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Mark Atwood
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A review of the Netgear PS101 Mini Print Server
The Netgear PS101 is a cool little product. The size of a connector backshell, and turns any parallel port printer into a network printer. And for the most part, so far, it Just Works.

There are some niggling little details that would make it perfect, such as support for IPP and IEEE802.3af PoE and ZeroConf with UPnP (for the windows folks) and Rendezvous (for the mac folks). But just DHCP and LPR is good enough, and needing to plug in Yet Another wall wart isn't too painful.

I wish that the docs wouldn't say it supports "Windows LPR" tho. LPR is a horrible horrible protocol, "worthy" of BillyShit, but still, it's not. And it pisses me off when credit is given to them for things that are not theirs.
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simonb From: simonb Date: July 13th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The AXIS network print servers do IPP out of the box and just work; unfortunately they don't appear to have any models which support power over ethernet. Its a shame really since some of their network cameras do support 802.3af PoE. That said, AXIS do sell some Power over Ethernet splitters to provide PoE to devices which don't support it directly. The fun thing about this is that there are two ways of supporting PoE - either using the unused pins on a 10/100BaseT connection or modulating the power over the data pins directly. Both are within spec so it does mean some fun matching devices correctly.

I've got a AXIS 5600+ which has just worked since I got it.
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