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Re: Server or not
I think you should go with the one that has a built-in print server. The main reason is that the build-in print server will allow you to view the status of the printer such as the ink level, page count and paper jam location. It will also allow you to configure the printer remotely with a userfriendly interface.
An external print server will only enable you to print through the network and not configure the printer.
According to Brother's web site, the price difference between the 2140 and the 2170 is about $30. An external print server usualy cost more than that.
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This all depends on the printer server model you are using. You would need to provide the type of print server you are using. I have few of these lpt to usb and the problem is a lot of times it wont pickup the pc side the device. You would be better off getting a lpt to network they tend to work a 100 times better.
For this case you have to do the printer port configuration on the computer.Following are the steps to do that:-
1)Click on Start, then Control Panel, then Printers and Faxes. Right click on the Printer and select Properties.
2)On the printer properties window, select Ports tab and click on Add Port
3)Select StandardTCP/IP Port and click on NewPort.
4)In the field for Printer Name or IP Address, type the IP address of the print server and click Next.
5)Select Custom and click Settings button.
6)Under Protocol field, select LPR. For Queue Name, type L1 depending on what print server port is the printer connected to.
7)Click Ok, then Next, and Finish.
With this print server not all printer are compatible with it, but if you connect same model of printer that was also working with this print server, best thing to do here again is to reset the router and reconfigure it back using the setup CD that came with it and if still the same problem, it will be better to call Linksys tech support so they can check if your printer is compatible with this print server if its compatible let one of the Linksys tech walk you through with the process, they are open 24/7 this is the number 800-3267114....
You need to connect the second printer to your print server then install the printer driver to your computers. If your print server has a printserver driver, run that so it will automatically find the new printer for you.
Results of attempting to connect the Netgear Wireless Print Server WGPS606 and the Canon MF6550 multifunction laser printer. I was on the phone for several hours last evening (March 9, until about midnight EDT) with a very competent support agent from Netgear (actually in the Philippines). The Netgear setup Wizard software would not connect the Print Server to my Verizon FiOS wireless G router automatically, so the Netgear support agent walked me through it manually. The Print Server connected that way, for sure. Then we manually attempted to connect the Print Server to my Canon MF6550 and subsequently, my HP 932C Deskjet. Neither printer is on the WGPS606 compatible list, nor is either on the known incompatible list. Now we know - both printers are INCOMPATIBLE with the Netgear WGPS606. I bought both the Netgear Print Server and the Canon MF6550 at Staples on Sat., March 8, 2008, based upon the assurance from Staples staff that it would all work. The question now is whether ANY brand of wireless Print Server will work with the Canon MF6550, or do I have to return this printer and get either a Canon with built in networking (ethernet or wireless) or switch to the Brother equivalent (MFC 8870DW). If I get a (multi-function) printer with built-in Ethernet networking, does the Ethernet capability bypass the USB incompatibility problem, or will the problem remain?
If you're seeing it intermittently, try the following:
-remove it completely
-power cycle the printer with it out
-check your contacts (be sure no bent pins, etc)
-Try it in a different slot if you have one (most HP's with an internal jetdirect have 2-3 EIO slots, but since you don't mention what model printer you have I don't know for sure).
If it's not talking after all that, likely the jetdirect is actually dead. It's been known to happen. I wouldn't waste the money on a replacement, you'll have better luck getting an external card and it'll be cheaper, too.
HP sells both the JetDirect 170X and 175X externals; there's also the Linksys PSUS4, D-Link DP-300U, TrendNet TE100-P1P, or Netgear PS101NA. Price will vary between $45-80.
After several days of researching the same problem for the MF4150, the conclusion is that you have to use an Axis or Silex brand print server developed specifically for Canon. Both have been reported to provide Print/Scan/Fax multi-functionality, but it seems Silex is the one Canon really supports (it's only sold on their website) and is most likely to be the least problematic.
I have the same problem (Canon S500), however, I recongised that if one calibrates the screen and the printer with an external colour-measuring device in order to create icc-profiles, everything works a lot better. You can assign icc-profiles for devices in the Colour-Sync-Utility. However, you do not have to create the profiles yourself (it is better, but...); sometimes you can download them somewhere on the Internet. (quite hard to find though)
Once you set up different profiles, the os translates colours a lot better between devices.
Hope this was of any help...