By Ki Grinsing
TP-Link TL-WPS510U Mini USB 2.0 High-Speed Wireless G Print Server allows you connect to standard USB printer.
Traditionally you share a printer by attaching it to a computer and configure it to be available for all users on the network to send print-jobs via the wired network. This frequently causes the performance of the computer to degrade when heaps of print job queues arises. It is therefore the use of wired or wireless print server is strongly recommended when the requirements of large print jobs exist within your business.
In your business wireless network, you can implement a TL-WPS510U wireless print server to allow your client computers connect wirelessly to the printer and send the print jobs easily – no need of dedicated computer to share the printer within the network.
One USB 2.0 port
TL-WPS510U wireless print server includes one USB 2.0 port to let you connect a printer or multifunction printer. It is powered by a high-speed wireless 802.11G standard with secure wireless connection using either 64/128 bits WEP encryption or the stronger security encryption WPA (including WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK). It can support all types of operating systems including Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista, Mac OS X 10 or above, and Linux.
The figure below shows a simple wireless network diagram that uses TL-WPS510U wireless print server. The print-server is configured to allow users connect wirelessly to send print jobs.
You can configure the TL-WPS510U wireless print-server with the following steps:
- Turn off the printer’s power.
- Connect the print server to your printer with the supplied printer cable.
- Turn the printer’s power on.
- Plug the AC power adapter into the power connector on the print server.
- Wait 40 seconds as part of the print server’s Power On Self Test (POST).
This wireless print server can be configured for ad-hoc peer-to-peer connection direct from your wireless devices including cellular phones or smart-phones.
The default factory settings are as follows:
- Username: admin
- Password: 0000
- Wireless Mode: Ad-Hoc (Peer-to-Peer)
- Channel: 1
- SSID: WLAN-PS
- IP Address: 192.168.0.10
- Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
To configure the device you can use the default setting but you need to configure your computer (with wireless adapter enabled) with a static IP address configuration using the same network address but use different computer IP address other than 192.168.0.10 for example 192.168.0.21. Refresh your wireless connection and locate the print-server SSID (WLAN-PS) as your network and connect it. Insert the provided CD into your computer’s CD drive, the Setup Wizard will automatically pop up on your computer’s screen and select TL-WPS510U. You need to read the quick installation guide to complete the configuration.
In your business when you require more printers to share across the network, you can consider a multi-port print server for example D-Link DPR-1260 which includes 4 USB ports to allow you share up to 4 printers or multi-function printers into the network. DPR-1260 has been tested over 100 different printer models to work with it.
Well, if your office has a multi-function printer, then you can consider this one – TRENDnet TEW-MFP1. TL-WPS510U does not support multifunction printers, but this one does. With multifunction printer you can print, scan and fax from any client computers on the network. Moreover, TRENDnet is powered by the newwer and faster wireless technology – wireless N150 which is twice as fast as wireless -G standard in TP-link’s print server.
- Support both multifunction and standard printers.
- wireless N150 technology
- Easy installation with Mac and Windows support
- Universal Plug & Play (UPnP) installation
Another one that you may also consider for your multifunction printer is Edimax PS-1210MFn. Just like TEW-MFP1, Edimax print server is based on Wireless 11n standard as well.
You may also need to consider this one: Belkin Home Base – a single solution for print server, USB storage with automatic backup and share wirelessly, automatically share pictures on Flickr® and Picasa®