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IOGEAR GPSU21 1-Port Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Works. Setup is a bit tricky 09/08/2012

This review is from: IOGEAR GPSU21 1-Port Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0

Pros: Small. Gets the job done.

I have a Brother HL-5340D that I was sharing through my Win 7 64-bit PC. For some reason, one day the only thing I could print from other computers was the Printer Test Page. After a bunch of research, I decided that this product looked like the best way to put the printer on the network full-time (although let's face it: the best way to have a printer on the network full-time is to buy a printer with a network interface :)

After getting the printer set up (tricky, so I knocked off a star), it works the waexpectedcted it to.

Cons: Vista is the last Window OS documented.

I downloaded the setup program and documentation from the IO GEAR website and went through the setup. I made sure my router was assigning an IP address to the print server based on the print server's MAC address, and I set up the same IP address in the print server.

I followed the rest of the instructions, but I could not get test pages to print. Ping responses from the server told me it was alive, but I could not even log on to it. I power cycled the print server (and the router) several times to no avail. Sadness. I moved the printer cable back to my PC and went to bed.

The next day I moved the cable back to the print server. Pinging the print server said it was alive and well, so I moved the printer cable back to the print server and tried again.

(running out of space here, continued in Other Thoughts)

Other Thoughts: Here's what I did:
1) Devices and Printers: add a Printer
2) Add a LOCAL Printer
3) Create a New Port
Standard TCP/IP Port
4a) Hostname or IP Address: the IP address assigned to the print server (in my case, 192.168.1.10)
4b) Port name, the IP address followed by -1 (this was set up from my experiments the night before, so I just used it: 192.168.1.10-1)
5) Additional information: Custom: Settings....
6) Protocol: LPR; Queue Name: lp1
I don't think the queue name is meaningful, but you have to have one
7) Pick the Manufacturer and Printer Model
8) Give the printer a name
DO NOT SHARE THE PRINTER!
Print a test page. If it comes out, congratulations.

You can log on to the print server, using the IP address you assigned. In my case, I entered
192.168.1.10
and the broswer responded with
http://192.168.1.10/index11.HTM

The main page has a print job section, where you can click and see the print job log.

Last thought: it would be nice if you knew what the LEDs w

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Seagate Momentus XT STBD750100 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: SATA 6. 8 GB of Flash.

Cons: Seagate refers to this product as a "kit". I was expecting something in the box besides a warranty slip and some packing material. I was wrong (unless you count the inventory-control tags inside the box).

Speaking of the box, it is printed in 4 colors and the technical specifications on the outside are printed in 4 languages. If you are the sort of person who values that sort of thing, then you should go for this version of the product. Otherwise, I'd recommend buying the bare drive.

Other Thoughts: Seagate does not supply this "kit" with a CD, mounting hardware, cables, or instructions. You get is nothing beyond the drive and a warranty slip (which, unlike this web site, claims to be a limited 5 year warranty)

You can find the Seagate cloning software and a user manual on the Seagate site if you hunt around. No mention that these exist or where to find them in this "kit", either.

I really don't see the advantage of buying this version over the bare drive. Next time I'll know better.

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GIGABYTE GV-N210SL-1GI GeForce 210 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I'd rate myself higher on Tech Knowlege, but I had no idea that PCI x16 had progress so fast in the short time I put together my HTPC.

I needed a fanless video card with an HDMI port that would work with my PCI x16 V1 motherboard. This one is V2, but it's compatible.

Works great with WMC. Nice plastic protectors on the card connectors.

Cons: No rebate that other reviewers seemed to have found. OTOH, rebate checks take forever to arrive, and frequently, they don't.

Other Thoughts: I'm glad I didn't have to change out my motherboard, which would have entailed a new processor, and probably new memory as well.

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Display Name: Robert F.

Date Joined: 03/04/05

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 05/31/08
  • Last Review: 09/08/12
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