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Use the E-Tech Broadband Router's print server Network
I bought a dirt-cheap E-Tech Broadband Router with USB Printer Server (Model RTPR01), which officially supports the Mac platform only on the routing part of the product. There's no mention in the manuals about the built-in print server being compatible with Mac OS X, but I managed to make it work in a, for me, quite unexpected way. Note that I'm using Mac OS X 10.4.4 on a G3 iMac and G3 iBook. Now I can use the print server to print via my home network on an Epson Stylus Color 760. Here's how I did it:
  1. Download and install Gimp-Print 5.0.0-beta2 or later (not Gimp-Print 4.2.7, which doesn't work for reasons that I don't know).
  2. Add a printer in the Printer Setup Utility and then click the 'IP Printer' button.
  3. Type the IP-address of the E-Tech router (which is by default, but can be changed in anything you need).
  4. If you want, type a name and a location.
  5. Choose a suitable printer driver at the 'Print Using' drop-down menu.
  6. Choose 'HP Jet Direct - Socket' at the 'Protocol' drop-down menu.
  7. Click the 'Add' button in the Printer Browser dialogue.
Voilá! Your E-Tech Router/Print Server should work properly (supposing you connected all the cables properly). To me it was quite a surprise that it worked (after hours of trial-and-error) because I am printing with an Epson printer -- so I wouldn't expect the 'HP Jet Direct - Socket' protocol to work.

If your printer is still not working and you are using the E-Tech Router/Print Server behind an already working DHCP-server, make sure the first three octets (and only the first three octets) of the IP address of the E-Tech Router / Print Server match the first three octets of the IP addres of your DHCP server. In that case, you should also disable the built-in DHCP Server of the E-Tech Router/Print Server to avoid conflicts.
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Not really surprising
Authored by: _merlin on Feb 06, '06 02:22:01PM

JetDirect is the network encapsulation used to get data to the print server - not the communication protocol used to talk to the printer itself. JetDirect is a really simple encapsulation: the client just opens a TCP socket and sends data which the print server forwards to the printer. That's why it's implemented by most print servers.

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Use the E-Tech Broadband Router's print server
Authored by: sconley on Feb 06, '06 03:01:03PM

I was also able to get an 'unsupported' wireless printer router to work in a similar way. It is a Belkin F5D7231-4P.

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