NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch

NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch

  • Print wirelessly and connect to more than one printer
  • No need to add print servers, wireless adapters, or unsightly Ethernet cables
  • Two USB ports and a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet Switch
  • Easy setup via Smart Wizard configuration assistant
  • Works with all standard 802.11g and 802.1b wireless routers and access points

Wireless printing for four or more users! Would you and the other users in your network like the freedom to print wirelessly? And, to connect to more than one printer, without having to add print servers, wireless adapters, or unsightly Ethernet cables? With NETGEAR's 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-Port Switch, now you can! In seconds, you can connect two printers and four PCs to your wireless network – all with one simple device. NETGEAR's 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server has two USB port

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  1. P. Benda says:

    Review by P. Benda for NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch
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    I have a wirelss network w/3 pc’s, one Mac Powerbook, w/netgear router, and now the WGPS606 netgear printserver (my motorola WPS870G was half the $$$ and easier to set up on my Powerbook, but got killed by lightning storm yesterday); I have an old laserjet & HP officejet d145. Contrary to rumors, you can get the WPS870G to printserve wirelessly from Mac/OSX through the network (i.e., powerbook is wireless, printserver is also wireless)

    1-I set a dedicated IP address in my router to associate w/my printserver…To do this: in 192.168.0.1 (which is the router) I renewed IP addresses, looked into the router’s assignment table, and figured out that the printserver was at 192.168.0.4, so I just assigned it to 192.168.0.4; to do the assignment, you also need the device (i.e., the printserver’s) MAC address; that’s the trick…the MAC address on the netgear printserver is called the “device” or “hardware” MAC address, and it’s the number printed on the box itself; if you go to the printserver ip address (in my case, 192.168.0.4), you find netgear’s set up pages for the printserver; the printserver has two mac addresses, the 2nd is called something like the `wireless’ MACaddress; that wireless MAC address (which is only different by one digit at the end) is what you use when you set up a dedicated IP address for the print server; when you’ve done all this, you should probably go back into 192.168.0.1 (your router set up pages) try to renew ip addresses to see if the assigned printserver address (in my case, 192.168.0.4) shows up and shows up with the right MAC address

    3- when setting up a new printer in printer set up utility, you select IP Printing + LPD/LPR, printer address is your new ip address that you assigned (192.168.0.4 in my case) and queue name is L1 (presumably L2 if you have a second printer)

    btw, you may need to upgrade the driver (I needed an HPIJS driver for my multi-function HP d145); the original driver didn’t even install from the cd

  2. Jerry Saperstein says:

    Review by Jerry Saperstein for NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch
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    Netgear generally makes okay products. I use several of them without complaint.

    I had hoped to use the WGPS606 Wireless Print Server, but it just isn’t worth the effort to bothet with it. It’s going back for a refund.

    Before you consider purchasing one, consult the Netgear web site to see if it is compatible with your printer. The list is surprisingly short. Multi-function devices, other than the print function, are not supported. Nor at this point is Windows Vista, but that may well be rectified in time.

    The installation wizard immediately warns you to shut down your firewall – and does not provide any guidance as to what port forwarding might enable thr WGPS606 to work with a firewall. That, in my opinion, is just plain dumb.

    In my case, the install wizard seemed to work smoothly. I clicked on “Print Test Page” and the test document flowed to the spooler – and then nothing. Netgear’s web site has little in the way of troubleshooting information. (Their quickstart guide is a total joke.)

    There’s a manual downloadable from the Netgear site, but it is not overly helpful.

    It’s just as easy in my particular situation to set up a wired print server, which is precisely what I’m going to do. Better that than beat my head against the wall with yet another inadequately supported product. As noted, Netgear makes pretty good products, but their documentation and tech support resources leave a lot to be desired. I’m just fed up with wasting my time because the manufacturer didn’t care enough about their customer to fulfill what I consider to be their responsibility to the customer.

    Jerry

  3. D. Whiting says:

    Review by D. Whiting for NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch
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    I’m not reviewing this on the Print Server functionality, since I don’t actually use it for that. As another reviewer stated in his review, this is the only reasonably priced, widely available wireless bridge I could find. I have a lot of wired network devices in one room upstairs with the router and modem in my landlord’s office downstairs. Rather than buy wireless cards for all those devices or run a wire downstairs, this did the trick. I plug everything (including another switch) into this switch and I’m connected to the router downstairs.

    It took some tweaking to get it working correctly. At first, it would drop connection for seemingly no reason and not pick it up again. Somehow that went away, enough resetting and tweaking and it’s worked great for the last 5 months or so.

  4. Normal Guy says:

    Review by Normal Guy for NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch
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    I read scary reviews about print servers and was very reluctant to buy one, however, I eventually broke down and bought the Netgear WGPS606, 54Mbps. I was shocked that it was a piece of cake to install. The wizard spoon feeds you the installation steps. 1) You make sure that the printer you want to share has a driver installed on the computer (any computer can be used to configure your computer). 2) You disconnect your computer from your router (if applicable) and connect the print server via network cable provided 3) the wizard configures the printer to the Print server. I ran into problems at this stage, however, the wizard offered three possible troubleshooting scenarios – one was related to the firewall. Surely enough, once I disabled my firewall, the wizard was able to continue with configuring the print server 4) the wizard then automatically assigned an IP and tested a print page. It worked great! Then I moved the print server to a corner in our living room (stand alone- connected to the printer only). Next I ran the wizard on each laptop to configure the connection to the print server … it took less than 5 minutes per machine before it started printing. Again, the only problem was related to my software firewalls (Zonealarm and Norton) – Once I disable both and everything worked. Once done, I re-enabled my firewalls and everything still worked. Great product. All in all, it took less than an hour. I should have done it sooner.

  5. MentorBrock says:

    Review by MentorBrock for NETGEAR WGPS606 54 Mbps Wireless Print Server with 4-port Switch
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    I bought this server after reading the generally positive reviews not realizing that it has huge compatibility issues with a lot of printers. […]

    They have a compatibility list and an incompatibility list. My printers were on neither and after a long tech support process learned that the printers are not compatible. They must produce this list through the experiences of customers like myself. Check the list, because a lot of state-of-the-art printers are not compatible with this print server and thus do not work at all.