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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server Network
I recently got an IOGear USB Print Server (GSPU01) so I could connect all my computers to the same printer without having to dedicate a particular machine to the printer, and I thought I would share the setup process with anyone that was interested. First of all I chose the IOGear over the Hawkings because the box was labeled as built for Mac OS X. Supposedly these print servers will work with Post Script Printers right out of the box; however, I have an Epson C82 which is not a Post Script printer.

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My first challenge was to assign a static IP address to the Print Server. I could not figure out how to connect to the print server with my PowerBook, so I finally used the CD that came with it and one of my Windpws2000 machines for this portion of the setup. Maybe someone else knows the solution for that. Once the IP address is set, you can do any additional administration via the web interface or via telnet using the Terminal app. Incidentally, the web interface requires you to log in and the documentation doesn't specify that the user name is "admin".

Next I had to add the printer to my Max OS X machines using Print Setup Utility (Print Center in Jaguar). In order for this printer to work on a network in this manner, it is necessary to have GhostScript and Gimp-print printer drivers installed. These are included on the Panther install CD, but are not installed by default. They did not come as part of Jaguar. If you need them they are available from the Gimp-print for Mac OS X website.

In Panther, you need to click on add printer and then select IP printing. For the Printer type select LPD/LPR. Then, enter the IP address that was assigned to the print server. Leave the Queue Name black and select your printer model from the list. If your printer isn't included in the list check the Gimp-print web site to make sure it is supported. Lastly, click the add button.

In Jaguar the process is almost the same except when you click on the add printer button you need to hold down the option key. This will add advanced to the list that results. Select advanced and then for device select LPD/LPR Host or Printer. Next type in a name for the device, whatever you wish. Then type in the URL that was assigned to the print server. Lastly select your printer model from the list and click the add button.

A new printer will be in the list of printers. You can now select it and click the info icon, select show info from the Printers menu, to give it a more descriptive name.

That was pretty much it, everything has been working great ever since.
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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: digitaltvguy on Jan 26, '04 09:14:40PM

I used the demo version of Intermapper to "locate" the print server. Since it defaults to DHCP it is a way to discover the current IP of the IOGear print server.

Once the IP is located, you can set up the print server using the built in http server and set it to a static address.

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-Chris



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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: digitaltvguy on Jan 26, '04 09:26:19PM

By the way for those who don't know, the IOGear print server is an ultra-cheap print server ($50) about the size of an egg.

http://www.iogear.com/products/product.php?Item=GPSU01

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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: edman on Feb 16, '04 07:08:04AM

Thanks for sharing the process... without this instructions there was no way I would had gotten my usb print server to work. I am using the Hawkings print server and it sound that overall it is easier to installed than the IOgear one (once you read the Gimp-print instructions). I am running Jaguar 10.8 on a PB Ti 1Gz and the Hawkings setup is nice because you can access the server with the internet broser (i used explorer to ensure compatibility). Now my Canon S600 is up an runing (using the S800 drive as the S600 is not directly supported) and I am able to use it from both my "work" IBM T41 W2K and my "home" Ti.



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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: LieseS on Apr 07, '04 04:19:23AM

Ed, How did you get the Hawking print server to work?! I have tried and tried to set the IP address of the printserver using an ethernet cable and opening terminal and using the arp command to set an IP address (in the same range as the ethernet port) to the print server's MAC address. I am going to give up on this thing! Their tech support couldn't make it work. The Apple guy at CompUSA couldn't make it work. Any help appreciated..



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Just find the IOGear USB Print Server via Rendezvous
Authored by: Brandon White on Mar 05, '05 03:48:43PM

There's an easier way to initially locate this print server, because the device is Rendezvous-enabled (or whatever we'll eventually call Rendezvous).

When you plug in the IOGear Print Server, it grabs an IP address from your LAN's DHCP server or router, then begins broadcasting its own presence via Rendezvous. You then launch Safari at your computer, open Safari preferences, click the Bookmarks pane, and click "Include Rendezvous" in your Bookmarks Bar setting. From there, you'll have a folder in your Bookmarks Bar that lists all the Rendezvous web sites found. Your IOGear Print Server's web interface will be one of the available Rendezvous websites available. Hit that site and configure away.

