Aug 11, 2003, 05:43 PM
This is the first thing of it's type to work with Rendezvous, I think.
It's seems really cool, and they claim it works with other third party printers with a USB port.
Aug 11, 2003, 06:16 PM
I couldn't tell from the spec.s whether it's USB2 speed or just 1.1 with the bait-and-switch officially approved 2.0 lingo (for 1.1 "compatibility"). Doesn anyone know what "Compatible with the USB 2.0 Full Speed specification" means in terms of USB speed.
If it were USB2, I would think they'd use the official "Hi Speed" nomenclature. If it's not, they should use the other nomenclature. I do not know what "Full Speed" means.
Scratch that. It's USB1.1 (doh). Why they would create a forward looking product with an obsolete technology is... typical. Nice idea, next generation should be better.
Here's a link for the site designating full speed as not hi-speed:
The site perpetuates the nomenclature ambiguity and tomfoolery by suggesting only two descriptors (even though there are three speeds). HP is being specific that they support USB1.1 (instead of USB1). Unfortunately, full speed USB2 (IMHO) is misleading as it's not full speed, its fractional speed (12mbps versus 480mbps). USB.org committee is a crock.
This sort of device would also be nice wireless 802.11g (instead of ethernet).
Aug 11, 2003, 09:15 PM
OK, forget that it's the first of it's kind to offer Rendezvous support...
There are many uses for this too...
Most printers that need the major bandwidth are already networkable, so USB 2 is kinda pointless. USB 1 works for most general printing needs at home, or the small office, which is what this product is intended for.
As for wireless connectivity, it would've put this thing out of the price range of many people's budgets. If you need wireless, just plug this thing into your wireless router, or whatever your router is hooked up to.
I have an HP network adapter for my Laser Jet 1200, and whenever the router resets, or something happens to the network, it seems as if my printer's IP address changes. My D-Link router really sucks with handling static IPs. A device like this (costing less than the HP device), would be really nice, because I wouldn't have to configure the printer every time something changes.
For the audience this device is targeted to (home use, home office, or small business), I'd say it's a great solution for networked printing. It's main use is to put a small, normally non-networkable printer on a network. If you want wireless, get a wireless router or access point. If you want faster speeds, get a printer made to be networked.