Any Mac and Windows 64-bit friendly multi-functional print server?

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  1. hajime, May 7, 2011
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    hajime macrumors 68040

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    Hello. Looks like I need a multi-functional wireless print server. On the internet, I read that some of the servers are difficult to set up. Others are not compatible with the Mac nor the 64-bit version of Windows. Any recommended product that is both Mac and Windows 64-bit friendly? Trentnet's support told me that their print servers are not compatible with 64-bit version of Windows. Linksys told me that their print server has only 1 USB port. I need 2-3 ports. Any experience with the D-Link DPR-1260?

    Details of my computers and printers:

    I have a MBP running Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit. I also have a desktop PC running Vista Ultimate SP2 64-bit. I have the Brother HL-21 monochrome laser printer and a HP Officejet Pro L7590 All-in-one color printer. To share the printers, I just plug and unplug the usb cables manually.

    The iPad 2 will arrive soon. I hope that my computers and the iPad 2 could share the two printers. Please note that I also want to use the scanner feature of the L7590.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jtara macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't OSX have built-in printer sharing? As well as Windows? Why not just pick one of the systems and leave the printers connected to it?

    I have a Linux system (Kubuntu 11.04) and the included CUPS server works just fine either hard-wired or wirelessly from my MacBook or iPhone/iPod using AirPrint.

    Don't understand how a print server could be "64-bit friendly" or not. All that should matter is that it implements IPP:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Printing_Protocol

    The referenced Wikipedia article claims compatibility with CUPS (Linux, OSX), Novell, and Windows starting with Windows 2000.
     
  3. hajime thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The following is what Trendnet support told me. Perhaps I misunderstood what he said? Maybe "not supported" does not mean "not compatible"?

    "We do have print servers designed for multifunction printers, but they are designed for Windows 32-bit operating systems. 64-bit versions are not supported. There is no Mac support."
     
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The following is what the IT Director at Trendnet told me. Perhaps I misunderstood what he said? Maybe "not supported" does not mean "not compatible"?

    "We do have print servers designed for multifunction printers, but they are designed for Windows 32-bit operating systems. 64-bit versions are not supported. There is no Mac support."
     

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