Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer WPS54G - print server
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: WPS54G
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- Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 53 reviews
- The Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer lets you connect a USB printer directly to your network, eliminating the need to dedicate a PC to print sharing chores. Using a PrintServer frees up your ""print share PC"" so you don't have to leave it on all the time. It also removes the printing bottleneck, and sets your PC free to do more ... Read more
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Warning: Does not work with many printers!
by jgoodman1 on August 21, 2005
Pros: Easy to configure with Linksys brand router
Cons: Doesn't work with my printer!
Summary: There is no disclosure on the box but this print server will NOT work with most multifunction printers and many regular printers. The device was easy to set up but ...
Summary: There is no disclosure on the box but this print server will NOT work with most multifunction printers and many regular printers. The device was easy to set up but it then could not detect my printer (the USB light was not lit). Linksys tech support told me to exchange the print server and after another trip to the store, the problem remained. Linksys then told me that they knew about compatibility problems between the print server and MANY printers. The most annoying thing is that they don't mention this on the box. EVEN MORE ANNOYING IS THAT THEY WILL NOT PROVIDE ME WITH A LIST OF COMPATIBLE PRINTERS!!! So, if you have a multi function printer (fax/copier/printer), don't waste your time buying this. And if you have a regular printer, make sure that you can return the print server before buying it, because there is a good chance it won't work with your printer. Very poor job by Linksys product development here.
17 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Linksys WPS54G Wireless-G Print Server
by TechnoMommy on January 3, 2007
Pros: Great Wireless Printer Server for Non-BiDirectional Printers (ie Multifunctional Printers)
Cons: Difficult setting up if you do not use the setup disc.
Summary: I have been working with my home networking for about 3 years now and thought I new it all. So I tried to setup this printer server my own way. ...
Summary: I have been working with my home networking for about 3 years now and thought I new it all. So I tried to setup this printer server my own way. Which took me a couple hours to realize my way was not working. So I used the setup disc and followed it step by step.
Made sure the WEP matched the WEP on the router. Then "BAM" it works like a dream.
This is not a Multifunctional Printer Server. Printer/Fax/Scanners needs bi-directional communication with computers to scan documents and read ink levels.
(Bi-Directional means 2 way communication)
This is a great printer server for the average color inkjet or small monochrome laser printer.
I use this printer server with a Minolta QMS 1250W Monochrome printer.
Linksys has come out with a new Multifunctional Printer Server (WPSM54G). Which supposed have Bi-Directional Capability. It came out December 2006 and there is no reviews yet for it or information on Linksys Website. But you can buy it at Walmart.com for $110.Updated
I forgot to add that in the properties of your printer click off the bi-directional box. If you do not do this the printer will not work.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Works great after working to set it up
Pros: Error-free, fast printing once set up. Physically smaller size and lower price than others on market.
Cons: Installations instructions flat out wrong. Knowledge base not yet populated. Must call tech support. Disappointed that claimed WPA support is not provided. Print spooling must be disabled, so application sending job remains tied up until near end of print
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sorry, no multifunction support
by scoamarks on August 20, 2005
Pros: Cisco backed reliability, easy setup.
Cons: Does not support multifunction printers.
Summary: I am a Network Engineer by profession and decided to test the Linksys WPS54G at home because there were so many conflicting reviews. The setup was fairly easy, but for ...
Summary: I am a Network Engineer by profession and decided to test the Linksys WPS54G at home because there were so many conflicting reviews. The setup was fairly easy, but for the average home user I believe it could present some challenges. Follow some of these tips to make the setup easier. If your wireless network is setup with MAC filters or encryption, disable both of these prior to setup. You can reactivate them later after you have added it to your network. Configure the device from a machine that is hard wired to the network. Do not attempt to configure the device from a computer connected via wireless connection or it could cause problems. Make sure that whatever printer you want to use with the device is setup on your computer prior to installing the print server. Later in the setup, the printer configuration looks for the printer driver to be already installed on your computer. The printer configuration automatically installs a new TCP/IP printer port, so there is no need to manually configure one. There were also some questions in other reviews whether this device will work with multifunction machines. It will work fine if you only want to print. But the other functions will not work, i.e. scanning. It says right on the box that it is not recommended with multifunction devices. I have an Epson CX5400 and the scanning function would not work with it. Epson recommends using their wireless print server with their multifunction machines (part number: C12C824221 $179.99). Ouch! There were also some comments that the print server gets hot. The specifications say it will operate up to 104 degrees F under normal conditions. So I don’t really see this as a concern. Overall this is a good wireless print server, but not for multifunction printers.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Investment - I bought Two!!
