allow  others to print via that workstation.
That solution obviously has it flaws.
I want to attache a Hardware Print server to each printer,  that way if the workstation dies the other can still print.
Well I recently purchased a  couple TrenDnet 1-Port Print Server TE100-P1U. After I configured one with a static and everything and tested it, I had to take it off because the shipping group could not print. I was slow.  What would you all suggest?
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by:CyrRei88
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I like the LINKSYS WPSM54G Wireless-G Print Server 802.11b / g, since they also support a wireless connection.

or the

TRENDnet TE100-P11 Print Server
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i'm skeptical of Trendnet since this one I just got did not work as expected.   Or did I do something wrong any reason this would not have worked as expected?
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Well, they try to build print-servers that work with as many printers as possible. But they can't guarantee good results with all the printers that are out there. It might work really well with a HP printer, but not so well with a Canon printer.
I guess there is no way to tell how well it works until you actually try it out. Unless they have some kind of list with supported printers.  I don't know if they have a list like that, since it worked fine with the printers I was using.

Maybe you can make your existing print servers work by trying out these steps:

- Update the print servers firmware to the current version
  http://www.trendnet.com/downloads/list_subcategory.asp?SUBTYPE_ID=1316

- Update the printer firmware if possible

- Try using the NetBeui protocol to print.


I guess if possible you could also return the print-servers and try out a different one
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by:tips54
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Actually I submitted an Ema yesterday with COW. Do you know if they work Dell printers?
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I do not know if they work with Dell printers. You would have to find out yourself. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
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by:David_Ingledew
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Jetdirect is reliable..£150 or less gets you an EW2500 which ill do wired or wireless (wired is better)

Not sure on Linksys...have also used D-Link in the past (DP-301) which worked seamlessly and would offer a reduced cost,...

http://www.dabs.com/products/d-link-multifunction-print-server-2-usb-1-parallel-port-6KVW.html seems to be the best for futureproofing...and wireless reviews on all devices seems to be haphazard.

We currently use a Dell and Kyocera here, using an old 3 port HP wired PS, works fine :-)

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I returned the one I purchased.  I will purchase another in the future.
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Good Luck
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by:David_Ingledew
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Same, pay the extra and get something long lasting.
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Dave, what long lasting would you recommend?  I'm stating to think I should have just gotten one with a nic port and call it a day.
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Jetdirect still running well - wired for certain , much simpler as I have seen Wireless converters need rebooting more often...Our 3 port model hasn't needed a reboot apart from natural office moves.
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