Network printer servers offer the flexibility and convenience of allowing your office’s employees to be able to use the same printer for their many needs. This cuts down on costs significantly as well as improves the green situation (less electrical output and emission). In addition to saving the world (literally), network printers also offer many other benefits in the home or office.
There are various types of network printers and this article aims to help you discover some new ones which may benefit you, or your business in the best ways possible. Welcome to the top 10 network printers in review — 2016 edition!
Powerful Print Servers And Many Uses
10. IOGEAR USB 2.0 Print Server, 1-Port
The Iogear USB 2.0 is a print server that features USB plugin ability which allows any computer fitted with the device to access a local network and use it’s printer services as well as the internet. It also interfaces seamlessly with multiple OS and protocols and offers LAN/WAN Internet printing protocols.
With this print server, it’s possible to print to PCs in another country just as easily as someone sitting in the same room. The Iogear USB also features 10Base-T / 100Base-T auto-sensing and supports Telnet and web management software as an added bonus.
If you’re looking for ease of use, the TP-Link TL series wireless print server may be your best bet. The TL-WPS510U 150 Mbps model boasts the most compatibility among major printers on the market.
The TP-LINK 150 Mbps also has a speed of up to fifty-four megabytes per second and supports a USB 2.0 high-speed printer connection.
It is compatible with many OS, such as Windows 10/7/vista, 10, Linux and NetWare 3.12.
Along with these impressive features, the print server also supports 64/128 WEP encryption and WPA/WPA2-PSK security. A great choice if you’re looking to integrate a new solution without too much trouble across a large company or network.
08. HP JetDirect 620n Print Server
The HP Jet Direct 620n print server is an internal print server (requires installation) that focuses on compatibility with HP series printers within their own network.
The JetDirect 620n allows HP printers to share EIO slots across the network as well as the internet. In addition to a more specific solution for the HP brand printers, the HP Jetdirect also supports a broad range of operating systems and protocols as well.
Perfect for the office space or company who favors HP brand printers as their solution.
07. EPSON UB-E03 Ethernet Interface
The Epson UB-E03 is an Ethernet interface plugin that allows older model EPSON printers to participate in print server capabilities, effectively creating an ethernet connection. The installation is relatively painless, due to clear and concise instruction, making it easy to install and configure.
Converting to local area ethernet use has never been more painless with this Epson product.
The D-Link-301p+ is a wireless print server that supports all major networking protocols. The D-Link can be easily configured through a web browser and offers a great alternative to software-based printer sharing. Unfortunately, the product doesn’t interface with Win 10 OS, but seems to work well with most other operating systems.
The D-Link is best suited for web graphics and text printing, as the connector is non-USB based and large digital images tend to take longer to print. A great asset if you mainly seek to print documents with your office printers.
Cisco-Linksys PSUS4 features a USB design which allows you connect and enhance your network via the print server. The Linksys PSUS4 model has a built-in four-port 10//100 ethernet switch which can be used to support additional connections to the print server once configured.
Set up is a snap via web-based configuration interface for the print server, or remote access via a web browser as well as the included utilities for configuration. While this is a great product, experienced techies may consider this more as setup can be complex without prior experience.
04. DYMO Printable Postage Stamp Sheets by Endicia for Inkjet or Laser Printers
DYMO printable postage stamp sheets aren’t exactly a print server, but rather a system created for use with print servers to it bares mentioning. You’ll need an internet connection, PC/Mac a personal account at Endicia in order to use this software (and of course an Inkjet or Laser Printer) but the results will yield an end to postage in the workplace or office. A definite bonus to having a print server set up.
03. Lantronix XPS1002CP-01-S xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition
The Lantronix XPS1002CP allows you to print directly from Google Cloud to any printer with no additional devices needed. In addition, you can also print from your phone, tablet, Chrome book, laptop or PC (basically anywhere you can touch the cloud). The XPrint Server also supports an unlimited number of users and multiple printers.
A very handy tool!
02. Buffalo Network USB 2.0 Print Server – LPV3-U2
The Buffalo Network USB 2.0 is the ideal answer to “painless setup”. The compact USB print server allows for simple and quick installation, works with nearly all operating systems and offers web browser configuration. It also features a two-year warranty.
Quick and reliable print server networking in a flash!
01. Hawking Technology Wireless-N Multifunction USB Printer and Device Server
The final print server on our list is the Hawking Technology Wireless -N multifunction. It is a USB printer and device server. What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means not only can you share printers, but you can also share devices such as flash drives, hard drives and much more.
The device also features a service called Airplay, which lets you stream music to a USB feature from anywhere. The device includes easy setup which allows you to share your USB printer (or other devices) to a network and of course, allows for printing via any computer within your network. A definite must for close co-workers or closed office spaces that feel more like home than work.
To Print Server or Not To Print Server
No matter which of these print servers (or software) you choose, you can be sure that a print server will enhance and improve your office space in many efficient ways. Isn’t it time to make the move to a shared print server workspace?