Linksys Wireless Print Server including Cisco-Linksys WPS54G, Linksys WPSM54G, and Linksys PSUS4 allow you connect directly USB printer to the network.
Why you need wireless print server? All types of Linksys wireless print server allow you connect the USB printer directly to the network, thus eliminating a dedicated computer for print share. With print server, you can free up a print share computer that you generally leave it on all the time for print share. And with wireless print server you can put the printer without a cable and can be accessed by users both on wired and wireless computers.
With Linksys wireless print server, you have two options the way you connect the print server. First option you can connect the print server directly to the wired network by 10-100 Ethernet cable. Second option you can connect the print server wirelessly over the 54Mbps wireless –g standard. Both types of print server connections will allow the users access the printer both wired or wireless connection. If you don’t have wireless infrastructure in place, some types of wireless print server can be configured for ad-hoc mode printing. See also Bluetooth HP print server.
Linksys strongly recommends that you set up your printer and install your printer’s driver before you install the PrintServer’s driver. Identify your PrintServer’s default name that is shown in the Server field on the sticker located on the back panel. You will need this name during the install wizard.
Insert the Setup CD-ROM into the computer’s CD-ROM drive and run the install wizard. Follow the instruction as guided in the install wizard. You can download the quick installation file for complete guide for WPSM54G here. After you have completely configured the print-server, you can place the printer in a convenience location to allow users access the printer wirelessly. The following figure is the network diagram for Linksys wireless print server.
The following lists 3 types of Linksys wireless print server you can purchase from the marketplace today.
- WPS54G print server is powered by 802.11g wireless.
- The USB port of this WPS54G is compatible with USB 1.1 printers, as well as printers that support the new high-speed USB 2.0 specification for even faster throughput.
- You can configure the wireless connection by using the WEP encryption up to 128-bit or pre-shared-key WPA.
- Installation is easy with the installation wizard. To print high resolution large graphics-intensive print jobs, the print-server is embedded with 3 Mb print buffer.
Linksys by Cisco WPSM54G
WPSM54G print server is powered by Wireless-G with Multifunction Printer Support.
- Share a multifunction printer with everyone on your network. Any user can request access to one of the functions, and get exclusive use of that function until his task is complete.
- It works with most USB printers, USB 1.1 or USB 2.0
- Support multifunction printer that allow full access to printing, faxing, scanning, and copying functions
- Connects your printer directly to the network by 10/100 wired Ethernet or 54Mbps Wireless-G. The wireless option lets you put your printer wherever you want to, without having to run cables. Your wireless data is protected by up to 128-bit WPA-PSK encryption.
- You can also configure for an ad-hoc printing mode when you don’t have a wireless infrastructure.
- Prevents congestion on your PC with other users’ print jobs.
Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G Print Server for USB 2.0
- Allows you connect USB or parallel printer or even both directly to your network.
- The printserver is compatible both with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 and also parallel printer. For even more versatility, you can connect two printers, one to each port, and send your documents to whichever one is most appropriate for each print job.
- You connect the printserver directly to the network using the 10/100 Ethernet cable, or wirelessly over 54Mbps Wireless-G (802.11g) without a cable. Users on both wired and wireless computers can access to the printer.
With Linksys wireless print server you can easily configure the printserver and let you put the printer anywhere within your wireless network coverage and easily be accessed by users both from wired and wireless computers.