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D-Link's DPR-1260 aims to take care of all of your wireless printing and scanning needs

IOGEAR announced its GMFPSU01 multi-function wireless USB print server back in February of this year, and the reviews have been mixed. There have been many compatibility issue complaints, problems with printing speed and some cases where the unit just wouldn't work at all. NewEgg, who was one of the first retailers to carry the unit, doesn't even stock the GMFPSU01 anymore. I personally even bought one to use with my Canon MP780. Between constantly rebooting the server, flaky scanning, and prints that would never finish, the unit is now sitting collecting dust in my garage.

That being said, let's see if D-Link has some better luck with its wireless multi-function USB print server, the RangeBooster G DPR-1260. The DPR-1260 has not just one, but four USB ports and supports printing and scanning over a wireless network. The device also provides wireless connectivity for any Ethernet based device which is a nice touch.

The DPR-1260 features an automatic configuration wizard which allows you to plug in your printer into an available USB port and get started quickly with your day-to-day multi-function needs. The DPR-1260 is USB 2.0 device, but it also backwards compatible with USB 1.0 and USB 1.1 printers as well.

The D-Link RangeBooster G Multifunction Print Server has a MSRP of $119.99 and is available now. Let's just hope that D-Link has learned from IOGEAR's first stab at a wireless multi-function print server.

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Jury still out
By phaxmohdem on 5/17/2006 3:46:28 PM , Rating: 1
Just a thought on wireless in general, but I'm kind of dissapointed, that even though wireless tech has been around for years it is still dreadfully unreliable in critical applications such as print serving, or even network gaming.

I can have my laptop, or desktop w/ wireless 2 feet from my router w/ a clear line of sight, and it will still have issues, and thats with upto date, decent 802.11G hardware. :(

I'm not saying its worthless by any means, It does work just fine for spuratic network tasks (Internet surfing/email) but for any app where a releatively constant stream of data needs to be sent it seems to drop the ball alot still. I think that consumer level wi-fi vendors should focus on reliability a bit more, rather than upping their Uber-Mbps e-penis ante.

RE: Jury still out
By Souka on 5/17/2006 7:15:48 PM , Rating: 3
I disagree..... it sounds like u have some cheapo hardware....or hardware that is dying.

I personally have a dlink 624 revc great and stable. At my company we have dozens of these units at people's homes for virutal offices......rarely a problem. I'd say of the very few problems reported, most are user training issues with wireless and wireless setup in general.

Range is good too, even with the dozen or so neigbor's APs I see from my home (most are wide open and on channel 6...heheh)

I probably get about 15-25Mb/s (mega-bit) when at the farthest point in my house...which is down a floor and about 50ft horizontially.

To close....I do agree wi-fi isn't exactly user friendly....and wi-fi routers are so cheaply made these days, it can be a crap-shoot to find a reliable unit.

My $.02

RE: Jury still out
By obeseotron on 5/17/2006 7:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
I have Dlink 624 Rev D and it's the worst networking equipment I've used in the 10 years I've been doing computer networking. Bittorrent or a transfering a few gigabytes around the network crashes the thing almost every time. Wireless range and throughput is fine, but I've long since switched to a PC running NAT for sharing the internet connection.

Range "Booster"
By dice1111 on 5/17/2006 4:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know if this device can also act as a wireless repeater for extended network coverage?

Or is it just a self contained router (most likely)?

RE: Range "Booster"
By Scrogneugneu on 5/17/2006 8:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if you can plug external USB hard drives in that...

The "D" stands for "Doesn't"
By Wyck on 5/17/2006 8:23:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have seen convincing evidence that the "D" in D-Link stands for "Doesn't". Save yourself a headache and keep your distance.

works pretty well
By WileCoyote on 5/18/2006 12:24:49 AM , Rating: 2
I installed this for a customer a few weeks ago - so far no complaints. It's attached to a HP business inkjet that's not listed as a supported printer but still works fine. Fastest wireless print server I've worked with. The old D-Link and Linksys ones were a pain and unreliable. This looks like it will be the first wireless print server I can safely recommend to my customers. Nice to finally have a fast wireless one. You can attach NAS hard-drives but not USB hard-drives as far as I know. My company has installed close to 100 D-Link routers with only a few bad apples. They've worked great for our company.

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