by ajtrek on September 20, 2005
Pros: Does What It's Suppose to Do - Will Send Print To MFP's
Cons: Geared toward a Linksys Router - Setup Wizard Has Limited Capability - Effective Tech Support Depends Upon Who Answers The Call
Summary: This is an excellent print server. It prefers to interface with a Linksys router; but with extra effort it will work with others. The provided CD setup wizard is adequate ...
Summary: This is an excellent print server. It prefers to interface with a Linksys router; but with extra effort it will work with others. The provided CD setup wizard is adequate up to a point. If you are using WEP security (with a Manual Key) it will not allow you proceed without entering a "passphrase". To continue beyond this point you must logon to the setup website usng the print servers IP address which should have been displayed during the initial setup using the CD. You may have to change the last number of the print server's IP address if you have other components using that same number. Once you make the change that is the IP address you will use to access the print server on-line. Contrary to popular belief the print server WILL work with MFP's. You will not be able to use the scan, copy or fax functions (wirelessly); but you can PRINT wirelessly. All you have to do is setup a standard TCP/IP port for the printer using the same IP address as the print server's. I did so with a Canon MP730 MFP. Dependable Tech Support depends upon who answers your call (language and sometimes knowledge base problems exist).
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Does not work
by DGBoston on January 21, 2008
Pros: It's small and compact.
Cons: Contradictory instructions. Product doesn't do what it says it will. Unhelpful online help.
Summary: I wanted to connect my new printer to my wireless linksys router, so I bought this printserver. The directions are simple, however, they contradict themselves. For example, I use WEP ...
Summary: I wanted to connect my new printer to my wireless linksys router, so I bought this printserver. The directions are simple, however, they contradict themselves. For example, I use WEP 64-bit encryption. On the set-up step (step 6 or 7) it allows me to select the encryption type and fill in a passphrase. I don't use a passphrase, which seems fine, since below this field the instructions say that if I don't use a passphrase, leave the field blank and I will be able to manually enter my key on the next step. So, I leave passphrase blank and it doesn't let me proceed to the next step - telling me the passphrase must be 1 to 16 characters. So, after failing to find away around this, I enter something. When I come to the next page, it has nothing to do with my WEP key. So, of course, when it comes time to check the connection at the end of the set-up instruction by unplugging the connection to the router, the set up says the wireless connection fails. Obviously it fails because it never let me enter the key.
I try to use the printserver wired to the router first, and then configure it for wireless later, but this failed too. First, it said "Select Printserver" but wouldn't let me proceed unless I selected the printer, not the printserver. Nitpicky, maybe. But on the next step, the printserver fails and it tells me to change my computer's IP address to match. I check the IP address and it already matches.
Finally, I tried the linksys website. The support pages are a maze of steps with links to clarification on each step. I followed the instructions here as well - changing the IP address to static and attempting to access the printserver's page through explorer. This failed as well.
I am thoroughly disappointed by the useless and contradictory instructions and would not recommend this printserver to anyone.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Unsuccessful installation. Half expected from Linksys.
by disguste on November 28, 2009
Pros: I kept the receipt.
Cons: Definitely not plug and play, more like plug and PRAY. Need a degree in computer science to install Cisco products. Not for consumers.
Summary: FUNCTIONALITY? FORGET IT! Linksys products never install as anticipated. Always has to be an ordeal. "Quick installation" manual?...Right! ...Bunch of liars. Just try to get support when the installation ...
