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1. Netgear USB Mini Print Server
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2. Netgear PS101 Mini Pocket Print
$98.99 $70.00 list($145.99)
3. Netgear PS110 10/100 Print Server

1. Netgear USB Mini Print Server (PS121)

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Asin: B0001BXVA4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 6787
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect a cluster of PCs to a USB printer on your home or small office network
  • Multiple PCs can access a printer via the PS121, reducing the number of cables needed"
  • Use with any wired or wireless router from any vendor
  • Setup made quick and easy with a new Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Compact size saves valuable desk space, allowing the PS121 to be tucked into a convenient space

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution to network your USB printer!
Works great right out of the box. It can be set up in minutes by following the simple instructions. I wanted to get my HP PSC 2200 printer on my wireless network using Netgear's WGR614 router. The printer's USB cable goes in one end of the Netgear PS121 print server, Ethernet cable comes out the other end and into the router. Now I can print wirelessly using my IBM laptop and Netgear's WG511 wireless card. A fraction of the cost of wireless print servers. If you want to network your USB printer, this product's for you! ... Read more


2. Netgear PS101 Mini Pocket Print Server

our price: $64.99
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Asin: B00006B9HK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 3467
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The diminutive Netgear Pocket Print Server lets you share your printer connection with everyone on your home or office Ethernet computer network via its RJ-45 Ethernet port. With this device, you don't have to leave your PC on to let others use the printer, they can access it from their own computers. The Print Server runs at up to 10 Mbps and supports simultaneous print jobs, and can be managed using a remote, Web-based tool. Its on-board memory buffer gives you a quick printout delivery, and while it works with most laser and inkjet printers equipped with a parallel port, no expensive parallel printer cable is needed.

The Print Server comes with easy to install software for quick installation on your Windows-based PC. Network Link and Printer Alert LED lights let you know the status of your print job, and the Print Server is also upgradeable. The device comes with a 3-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, works great
Since there were no reviews for the NetGear PS101 and reviews for the other vendor's offerings were fairly negative with a lot of pitfalls encountered, I expected to have some problems when I started. However, within an hour of opening the box, I had the print server up and running on 4 PCs, 3 with XP, 1 with Win/98. It works much faster than sharing the printer off a "server" PC, and print quality isn't impacted at all. The documentation is fairly clear and complete, although somewhat misleading where it talks about what port to use due to the use of bold versus normal font. The adiministration screens are OK, could be much better, and I can't figure out how to upgrade the firmware if I ever decide to do so.

Be careful on PCs with the printer already defined as remote to the "server" pc. Windows wants to configure the printer as another remote one and not as a "local" one. Going into the Windows define printer screens directly or first deleting the remote definition resolves this issue.

If you're using a firewall (like Zone Alarm), make sure you allow access or nothing will work.

1-0 out of 5 stars A year of anger and frustration
I have bought this print server for about a year, and it brought me nothing but anger and frustration every time I wanted to print something.

First of all, you could not just send your print out to the server. You had to ping it first to "wake it up." Otherwise, it wouldn't respond to the client.

Then, sometimes even pinging wouldn't work. The server responded to ping but I still couldn't print. The client on my PC kept telling me that there wasn't a server. Rebooting the server or my PC would not always work.

Worse, often when I tried to use their tools, trying to "shack up" something (there weren't sufficient tools in the first place), the tools sometimes crashed and the server port disappeared from my PC. I had no way to get the port back, but to uninstall and install the thing again.

Do not buy it. If you really want it, I am selling it cheap.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mini Pathetic Print Server
Having read the reviews of this product (and seeing little competition) I decided to give the PS101 a try. I have a machine running XP & a Mac with OS X 10.3 so I figured that once the device was setup by the windows machine the Mac would just need the right settings--wrong. The setup on XP was tricky & confusing, but did indeed work. I have a Brother HL-1250 (great printer) that isn't a native OS X printer. I couldn't get the IP Printing settings to take the brother as default. As per another review on this product, Mac printing is possible (theoretically) with the right printer. Be careful with this product...

5-0 out of 5 stars Installed in Mac / PC network in 5 minutes
I have 2 Macs and 2 PCs - this print server installed onto the network flawlessly in under 5 minutes. Great product!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked for one week, support worthless.
Two links into Netgear's support page for this thing, you'll find this: "The Print Server Buffer, is only 64K, so large print jobs are nearly always not executed correctly or at all."

For me, this piece of junk worked for one week. I guess it worked because I only tried to print some one and two page documents that week. Then I printed a 30 page pdf document. It stopped printing after 25 pages and has never worked again. I can't count how many hours I've spent on the phone with Netgear support people in India who don't know any more than I do.

According to Clinton Miller's five-star review, I might be able to make this thing work again if I "have access to a web forum or have some understanding of TCP/IP protocol."

