Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G print server
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: WPS54GU2
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CNET editors' review
price range: $64.00 - $163.70
- Reviewed by: Stephanie Bruzzese
- Edited by: Allen Fear
- Reviewed on: 04/05/2005
- Released on: 08/01/2004
The good: Connects to parallel- and USB-based printers; SNMP support.
The bad: Arduous setup process; lacks WPA support.
The bottom line: In theory, a print server can be useful, but the Linksys WPS54GU2 is not reliable enough for us to recommend.
Don't waste your money
by willelmus on September 21, 2005
Pros: Takes away money you don't need (if you have money you don't need); otherwise, no pro
Cons: Does not work
Summary: This print server is a wretched excuse for a piece of electronics. It is difficult to set up, and even harder to keep functional. It prints with all the speed ...
Summary: This print server is a wretched excuse for a piece of electronics. It is difficult to set up, and even harder to keep functional. It prints with all the speed of a somnolent slug, when it works at all. Save yourself! Avoid this piece of junk at all costs! You are just flushing money down the toilet to buy this horrid device.
Cannot change default key WEP 128Bit Encryption
by nataliesCTS on August 25, 2005
Pros: Looks nice if you can call that a Pro!
Cons: Doesn't work with 128Bit encryption on other than default key
Summary: If you have an exisiting wireless structure and do not wish to completely reconfigure it at Linksys supports say so then do not buy this product. You may not be ...
Summary: If you have an exisiting wireless structure and do not wish to completely reconfigure it at Linksys supports say so then do not buy this product. You may not be in our scenario yet if you find that you are do not be surprised as I was when LinkSys tech support's only response to a bug in their product being 'send it back' and buy someone else's product. Scenario: Entire wireless network for voice and data already working happily on 128bit encryption and transmisson key 2, Linksys print server will not work on anything other than default key 1, it took some time to convince the tech support guy of this, you can use different keys happily on wep64bit but not 128bit - ANNOYING!! I advised them of this about 6 weeks ago and they are still on a firmware first released in 2003 so no doubt others are waiting for bug fixes that they just cannot be bothered to fix. This will be my last Linksys product.
Linksys (WPS54GU2) Wireless Print Server
by ML_Hotz on July 27, 2005
Pros: Price and Potential
Cons: Set up problems
Summary: I am having exactly the same problems setting up this printer server as most of those who have been having difficulties. My problem is simply that when I use the ...
Summary: I am having exactly the same problems setting up this printer server as most of those who have been having difficulties. My problem is simply that when I use the Set-Up Wizard my print server cannot be detected on the system...and I thought this was going to be as easy as setting up my Linksys wireless router (which is an excellent product).
What would be a great help here from everyone is if we all could write down the steps we used to actually solve our Wireless Print Server headaches.
When I first connected my LAN, Parallel and Power cables to my Linksys Wireless Print Server, I found that the Set-Up Wizard could not find it through the wireless LAN. However, the trouble-shooting guide that comes with the Set-Up Wizard stipulates:
7. To start over, I need to set the PrintServer to its factory default settings. Unplug the PrintServer’s power adapter. Press the Reset button while you plug in the PrintServer’s power adapter. Continue to hold the Reset button for 10 seconds and then release it. This will reset the password, wireless, and other settings on the PrintServer to the factory defaults. In other words, the PrintServer will revert to its original factory configuration.
After I followed these instructions the Set-Up Wizard immediately was able to detect the print server through the wireless LAN, and I was then able to configure it accordingly...it now works.
I hope this helps
Don't buy this!
by tommo6210 on July 22, 2005
Pros: None that I can find
Cons: Easier to learn Chinese!
Summary: Sounded like the ideal solution to my printer sharing problems, but after hours of trying to get an OfficeJet 4110 printer working on the USB port, and several hours talking ...
Summary: Sounded like the ideal solution to my printer sharing problems, but after hours of trying to get an OfficeJet 4110 printer working on the USB port, and several hours talking to a very polite, but robotic technical helpdesk person have still been unable to get it working.
Save hours of your life... don't buy this!
Patience is a virtue
by tyafrica on July 19, 2005
Pros: Under $100
Cons: Needs an act of Congress to set up.
Summary: Well I got it to work, but I had to call the helpline three times. They were very helpful as always. Not having the IP address for the server is ...
