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Best Print Servers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated July 1, 2019
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Maurice TurnerMy name is Maurice Turner. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. One of the most important sections in the article – the comparison charts for best print servers in 2018!

The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing. In this section we provide our readers with a comparison table of our top picks. Scroll past the table for a closer look at each of the 3 best print servers in our review section.

Best Print Servers of 2018

Many brands have introduced print servers on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best print servers that you can buy this year. I review the three best print servers on the market at the moment.

Test Results and Ratings

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Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
5 points
5 points
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Versatility
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4 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
4 points
4 points
Price
5 points
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№1 – Lexmark MarkNet N2000 Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseTX – Print Server – 1 Ports

 
Lexmark MarkNet N2000 Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseTX - Print Server - 1 Ports

Pros
Sold Individually
Cons
For such a price and the level of quality it can’t even have any cons, only pick holes.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this print servers win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!

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Style
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – IOGEAR 1-Port USB 2.0 Print Server

 
IOGEAR 1-Port USB 2.0 Print Server

Pros
Easily Connects Usb Printer To A Network,Allows Multiple Computers To Share 1 Usb Printer On The Network
Print From Any Computer On The Network Or From Across The Internet,USB cable and ethernet cable used for connection
10Base-T / 100Base-T auto-sensing. Please refer the User Guide before use
Cons
Heavy and big.
A little pricier than some of the other.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this print servers come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.

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Style
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Durability
4

4star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – TP-Link TL-PS110P Single parallel port fast ethernet Print Server

 
TP-Link TL-PS110P Single parallel port fast ethernet Print Server

Pros
LED Indicator: Status, 10Mbps, 100Mbps
Power Consumption: 3.3V DC, 2A
Protocols: TCP/IP,(Remote Virtual USB),LPR/LPD
Cons
Not very durable.
The large size.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this print servers take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Versatility
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Print Servers Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy print servers, right? No!

Print Server with external HDD

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Pick Your Hardware

Of course, you’ll want to have some hardware in place well before your site goes live and starts sending orders for your widgets, or enquiring after your services, or sending customers to your brick-and-mortar location. So you’ll want to have your initial hardware installed by the time you open the floodgates by turning on your website. What you need will depend on your business, of course, but here are a few pointers that can help you get started. Look for more in-depth recommendations in future articles. * Computers: Annie now has a website and email for her apple pie business. She has established web presence. But she also needs to think about what hardware may be needed in her business’ locale. Annie’s assistant pie baker may not need a dedicated computer, but Annie needs one to store data: for recipes, inventory and to update her website, for instance. If she has a salesperson on the road, promoting her business and getting new customers to sign up for regular pie order, she should consider outfitting them with a mobile device like a tablet, so he or she can keep track of sales out in the field.

Many computer vendors target computers and laptops specifically to small business, often offering great deals. Check out “How to Buy a Business Desktop”. “How to Buy a Netbook” and “How to Buy a Laptop”, for some excellent guidance.

If you are conducting cash or credit card transactions at your place of business, you may also need a Point-of-Sale system with registers. Many POS systems now integrate with the computer network at your place of business (more on networks below) and vendors offering these systems include HP and Dell. * Servers: If your small business needs a high-transaction database, you will want to consider a centralized server to house data. Take a look at our “How to Buy a Server” buying guide. If your business is not generating or storing massive amounts of data, you can get away with a NAS device for sharing documents with employees and clients. NAS devices can often replace full- fledged servers because devices like the Synology DiskStation DS1511+ NAS offers backup, FTP, print server services and lots of other features previously only handled by traditional servers. * Telephony: Small businesses are increasingly dependent on cellular service and smartphones to handle most of their telephony needs. Yet, for more polished and professional communications, hosted VoIP solutions are ideal for small business. They do not require investment in expensive PBX boxes which often require a tech professional to deploy and manage. Many small businesses are finding Skype suitable for their communications, especially a Skype for business account. Skype for business offers cheap calling, conference calling, IM, file sharing, and many more features.

