SEEKING MULTI-MACHINE, NETWORK-READY HIGH SPEED SCANNER RECOMMENDATION

Greetings wise-wizards of EE:

I'm helping an attorney friend who is switching from paper to paperless record keeping, and needs a high-speed scanner, in addition to his standard, multi-function printer.

He is looking for a scanner that can scan 100+ pages per minute, something like the Xerox Documate series, which are fairly common... except for a feature he really needs: multi-PC network readiness. Though he has no preference on the actual manufacturer, the difficulty in finding the right model is that he needs a unit that is network ready or wireless for MULTIPLE computers at the same time (four PCs, to be exact). I have called several manufacturers, and have found many that can network to a single PC, but not to multiple PCs at once. I will be setting it up, and very much wish to avoid connecting a print-server device to a non-networking model, as to simplify the setup and troubleshooting for the future; I would much rather have a model that has multi-machine networking capability built in.

Any manufacturer/model suggestions would be very welcome indeed. He is willing to pay from $1,500-$2,000 for a unit with the above features.

Many thanks in advance,

Zovoth
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I recommend the Kodak Scan Station 710:
http://www.graphics.kodak.com/DocImaging/US/en/Products/Document_Scanners/Networked/Scan_Station_710/index.htm

It is a duplex scanner, rated at 70 pages per minute (simplex) and 140 images per second (duplex) at 200 DPI, with a duty cycle of 6,000 pages per day (full specs are at the link above). It has a direct, gigabit connection to the network, so there should be no problems with multiple computers using it at the same time across the network.

There is no way that I'm aware of to get a scanner in the desired price range that is both network-connected and rated at 100+ pages per minute — this one can do 140 images per minute because it can scan both sides of a duplex page at once.

Although its list price is $2,495, you can find it for close to $2,000 in distribution. Here it is for $2,100 (and free shipping) at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Scan-Station-710-Sheetfed-Scanner/dp/B00TZKQ2BM/

And for $2,029 at ScanTastik (also free shipping):
http://www.scantastik.com/hardware/kodak-scanners/scan-station-710-scanner.html

Although I have not used this particular scanner, I have used and recommended many Kodak scanners during many years in the document imaging business. I worked for one company for 14 years that was a Kodak Gold Reseller and our customers were consistently happy with their scanners. Based on that long experience with Kodak, I don't hesitate to recommend this Scan Station 710. That said, as a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no current affiliation with Kodak and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I was, and still am, simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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zovothAuthor Commented:
Greetings Joe:

Many thanks for your rapid and very helpful response. I have called Kodak to discuss the unit you recommend, and they actually have an "evaluation unit" program available, to try this model out without risk or cost, which is pretty damn cool. It sounds like this unit will fit the bill!

Thanks again and may the wind be at your back,

Zovoth
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Zovoth,
You're welcome — and thanks to you for posting about the "evaluation unit" program. I was not aware of it — yes, very cool! Good luck on the project. Regards, Joe
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