Summary: Well I got it to work, but I had to call the helpline three times. They were very helpful as always. Not having the IP address for the server is the problem. And it did not come with instruction on how to set up wireless computers. I found out the if you go to www.linksys.com/kb and type in your model number you can find out all kinds of help. I go mine going with the helpline.
Impossible to Setup
by Bobaloo01 on July 18, 2005
Pros: Other than Linksys name...?
Cons: Difficult / Impossible to Setup
Summary: Purchased after researching prices w/ "G" Access point and several cards for home net.
Spent WAY too much time trying to decifer manual, got it to print ONCE while wired, ...
Summary: Purchased after researching prices w/ "G" Access point and several cards for home net.
Spent WAY too much time trying to decifer manual, got it to print ONCE while wired, not at ALL wireless.
Linksys Support has started to fail me, as after several attemts, I could not get someone who spoke english clearly enough to help, although I WILL give that they were VERY willing to stay online and TRY, I just couldn't keep repeating myself, or asking them to repeat themselves.
Am looking at other servers, and am TEMPTED by Linksys WPS54G, but not SURE.
A Nightmare to Set-up
by rbickle on April 18, 2005
Pros: USB and Parallel Support (In Theory)
Cons: Impossible to Set-up
Summary: A bought this to run two printers remotely in my wirelss network. I am usig a Motorola SG1000 (Great Product), a Canon S820 Printer (Great Product) and an HP Laserjet ...
Summary: A bought this to run two printers remotely in my wirelss network. I am usig a Motorola SG1000 (Great Product), a Canon S820 Printer (Great Product) and an HP Laserjet 2000 (Great product as well). I have three desktops and three laptops of various breeds, a Media Center Extender, and a mix of hardwire and wireless connectivity. The printers need to be remote due to the office set-up and the number of PCs sharing the printers. Now the issues-
It took mutiple calls to Linksys to get the laser jet running on the USB port. After I had it all going, I added the S820 to the parallel port. Everything fell apart after that. The product stopped working, it shut off communication, and mutiple resets did not help. After two more hours with Linksys their best advice, send it back.
My best advice, don't buy this product and save yourself three hours and postage to Linksys.
If you follow the directions you will be just fine
by gibbyoh on April 16, 2005
Pros: Great range, high speed, Product Documentations are good
Cons: had to update firmware right out of the box, trouble connecting to wireless router
Summary: If you follow the directions to the T you will do fine. Make sure you set it up though a wired connection first. The only trouble I had was that ...
Summary: If you follow the directions to the T you will do fine. Make sure you set it up though a wired connection first. The only trouble I had was that the Wireless network showed the Channel as 0 and not 6 under status. I fixed this by unpluging the network cable and power cycling the print server
by cfsnco on April 12, 2005
Pros: Good connection & Speed
Cons: None yet, I 'd I had it for about 6 months now
Summary: I bought the WPS54GU for USB 2.0 along with the Linksys WRT54GS with Speed booster and did not have any problems setting it up or configuring it. I have ...
Summary: I bought the WPS54GU for USB 2.0 along with the Linksys WRT54GS with Speed booster and did not have any problems setting it up or configuring it. I have found it to to be fast and reliable. I have it setup in the den/office and haven't had problems printing from the living room using my laptop. I have it connected using a USB connection to the printer and don't have any issues with either. Set up was snap without having to call Tech support and when I called (due to something else) I always found them to be knowledgeable. I have had problems configuraton problems with the WRE54G range expander but that's another story altogether.
Very difficult to set up, and connect.
by Ismet on April 12, 2005
Pros: When it works, it is great.
Cons: Keep losing connections while printing.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: WPS54GU2
- Description: The Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer for USB 2.0 lets you connect a USB or parallel printer (or both!) 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 printers 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 printers 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. There's also a separate port for a standard parallel printer. For even more versatility, you can connect two printers, one to each port, and send your documents to whichever one is most appropriate for each print job. 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 / parallel
- Width 4.1 in
- Depth 5.3 in
- Height 1.2 in
- Weight 0.4 lbs
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b,
- Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
- Networking type Print server
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Status Indicators Link activity,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Compatible Slots None
- Connections 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A,
1 x Parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25)
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable ( External ),
1 x Network cable ( External )
- Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP,
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
- Min Processor Type 200 MHz
- Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM
- System Requirements Details Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP - RAM 64 MB
- Service & Support 3 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%