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Print Server

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Print servers are hardware and software that are placed between a direct connection from a computer to a printer. The advantage is that many people can share the same printer, and that the printing burden moves from an expensive computer to a cheaper server. Overall, this is a big advantage, not just for networks, but for anyone who prints large jobs.

One of the limitations of print servers is that to optimize their products, some companies create printers that are not fully compatible. "Smart" printers which have their own, non-standard monitor applications, can't send most information back from the printer. So Canon's CAPT technology, and Epson print monitors won't work with most print servers. Another shortcut computer manufacturers take is to use the Windows GDI features on your computer, rather than create the hardware and software themselves. This achieves exactly the opposite of a print server: The printers are less expensive, but they load your (probably far more expensive) computer down. If performance is any concern, avoid GDI printers.

NETGEAR print servers do not support any devices besides printers. Scanners are not supported, nor are multi-function printers.

Because the print server is a network device, you assign it a LAN IP. This can be done automatically, if you have a DHCP server, or by typing an IP manually in the print server administrative setup. (NETGEAR print servers, however, cannot be DHCP servers, themselves. They are clients only.)

  • NETGEAR Print Server Compatibility List
    • Note: AIA (all-in one Printer) & MFC (Multifunction Printer) are common not be supported under Print Server. You may find certain manufacture/model works better than other models. You may need to consult with manufacture for additional information.
    • Also if you find print server options available for it device from the manufacture, there is good possibility that you may use other third party print server.
    • Using AIA & MFC printer will have limitation of using Scan, Fax from the computer. It is limitation of driver /application of the it devices. There are many expensive models of AIA & MFC unit that more compatible with their own printer/third part print server using print, scan, fax.

  • What is the trick to find out your print server IP (unknown IP Number from device)?
  • How to setup your Mac OS X
    • Click here for doucments (544kb)
    • Doucments is for WGPS606 but basic setting of any print server is same since uses IP to setup. Good guideline to assist your setups.

    • If you need CUPS driver here some source
  • How to setup HP printer with PS121.
    • This do applies to certain model which no listed in documenation but inlcuded URL should give some ideal to which model may.
    • Click here for doucments (28kb)
  • Trick to reset your Print server PS101
  • How to uninstall Netgear Utility after uninstall procedure failed
  • How to use Print Server via VPN Tunnel
  • How you can I setup print server without using Netgear Port

    Before you start setting , get IP address of the print server. You can obtain using Netgear Utlity or check your router under "attach device" if you are using Netgear home routers or for Netgear prosafe routers you will find under "Lan Groups " (other prosafe model may uses different phrase)
    *Note for Vista users, You should be logged on with administrator privileges.


    To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

    Most network printers support the TCP/IP protocol. The standard TCP/IP port simplifies connecting to remote printers using the TCP/IP protocol. A computer that acts as a print server must run the TCP/IP protocol in order to print.

    • To add a standard TCP/IP port Windows XP
      1. Open Printers and Faxes.
      2. Double-click Add Printer to open the Add Printer Wizard, and then click Next.
      3. Click Local printer attached to this computer, clear the Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer check box, and then click Next.
      4. Click Create a new port, and then click Standard TCP/IP Port or if you have printer already installed, go to properties of it printer and go to "Ports" tab. You will find "Add Ports"
      5. Click Next to run the Add Standard TCP/IP Printer Port Wizard.
      6. In Hostname or IP address enter IP address ie;
      7. Click Next.
      8. It detects TCP/IP port - may take a few minutes.
      9. Select Custom.
      10. In Protocol select LPR
      11. In Queue Name, for port 1 type L1, for port 2 type L2. (referencing the port on print server)
      12. Click Ok.
      13. Click Next.
      14. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.

    • To add a standard TCP/IP port Windows VISTA
      1. Set up a TCP/IP port on the computer using the following steps
      2. Click on start, then Control Panel.
      3. Select Classic View.
      4. Double click on Printers.
      5. Right click anywhere in the space below the printer icons.
      6. Click Run as Administrator.
      7. Click Add Printer (ok permission).
      8. Click Add a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer.
      9. Select Stop.
      10. Select The Printer I Want Isn't Listed.
      11. Select Add a Printer Using TCP/IP Address or Host Name.
      12. Click Next.
      13. Under Device Type select TCP/IP Device.
      14. In Hostname or IP address enter IP address ie;
      15. Uncheck Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use.
      16. Click Next.
      17. It detects TCP/IP port - may take a few minutes.
      18. Select Custom.
      19. Click Settings.
      20. In Protocol select LPR.
      21. In Queue Name, for port 1 type L1, for port 2 type L2. (referencing the port on print server).
      22. Click Ok.
      23. Click Next
      24. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish installing the TCP/IP printer.

Standard TCP/IP Ports Screenshots 1 2Standard TCP/IP Ports Screenshots 1 Standard TCP/IP Ports Screenshots 3 Standard TCP/IP Ports Screenshots 4 Standard TCP/IP Ports Screenshots 5


Also refer to Troubleshooting Print Servers for common problems.

  • Using an operating system or application software newer than your printer or print server sometimes resolves problems. It may difficult for you to upgrade, however that may be the only way to resolve a problem.

  • Equally, an operating system that is a year or two older than your printer or print server is likely to cause problems or to limit the usable printer features.

Can't See Printer in Wizard in Windows XP

See Firewalls that Conflict with NETGEAR Such as Windows XP — unless you know for sure this feature isn't on. This is particularly true if you cannot see a printer when using the Windows "Add Printer Wizard" or the NETGEAR "Print Server Wizard".

Print Jobs are Too Large for the Print Server Buffer

The Print Server Buffer is only 64K, so large print jobs are nearly always not executed correctly or at all. Do not use the Firstgear setup program to install the printer port. Instead, follow the instructions in the document above for adding the port. This will not always work, but it will help the buffer to execute larger print jobs than it would if the printer had been installed with the Print Server Setup program.

Printer Stops During Printing

Make sure that the spool settings for the print server are set to ""Print after the last page is spooled"". Then make sure that the data format is set to RAW. These settings should make a difference on how the print server responds.

Print Jobs are Slow or Print is Garbled
Don't use the First-gear setup program. Instead proceed to the ports program for the printer (now, be sure that the printer is already installed by way of the LPT port on the computer) and change the port of the printer to \device_namep1.

HP Printers Will Not Install Using NETGEAR's First-Gear Program

Don't use the First-Gear setup program. Instead, install the printer to the computer's LPT port. Then, connect the printer to the parallel port on the print server. Finally, go to the printer's ports program and change the printer port to \device_namep

How Do I Find Whether There's a Connection Between a Print server and a LAN?

There are indicator lights located on the front of the Print Server for the connection with your LAN as well as lights for the printers on either port as well. Other indicator lights on the Print Server are for items such as connection speed, transmit and receive, as well as collision indicators. Consult the manual for a full description.

How Long Can a Print Server Name Be?

The name can be no longer than 15 characters to meet NetBIOS

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