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  1. dannyn

    dannyn Thread Starter

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    I know that I have a lot of questions about networking, sorry, it is just something that is not my strongest point.
    So, here it is....
    I want a good reliable print server.
    I have an airport extreme and it is absolutely terrible.
    It has to have usb.
    So the way one would work... is you plug the printer into the usb, plug the ethernet into a switch ( I already have a router) and bam?
    What software do I have to install on each computer?
    The I am thinking of setting it up is..
    Internet>router>switch>computer, print server, and wireless ap.
    Here is what I think I am going to use, any recommendations is appreciate..
    Router:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124001
    Switch:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122111
    Wireless Ap:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124012
    Print Server:
    ?
    Maybe I will plug this into the switch: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828118493
    I may use this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190 and skip the router, switch and wireless ap... I am not sure if I want to have more ports available.
    It would be ten users at max, if I used the switch, but if I went with the Wrt54g itd be obviously 4 wired and a few wireless.
    Any help I appreciate!
    Thanks!
     
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    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I'd simply use a wireless router and a switch large enough to support all the connected workstations. I'm not sure why you're buying a router and a WAP.
     
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    That is a good question. I do not know why I did it that way. So, now I just need the print server part. Is there a good Linksys product with it built in? Or should I use a usb to ethernet adapter?
     
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    Well, a USB to Ethernet adapter won't run the printer, they only connect to a computer and require drivers on the computer end.

    I'd pick a decent looking print server and use that. I prefer buying printers with Ethernet interfaces, they seem to be more networkable than fooling around with many of the print servers currently available.

    Of course, you can also connect the printer to one of the computers and share it, that's pretty reliable as long as there's a computer that's running.
     
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    I do not want to do it that way. I want to use the hardware way.
    So, what usb print server would you recommnd?
    For a printer with a ethernet port, I can probably figure that out. It probably will be a laser printer, beacuse there isnt many inkjet ones with ethernet ports.
    Thanks!
     
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    Actually, there are lots of inkjet printers with Ethernet ports, I have an HP Photosmart C7280 here, it offers wired and wireless connectivity. There are lots of others. Obviously, you'd pick the technology that you need, I use laser printers for volume printing, because they're cheap. The HP is used for pictures and any other color printing I might want to do.

    I really don't have much experience with cheap print servers, so I don't have a concrete recommendation. I'd find one that looks good and then look for a site with reviews and see if it generally fares well. :)
     
  8. dannyn

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    I tried the airport extreme and it didn't work. Do you have any where to start?
     
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    I'd look at Linksys or D-Link to start, I've had better luck with those than several others. I currently have an Intel Netport Express, but it doesn't support USB, it's for serial and parallel special purpose printers here.
     
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    That will be a nice printer to have around. :)
     
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