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Author Topic: dns-323 and setting up usb printer  (Read 40654 times)


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Re: dns-323 and setting up usb printer
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2010, 09:39:18 PM »

thanks guys, i tried thatb shareport but no go.

Iguess when i run out of ink i'll just but a new printer (same price as ink and it comes with ink)


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Re: dns-323 and setting up usb printer
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2010, 05:53:11 AM »

I'd make sure you pick one that is known to work on USB print servers.  Actually, you might check back here and find out what models other folks are running successfully. :)
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Re: dns-323 and setting up usb printer
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2011, 08:36:55 AM »

I would just like to report for the benefit of other members that, after considerable trouble, I managed to make the dns-323 work as a print server for my old but still excellent Canon MP800 printer (of course only for the printing side of this multifunctional), thus enabling four users in our home to print from their desks. The step was taken only when an extra print-server that I owned before acquiring the NAS suddenly died on us.

I should have checked this forum *before* starting, because the attempt to follow the regular Add Printer route resulted in data being written to the hard disk in the NAS that then had to be removed by reformatting the hard disks, as suggested by Fordem as a last resort, in reply to a similar question elsewhere on this forum.

So, having reformatted the hard disks on the DNS-323, I followed fordem's steps 6 steps (actually 7 steps, if you add the line on top about first deleting the printer from the computer) and was successful.

Thank you so much!


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Re: dns-323 and setting up usb printer
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2011, 09:01:47 AM »

I just stumbled across this thread. I have also an 3-in-1 printer here (Epson PX710W) and some experiences with a Canon IP4000.

The IP4000 worked well when connected to the DSN-323 (and my AVM Fritz!Box routers); I couldn't check the ink levels tough (bidirectional communications aren't supported).
It worked either with the "long" installation (USB connection -> print server connecting -> add port in driver setup) or the "short" way ("Add printer -> Network printer -> NAS's / router's IP, Port 9000).

The Epson PX710W and alot of other multifunction printers will *not* work in "stand-alone printer only" mode because they connect to PC as a hybrid device (regardless of the connection type, USB, LAN or WLAN) and build up a bidirectional communication. Most network print servers can't handle this correctly (e.g. SAMBA based servers).

But - they *might* work with the SharePort utility on DSN-323 and similar solutions for other NASes or routers but you have to activate and connect *all* devices of the printer for the USB-over-Ethernet mode.
Some USB-over-IP solutions won't support more than one connection at once so "another door is closed".

Basically, it's a "try and error or success" but I can confirm the Shareport Utility is worth a try.

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