Which one is the best linksys wireless printer server?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by sadtoad, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. sadtoad

    sadtoad Network Guru Member

    We have a Canon MF3110 laser All-in-one in our office hooked up with the desktop. All the other guys are using their own laptops, we want to use a server for all other laptops to use that printer. I guess the wireless printer server can do this.

    Can you guys tell me which one to choose? I saw a whole bunch of wireless printer servers but have no idea which one is better. From Amazon.com, I saw very mediocre review for Linksys WPS54G and Linksys WPS54GU2, our budget is flexible, so around 100-200 would be OK. Can you guys recommend some good models?

  2. sadtoad

    sadtoad Network Guru Member

    I want to sort things out a bit more. We are in the campus wireless network and Intranet of our department. The laptops we are using catch the wireless signal but all the printers connected to our intranet cannot be seen by wireless connection, you have to obtain the department intranet account and use wired connection to see the connected printers while the system administrator would not add personal laptop into the intranet.

    So we need a device that can make the printer in our office detected through wilress signal by our personal laptops. Can those linksys devices do this? It only says "Connects your printer directly to the network by 10/100 wired Ethernet or 54Mbps Wireless-G
    Prevents congestion on your PC with other users' print jobs"
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    For multi-function laser printers the track record is poor. I have both, but would not recommend either for a multi-function printer. The WPS54G only has a USB2 port and the WPS54GU2 has both parallel and USB2 port.
  4. FrostByte

    FrostByte Network Guru Member

    Might depend on type of encryption you need. I don't believe the WPS54GU2 supports WPA yet. Mine will probably sit in the box until it does.
  5. sadtoad

    sadtoad Network Guru Member

    so you guys know any other brand of device which can actually functionize as I described.
  6. sadtoad

    sadtoad Network Guru Member

    What do I need actually? Do I have to get a router w/ this kind of printer server? Or simply use a printer server connected to a printer, and I can detect the printer through campus wireless network?

    I still don't quite get the principle of printer server. Do I have to establish a WLAN in our office actually in order to get this printer detectable via wireless network?
  7. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The printserver can be used in AD HOC mode, where it will only communicate to computers in AD HOC mode that are in range. You use infrastructure mode and connect the printserver to a WLAN and the computers must connect to to the WLAN to gain access to the printserver. The WPS54G only has a USB2 port and the WPS54GU2 has a parallel and USB2 port. The WPS54G supports WPA and WEP encryption, while the the WPS54GU2 support only WEP. If you want wired computers to use the print server it has to be connected to your WLAN. I understand it is possible to print to an IP Address using TCP/IP without the need to install the print server drivers on each individual machine.
  8. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    You could just get a BlueTooth printer adapter for the printer and then for each of your PC's and print that way.
  9. marctronixx

    marctronixx Network Guru Member

    im kinda stuck on this also
    i have the GU2 already but i have been wondering if the 54G had any updates or enhancements to it OTHER than the added encryption.

    i only use WEP because i want my psp to be on the network and it can only use WEP so im not concerned about the added security. i use mac address lists also..

    so bottom line.. if you already have the GU2 what other advantages does the 54G have?

    thx for any help....
  10. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Other than enhanced encryption the WPS54G does not offer any advantages. It only has a USB2 port not a parallel port like the the WPS54GU2.
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