Skype for business give small business owners a unified communications (UC) platform. UC is the convergence of phone, IM, conferencing and messaging into one solution. Skype certainly is not the only UC option for a business. Microsoft’s hosted productivity suite, Office 365,includes Lync Online which provides UC at an affordable price for the small-to-mid-sized business market. * Network equipment: Although you may conduct much of your business online, you may still want to setup a wired and/or wireless network at your business. A wired network is a must if you are planning to have a business server in production. Having a network is nothing really fancy: one server with an OS like Windows Small Business Server connected to a small switch or router and that’s pretty much your network. Use the server OS to setup employee accounts and passwords and to setup file and folder permissions so you can control which employees can access what data.

If your business does not require a server, chances are you’ll want to connect a wireless router to your broadband Internet connection. Maybe you want to give guests or customers courtesy Internet access. Perhaps you want to charge for access? Or, maybe you want Internet connectivity for just you and your employees. There are all kinds of routers out there that can fit your business needs and “How to Buy a Wireless Router” gives tips on selecting the perfect router for your business. For more detailed information on establishing a small business network, here is “How to Setup a Home or Small Business Network.”

Application Server

An Application Server is the primary server program responsible for providing the PaperCut user interface, storing data, and providing services to users. PaperCut uses the Application Server to manage user and account information, manage printers, calculate print costs, provide a web browser interface to administrators and end users, and much more.. A secondary server can be either :

Print Provider

A Print Provider is a monitoring service installed on a secondary print server to allow PaperCut to control and track printers. This monitoring component intercepts the local printing and reports the use back to the primary Application Server. as its task is to provide information back to the main Application Server.

The process of setting up a secondary print server, depends on the operating system. Read the section appropriate to the required operating system.

For resilience against network outages, consider installing Site Servers at each of your secondary print server locations. Refer to Multi-server and multi-site deployments for a broader discussion of multi-site and WAN scenarios.

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How to install a print server

If you need to manually install a print server in your computer, you will need to carry out the following tasks:

1) Open the Control Panel and select the “Print and Documents Services” option

2) Select “Add a Printer” and choose your local printer

4) Press “Custom”, “Settings” and then switch to LPR (Line Printer Remote).

Multiplayer LAN Gaming

For the youth of today, multiplayer is synonymous with “online” gaming, but most games actually allow you to play multiplayer with other devices on your home network. It’s unlikely you’ll have Xbox consoles, but you might have a few old computers that are capable of playing Minecraft. If you have friends with a laptop, you can invite them round and have a LAN party. Here’s my pick of classic games to get your LAN party going

Planning A LAN Party? These Classic Games Will Get It Going

Planning A LAN Party? These Classic Games Will Get It Going

In a time gone by, multiplayer gaming basically meant gathering some friends round your house. For the console gamers it was huddled round a split screen, but those able to lug around huge PCs had…

Read More, and our ultimate guide to running a LAN party

Power Line

The network signal itself is carried all over your house through the existing wiring, so it’s a great solution where installing traditional network cabling isn’t possible but you want better performance than wireless.

Though the technology got off to a shaky start when it was first launched, things have improved to the point that you now get half-gigabit speeds with optimal conditions – though will vary depending on the age of your household wiring, the distance between the points, radio interference, and whether it’s a full moon that night (Okay, I’m kidding about that last bit). The Netgear range features a special test LED which indicates whether the plug is suitable, so you can try out a few sockets without running your own performance tests – though if none of the sockets pass, you’re out of luck.

Power Line networking – otherwise known as Ethernet over Power (EoP) – is not to be confused with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which enables small devices to be powered directly over the Ethernet cabling, reducing wiring complexity and useful for things like IP cameras. It requires a compatible router/switch, and unless you need PoE for a specific device, it’s safe to forget about it.

Wi-Fi “Blind Spots”

Ever held your phone up in the air to try and get another bar of signal? Wi-Fi is no different – there’ll be some places around your home that just don’t get a signal. Perhaps there’s a mesh of metal somewhere, or just too many walls. Wi-Fi is quite fickle really; avoid issues by setting up your network correctly

Extending the Range of Your Wi-Fi

Sometimes, your Wi-Fi just won’t reach far enough. If that’s the case, you’ve got a couple of options:

Repurpose an old router to do the same job. This may involve replacing the router firmware with DD-WRT

What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

In this article, I’m going to show you some of the coolest features of DD-WRT which, if you decide to make use of, will allow you to transform your own router into the super-router of…

Alternatively, consider Power Line networking instead (see the section on types of network earlier in this guide).