In my experience, none of this was true with Hawking Tech's competing device, making the choice of IOGear's product an easy one.



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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: edman on Feb 16, '04 07:09:56AM

Thanks for sharing the process... without this instructions there was no way I would had gotten my usb print server to work. I am using the Hawkings print server and it sound that overall it is easier to installed than the IOgear one (once you read the Gimp-print instructions). I am running Jaguar 10.8 on a PB Ti 1Gz and the Hawkings setup is nice because you can access the server with the internet broser (i used explorer to ensure compatibility). Now my Canon S600 is up an runing (using the S800 drive as the S600 is not directly supported) and I am able to use it from both my "work" IBM T41 W2K and my "home" Ti.



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How to set up an IOGear USB Print Server
Authored by: j.gilbert on May 20, '04 02:08:42AM

Same here. Used XP to set it up. With your instructions above, working like a charm from Jaguar 10.2.8. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure Linux Fedora will like it too. Thanks for the post!



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How to set up a GigaFast Print server
Authored by: pecosbill on Aug 05, '04 12:47:04PM
This was the most recent hint that relates to my challenges. So, if you want to set up a GigaFast print server (EE171-PR) on OS 10.3, read on. The box states it supports OS 8 & higher! Their website was pretty crappy/useless.

GigaFast stupidly leaves the IP interface disabled so you will probably have to have a winhell box to turn that on (even a crossover cable from peecee at work might do the trick). Alternatively, you might search on here for the arp UNIX command. I found a hint showing how you might be able to assign an IP with the MAC address printed on the box. Didn't try it. So, using their winhell utility, you can set a manual IP address or turn on DHCP. It will then require a restart of the PS.

Once it's available, go back to a Mac and install the latest stable release of GIMP-Print (4.2.7 worked for me). Note, at this point all wires must be connected and the printer turned on.

Then, open Print Center and click the add button. Select IP Printing & LPD/LPR printing from the list below that. For the address, put in its IP address. You can try the default queue, but if that doesn't work, try lp3, lp2, lp1 in that order (3 worked for me). The queue drop down list actually showed lp3 so it might for you as well.

Lastly, you will need to select your printer from the Mfr list and click add. My Epson C80 works with the caveats below.

This is from memory so I may update at a later date. Also, if anyone has any info on making Carbon apps print better, I'd be grateful. Right now the only thing I can think of is to preview my prints and then print from there. (Specifically, gradients from AppleWorks were TOTALLY hosed)

For Jag (10.2), the same steps above ought to work except there are no drop down lists for address/queue and no selecting LPD/LPR printing.

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Pecos Bill

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How to set up a GigaFast Print server
Authored by: pecosbill on Aug 05, '04 07:30:09PM
The hint on here to set up the IP address remotely is here but I've not tried it yet.

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Pecos Bill

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How to set up a GigaFast Print server
Authored by: hope on Jun 13, '05 09:33:56PM

I just set up my GigaFast print server. The bad news is that I *had* to use Windows; the good news is that it works. Here's what I learned:

1. The static arp entry trick (arp -s, see above) didn't work for me.
2. The Wizard software installer did NOT work on my (work) ThinkPad T42 with Windows XP. I found the manual install of PS_Admin, and used that software to discover the print server and configure it.
3. I skipped the configuration options in PS_Admin that weren't IP.
4. The IP interface (on mine) wasn't disabled, but it had a static IP address. The IP address was either 192.168.0.5 or 192.168.0.4 (sorry I don't remember); the gateway was 192.168.0.1. I forget which common SOHO router vendor uses 192.168.0.x, might be Netgear. Anyway, all I did was set it to DHCP instead of that static address, and took it home. This print server has been working ever since!

The web interface works (Tiger, 10.4), the EE171-PR print server recognizes my old Canon i850, it's a tiny print server (slightly smaller than its not-too-big power wart), and I'm really curious to see what's stored in SNMP (hopefully more than the sysLocation and sysContact that I set via web interface).

Sorry I don't have a non-Windows way to configure this print server.



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