Users with a wireless network can share one or more USB or parallel port printers without the need for wiring, while simultaneously eliminating the need to dedicate a PC to function as a print server.
LAS VEGAS (2005 International CES, January 7, 2005) - - - Sharing a printer in a home or small office is always a challenge, whether it's figuring out where to put it or having to leave a designated computer turned on to function as the printer host. The new Actiontec 54 Mbps Wireless Multiport Print Server from Actiontec Electronics conquers those quandaries by allowing users with a wireless network to share one or more USB or parallel port printers without the need for wiring, while simultaneously eliminating the need to dedicate a PC to function as a print server.
Slightly smaller than a video cassette, the product incorporates built -in 802.11g wireless technology that allows the printer to which it is connected to communicate with any wireless -enabled computer on the network. As a result, the shared printer can be located anywhere in the house or office without the need to plug into a network node. The printer no longer needs to be adjacent to a PC or even in the same room, and print jobs can be initiated from any desktop or laptop computer without needing a "main" PC to be powered up on a 24x7 basis. The unit's high -speed "Wireless -G" 54 Mbps connection ensures fast processing of all print orders.
For users who are sharing multiple printers - - - perhaps an inkjet model for documents and a laser model for printing color images or photographs - - - the Actiontec print server supports two USB printers and one parallel port printer simultaneously. Just specify which printer you want to use when Windows poses the question; no additional software is required.
The unit plugs into the first printer's USB or parallel port. Additional printers can be connected to the server box by cable.
The product supports Windows -based printing as well as MAC OS X -based printing for PostScript printers. It also supports 64 - and 128 -bit WEP encryption, the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), and both infrastructure and ad -hoc mode.
Pricing, Specifications and Availability
The Actiontec 54 Mbps Wireless Multiport Print Server will be available for $149 at www.actiontec.com in late January. The product comes with a power adapter, Quick Start Guide and installation CD -ROM. Minimum system requirements include a 200 Mhz Pentium PC running Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP with 64 MB RAM and a CD -ROM drive, an Ethernet network adapter, a wireless router, an Internet connection, and a parallel or USB printer.
About Actiontec Electronics, Inc.
Actiontec Electronics is a supplier of products and services enabling consumers to leverage broadband Internet connectivity to simplify and enrich their lives. Covering the full spectrum of the "digital life," Actiontec develops devices and services including broadband modems, home gateways, wireless networking devices, routers, VoIP adapters, and digital entertainment devices. Actiontec products are sold through leading broadband service providers and online at www.actiontec.com. Founded in 1993, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Reading, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, visit http://www.actiontec.com.