Chad Vogelsong on 14 Sep 2006 23:59:22 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] linux-friendly router with printserver?

You may want to consider just getting a generic router / firewall. We use the Netgear VPN Firewall FVS114 at work and distribute them to our employees for home VPN connections. I think they were around $70 each, but if you don't need VPN, you can go as low as $40 - $50 for a decent FW / Router.

You definitely don't need to run the Windows setup utility for the FVS114. Just plug it in, get a DHCP address, and connect with a web browser.

For your print server, you can use the Hawking HPS1P (parallel) or HPS1U (usb). They run about $50 - $55. Of course they come with a Windows only print server manager, but you can use this perl script to configure them also.

I helped add some options to it, so I know it works.


Bob Heise wrote:
torsdag 14 september 2006 12:58 skrev Greg Helledy:
I have my linux desktop connected to a little old PC which acts as a
firewall, dialup gateway, and printserver.  It runs linux (SME Server
6.0).  The printserver is set up in raw mode (the print driver is on the

I am sick of dialup and decided to try Verizon's $15 DSL.  However, my
firewall PC has only one PCI slot and will require 2 network cards for DSL.

If you need one I'm sure I have an ISA network card around here you could have ;), though from reading on I'm guessing that's not the solution you're after.

I am thinking of ditching the firewall PC altogether and replacing it
with a router, but want to keep the printserver capability.  Of course
these are available but some seem to require windows-only software
installed on the client machine.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a combined router/printserver,
that doesn't require windows, and handles parallel port printers as well
as USB, and is wired?  Like this:
Hmm, I don't see any mention of USB on the technical details page. Then again it _does_ have "Smart Wizard and Install Assistant for basic parabeter[sic] settings", oh boy parabeters!

It's $80 on amazon.  Is this what I should be looking to spend?

Greg Helledy

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