Summary: FUNCTIONALITY? FORGET IT! Linksys products never install as anticipated. Always has to be an ordeal. "Quick installation" manual?...Right! ...Bunch of liars. Just try to get support when the installation does not go as planned. Your call to India will just put you right in the mood... That's when it dawns on you...you bought a piece of crap made in China, It wasn't designed to work with YOUR equipment, and Linksys really doesn't want to hear it. Talk to the out-sourced tech, if you understand technical terms in Ind-English. But, I was told, if I'd like, I can PAY THEM ANOTHER TEN BUCKS to fix my problem! Now isn't that American Ingenuity?! SHAME on Cisco!!
Horrible Support, Lousy Customer Service.
by Airbus300 on October 18, 2009
Pros: Allowing wireless use of your printer(s) from various PC's or laptops.
Cons: Unfriendly setup to use. Sometime's the server has to be reset or refreshed through it's software setup OR being unplugged. I think the heat eventually causes unit to fail like mine did just outside it's 3 year warranty.
Summary: I think I'd strongly consider another brand after I've been jerked around by Linksys live chat customer and/or technical support. The wirless routers that they make seem ...
Summary: I think I'd strongly consider another brand after I've been jerked around by Linksys live chat customer and/or technical support. The wirless routers that they make seem better functioning. They won't do a darn think for me despite being just outside the warranty period with my print server failing totally. Some of the better companies would do this though. The bottom line: Why spend your hard earned money for something poorly made and lousy customer service?
Waist of Money.
by dhj101 on May 5, 2009
Pros: Good to warm you hands on a cold night - The print server over heats. Does have a 3yr warranty, which you have to jump through a couple of hoops to get it replaced.
Cons: Says its compatible with the Canon MP600, then in a blog Linsys say its not. (Which is true, its not!)
Summary: Frustrating to setup, to discover its not compatible with my printer. After Linksys replaced it (13 months old) the sales rep told me to toss it in a years time ...
Summary: Frustrating to setup, to discover its not compatible with my printer. After Linksys replaced it (13 months old) the sales rep told me to toss it in a years time when it will fail again and buy a decent one next.
Works w/Vista, do some reading
by gurnx on January 8, 2009
Pros: Low power, inexpensive
Cons: No bidirectional support
Summary: Running multiple Vista clients; google 'wps54g vista' and found manual settings that got my printer working. Another option: run an XP client and manually copy the settings to your Vista ...
Summary: Running multiple Vista clients; google 'wps54g vista' and found manual settings that got my printer working. Another option: run an XP client and manually copy the settings to your Vista clients. Good support from Linksys via chat sessions.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: WPS54G
- Description: The Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer lets you connect a USB printer directly to your network, eliminating the need to dedicate a PC to print sharing chores. Using a PrintServer frees up your ""print share PC"" so you don't have to leave it on all the time. It also removes the printing bottleneck, and sets your PC free to do more useful work. Connect the PrintServer directly to your network by 10/100 Ethernet cable, or wirelessly over 54Mbps Wireless-G (802.11g). The wireless option lets you put your printer wherever you want to, without having to run cables. Whichever way the PrintServer is attached to your network, both your wireless and wired PCs will have access to it, and the printer it's connected to. And if you don't use wireless for general networking in your office, you can still use the Wireless-G connection in ad-hoc mode to print from visiting Wireless-G and Wireless-B PCs. The USB port is compatible with USB 1.1 printers, as well as printers that support the new high-speed USB 2.0 specification for even faster throughput. Your data is protected by up to 128-bit WEP encryption, or pre-shared-key WPA. A user-friendly Setup Wizard makes installation easy, the compact case fits anywhere, and the three megabyte print buffer size handles even large graphics-intensive print jobs. Let the Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer for USB 2.0 bring efficiency to your printing tasks.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Print server
- Form Factor External
- Interface (Bus) Type Hi-Speed USB
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Cabling Type Ethernet 100Base-TX,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Networking type Print server
- Status Indicators Power
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) x None
- Interfaces 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
- Compatible Slots None
- Connections 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type B
- Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP,
- Compliant Standards FCC
- Power Device Power adapter - External
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.2 in
- Depth 2.8 in
- Height 1 in
- Weight 0.2 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%