Get ready to clear off some excrescent wires in your office. In this article, you will discover an easy way to squeeze your cabling costs by making your printer accessible for any networked machine through the use of a wireless print server. We tested software and hardware solutions, so now we can tell you all about them.
Using the right software app grants you remote access to all sorts of USB peripherals through whatever network you have. Once you’ve installed FlexiHub on your machines, you can use any of them to make the most of your printer’s performance potential. Plus, it’ll just take you a few clicks to gain complete remote control over every single one of your USB devices to browse its contents and fully operate all its features. So basically, with FlexiHub, you get more than any of those hardware USB wireless printer servers will ever have to offer.
And it’s no matter which operating system you have on your office and home PCs, or if they are the same or not as FlexiHub is truly a cross-platform solution. There are versions for MS Windows (from 2000 and higher up), Linux, macOS, and Android that are totally intercompatible.
There is one more simple and effective way to avoid having to splash out on a hardware Wi-Fi print server. A software tool called USB Network Gate has a set of functions similar to FlexiHub, so you can use it to make your printer accessible from other machines in your network. Put simply, the computer that has your printer attached to it will function as a network print server for a USB printer.
With USB Network Gate, you can operate your printer remotely through your local network (both wired and wireless) and the Internet. And more than that, you can use this app to redirect a USB printer (or any other USB peripheral for that matter) to your RDP virtual machine.
It has to be noted that wireless print servers for USB printers is no more a leading-edge concept and yet it does not detract from its utility value. If you’ve experienced one (or more) of the scenarios listed below, you should definitely consider setting up a network print server.
For all undisputed strong points of external print server gadgets, it can’t be denied that software tools have much more to offer when it comes to sharing USB peripherals through the network. So here’s what you gain choosing a software app as your networking print server:
So what is a wireless print server when it comes to hardware tools? Typically, it’s a small gadget meant for making a USB printer accessible from all over your local network. Meaning, you can send a print job from any networked machine and not have to worry about cable length affecting your printer’s positioning. Just place it wherever you like.
A USB to Ethernet print server device can save you the trouble of having to reattach your printer every time you need to use it from another PC. Plug the printer into the device’s USB port, and it will instantly become remotely accessible through the network. For those preferring wireless networks, the best option would be a Wi-Fi printer server.
Every Wi-Fi print server device has an onboard wireless module you can use to share a device through the network without having to bother with wires. The only two cables you need is a standard USB to attach the printer, and a feed cable to power the print server. After you’ve attached those, the device is ready to go. Most commonly, you can tell the device status by LED indicator: green is for Active mode, and red is for Standby mode.