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The Wireless G All-in-One Print Server at first glance looks like a very useful offering from Belkin. The ability to plug in any USB printer, even one with a scanner built-in and use it on a wireless network seems like a real boon. I just hope that this product lives up to expectations, where so many other offerings seem to fall over themselves at the first or second hurdle.
The unit itself is very compact and comes supplied with everything you need, except a USB cable (which you should have for your printer anyway). The install CD is really easy to use and allows you to set up the little unit, in my case, under 10 minutes did the job. After running the install CD, configuring the print server and wireless setting, it was connected to my wireless network. I installed my Epson R1800 printer drivers, attached it to the print server and voila, I could print to the R1800 over my wireless network.
Because you install the standard printer drivers, all the usual options you would expect to see if hard-wired are available. And, although I was testing this with a standard inkjet printer, it is claimed (and I have no doubts) to work with multi-function devices, supporting both scanning and faxing, in addition to printing.
In addition to printing wirelessly, which is absolutely fantastic, the unit also sports a memory buffer. This frees up your computer a lot quicker, as queueing is handled by the print server, rather than in your computer's memory.
So, all in all, I was impressed, espcecially at under £60. For such a small price you get fast wireless printing, ease of set-up, all in a very neat package. Well done Belkin, this product certainly gets my vote.
Note: I am the original author of this review on www.geekanoids.co.uk
Wireless G, or 802.11g, refers to the wireless networking standard that transfers data at up to 54Mbps using the 2.4GHz band. It offers an ideal solution for small homes that require a flexible way to download music from the Internet, share photos, and enjoy gaming online without wired connections between computers.
The Belkin Wireless G All-In-One Print Server lets you easily add an all-in-one printer to your wireless or wired network. It features 802.11g technology that makes sending print jobs faster than ever, and includes a memory buffer that handles your graphic jobs effortlessly. The Print Server is so easy to install that you'll be printing in minutes. Simply connect your Print Server to your Belkin Wireless Router and run the Belkin Easy Installation CD. Next, attach your USB printer to the Print Server and load your printer drivers onto your computer. You are now free to print, scan, fax and read card media wirelessly from around the home or office. The Print Server also works flawlessly with wired networks through its integrated Ethernet port. Compatible with most USB, network-ready printers, the Wireless G All-In-One Print Server from Belkin delivers even your most data-intensive print jobs with maximum speed and reliability.
|Product Description:||Belkin Wireless G All-In-One Print Server - print server|
|Device Type:||Print server|
|Interface (Bus) Type:||USB|
|Cabling Type:||Ethernet 10Base-T, Ethernet 100Base-TX|
|Data Link Protocol:||10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN, 802.11b, 802.11g|
|Network / Transport Protocol:||TCP/IP|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Limited lifetime warranty|