Required Speeds

To give you an idea of what your speed requirement may be – or conversely, what’s possible using your available Internet connection – here are Netflix’s recommended minimum speeds:

Megabits vs Megabytes: This can confuse the best of us, so before you complain to your ISP that you’re not getting the quoted speed, let’s take a moment to examine the difference between Megabits and Megabytes. File sizes are quoted in Megabytes or MB – notice the uppercase B, which means Bytes; network speeds are quoted in Megabits, or Mb (and the larger Gigabit, which is 1000 Megabits). Crucially, a bit is 1/8th of a byte. So, if you have Gigabit internet speeds (1000 Mbps), this means you can achieve a theoretical maximum throughput of 12Megabytes per second.

Satellite

Confused about the different ways of accessing the Internet? Guy McDowell broke it down even further in his article: Types Of Internet Access Technologies Explained, And What You Should Expect

Types Of Internet Access Technologies Explained, And What You Should Expect

Types Of Internet Access Technologies Explained, And What You Should Expect

What kind of Internet access do you really have? Broadband? High Speed? Wireless? Satellite? Fibre?

You want to print from your iPad or iPhone

AirPrint is a special protocol that enables you to print from Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Despite Apple Airport Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsule hardware having the capability to share a USB printer, it doesn’t magically turn that printer into an AirPrint compatible device. There are however two ways you can go about adding AirPrint to a non-AirPrint device.

The first is by using the same Raspberry Pi hack described above; just install some additional software on the Pi

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Whatever the reason is, you may at some point want to get a web server going. Whether you want to give yourself remote access to certain pages or services, you want to get a community…

Read More, which automatically configures components such as Apache and a MySQL database.

You can also try a more generic “home server” distro such as Amahi

How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

Read More, which includes a web server, file server, and other apps. Our most recent guide on setting up a webserver is for Raspberry Pi

Host Your Own Website On Your Raspberry Pi

Need to run a website but can’t afford the hosting costs? One way around this is with the low-powered Raspberry Pi, which is more than capable of running basic web server software.

Read More, which makes a good low-performance low-cost web server since it can be left on without consuming a lot of electricity.

The second part is to use port forwarding to enable requests on port 80 to be forwarded to your server. Without setting this up, your web server will be inaccessible from the outside world because by default, the router firewall will block requests to that port. What is port forwarding and how can it help me?

Endless Possibilities

Home networking opens up a whole new world of computing; the possibilities are exciting and endless. That’s all for our introductory guide, but if you have some specific scenarios you’re struggling with or need some general networking advice, please ask in the

Easy to use and install

Compact and lightweight, the print server is easy to install with its straightforward installation wizards and remote web-based management. You simply use a USB cable to connect the print server to your printer’s USB port, then use an RJ4networking cable to connect it to the rest of your network.

Supports LPR network printing and Bonjour Print Services

The printer server supports the Line Printer Remote (LPR) protocol which enables Internet printing. It also supports Bonjour Print Services, making it easier to find and configure printers on your network.

OS Compatibility refers to the included software only – the Print Server itself can be used without software on most platforms that support network printing

Internet Router with a Built-In USB port

There are many Internet routers available today that provide additional functionality such as connecting a usb printer or hard dive. With the increased demand of wireless printing, many electronics manufactures are entering into the market and including USB printing functionality with their routers. The following is a list of available devices out today that provide this functionality. Each one seems to have pros and cons, so there is no specific one that wins hands down.

Pros: Integrated devices, possible savings. Typically easier to setup and the router provides a higher range of service allowing you to move further away from your printer and still have the ability to print.

Cons: Printer must be attached to the router, not as mobile.

