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Edimax 3-port 10/100Mbps- 2x USB 2.0 + 1x Parallel Ports Wired Print Server

Mfr#:

PS-3207U

Quicklinx: 4MWVWS00
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Edimax 3-port 10/100Mbps- 2x USB 2.0 + 1x Parallel Ports Wired Print Server
Discontinued

Description

The print server's easy-to-use windows installation wizard enables a quick installation and setup. The print server can also be conveniently configured from any network client that supports web browsing.

Supports both Peer-to-Peer and Server-based printing. LAN clients can connect directly with the print server to execute printing jobs (Peer-to-Peer printing); or they can send printing tasks to a server first (queuing jobs) and allow the server to connect with the print server to execute the printing jobs (Server-based printing).

The print server provides LPR, IPP, Raw Printing and UNIX Logical Printer printing methods. You can choose the best printing method that is suitable for your environment.

The print server is compatible with all major operating systems used today.

The printer server can act as a DHCP server, allowing your LAN clients to automatically obtain an IP address or it can act as a DHCP client allowing a easy integration to your existing network.

This print server supports USB 2.0 High Speed, which increases the throughput when connected to USB 2.0 printers.

Highlights of the Edimax 3-port 10/100Mbps- 2x USB 2.0 + 1x Parallel Ports Wired Print Server

  • Complies with IEEE 802.3, 802.3u
  • Provides two USB 2.0 ports and one parallel port to connect to the printer
  • Shares printer with multiple PCs through 10/100Mbps wired
  • Supports TCP/IP, NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, Rendezvous, AppleTalk and IPv6 network protocols
  • Supports LPR, IPP, Raw Printing and UNIX Logical printing protocols
  • Supports Peer-to-Peer printing and Server-based printing
  • Supports Web-based management and Windows configuration utility
  • Supports DHCP server and client protocols
  • Features an easy-to-use installation and configuration programs, firmware upgradeable

Specifications

Summary

Product Description
Edimax PS-3207U - print server
Device Type
Print server
Form Factor
External
Interface (Bus) Type
Hi-Speed USB/parallel
Ports
10/100 Ethernet
Dimensions (WxDxH)
18.7 cm x 10 cm x 3 cm
Cabling Type
Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX
Data Link Protocol
10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN
Data Transfer Rate
100 Mbps
Network / Transport Protocol
TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, NetBEUI/NetBIOS, LPR/LPD
RAM
16 MB
Compliant Standards
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
System Requirements
UNIX, Apple MacOS, Novell NetWare, Linux, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP


Detail

General

Device Type
Print server
Form Factor
External
Interface (Bus) Type
Hi-Speed USB/parallel

Networking

Ports
10/100 Ethernet
Connectivity Technology
Wired
Cabling Type
Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX
Data Link Protocol
10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN
Data Transfer Rate
100 Mbps
Network / Transport Protocol
TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, NetBEUI/NetBIOS, LPR/LPD
Remote Management Protocol
IPP, HTTP
Features
DHCP support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), firmware upgradable
Compliant Standards
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u

Processor / Memory

RAM
16 MB
Flash Memory
2 MB

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces
1 x 100Base-TX - RJ-45
Connections
2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A , 1 x parallel - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)

Miscellaneous

Encryption Algorithm
AES, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, TKIP, WPA-PSK
Compliant Standards
FCC Class B certified, ISO 9001

Power

Power Device
Power adapter - external

Software / System Requirements

OS Required
UNIX, Apple MacOS, Novell NetWare, Linux, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

Dimensions & Weight

Width
18.7 cm
Depth
10 cm
Height
3 cm

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
55 °C
Humidity Range Operating
10 - 90%

Customer reviews

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Edimax 3-port 10/100Mbps- 2x USB 2.0 + 1x Parallel Ports Wired Print Server
4.0 6
£35.31
Edimax 3-port 10/100Mbps- 2x USB 2.0 + 1x Parallel Ports Wired Print Server
Great little print server
Reviewed by . Review Posted 19/05/2008
5 5

This is a great little print server, it supports all the print protocols you could wish: SMB, IPP, LPR, NetWare and Appletalk and so far it has supported every printer I can throw at it, including an 8 year old HP DeskJet 930c and a 7 year old Epson Stylus Photo 2000P.

