You can change the name of the print server as it identifies itself to operating systems, and then you can enable secondary services like Raw TCP/IP printing and FTP printing.
Having configured the server itself, you then need to configure your machine to connect to it. Assuming you’ve got the correct print drivers installed, you again have two options. You can use the supplied Belkin print server software, which provides a dumbed-down front end to Windows’ Printer Control Panel options, or you can just configure the device manually. We decided to stretch ourselves and get the print server configured on an Apple Powerbook, running OSX.
Not exactly difficult, we’d suggest. A simple nose into the Printer section of System Preferences enabled us to IP print to the IP address assigned to the print server, and we were able to select the particular device connected. We then fired up Microsoft Word and printed a test document – et voila – a wireless print.
In Windows, the task is no harder. Adding a new printer through Control Panel gives you the option to use IP printing and you can simply type the address of the print server in there.
Coming in at only a little over £40, buying this adaptor for your existing USB printer is surely going to be cheaper than investing in a printer with dedicated network functionality. These machines are often designed for businesses, and such carry a chunky price tag.
The device itself is simple and, some software quirks aside, is easy to set up. We found that it rather did what it said on the box. Neither spectacular, or atrocious – just perfectly adequate.
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