Apple Airport Express

This dual purpose device can act as a print server or an internet router. Although the expansion is somewhat limited, this small white print server packs many features including the ability to connect a usb hub to the usb port and connect a printer along with storage devices to share. The setup is pretty straightforward as long as bonjour is installed. Vista requires an update, but it should work in Windows XP as well.

D-Link DIR-655

In addition to the feature set of the D-Link DIR-628, the DIR-65provides gigabit LAN ports for even faster wired connectivity and an additional antenna for extended range. Besides the hardware upgrades, this router has a better software feature set including better firewall protection.

D-Link DIR-855

For those geek enthusiats that require and update on status on demand, the DIR-85gives you the feature of a large LED screen on the top of the router providing network statistics and current connectivity issues. The price is a little steep, but the cool factor is through the roof with this router.

Independent Wireless Print Server

This is probably the most popular way of connecting a USB only printer to a wireless network. Many manufactures have come out with wireless connectivity devices. These small devices are called (or supposed to be called) a wireless print server or a wireless bridge for printers. The following devices can be used as a wireless print server.

Pros: Generally inexpensive compared to a wireless router or buying a printer with built-in wireless capabilities. Utilizes equipment that you already have. Most of the wireless print servers available today are cross platform (works for Mac and PC).

Purchasing a Printer with Wireless Built-In

Lexmark X4550 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printing/Scan/Copy/Print

Epson WorkForce 600 Wireless All-in-One Printer (Black)

Epson has also come out with a line of wireless inkjet printers of its own. This all-in-one has the same basic set of features as the Lexmark, but the ink costs a bit cheaper in general. The black color tends to also look a little better since ink can generally get anywhere and everywhere.

Canon MP620 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer

Canon is also in the game with yet another similar printer with built-in wireless printing. The color ful (yet small) lcd screen provies a quick and easy way to print right from a camera or other device. The cartridge costs tend to be on the higher end, but the quality is very good.

Brother HL-2170w 23ppm Laser Printer with Wireless and Wired Network Interfaces

HP LaserJet 1102w Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

Install AirPrint on any printer

Instead of buying a new AirPrint printer, you can save money (and use the printer of your choice) by setting up any printer to work with Apple’s AirPrint. This guide to installing AirPrint enables you to add AirPrint technology to any printer.

Use Google Cloud Print instead

Apple fans should opt for an AirPrint solution if possible. It’s worth noting that Google makes a rival service called Google Cloud Print that connects the printer to the wider web. If your printer lacks AirPrint it might be armed with Google Cloud Print technology, so other options are available.

Lots of applications can print directly to Google Cloud Print and an iOS app called Print Central Pro £5.4can be used to print directly from the iPhone to a Google Cloud Print printer. You can also print directly from Google Chrome and other apps.

Installing Chromium

To get started, open up the terminal on your Raspberry Pi and enter the following command: sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Roughly seconds or so after we fired off the print job, it spooled up on the networked printer:

While we initially had concerns that the Cloud-to-Pi-to-Printer workflow would be slow (not that blistering speed is really that critical in most printing situations), those concerns have never been validated. Even with larger PDF files, the process is only marginally longer than your typically lengthy printing-a-big-PDF wait.

The 3D Printer

To 3D print from the comfort of your home you need a machine, but which one is right for you?

First and foremost, you must determine how you plan to use the 3D printer to best maximize your investment. Several parameters must be considered:

Build Volume

Build volume is one of the most important consideration when purchasing a 3D printer. It’s also generally directly tied to the pricing of the 3D printer (larger being more expensive). Think about the size of the parts you plan to print and that most 3D printed models are often made of several smaller parts assembled you print them. You may not require the largest build volume out there!

BI Recommends: At least 150 mm X 150 mm X 150 mm of build volume. We feel that anything lower would severely restrict the potential of your 3D printer.

Resolution

Resolution typically refers to the Z minimal layer thickness and X-Y resolution that can be achieved by the 3D printer. Since motion systems have been around for a very long time, the X-Y resolution is usually quite good for any 3D printer. Since all FDM/FFF 3D printers create parts with a layering effect, the finish quality of printed parts is directly affected by layer thickness resolution. The thinner the layers are on a given part the smoother the part finish will look, but it will also take longer to print. Some 3D printers often report minimum layer thickness as low as 50 micron (0.0mm). However, printing parts with thin layers requires careful software calibration since the margin for error is reduced. Most users will prefer to print parts with layer thickness of 0.mm to 0.30 mm to reduce print time while still retaining an acceptable finish quality.

