Wireless Print Server

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Feb 9th, 2007

We are in need of hooking up our printers to our Cisco wireless network. Most of the printers were previous hardwired; however, are now located in our new wireless warehouse. Some printers have parallel, USB2, and/or RJ45 connectors.

Our warehouse Cisco network consists of multiple 1242's using LWAP with TKIP encryption. The traffic to the printers should also support encryption.

Is there a recommended solution for previous hardwire printers in a wireless environment? Thanks.

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firemtngems Sat, 02/10/2007 - 23:37

At present I'm reviewing the HP Jetdirect EW2400, or the Linksys WPS54GU2. Unfortunately using another AP to bridge each printer would likely not be cost effective.

I'd love to hear of what others are using, if its working/dependable and are compatible with our Cisco 1242AP's using TKIP encryption.

Thanks.

andrew.brazier@... Mon, 02/12/2007 - 07:43

Linksys print servers are OK if you're just using WPA-PSK + TKIP. I'm not a fan of the HP ones as (unlike the Linksys models I've used) they don't have an ethernet interface so if the config process goes wrong (which it usually does) you have to factory it and start again. The last HP one I looked at would not do WPA-PSK either, needed a RADIUS server as well.

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