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    Print server vs. network printer


    by krisnarayanan ·

    Simple quandary: to buy a network-ready MFP or a print server wireless hub. This is for my home environment, which has a wired XP Home PC, wired Mac G5 (OS X 10.4+), wireless laptop (Win 2K3 Pro) – all networked via a Netgear G router – and an HP t45xi inkjet MFP hooked to the XP PC. The Mac was just added, and is not connected to a printer. The question is do I force the HP to network, or get a network printer.
    If I get a print server, I’m not counting on it to enable anything but print functions (I am aware it’s impossible to get scanner and network fax to work reliably, so forget it).
    The possibilities are confounding… especially after I read the reviews of the print servers with picky MFP match-lists and network printers (Canon 800R or HP 7410).

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    • #2509380


      by krisnarayanan ·

      In reply to Print server vs. network printer


    • #2509368

      A Print Server WiFi Hub would be cheaper

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Print server vs. network printer

      And most likely work better as well. Though I’m a bit confused why do you have 2003 on a NB?

      Depending on the Model the Canon Image Runner 3100 works a treat as a scanner and printer but it’s not cheap. I’ve used several of these in different business that I work for and even supplied one where a special floor had to be built to handle the weight of the finisher with the Guillotine in it. That was one big heavy Mother of a thing but it scans in pages at about 80 PPM and prints at 50 PPM in Black and 25 PPM in Corporate Colour.


      • #2509335

        my bad – it’s xp pro sp2 on the laptop

        by krisnarayanan ·

        In reply to A Print Server WiFi Hub would be cheaper

        thanks Hal 9K
        my bad – xp pro sp2 on the LP;
        my scanning and printing demands at home are humble compared to the capab of a 3100. But I get the point – a print server is cheaper – any recs? dlink 1260 looks good, but gets panned.

        • #2509292

          In the home market

          by dumphrey ·

          In reply to my bad – it’s xp pro sp2 on the laptop

          your basicly limited to d-link and lynksys. Here at my office we have an ancient Netgear ps110 that has been running problem free for 2 years with 2 serial attached, ancient, hp laser printers. So, I would go with a netgear for my self if I could find one. Not exactly emperical data, but I figure a print server cant be to difficult to make, basicly the difference is probably going to be in the amount and speed of ram for the print spool/buffer.

        • #2494347

          That’s about right

          by hal 9000 ·

          In reply to In the home market

          Have you noticed that most business are keeping the Netgear stuff and not replacing it when they replace their other hardware. It’s because there is nothing similar currently available and they know better than to dump something that works.

          However it’s always worth looking at the Ex Government Auction Houses or E-Bay as you never know what may pop up there.


        • #2494206

          Good point

          by dumphrey ·

          In reply to That’s about right

          Hal, I should start doing that befor long, would be nice to have a back up.

    • #2494179

      Network Scanning and Faxing NOT Impossible

      by paul.desjardins ·

      In reply to Print server vs. network printer

      If you are looking for these features for both your Windows boxes, then you may want to look at a networked MFP. I have a Dell 1600n MFP and I can utilize network scanning and faxing through the provided Dell software no problem. And you’re MAC will be able to print to it too. Of course, they are up to 1800 model now, but when I got the 1600, it was quite inexpensive for me, around $280. It was a bargain.

    • #2498259

      What about this?

      by ozi eagle ·

      In reply to Print server vs. network printer


      A couple of points.
      If you are going to a print server make sure that your printer is a stand alone unit, ie the computer is not needed to run the printer. Many of the cheaper printers use the computer to run the printer. These are called (I think) GDF printers and cannot be used with a print server.

      Why not share the printer from which ever computer it is connected to and then use it as a networked printer? Of course the computer that the printer is connected to must be turned on to be able to print.


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