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The print server is small, easy to connect, and sits, invisibly, down the back of a cupboard. The packaging was good - and is now recycled.
I wanted to drive my printer from my laptops, through the Virginmedia box - and not directly. That way I can do it from all over the house. But my laptops all run a minor Linux distro.
The product description says the printer server will work with Linux (I checked before I ordered) - but the included mini CD was for Windows only. And there were downloads on the TP-Link website for Windows and Mac, but not for Linux.
In the event, installing the print server was easy. I entered the IP number from the printed instructions. Found a printer from the list, and it was as easy as that. Actually, I have an Epson WF-100, and that wasn't in the list so I lied and told my laptops that I have an Epson WF-1100 - but it worked.
If I can make it work with Linux, you can make it work with anything - I recommend it.
as previous reviewers pointed out watch for the default ip address of the device...i thought it would be set to 192.168.1.10 but it comes set to 192.168.0.10...my vodafone connect router (which i was unable to configure to use it's usb ports for printing) would not allow me to set a fixed ip address of 192.168.0.xxx so i had to use the setup disk to change the print server to a fixed address of 192.168.1.10... after that it worked fine from both desktop pc's wired to the router and wireless laptop pc's...you'll need to have the driver for your printer installed on all computers and then tell windows what ip address the printer can be found at.
I already had a print server which I used with wired and wireless connections from Linux, Win7 Premium and Mac OSX. However, it used ipp protocol which is most annoyingly absent from a new HP Netbook running Win7 Starter. This particular version of Win7, namely the "Win 7 Starter" which, increasingly, is common on Netbooks, lacks support for the "ipp" protocol. I spent ages trying to figure out why I couldn't print to my laser printer from my new netbook. Finally, I bought this print server hoping that it'd be compatible with Win7 Starter and lo and behold it is indeed working fine using TCP/IP and LPR. The gadget itself is very light and small but be warned: It comes with a European style 2-pin lumpy adapter which will require a UK adapter.
I have a perfectly good printer (Dell 1250c) that I wanted to network with the main and children's computers. I certainly didn't want the expense of buying a wireless printer while I had one that worked well already, so I purchased this little device. Very easy to set up, although initially it tried to communicate with the printer in offline mode I quickly overcame this issue and had it up and running in a matter of minutes. I am running Windows 10 and the supplied software worked fine. I recently tried a wireless printer adapter but nothing I could do would make that work, so if you have a wired LAN or if your router is close to where you want to site your printer then this is ideal. My only criticism would be that the instructions refer to an 'enclosed LAN cable'. There isn't one. You need to supply your own.
Was a bit wary about this having read the reviews but needn’t have worried, connected up as instructions, put the cd in and followed the instructions, was an absolute doddle. The only thing I had to do was put my printer online on the computer and out came a test print. Will see how it performs long term but so far all is good.
I'd previously tried another (famous and more expensive) brand of print server and that caused no end of problems - in short it was a pig to set up, and regularly dropped off the network and had to be re-installed.
This one was an easy setup and works first time, every time. I'm running my Canon PRO9000 printer through it as I have no room next to my PC for a direct USB connection.