Network your USB devices! The USB 2.0 Server ($129) makes it possible for USB printers (including multi-function printers), USB scanners, USB hard drives and other types of USB devices to be used and shared by PCs on a network. It is ideal for home office, small office or classroom use.
I have been really pleased with the way this has performed, over both a wireless and a ethernet network. I use it pretty much all of the time over the ethernet network here, but once of twice I have had cause to use it over a wireless network and it has performed just fine.
How it works
As it is a server it requires the software to be installed on each computer (Mac and Windows) that you want to access the USB device, so that is the first thing that you do. This provides you with a simple control panel that once you have attached your devices, in my case a printer and a scanner that I wanted to share, it shows the devices as available devices on the network. Then to connect to the device you click the green icon, and to disconnect you click on the red button, and you know what? It really is that simple and that effective.
What I have found particularly useful has been the portability and ease of set up as this has allowed me to move it around as circumstances dictate.
I would say that this is the perfect addition to any home with multiple computers and USB devices that need to be shared. A very solid performer.
Why Buy It
- Share USB printers, scanners and other USB devices via a network
- Access USB devices from a Wi-Fi laptop
- Extend a USB connection to any distance
For use with a wide range of USB devices including printers, multi-function printers, scanners, hard drives, HID devices (mice and keyboards), bar code scanners, thumb print readers, graphics tablets, data loggers, POS devices, telescopes, PDA cradles, digital cameras, thumb drives, electronic white boards and more.
The USB 2.0 Server does not currently support attachment of USB hubs. Hub support is expected to be added in a future firmware update.
USB audio and video products are not supported at this time.
- Windows XP of Vista (32 bit)
- Mac OSX (10.3.9 or later)