BI Recommends: 3D printers with 50-100 micron minimum layer thickness.

Print Speed

Print speed represents the speed at which the 3D printer creates parts. This parameter is usually reported in mm/second or mm/minute and usually refers to the fastest speed that can be achieved when the print head is dispensing plastic. Another speed metric representing movement speed (when print head is not dispensing) is usually offered. It’s important to understand that during a 3D print the average print speed will actually be lower than the maximum reported print speed. It is so because the print head has to slow down when changing direction or printing finer details. As a rule of thumb it’s best to use ¾ of the maximal print speed to obtain a more realistic estimation of the print speed (i.e. reported 100 mm/s would yield a true print speed closer to 7mm/s).

BI Recommends: 3D printers with print speeds of at least 7mm/second for a feel good experience when printing parts.

Multiple Material Capabilities

Multiple material capabilities allow you to print with multiple colors and materials simultaneously, or to easily switch between various filament options. These options are available on many 3D printers, but typically require a deeper understanding of the printing process to be successfully carried out. Some 3D printers offer robust software that greatly simplify multi-material printing. This will be an area of added value to look for when looking for the right 3D printer.

BI Recommends: Consider your specific needs and ask questions to the manufacturer before purchasing the 3D printer.

How to Install a Network Printer on Your Home or Office Network

Step 1: First, connect the printer to your network by connecting one end of a Cat or cable (which should have come with your printer) to your router and the other end into the network port of your printer. Now, turn your printer on and wait for it to become ready.

Step 3: The last step is to add the printer to your computer. Click on Start, then Printers and Faxes.

Click Next and enter a name for your printer and click the Yes radio button if you would like the printer to be your default printer.

Printing Tips

AS/400 NetServer can be enabled to support users without a corresponding AS/400 user profile through the use of a guest user profile. Since it is considered a nontrusted user, the guest user profile should have no special authorities. The AS/400 Network Print Server requires that the guest user profile be enabled and have a password, but AS/400 NetServer users will not be prompted for this password. By default, the guest user profile is not configured for AS/400 NetServer. The support can be added through Operations Navigator. Using AS/400 Operations Navigator V3R2M0 and later (as well as the upcoming IBM Client Access Express for Windows product), the AS/400 administrator can find the AS/400 NetServer icon by following the Network-Servers-TCP/IP-AS/400 NetServer path. In V3R1M3, the Shared Object icon is found in the Network-Servers- NetServer path. Right-click on the NetServer icon and select Properties to access the AS/400 NetServer Properties dialog shown in Figure Click on the Next Start tab to specify a Guest user profile. (For the upcoming IBM Client Access Express for Windows product, click on the Advanced tab and the Next Start button.) You will need *IOSYSCFG and *SECADM special authority to change the guest user profile. Changes take effect the next time AS/400 NetServer is started.

If you are able to access the AS/400 NetServer print share but are unsuccessful getting the printer to work online, make sure the Network Print Server is active. Use the Work with Active Jobs (WRKACTJOB) command to verify that there is a QNPSERVD job in the QSYSWRK subsystem. If there is no job in the subsystem, start the Network Print Server with the Start Host Server (STRHOSTSVR *NETPRT) command.

With AS/400 NetServer, you no longer need additional proprietary PC software to handle basic print serving needs.

With TCP/IP and an LPD/LPR printer queue on your PC, you can take advantage of AS/400 DASD to spool print jobs for network print requests instead of on the disk drive of the PC with the attached printer. AS/400 NetServer is easy to configure and use and it helps integrate your AS/400 with your Windows clients

Figure 2: The AS/400 NetServer Print Share dialog panel allows you to share OS/400 output queues for ASCII, AFP, and SCS printers.

Figure 4: This is a Windows PC view of an AS/400 output queue accessed via AS/400 NetServer.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Print Servers wisely! Good luck!

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