"Setup was a breeze"on by mmonacel
Pros Setup was very simple and fast
Cons Instructions could be more thorough and setup security bug exists
Summary Having read reviews *after* already purchasing this product, I was somewhat concerned. My printer (Lexmark E238) is not on the supported printers list, but the E232 which looks exactly the same is.
The first step is to connect it to your modem/router, however they never tell you that. There is a picture in the "Overview" section, but it's not clear that's the first thing to do which I found odd. Either way, the rest of the process was fairly straight forward.
I have a Netgear WGT624 v3 router and other users should note that the print server *changed the password on the router* to the default password and set the channel to 11. That certainly is not very user friendly or good security practice by any means, however if you know this ahead of time, it's not that big a deal to fix.
Besides the password/channel change, I simply can't complain about the product. Works great and is simple enough. I hope others have similar experiences.
Pros Works good once you get it set up.
Cons Documentation is terrible. If you get snagged it is hard to get back on track.
Summary Although the documentation is extremely poor, setup is not that difficult. If you run into problems setting it up wirelessly make sure your encryption code is correct. I was missing one character and therefore it would not connect, although it indicated it was connected. Once set up it works without a hitch. I am even using an HP 1100 which only has a parallel connection. I had to purchase a mini-centronics to centronics adapter as well as a parallel - USB adapter.
Pros Apparently fine piece of hardware, nice functional niche
Cons Mac-unfriendly, UNIX-unfriendly, no WPA2
Summary Although any network-savvy person can configure this to work using "any damn browser" on "any damn platform" with information that's liberally available online - the package says it requires Microsoft. The only documented setup is with a Microsoft-only setup wizard. How lame, IMHO. Networks are multi-vendor places, and it's offensive me to to see products positioned this way. That's just a gripe. Lack of WPA2 is why I took mine back to the store. Oops. My bad. WPA PSK is not WPA2. Another reviewer wrote that the vendor will not commit to future WPA2 support. Sigh.
Pros Works well . Easy but messy to set up. Trial & Error in Linux.
Cons Needs a cleaner interface
Summary >>>>>> Used For Wired Networks Only <<<<<<
Under Windows XP the method decribed in the manual works but becomes a bit tiresome in carting the printer from PC to PC to install first under USB. Instead I used the printer driver disk to set up the specific printer straight onto the wired net. Under SuSE Linux 9.x Yast can be used to setup a network printer under LPD. The expert option in Mandrake 10.1 is needed to allow network printer configuration, again using LPD style. Did not yet find out what to do with Debian 3.1? Slackware 10.1? Fedora 4?...Still trying using collective web experience.
Unfortunately I have no experience with this box as a wireless device since I use only wired networks. No laptops!
Pros Great print server when first installed (tho documentation poor).
Cons Impossible to reinstall my print server after the network's router was changed - can't access the print server at any known address - and built-in "reset to default" procedure doesn't work so can't access print server to reconfigure.
Summary Consider it disposable and don't waste time trying to reconfigure.