New subscriber Mark had a question that he thought would be helped by one of my earlier articles, but I was writing about a different product. So he asked me:
I was excited to see your Buffalo usb printer article, but then saw "I bought the buffalo usb print server." I bought a Buffalo N300 gigabit router with usb. I want to plug in a usb printer which is part of the sales pitch, — on the box it says, "use an older usb printer on your network," but it doesn’t tell me how!!
Can the Google print cloud or something like that solve this problem? I can get a print server, I might even have an HP "convert to wireless printing," — that is basically a print server.
Thank you for any help you give.
I wasn’t familiar with that router, but the question piqued my interest. I checked out the Buffalo web site to see what I could find.
Their advertising "product sheet" clearly said that you could connect a USB printer to the router, and not just the more common connection for an external hard drive to add storage capacity to the network.
The manufacturer’s product page is AirStation™ HighPower N300 Gigabit DD-WRT Wireless Router. The page included a less-than-normally useful link to Documentation. I eventually found the product manual, and wrote back to Mark.
Hopefully someone from Buffalo Technology will read this comment and realize that they should provide a direct link from the product page to that product’s documentation. If they want to provide it as search results, then the link should search with the product number (which is on the web page) pre-populated for their search. All the visitor should have to do is click the link for Documentation to either see the manual or see links to the various documents.
I suggested that Mark download the manual for his new router. I didn’t see much in it related to a USB printer, but found a key in the screen image on page 23 (section 3.4.1). It’s talking about something else, but shows the USB Settings screen. You have to enable the USB Printer Support. Hopefully the router tells you what to do at that point.
Of course, if you’re running Windows, I would bet you’d use the standard Windows function to Add a Printer and tell it to find it on the network.
If you don’t have the manual, download it from the manufacturer’s web site. You’ll have to check the N300 page to get the actual model number, and then use the Documentation > Search function (which requires the model number). In my opinion, the Linksys and Netgear sites are much more user-friendly.
Note: Although I still have it, I no longer use my Buffalo USB print server. I changed to a Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition to provide easy access to the printer from iPhone and iPad, as well as from wired and wireless computers.