Wireless Router with USB port that supports Printer Server is an added value to your home network. Which are most popular ones?
Sharing the printer
One of the advantages of the home computer network is ability to access the printer through the network by all connected users on the network. With print server you can share the printer on the network; all users do not need to wait their turn to use the printer. You just send the print jobs and the system will queue the jobs accordingly and automatically.
Share via computer
Sharing the printer traditionally can be done by connecting the printer to the computer and configure it for sharing in a peer to peer network or even in small business network. However, with a bunch of printer jobs submitted to the printer queues the computer can be hung. This can happened since it takes some of the computer memory for buffering and the computer must be always ON.
Connect to a wireless printer server
Another way you can use a printer server adapter and connect it to the network to host the printer for share. You can find printer server adapter with one or more ports, for example TRENDnet P21G wireless printer server with multiport.
Via wireless router with printer server
A reasonable way for sharing the printer at home is purchasing a wireless router that includes one or two USB ports. However, you should be aware that not all the routers with USB port can be used to share a printer but the storage. Fortunately, the recent products with USB port mostly can host a printer. Old generations of Netgear router with USB port cannot be used to share the printer, but starting WNDR3800 all the Netgear routers with USB port can.
Routers with two USB ports
Wireless router with one USB port that allows you to share either the printer or storage, you will feel a bit troublesome if you have to replace the device from the printer to the storage or vice versa. It is therefore selecting a wireless router with two USB ports is preference to let you host both storage and printer devices together.
Various models of router with printer server
Since the router with two USB ports is preference for home or small offices, couples of most popular routers with printer server are discussed in the following paragraphs.
One of the Asus flagship products is RT-N56U the first Asus router with concurrent dual band with aggregate bandwidth of up to 600Mbps. This product is very popular in the market with a very good level of user’s satisfaction compared to the other routers in its class.
Unlike previous Asus routers (N13 and N16) that come with external antenna, RT-N56U comes with internal antenna with AiRadar Asus technology with tower form factor, packed with black square and flat box shape. This is the popular router with two USB ports that attracts users due to its performance, solid connection and reliable.
Now, the latest product offered by Asus is Asus RT-AC5400 routers with USB 3.0 port and link aggregation.
- Based on wireless N600 technology
- Gigabit interfaces 4x LAN and 1x WAN ports
- Twin USB 2.0 ports for storage and printer
- Supports DLNA media server and FTP server support to let you continue downloading FTTP, FTP and BitTorrent file to the USB disk all day even when your PC is turned off
With the average customer ratings of 4.0 out of 5 stars and the price is now down up to below $90 due to new routers introduction, this RT-N56U is well worth to purchase for homes with couples of desktop, Android mobile devices, laptop and Tablet computers.
For higher end router from Asus you may consider the most wanted RT-N66U wireless N900 router.
Should you want to build high speed wireless ac environment – a wifi network based on the latest wifi technology, you may consider Netgear R7000 which comes with two USB ports, 1x USB 2.0 port and 1x USB 3.0 port. This is the fastest model Netgear ever introduces so far with wireless ac1900 technology.
The inclusion of USB 3.0 port is beneficial should you host high speed USB 3.0 storage, ten times higher data rate throughput than USB 2.0 port can deliver. this ideal for applications that demand high bandwidth data rate such as for transferring bulk of files, and good for high speed share storage in Windows networking where storage traffic is always a bottleneck. You can attach one USB printer in USB 2.0 port and high speed USB 3.0 disk storage in the other port.
- Based on wireless ac1900 with high speed 1GHz dual core processor
- High speeds of up to 1300Mbps (5GHz band) plus up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz band) with beamforming antenna technology for solid connection
- Gigabit interfaces both LAN (4x) and WAN (1x)
- Twin USB port, 1x USB 2.0 plus 1x USB 3.0, supports DLNA media server and FTP server
- Eco friendly with power and wifi on-off buttons
- Time machine support for automatic backup Mac machines via wireless
This router becomes one of best sellers in some online retailers with high rated customer ratings. The other router in this high end wireless ac class is Asus RT-AC68U with the same wireless ac1900 technology, twin USB ports, 3G share and more rich features.
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