By Ki Grinsing
Probably you are using a wireless router at home that comes with a USB port that lets you host a USB printer to be accessible across the network.
Or probably you just connect to a computer and configure it to “share this printer” in Windows peer to peer network, although the drawback is the computer must be ON for the printer can be accessed via the network.
What if you have already established a small office computer network and you want to add a multifunction printer and a color printer to be accessed over a network? No need to replace your wireless router that has a USB port. Simply add a wireless USB printer server, and you may consider TRENDNET TEW-mp2u.
What this product does
TRENDnet TEW-MP2U is a USB Wireless Printer server – a multifunction 2 Port USB Print Server which provides a fast 54Mbps 802.11g Wireless standard, compliant with USB 2.0 high speed printing, Supports USB storage devices.
- Based on wireless b/g standard
- Supports two USB 2.0 ports for high speed printing
- Supports most multifunction printers and standard USB printers
- Provides two types of storage access modes: netusb mode and server mode
- Supports USB storage devices such as hard drives, flash drives and memory card readers
Still more rich features with this multifunction printer server including email notification when you plug or unplug the USB devices.
Can host USB storage
One more thing that makes this TRENDnet TEW-MP2U different from other wireless printer server is that you may add USB storage including hard disk, flash disk and also memory card reader that can be accessed via the network. This product is similar to the features of the Belkin home base.
Support DHCP client
The TEW-MP2U Wireless USB Printer supports the DHCP client; you can register the MAC address of this 2-Port USB Print Server in the DHCP server reserve address to allow a permanent network IP address for the printer / storage device. It also supports the SNMP, Universal Plug and Play, and also FTP server.
Available two USB 2.0 ports and one RJ-45 10/100 Mbps auto-negotiation fast Ethernet port, this 2-Port USB Print Server supports 64-bit / 128-bit WEP and WPA-PSK encryption and compliant with Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista (32-Bit) operation systems.
Some of the technicians made a mistake while providing a network cable to the wireless printer server that should not have because it is the nature of wireless printer server. So after completing the configuration using the Ethernet port you may put this device together with two printers in the location that is easily accessible by the user, and without having to be a wired connection through the Ethernet port.
Trendnet TEW-MP2U is a two-port USB print server to let your clients print wirelessly to the attahced printers. But wireless routers with print server is ideal solution for home to reduce devices clutter.