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Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition (Review)

April 3, 2015 Comments off

xPrintServer Home Edition from LantronixxPrintServer Home Edition
Lantronix
$99.95

The xPrintServer Home Edition box reads, “iPad & iPhone Printing Made Easy. Print From All Your iOS Devices To Virtually Any Printer.” And Lantronix has adhered to ‘truthful advertising’ because the xPrintServer Home Edition (xPrintServer) does exactly that and it does so without any fancy setup or hassles. It couldn’t be any easier to do so, with the xPrintServer’s two-step process.

  • Connect the xPrintServer to power, your network, and printer.
  • Print from your iPad, iPhone, or computer.

In addition to printing from your iPad and iPhone, you can also print from Macs and Windows computers. However, Windows 8 seems to have a problem with Bonjour printing and my Mac mini works at first and then doesn’t print again. Windows 7, iPad, and iPhone work great with it.

xPrintServer Home vs. Office Comparison

I’ve used other print servers, from the small generic and inexpensive ones on up to the ones costing several hundred dollars and the Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition falls into the category of an individual home use unit as advertised. I wouldn’t use it for a small business unless all of my employees used Windows 7 and iPads because it doesn’t seem to work consistently with Mac and I can’t get it to work with Windows 8.x at all.

That said, I’m not sure whether the failure to print is with the Lantronix unit , the Bonjour printing software, or perhaps with my somewhat outdated HP OfficeJet J3680 All-in-One printer. Since it does print with Windows 7 and our iPads, I have to assume it is the Bonjour printing software.

The xPrintServer takes up very little space. It has the approximate dimensions of an iPhone 5, but about two to three times the thickness. It does require its own AC power source, a network connection, and a USB connected printer plugged into it. So, while the unit is small, it still requires three wires for power and connectivity. That’s not a negative statement; just a fact.

The xPrintServer does what it’s supposed to do: print. For those systems it works with, it’s never failed or hesitated to work in any way.

Why it’s Frugal: The Lantronix xPrintServer Home Edition is a frugal solution for home users who need to print from a short list of supported devices to a single printer and have no other means to do so. The $99.95 price tag is a little off-putting, but still within the range of a home-oriented gadget.

Here’s how it works from an iPhone:

Open File for Printing

Lantronix 1: Open File for Printing

Share the File

Lantronix 2: Share the File

Select Print

Lantronix 3: Select Print

Printing the File

Lantronix 4: Tap Print to Send to Printer

Open an app. I’m using PlainText. In that app, select a document to print. See Lantronix 1.

Tap the Share button at the bottom center of the screen to see the options given in figure Lantronix 2.

Tap Print from the screen as shown in Lantronix 3.

Finally, be sure that your printer is listed and then tap Print to send the file to the printer.

Apple devices should find the printer automatically and display it for you. The printer might not appear immediately, but if you attempt to find the printer by running through these four steps and then try again in a minute or two, the printer should appear for you to use.

The Lantronix xPrintServer is a good device and performs flawlessly. It offloads print jobs quickly and never hesitates or loses a print job. The web interface is simple and intuitive to use–that is, if you ever need to use it, which you probably won’t. Just know that it’s there if you need it.

Overall, I like the xPrintServer. I just wish that support for Mac OS X and for Windows 8 was there, but again, I don’t think this is necessarily the Lantronix product’s fault. I think it’s with the Bonjour software.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: If you have Windows 7 and iOS devices, buy it; it works.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for IT Professionals

November 25, 2014 Comments off

LantronixFor four days, Lantronix is offering 20% off all the products on their Web site, including those designed for the IT crowd.  Here are a few spotlighted products:

  • xPrintServer – Office and Cloud Print Editions – with an increasing number of employees bringing their mobile devices to work, the xPrintServer offers the ideal mobile printing solution.  The Office Edition is designed for iPads and iPhones while the Cloud Print Edition is designed for mobile devices running Android OS, Chrome OS or Chrome browsers.  Both versions come with a host of security and enterprise management features. Check out this videos here: xPrintServer – Office Edition Video and xPrintServer – Cloud Print Edition
  • SLC 8000 advanced modular console manager – provides secure in-band and out-of-band management that allows IT personnel to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment.  This reduces downtime and increases response efficiency so that IT incidents are resolved quickly and with minimal or no network disruption.  Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRP6aoro87g

To redeem the 20% off for these and other products, simply visit www.lantronix.com and enter promo code BFCM2014 during the check-out process.  The offer runs from 12:01 a.m. Friday, November 28 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 1.

For more info, check out the media advisory: Print Easily — Gifts That iPad, iPhone and Android Users Will Love This Holiday Season.

Dynamism 3D Printers and 3D Scanners Perfect Holiday Gift Options for Technology Enthusiasts

November 12, 2014 Comments off

Dynamism

Smart Design and Beautiful Accuracy Create User-Friendly 3D Printing Experiences

(CHICAGO, IL)- Dynamism, an exclusive provider of next-generation high-tech products, has a variety of cutting-edge technology that will make the perfect holiday gift for gadget-obsessed friends and family. Dynamism’s 3D printers and scanners, including the Ultimaker 2, Robox and the Matter and Form, are made with sleek designs and involve simple processes. With a 3D printer, users load a design file and the printer will build an actual item by extruding plastic, layer by layer, until the object is complete. There are over 100,000 free designs online, or a design can be custom created using 3D software. One’s imagination is truly the limit, with the ability to create art, toys, tools, replicas, models and prototypes, figurines and so much more.

With 3D printers available at various price points, Dynamism has something for everyone this holiday season:

  • Ultimaker 2 ($2,599): This powerful and stylish printer features premium fit and finish, and it’s loaded with features, including a remarkable 20 micron maximum layer resolution. The Ultimaker 2 also features an open filament system, which provides customers the ability to use any brand of filament.
  • Robox ($1,399): The Robox focuses on precision and accuracy in a compact and enclosed desktop format, making it a great choice for the home, or office. Smart extrusion and automatic platform leveling work together to make printing easier and turn imagination into reality.
  • Matter and Form ($579): This scanner creates 360 degree real-life scans from real-world items in a matter of minutes, using high-definition cameras and dual lasers on a moving platform. At just 3.5 pounds, the Matter and Form is highly portable and conveniently folds away to save space while not in use.

ABOUT DYNAMISM

Since 1997, Dynamism has served tech-savvy shoppers and leading-edge corporations with an exclusive, best-of-the-best array of next-generation products.  Dynamism customers receive a personal representative available to help them with any aspect of product ownership before and after a sale.  Dynamism’s track record of reliability and excellence, coupled with unparalleled service, are all part of the reason customers choose Dynamism.  For more information on Dynamism’s products and services, visit www.dynamism.com.

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