Very disappointing product. ... Read more


3. Netgear PS110 10/100 Print Server with 2 Parallel Ports
list price: $145.99
our price: $98.99
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Asin: B00000JBHF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 7333
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's PS-110 print server lets you share printers among all users on the network without complex configurations or having to dedicate a PC for printer serving. It connects directly to the network and can be placed anywhere for convenient access. With its built-in network hub, the Netgear PS110 provides connectivity solutions and file, print, and resource sharing. It can also connect two parallel printers, such as a color printer with a high-speed laser printer.

The Netgear PS110 attaches to a 10 or 100 Mbps hub or switch, providing seamless transition from Ethernet to Fast Ethernet. It has one speed-sensing 10/100 Mbps printer port and a pair of IEEE 1284 bidirectional parallel network ports. The extensive LED screen highlights all links and activities. The unit also provides simultaneous support for Unix, Windows, and NetWare clients. TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and NetBEUI network protocols are supported as well.

FirstGear, a Windows-based configuration tool, enables simple installation. Flash EPROM lets you download upgrades as they become available.

Netgear offers a five-year warranty on the print server, while the power adapter is covered for a year. ... Read more

Features

  • 10/100 Mbps print server lets network users share printers
  • Built-in network hub solves file, print, and resource-sharing issues
  • Switches from Ethernet to Fast Ethernet seamlessly
  • 10/100 Mbps port and 2 IEEE 1284 bidirectional ports
  • Supports Unix, Windows, and NetWare clients

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for Small Office
I bought this print server for my office so I could send print jobs from either of our networked workstations to either of our printers without having to worry about whether a particular workstation was on (or working!). Both machines are running NT4.0.
I found the setup to be fairly straightforward -- just follow the direction in the booklet. To the other machines, the server basically looks like another computer with two attached printers which are shared. After the install, each workstation must run the installation program to configure the machine to use the print server. Each printer has a name which can be selected as the printer or default printer from a standard Windows print dialog. We have used the server for a month with no problems. Now I plan to get one for my house so I can print to printers from my laptop over a wireless LAN without leaving other machines on all the time.
Apparently some of the reviewers did not check the manual on the CD to answer their problems, as I found full instructions to configure for Unix/Linux computers. Also, when the server has been set up, there is a web browser based administration utility.
I didn't give the box 5 stars because there doesn't seem to be any way to remove a printer once it has been installed, other than to reset the box. If I could add another feature, I would include the capability to print using a USB connection from the print server to the printer.

3-0 out of 5 stars 64K print buffer is inadequate for DOS capture printing
I have used the PS110 for SCO UNIX systems with netcat for
several clients with complete satisfaction. Netcat makes a
connection to port 4010 or 4020 and sends data without errors.

However, I have just recently (Dec 2002) placed a PS110 with a
client in a Win98 network to print from FoxPro 2.6 for DOS and
had to remove it as its 64K print buffer is too small for the
FoxPro reports to be printed without error.

NetGear's web site has a technical document indicating that the
proper procedure is to capture the desired LPT port and direct
it to the print server as \\PSDXXXXX\P1 for parallel port1 or
\\PSDXXXXX\P2 for paralle port 2. (PSDXXXXX is the hostname that
shows up when you browse network neighborhood)

The PS110 that I delivered to the client had BIOS version 6024,
while the Netgear web site listed 6017 as the latest available
BIOS that can be downloaded.

The problem with buffer overflow on the PS110 using the Windows
capture setting appears to be a problem with Windows 98 and the
timeout Win98 appears to allow for captured print jobs to
completely spool to the target host computer. If you use capture
and send to a shared printer on another Win98 system, the file is
spooled to the host win98 system in under a second. Sending the
same file to the PS110 takes over 20 seconds and results in an
error message indicating problems writing to the printer, and
the remaining lines from the print job are lost or garbled.

Testing using nc.exe (from Hobbit) to send from a DOS window
under Win98 to port 4010 is sucessful and takes several minutes
to print my 7-page test file.

Netgear second level technical support admitted the problem and
could provide no solution as the 64k print buffer cannot be
increased.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best print server available
I have tried numerous other print servers including HP JetDirect and the Linksys network print servers. My experience with NetGear has been the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product! No Problems!
I purchased this product about 1 month ago and abused the heck out of it. Print from detailed photo's to charts and displays to photosmart 1218 and a hp color lazer print. I don't have any back logs or transfer problems. Great product and highly recommended!

1-0 out of 5 stars Highly frustrating little blue box.
Let me get this off my chest first: I like Netgear products a lot. I also see that other reviewers seem to like this printserver, so take their experiences into consideration as well.

I have experienced many irritating problems with this printserver since buying it. Printing complex PDF files to my laser printer is a lost cause- three or four pages will print and then I'll get an error. After this happens the print server locks up and needs a reboot (often my computer also needs a reboot to print again- I think there might be a problem with their printer driver as well). I've called tech support and tried replacement units to no avail. I am inspired to write this review because of a problem I'm currently having- I just tried printing a simple document from WordPad and the printer driver insists there is another job waiting on the printer (there isn't).
My overall recommendation is to buy Netgear products but avoid this printserver. ... Read more


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