Before you purchase this product (or any HP Print server) make sure by calling HP customer care that the printer you are to use it on is able to be networked first. I have an HP Laserjet 1020 and I found out after the fact that this printer is incapable, even with the print server, of being networked even though there is no documentation anywhere that I found while reserching it that leads to this conclusion. I had to talk to a an HP rep to find out the truth. As much as I like HP products, buyer beware.
The HP Jetdirect 175x Print Server does exactly what I wanted. It allows me to print directly to my printer from any computer on my home network. (Previously, the printer was connected to one computer and that computer had to be on for the printer to work.) It was easy to set up, doesn't take up much room, is reliable, and meets my needs very well. I have used it for 6 months now, and have had no problems. I just wish it were less money!!! Be aware that you need to make sure the printer you want to use with it is compatible with it...I checked with HP before purchase.
The HP Jetdirect 175x external print server / internet connector for USB lets you easily and inexpensively share printers or HP multifunction devices through an existing Ethernet network without sacrificing quality or flexibility. This pocket-size 10/100Base-TX print server uses a USB port allowing you to print anywhere, anytime.
HP Jetdirect 175x external print serverAttachment clipUSB cable (2 ft)Installation CD-ROM with HP Install Network Printer Wizard softwareUser guideQuick Setup posterPower adapter
Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
1 x RJ-45 10/100Base-TX Network / 1 x USB Printer
Manufacturer Part Number
Manufacturer Website Address
Jetdirect 175x Print Server
Data Transfer Rate
10 Mbps Ethernet / 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet
Twisted Pair 10/100Base-TX
HP Jetdirect 175x external print server Attachment clip USB cable (2 ft) Installation CD-ROM with HP Install Network Printer Wizard software User guide Quick Setup poster Power adapter
Printers: HP Deskjet printers: 895, 930, 950, 970, 990, 1220 series HP LaserJet printers: 1200/1220 print/copy/scan, 2200, 3200 series HP Officejet G55, G85, K80/K80xi printer/fax/scanner/copier (All-in-One) HP Photosmart P1100, P1200 Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP 64-bit, Server 2003 Mac OS 8.6 or above Browsers supported: Microsoft IE 4.0 or above Netscape 5.0 or above