Keyspan USB Server Connects Multifunction Gear

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-05-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Keyspan USB Server looks like a USB hub and acts like a print server, allowing users to access multifunction devices over a LAN.

The Keyspan USB Server looks like a USB hub and acts like a print server, allowing users to access multifunction devices over a LAN. Keyspans USB Server consists of a USB controller, four USB 1.1 ports and an Ethernet port. Using software that can be loaded onto Windows or Mac OS-based hosts, client computers can find the USB Servers controller via UDP port 3842 on the local network and install the controller and any attached USB devices locally.

To the USB Server, I connected an HP LaserJet 1000 that Id been trying to network for years, plus a USB memory key. The USB Server is not ideal for storage because it does not support USB 2.0, but the printer worked just fine.

However, devices attached to the USB Server do not currently support multiple users simultaneously. The active user must disconnect before another user can access the device. Keyspan plans to offer improved multiuser print services to Windows clients in an upcoming firmware release.

The USB Server retails for $129 and shipped last month. More information is available at www.keyspan.com.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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