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Why so slow?!!!??

I bought the ps101 got some help from netgear and my IT guy hooking it up to 3 seperate PCs for printing. All of them print just fine, but it's so slow.... It probably takes a full minute after I tell it to print before it starts. Is that just the way it is or is there a solution?? Please help, Matt C.

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Re: Why so slow?!!!??

Matt C., I bet that your 'IT guy' installed the Netgear software on each PC. He should have installed it on only 1 PC and used it to set the IP, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway on the PS101. Use the 'Printers and Faxes/Properties/Ports' tab of the printer to get the IP, you'll need it in a minute. Download and expand the appropriate Drivers for the printer, or have the CD ready. Remove all instances of the Netgear software from the PC's if your PS101 is configured (Use the 'Control Panel / Add-remove software') Once the PS101 is configured, you can install the 'network printer' on all 3 PC's using the following method (assuming WinXP): Click 'Start' Click 'Settings' Click 'Printer & Faxes' Click 'Add A Printer' When the 'Wizard' opens up, click 'Next' Make sure the option for 'Local printer attached to this computer' is selected, but DO NOT select 'Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer' Click 'Next' Click 'Create a new port' Using the 'drop down' select 'Standard TCP/IP port' Then click 'Next' twice In the field 'Printer Name or IP Address' enter the IP that your 'IT guy' assigned during the initial setup (You should have that from the 'Printers and Faxes/Properties/Ports' that I referenced earlier. Click 'Next' You should see 'Standard: Generic Network Card', if so click 'Next' then 'Finish' The 'Add Printer Wizard' should open. Click 'Have Disk' and browse to the folder that you expanded the drivers for the printer into. Click 'Print Testpage' Click 'Finish' You should be printing a lot faster. Let me know if this doesn't work, or isn't clear!

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Possible reason why you cannot print with the print server is because the computer is not getting a valid IP from the router or a firewall is installed in the computer. You have to disable all firewalls installed in the computer.

For the print server setup, please follow the steps below:

Note: Before setting up the print server, make sure that you can print when printer is connected directly to the computer.

1. Wire the print server to router. Check the lights on it. It should have the ACT light on and the Error light off.

2. One way to test if the printer would work with the print server is to reset the print server for 3 to 5 seconds while it is powered on and after you release the button, the printer should automatically print the IP address of the print server.

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d. You can enter a descriptive Device Name and Domain Name or accept the defaults. Click Next to proceed to the IP Address configuration screen. The Print Server Wizard displays a recommended static IP address setting for the PS121. This is usually fine.
e. Click Next to proceed.
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g. Click Yes to run the Add Printer Port Wizard. Follow the instructions in the next section for using the this wizard to set up each computer to use the PS121.

To set up each computer to use the PS121, please follow the instructions below:

1. Use the NETGEAR Add Printer Wizard to set up each PC to use the PS121.
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