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This review is from: LEXMARK MS310dn Workgroup Up to 35 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
Pros: Speed, size, cost, duplexing, easy setup.
Cons: I just ordered and set this up for someone's home office. The setup (going through the wizards) took just a few minutes. I connected this printer into a wireless router via an Ethernet cable. The drivers on the computer picked up the printer by the IP address, and I was printing within minutes.
HOWEVER; this being a workgroup grade printer needs to have the ability to configure a static IP address easily. I looked over the documentation and the configuration software and found nothing relating to setting a static IP. Maybe there is an ability to set the IP address manually, but Lexmark don't document it or make it easy. Maybe I missed it, but I am pretty sure that I didn't.
Most (higher end) printers make it easy to assign the IP address right on the printer's built in display. This printer doesn't have a display, just some LED indicators, but there still should be an easy way to configure a static IP address.
The only way I could figure out how to give this thing a static IP is by assigning a DHCP scope of 1 address to a VLAN, and assigning a single network port to that VLAN.
That's kind of a big oversight for a supposed network printer in my book. If the Manufacturer wants to address that issue here that would be great. If you do, please don't tell me to call your support # (I won't), just post the solution to the problem here.
Pros: I have bought three (3) of these babies; one for myself, one for my mom, one for my girlfriend. I put DD-WRT Big on two of the routers, I have kept the default Netgear firmware for myself. I have had ZERO issues with any of the routers in the 7-8 months that I have owned them.
Cons: I can't think of any, considering the price of this unit.
Other Thoughts: This unit is feature packed and reliable. I have a very high technical level when it comes to networking equipment, this router replaced a Cisco 871w ISR device for my home use. The firmware and the hardware have proven to be robust. I love the fact that it doesn't have external antennas, there is nothing for my girl's cat to gnaw on.
The range on the wireless may not be amazing, but you can always add either another device and configure it to "hand off" the receiving device to the router with the strongest signal. For the price, this router can't be beat.