For the price, I don't think it can be beaten.

The only criticisms I can offer (and these are really nit-picking)
1. Three USB ports would be better than 2 USB and 1 Parallel - the parallel port is pretty much redundant these days

2. Comes configured with a static IP address of 192.168.2.2, so you need to faff about a bit if this doesn't suit your network

3. The UI is rather poorly translated from another language but is perfectly understandable

  • Overall 5*
  • Ease of use 4*
  • Value for money 5*
 
Can be made to work but software is useless
Reviewed by . Review Posted 11/06/2010
4 5

I configured an XP machine with a Kyocera printer connected to the Edimax print server. Result was a crash every time the printer properties dialog was raised. Solution was as follows: (1) Temporarily switch printer to FILE port (2) Remove (uninstall) the crap Edimax software, and thus Edimax driver and print server ports (3) From then on, configure print server by browsing to it - it has a built-in web server (4) Configure your own port for the printer: - go to printer properties, Port tab - add port, choose "Standard TCP/IP port", new port - enter IP address of server and a port name, say Edimax1 to use the first print server port, Edimax2 for second, etc - Set device type to custom, click Settings, select LPR - set queue name to lpt1 for first port, lpt2 for second, etc (this assumes you did not alter default queue names) In summary Edimax print server hardware seems to work well, but the software and drivers are dire.

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 2*
  • Value for money 5*
 
A good buy
Reviewed by . Review Posted 07/11/2008
4 5

Works well once properly setup. Has been the most reliabl print server I've owned and I would buy the brand again. Main problem was the initial setup but Edimax did provide on-line help that sorted out the initial problems.

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 4*
 
Decent -- but make sure it suits your needs before buying
Reviewed by . Review Posted 26/09/2008
4 5

Overall - 4/5
First off, for the price, it is a good buy.

Ease of Installation - 2/5
You will be disappointed if you expect plug and play.
The default configuration assigns a fixed IP address (192.168.2.2). This does not work for my simple network. (TO FIX THIS: Go into the server manager and switch to AUTO IP (so it works with DHCP). As soon as I saved and rebooted, it picked up all those test page print jobs!)

Multi-Use 2/5 (to be fair, this product doesn't purport to be a MFP server...)

For those with Multi-function printers (i.e. scan, copy, print, fax) -- this product is not what you want. The scan function needs to be associated with a machine and this server does not offer that sort of functionality -- only the print functionality.

  • Overall 4*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 4*
 
Difficult to setup but provides basic capability
Reviewed by . Review Posted 31/08/2009
3 5

I spent the best part of a day setting this up on a mixed Mac/PC network - it's got a huge range of options and protocols but little guidance on which are best. It claims to support Mac and PC, but the Bonjour auto-discovery sent all print jobs to the first printer. I haven't been able to use the scanning function of my HP multifunction printer through it. In the end, I decided to use it for only one old HP printer.

With many new printers already supporting networks and multiple clients, I would recommend this box only for older printers.

Once working it seems reliable. Best to use a static IP address if you can. Set the subnet mask to 255.255.240.0 on your router to be able to access it from a typical default home network.

  • Overall 3*
  • Ease of use 2*
  • Value for money 3*
 
Buggy software but works for basic printing
Reviewed by . Review Posted 31/07/2008
3 5

The default IP address this unit uses is on a different subnet (192.168.2.x) to the ones ADSL routers typically use. Strangely, the unit is capable of allocating correct IP addresses automatically, but this is not offered as an option by the installation wizard.

Vista software drivers are available from their website, but even after these were installed I encountered lots of bugs during installation on Vista Home Premium SP1. Ignoring the errors and restarting the PC finally got it printing to my Konica Minolta 2300W.

I couldn't get the printer status monitor to work, however, which means it's impossible to change a toner cartridge on this printer. It seems to be a known problem.

Uninstallation of the admin and client software fails ("port in use"), even using Safe Mode or a restore point.

I wondered about power consumption, which isn't specified anywhere - the PSU is rated at 12V 1A, so it's only a few watts.

  • Overall 3*
  • Ease of use 3*
  • Value for money 4*
 

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