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NETGEAR PS101 Mini Print Server RJ45 LPT, Centronics

  • RJ45
  • LPT, Centronics
  • 100 Mbps (200 Mbps Full-duplex)
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Adding a parallel printer to your network has never been easier. Just plug the PS101 from Netgear into the printer and the network cable into the RJ45 port. The NETGEAR print server software makes set up easy. Management is even easier with the web-based interface.

You can install your printer in any convenient, central location to make it easy for everyone to get to. Or, you can hide it away in a closet saving space and keeping things quiet. Secret or "out there", control your printing and enable your growing network.

  • newegg Share a Parallel Printer With the parallel (36-pin Centronics) connector and 10/100Mbps RJ45 port on the NETGEAR PS101 mini print server, share a parallel printer on your home or office network without a dedicated PC. The built-in Centronics connector features broad compatibility with various printers.
  • newegg Direct Plug Centronics Connector Directly plug the NETGEAR PS101 mini print server's Centronics connector to your printer's parallel port without the need for parallel printer cables, saving your money and space.

Learn more about the Netgear Inc. PS101




Network Connection
Network Speed
100 Mbps (200 Mbps Full-duplex)
Printer Connection
LPT, Centronics
TCP/IP, NetBEUI, DHCP client
Device Management
Web-based management
2.4" x 2.2" x 0.8"
56.7g (2 oz)


Mini Print Server, 256 KB(2 Mb)RAM, 512 KB (4 Mb) Flash


Package Contents
Resource Disk
Power Adapter
Installation Guide

Quick Info

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  • Bruce D.
  • 2/18/2010 10:00:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Processing the data and printing is very fast (and I am using an older model color printer).

Cons: My computer is very fussy, and couldn't remember where the print-server was located. After 3rd install it's now working great. The Print-server was Not the Problem.

Other Thoughts: Installation was simple and straightforward. I have no complaint about this print-server

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  • Ben S.
  • 12/16/2009 5:15:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLasted Just over 2 years

Pros: Reasonable set up and function
Allows printer access by either computer
TCP/IP protocol

Cons: Occasionally would require reset by unplugging
Complete failure after 2 years
Expensive for what it does.

Other Thoughts: Use it for my HP 1000c large format printer which still runs well and would be expensive to replace with a newer printer. I am disappointed with the life cycle cost of the unit. I will replace it with another brand.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2009 6:16:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsWorks Great When Done Right

Pros: Works great for UNIX/Linux LPR printing. Company has deployed hundreds of these little print servers and is our standard print server to use to bring older printers onto the network. Saves us some headaches on figuring out LPR names of oddball printers but we've always use the same line of printers so this rarely never an issue.

Cons: You need to use the CD to get the print server to retain settings. Otherwise you will have to reprogram every time it's powered off.

Like most print servers, you may need to occasionally power-cycle to get printing going again.

When moving to another network, you can have difficulty reprogramming even with the Netgear software. Must use software especially if you don't know what IP address it was programmed at and can't reset to defaults.

Other Thoughts: I've never added one to a Windows Computer before and prefer not to use printers on print servers unless it's a basic laser, thermal, or dot matrix printer.

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  • John D.
  • 12/2/2009 6:23:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood with XP, not so with Vista

Pros: Very easy setup for Vista and works well.

Cons: Could not get it to work consistently with Vista machines.

Other Thoughts: I bought this in order to network enable a HP laser Jet 4 Plus that I have been using for more than 10 years (don't make them like that anymore), but the burden of troubleshooting it outweighed the cost of getting another printer.

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  • Philip R.
  • 11/5/2009 3:41:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPretty purple color...and that's about it.

Pros: Small...fits nicely inside the wiring compartment of my Laserjet 2100

Cons: Doesn't retain settings if ever powered off...doesn't even retain settings sometimes without being powered off. Will print at the most two or three jobs before its print buffer overloads and it hangs to the point where it requires a hard restart. Says it supports DHCP...but I haven't seen any evidence of that. Web interface is minimalistic and gives almost no useful information...and only works about half the time, not to mention some of the notices on it are poorly translated engrish.

Other Thoughts: The form factor is nice, but it simply is not big enough to contain enough settings to make it an even moderately functional print server. Unless you like having to reset all settings every time you overload its minimal print buffer, this product isn't worth anyone's time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2009 5:23:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnetgear mini print server PS101

Pros: small

Cons: 1)Cannot install under Linux without a long search on the internet for proper lpd address. Even then, prints once and then hangs forever.
2)Couldn't get it to install and work in win2k.
3)Web interface is very minimal, shows almost no useful information

Other Thoughts: This is not worth the aggravation.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/1/2009 2:44:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away

Pros: Works after you reset it quite nicely

Cons: You have to reset (pull the power) everytime you don't use it for more than a couple of hours. It just falls right off the network. Netgear acknowledged the problem but had no answers.

Other Thoughts: Maybe there are some of these that work well...but the two we purchased didn't and after wasting time with Netgear support just trashed them.

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  • Gee W.
  • 8/18/2009 4:35:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply & Effective

Pros: The instructions were extremely easy to read and follow. I did not need to use the installation software. I was able to install the device and configure it using a web browser then define the networked printer port as LPR with queue name L1 on the clients.

The device fit inside the cable compartment of an HP Laserjet 6P. I used network cable with plain soft bare wire running into the connector to get the flexibility needed to route the wire through the compartment opening and into the device.

Cons: None

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  • Thomas P.
  • 8/5/2009 5:26:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOops, CHECK COMPATIBILITY

Pros: sort of N/A since it doesn't work with an HP LaserJet 1320, does work with a 1300. Go figure

Cons: see above


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  • Christopher M.
  • 5/5/2009 12:17:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSIMPLE = SATISFIED

Pros: Really quick and easy to setup. Be sure to turn your printer ON before plugging in the adapter or you will need to reset the adapter from the admin tools utility. Otherwise, no complaints. I can't rate the longevity or reliability at this point, but the setup was super-simple.

Cons: The CD that came with the unit disappeared. I am pretty sure it's not a design fault. I took it out of its sleeve, answered a phone call and never saw it again. Weird...

Other Thoughts: Newegg, you are my backup wife.

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