[nSLUG] Home router advice? (USB->Centronics print service)
mspencer at tallships.ca
Thu Jan 4 17:45:54 AST 2007
Can anyone suggest a wireless/cable router cum print server that is
known to work with Linux and, especially, with a parallel-cable driven
printer? Has anyone used a router with a USB printer port to drive a
Until it failed last week, I had a D-Link wireless router with 3 cable
ports and a print server with a parallel output plug. Worked fine
using lprng  and adding an incantation like "lp=lp at 192.168.0.1" to
appropriate places in /etc/printcap on all localnet machines.
Now, it seems, any router with print server capacity has a USB port
for the printer. USB->Centronics printer cables are available.
BUT: Not a single one of the people at the four local computer stores
is Linux literate. So not one has a clue about how the thing actually
works. All they can do is tell me about what will or might happen with
Windoes , Windoes driver problems etc.
So, has anyone actually used a router with USB print server capacity,
output through a USB port, via a USB->Centronics cable to a parallel
printer? If so, what make and model? What gotchas?
Or is it perfectly straightforward on all print server routers and I'm
just being led into befuddlement by the Linux-challenged store guys?
 Yes, I know about CUPS. Couldn't make it run my Brother HL-641
laser printer, apparently for want of a suitable driver. lprng
 J. Danforth Quayle spelling.
Michael Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada .~.
mspencer at tallships.ca /( )\
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