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This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PS110P Fast Ethernet Print Server RJ45 Parallel
Pros: Works great. There is no driver. It is a remote device, accessed with a web browser (like a router). Default address is 192.168.0.10. My network uses 192.168.1.xx, so I just logged in and changed it to 192.168.1.10. Multiple network computers can share the printer, it's great.
Cons: None. It fits in the laser printer case, but it does also need a AC power connection.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It can be made to work, that's good. Mine was on Win7 64 bits, and serial and parallel are working (now). Card has a power connector, but is only for providing power to a RS-232 device. If no such need, then no connection at the power connector is necessary.
Cons: But its a mess. Drivers on CD failed, at least in my Win7 64. Tech support was helpful and said to download newer drivers. Installing them at Device Manager worked OK, and Device Manager was happy. Serial worked, but parallel did not work.
The parallel ribbon cable to connector on second panel is clearly marked red on the edge, for pin 1. The card connector is not marked. The socket is not keyed. The manual makes no mention of its orientation. The front of the manual on the web site had a color picture, which clearly showed the cable red edge towards the rear panel,, so that the cable dressed cleanly over the top of the card. This is opposite direction to the installed serial cable, and seemed suspect, but I asked tech support, and he said, sure, like the picture. So I tried it. Parallel does not work.
A closer exam thinks maybe the tiny pins on the soldered rear side has one square pad, and the rest are round. Assuming that is marking pin 1, I turned the ribbon connector around, so the red cable edge is on it, toward the power connector, toward the front of the computer. This dressed the cable awkwardly down, instead up to go over the top the card... but it works!
Card seems fine now, everything is working, and I assume it will be fine. I want to rate it a disgruntled 2, but will give it a 4. I guess the card is not to blame for the documentation. But it certainly seems crummy installation documentation.
FWIW, a SIIG Firewire card ordered same time installed itself unassisted (via Win7), and worked great first time. A real pleasure.
This review is from: SIIG 3-Port FireWire PCI Express Card Model NN-E20022-S1
Pros: Ditto: Nice card, installed very easily into Windows 7 pro 64bit. Just plug it in, and it works very well. It does require a computer power cable connection, but that is due to PCI Express, it is not just this card.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW