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Pros: Easy setup (given some understanding of how IP addresses are assigned in your network, the knowledge that the default username is "root" with a blank password, and how to add printers connected to a network server to your OS of choice).
Works with XP(32 bit), windows 7(64 bit), and OS-X.
Cons: User doc left out truly basic info: default username and password. Got that from user reviews here, so no biggie for me. But, it could cause a lot of frustration for others.
Overall Review: Worked first time out of the box with all of my computers (2 Win XP, one Win 7, one Mac OS-X), and continues to work. I did NOT use the supplied CD; I just browsed to the IP address assigned by my router and went from there. I've had NO issues with it at all. It just sits there and does its job. I had no issues assigning it a fixed IP address or any of the other problems raised by other reviewers. I have an HP 5200 All-in-one. connected to it.
Once it's setup, simply "Add New Printer", "Local Printer", create a new "Standard TCP/IP Port" and select your driver. Piece of cake!
Pros: Works well for small print jobs. Was easy to get working. Documentation is adequate, though not very detailed.
Cons: Will not handle a print job larger than about 1M. I print jobs larger than that very often, so this device is of limited use to me. It just silently truncates the document.
Overall Review: This has happened with every "stand alone" print server I have ever used. I would have been better off getting a used PC and dedicating it to print service. At least this one does not require a power cycle every time it fails.
Pros: Perfect size, shape and color. Plastic shell feels solid and is nicely put together. Comes with everything you need to use a printer on your LAN. If not for little snafu's with the manual, I would rate it 'Excellent'.
Cons: Manufacturer's support / download web site does not have a section for print servers (so finding product brochure or manual is rather hard; also I would like to see firmware updates). User manual desperately needs improvement, even in some basic areas (such as logging in through web interface -- there is no mention of default admin login name, which happens to be 'root'; and default password, which is left blank).
Overall Review: (Other than being not able to find the info on default login for web administration) I had no problems with setting this device to run HP DeskJet 5650 printer on a Linux based peer-to-peer network.
And just to clarify... just as stated in the manual, this device does not include any printer device drivers, as whatever driver came with your printer (or was included with the operating system) should work.
Also, even though Buffalo makes a reference to 'drivers that support network printing', I don't recall seeing any special driver for consumer type printer that would be explicitly 'network aware'.
Pros: It's simple. It has a web interface and it works.
Cons: It's best if you just skip the CD.
Overall Review: Check your router to see what address was assigned to the PS.
Type in the ip address in your browser.
Log in to it with the user name "root" and no password.
Give it a name. Assign it an IP address or leave it DHCP.
Be sure to name it the same WORK GROUP.
Add your printer as a LOCAL connection.
Create an IP port with the IP address you log in with and assign that port to the printer.
I have it working with Windows 7 64 bit, Windows Vista 32 bit and XP.
I have used it with a Brother laser printer and an HP laser printer. No issues over the years.
Pros: I use this to share a Dell 1700 laser printer with 2 XP, 2 Win 7, 1 Vista, 1 Ubuntu, and 1 OS X and all of them work great. Supports LRP, RAW, IPP, Bonjour/Appletalk. You don't need to install any software if you know what to manually put into the various fields. I personally use IPP and that seams to work well for all OSs.
It's small, it works, it's Buffalo.
Cons: I have had this unit over a year and in that time I have had to reset the unit 3-4 times. Not a bad average, but be aware.
Not the easiest setup for those who are network challenged.
Pros: It's small and rather inconspicuous. Once it is working, it works pretty well. Ability to change settings from a browser rather than software is a plus. Box includes network and USB cables, so it is complete. No software is needed to install the printer server on network computers.
Cons: Unfortunately, the documentation is incomplete and the software somewhat useless. The documentation describes installing the software, which can not be done. It can be run from the CD or the executable can be copied to a system, but don't expect an installation routine to appear as the documentation describes. That is relatively minor.
I could not my IP address setting with the software. I put printer servers on a static addresses. I could change the address and "save" it to the device in the software, but it did not write it to the device. However, you can change the device password through the software. The only method to assign a network address was through a browser, which is fine, except it leads to #3.
The documentation does not provide the user name for accessing the device in the browser. Only by inference from a cryptic error message do you discover the user name.....which is root.
Do not expect any help from the web site, either.
Overall Review: Once I got past scratching hair off my head and recovered from slapping my forehead from the above problems, it worked like a champ. Network computers were easily able to access the device and install the attached printer.
The product itself deserves a 5. Once you figure it out, setting it up and getting to it on the network is easy. The documentation is about a 2 and the web site support is a 0.
If Buffalo is willing to send me a three or four of these things, I'll take the half hour it would take to update the documentation to make this a 5.
Pros: Works as described
Cons: Clunky interface, had to change settings several times to make it work, need fair amount of networking knowledge to set it up.
Pros: Works right out of the box. I don't even know if any software came with it because I never bothered to look. It was easy to set up the first time and I just changed routers and went from a 192.168 to a 10.0 and it was still easy to set up.
Read the comments here. Be sure to log into the device with the username 'root' and do the config.
Overall Review: Disregard the negative reviews. One does need to know something about networks or at least know how to use the internet to look up something about networks.