Knowledgebase: Printer Server
What are the limitations of the USB Printer Port?
Posted by Gabriel Yu on 02 April 2008 12:43 AM

From users remarks there appear to be several limitations of
the USB Printer port on the newer Vigor 2600plus/G/V and Vigor 2900 series
models. They are:


  • Does not support bi-directional printer interface. If your printer
    comes with a utility or driver software that detects how full the ink
    cartridge is, it will not work.
  • Cannot support the other modes of multi-function printer/scanner/fax
    devices.
  • Cannot print documents larger than the printers buffer memory

I recommend three alternatives:


  1. Connect your USB printer to one of your computers (which is powered
    on most of the time, such as a server), and use the Windows built-in
    printer sharing.
  2. Use a dedicated Printer Server device; or dedicate an old PC (a 386
    is quite adequate) to being the Printer Server using the Windows built-in
    printer sharing.
  3. Purchase a network printer (such as the Dell 1700n laser at $419).
    This has networking functionality built-in, and simply plugs into your
    LAN using a standard ethernet cable.

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