Print servers are very compact devices that include a built-in wireless antenna and LED lights to indicate status. The Linksys WPS54G () 802.11g USB wireless print server is shown as one example.
Most print server products include setup software on a CD-ROM that must be installed on one computer to complete the initial configuration of the device. As with network adapters, wireless print servers must be configured with the correct network name () and encryption settings. Additionally, a wireless print server requires client software be installed on each computer needing to use a printer.
These days, running a Wi-Fi network is cheap and easy. So why is it still such a hassle to share a printer? Unless you connect it to a dedicated print server (or a router with a print server) so that it can operate independently, you have no choice but to leave your printer tethered to a PC that's always on. Enter Netgear's WGPS606 wireless print server with a four-port switch, which enables you to share up to two USB printers (and four PCs) across your existing 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. While the device isn't intended to take the place of your existing Wi-Fi router, you could easily mistake it for one. Rather, it's a wireless print server that doubles as a four-port Ethernet switch and a Wi-Fi bridge. It's a great idea, and the WGPS606 costs less than some standalone print servers that support only one printer. However, two fairly important issues threaten to spoil the party: configuration and compatibility.
A wireless print server must be connected to printers by a network cable, normally USB 1.1 or USB 2.0. The print server itself can connect to a wireless router over Wi-Fi, or it can be joined using an Ethernet cable.
|Package Contents||Wireless Print Server
Detachable Omni-Directional Antenna
Quick Installation Guide
|System Requirements||Windows 9x/ME, Windows 7/ Vista / XP/2000, Mac OS X 10 or Later, UNIX/Linux, Netware 3.12 or Later|
|Environment||Operating Temperature: 0°C~50°C (32°F~122°F)
Storage Temperature: -5°C~65°C (23°F~139°F)
Operating Humidity: 0%~70% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 0%~80% non-condensing