Installing the print server is a fairly simple job. First, install the driver for the printer you wish to connect to on your PC, if you don’t already have it installed. Next, connect the printer to the USB port on the print server, connect the mains and then switch on.
Next, you have two ways of progressing. You can either run the Wizard software on the accompanying CD, or you can use any web browser to configure the print server manually. There have been numerous reports across the web that the software on the CD doesn’t work properly, so we decided to jump straight in and configure via the web browser.
Upon powering up, the device attempts to latch itself onto an open network with a DHCP server. In our case, it found our network with no worries and had been assigned an IP address within a few short moments. Logging onto the router itself enabled us to find out what that IP address was, and then type it straight into the browser’s address bar to head in to configuration.
The standard screen enables you to see the status of printers that are connected and the relevant configurations of the server, including its current IP address, MAC address, the SSID it’s connected to and the firmware and hardware versions. You can use the toolbar on the left to go in and change any of the other options, with options like ‘Restore Factory Default’ and ‘Save Current Settings’ being fairly self-explanatory.
Clicking on Wireless options enables you to take a look at the available wireless networks, their respective channels and signal strengths, and make sure you’ve joined the correct one. If you’re having trouble getting the server to join the correct wireless network when it boots up, resulting in you not being able to configure it, you can plug into the Ethernet jack on the back to force it to configure it, enabling you to force the wireless network join.
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