"The first step is the hardest." How many times have we heard that old adage — and it’s correct, too.
I finally made that first step and purchased a Buffalo Network USB 2.0 Print Server.
The second step was tough, too. The included instructions did not match the CDROM. They said to run the Setup program on the CDROM and that it will install the configuration program and manual to your computer. That was not the case.
Once I realized that, it was easy to solve. The configuration program didn’t even need to be installed!
When you run the CDROM, you can open the manual or run the Setup program directly from the CDROM. There is no option to install them to your computer. That’s no problem, though. There really is not an installer program on the CDROM. All I had to do is to copy the manual and the configuration program to my computer, to the location of my choice. I created C:\Program Files\Buffalo Technologies\USB Print Server and copied configuration program (lpv3utility.exe) and the manual (Manual.pdf) into it.
The configuration program (LPV3 Manager / lpv3utility.exe) searches the network to find the print server. In this case, it found the print server called LJ1200, although that was not its original name.
By double-clicking on the print server name, you open the Properties dialog box for that print server.
In the Basic Settings tab of the Properties dialog box, you can change the print server’s name to one of your choice, if you wish. You can set an administrator password, if you like. You can also set a port name (do not include a space in the name) and pick the port to use. Everything defaults to usable values, so you don’t have to change anything.
The critical things that you will need to know in order to set up a Windows computer to use the Buffalo print server are the Printer Server Name and the Port Name that you set on the Basic Settings tab.
The Protocol Settings tab allows you to configure the IP address if you want to or need to for your network. Select TCP/IP and then click on the Properties button.
By default, the printer server is set to acquire an IP address automatically via DHCP, just as a computer does. If it has trouble connecting to the DHCP server, it will default to IP address 192.168.11.222.
If that happens, just pull the power plug, wait a few seconds, and then plug it in again. Fortunately, the configuration program works without the print server having an IP address that is part of the network.
The manual recommends that you note the address that is assigned and then change from Automatic to Manual Setup. This seems like a dumb thing to do, as when your router reboots (such as after a power outage), it is likely to assign a different IP address. If you’re accessing the print server by IP address, you’d be out of luck.
You can turn on or turn off the DHCP server in a cable/DSL router. You can also specify the range of addresses that the router will use as well as the IP address and netmask for the network.
The router does not need to assign all IP addresses in the network. If you set it so that it does not use all the IP addresses, you can set some devices to use Static IP addresses if you need to do so.
Finally, if you decide you want to start over, it’s easy. Just use the Reset tab, which will let you reset the printer server to the factory options.