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Network Use of Printers

Last response: in Computer Peripherals
May 13, 2003 8:45:39 PM

Looks like my Canon Multipass F30 query was too specific. The F30 has been superseded anyhow, despite the recent review on Tom's. I've pretty much decided that a standalone printer would be a better choice for network use. Even so, I've heard there may be problems sharing a Canon printer from Windows XP, maybe other platforms.

I'd like to see ALL printers evaluated as a network solution - from Windows and from packaged printservers. Evaluations of stand-alone printservers would also be great. There does not seem to be much out there for hooking up a USB printer - mixed reviews of the one I found (Linksys?). Quite a few parallel options out there, but many modern printers are USB only. I would not want to run a whole computer just to serve a printer. Integrating the printserver with a firewall router is a great idea. Netgear has one that looks great - basically what I have now - but it is parallel only.

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May 13, 2003 9:23:07 PM

HP makes JetDirect print servers that can connect USB devices.,,type=...

I had a JD 175X for evaluation for a while. Ended up loosing it to someone else but it worked pretty good.

Cool part is that it will also allow you to scan if you have a flatbed scanner over the network via a Java script tool. You just enter the IP address of the print server into a network browser and it automatically uploads the script. Pretty slick.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by m39shadow on 05/13/03 06:08 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
May 16, 2003 3:48:45 PM

Thanks, I'll look into the 175x. $159 seems a little steep for this - an opportunity there, you'd think - but maybe it has superior function.