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Belkin 802.11g Wireless USB Print Server Review

Belkin 802.11g Wireless USB Print Server Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: This useful little device can support two USB printers on either a wired or wireless network.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Belkin Jan 06 2007   Mike Dowler  
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First Impressions and Set Up

Setting up the Belkin 2-port USB Wireless Print Server was quite easy, though we did encounter some initial problems with using DHCP to configure the device (we assume that most home and business users will be using DHCP).

By default, the print server will look for a dynamically assigned IP address through DHCP for 1.5 minutes after you plug it in. If it doesn't find one, it reverts to its built in default IP address of We found that this time period was a little tight for reliably gaining an IP address over a wireless connection. To make things more complicated, the manual seems to state that you need to hold the reset button down while powering the device on and off to reset the IP address to dynamic, but this is not the case.

Holding the reset button for ten seconds without powering off will reset it, but the instructions as written in the manual do not work correctly. To avoid this problem, ensure that DHCP is up and running on your network before you plug the Beklin unit in.

Once we had this wrinkle ironed out, the automated installation procedure was painless to set up, and we tested it with three different office printers, from three different vendors (Samsung, Lexmark, and Epson). The included installation CD must be used on each system that wants to connect to the Belkin print server.

To do just that, you will need to have the drivers for your printer(s) installed in each computer that is going to connect to them through the Belkin 2-port USB Wireless Print Server before you run the CD application. It will inform you of this fact when you insert the disk. Once you have the drivers installed, starting the automated process will connect you to the server and prompt you for the printer driver you wish to use.

Once you've entered that, all that remains is to print out a test page.

The print server has a built in HTML control page similar to many home routers. You can connect to this to configure several options including IP address and DHCP, wireless configuration, encryption and wireless site survey, print server name, FTP and IP printing, passwords and firmware updates. The online interface is uncluttered and easy to use, which we liked.

The CD also includes manual versions of the two utilities that the automated installation process uses. These are used to locate Belkin print servers and install the special printer port the server uses.

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Contents of Article: Belkin F1UP0001
 Pg 1.  Belkin 802.11g Wireless USB Print Server Review
 Pg 2.  — First Impressions and Set Up
 Pg 3.  In use and Final Opinions

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