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TP-Link TL-PS310U USB 2.0 Single Port MFP and Storage Server

by TP-Link
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
RRP: 28.99
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  • Compatible with the majority of USB devices in the market
  • Easy setup with installation wizard simply by several clicks
  • Expandable application: Share up to 4 USB devices by connecting to a USB hub
  • Compact and smart design, can be located almost anywhere
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandTP-Link
Item Weight150 g
Product Dimensions5.6 x 5.6 x 2.3 cm
Item model numberTL-PS310U
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002LB8XFK
Best Sellers Rank 6,784 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
Date First Available12 Aug 2009
  
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Product Description

Product Description

What This Product Does

The TP-LNK MFP and Storage Server TL-PS310U is ideal for sharing USB connected devices across a home or office network. The device is compatible with the majority of printers and multi-function printers on the market and allows for seamless sharing and management of those devices with network connected computers. The device is also capable of operating with up to four USB based devices such as scanners, flash drives, speakers, and webcams with a USB dock connected to the server. These devices may be accessed from across the network and even wirelessly when the Server is connected to a wireless router.

Highlights:

• Great Compatibility: Compatible with the majority of USB devices on the market

• Easy to use: Ease setup with Installation Wizard simply by several clicks

• Expandable application: Share up to 4 USB devices by connecting to a USB hub

Great Compatibility

The TL-PS310U is compatible with the majority of MFP and otherUSB devices on the market. Tested with over 200 different printer models, our TL-PS310U offers class-leading device compatibility. You will find that the TL-PS310U is an excellent choice for your home or office printing requirements.

Easier Configuration with Higher Efficiency

The totally new interface provides a much easy and intuitive way to operate your print server. You can easily manage and configure our TL-PS310U through the interface even you are a novice user.

Turn it on and Leave it alone. With the Auto-Connect function, you can just turn on your Utility and choose the "Connect Automatically for Printing" function and the TL-PS310U will finish the printing job for you. It will automatically connect to your printer and will deal any printing jobs on hand leaving you with time to grab a coffee.

WINDOWS 7 Supported

With the upgrade of the firmware and the new Utility, TL-PS310U now can work perfectly on the WINDOWS 7 operating system. Through the new Utility, you can easily manage the printer and other USB device while working on WINDOWS 7.

Box Contains

Print Server
Ethernet cable (RJ45)
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
Power supply unit


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple and it works 19 Nov 2010
Had a printer attached to the main pc in the computer room, but on occasion had a requirement to print from the laptop elsewhere in the house. Only relatively recently bought a new (non wireless) printer so reluctant to buy a replacement!
This usb server fits the bill perfectly.
You could even use network extension main plugs and have the printer anywhere in the house
(i.e. wouldnt have to be next to router)

Unit appears well made, includes power supply but not a Cat5 network cable.

For our setup

plugged in PSU and powered up usb server
unplugged USB cable from pc and plugged into usb server
installed the software on pc and any other device that wants to use the network enabled printer.
worked first time

of note the software needs to be installed and running for the connection to be active.
You also have to be careful as multiple access by multiple pc/laptops doesnt appear possible at exactly the same time
(you have to be careful to have the settings as 'on demand' rather than 'permanently connected')
No biggie.

Ideally we'd have a wireless printer, but the next best option is this usb server.
Nice product.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Cost Effective Solution 17 Jan 2011
I have the TL-PS310U connected between my wireless router and a USB hub. Through this setup my family are shareing one printer and one external HDD between two desktops and two laptops.

The TP-Link TL-PS310U is a very small box that I have hidden under my desk. The bundled software needs to be installed on each pc that is to connect to the printer (or other shared device). Setup was quick and easy for both Windows 7 and Windows XP. The TP-Link software auto runs when the pc is switched on. When a document is sent to print, I briefly get a Windows message telling me my printer is not connected. This seems to be due to a 2-3 seconds lag whilst the TP-Link connects to the USB device. The printer status message then changes to ready and printing commences. If the printer is idle for 30 seconds then the TP-Link disconnects which allows other network users to connect and print.

I'm very happy with the product and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of kit 10 Nov 2010
By DaveC
Found this an amazing piece of kit. Easy to set up and easy to use and cheap. (Disable firewall during software installation - not mentioned in instructions). I have Windows7 64bit home premium, Canon MP550 multifunction printer/scanner and two 250GB USB portable drives used for backups, which are connected to the device via a 4 way USB hub. All the printer and scanner functions are available including ink reserves, printer progress, scanner set-up etc. Its good to have a device that worked first time, is consistant in operation and enables me to get all the wires out of my laptop! Can recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product 25 Feb 2011
By Kaytom
I had a Canon iP4500 printer connected via USB to a desktop PC (running XP). The Desktop is connected to a wireless router. I wanted to print directly from a wireless laptop (running Vista) without having to print via the desktop machine, and I've been looking for possible solutions for a long time.
Using the TP-Link unit I can now print from both the desktop and the laptop.
The TP link and the associated software were very easy to install - the software must be installed on all PCs that that you want to print from.
The default mode of use is that you have to click on the printer icon on your PC to connect to the printer before printing, and after 30 seconds of no activity the connection is closed. This can be irritating but there is a good solution available.
On the TP Link website, in the FAQs, there's a document called: "How to configure TL-PS310U to print by queue".
From this document you can download TP-Link's own Network Printer Wizard which will set up the printer as a network printer. Again - run the Network Printer Wizard on all your PCs that you want to print from.
You can also use the unit to connect USB storage devices to your home network by using a multi-port USB hub to connect the printer and USB storage device to the TP-Link unit - I haven't tried that yet but I'm confident it will be very easy to do.

I am so pleased I found this unit - so easy to install and to use.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
Don't make the mistake of thinking you are getting an affordable NAS via your existing USB storage drives with this gadget, even though it says it is a "Storage Server".
I got it to attach a Freecomm via its USB port to my LAN's router as it said it was a storage server. Well the issue many will have is that if, like a lot of folks, you want to have access to your USB storage from multiple machines on your LAN simultaneously then you will be in for a shock because this gadget appears to only present itself as an IP address without any SMB/NFS/etc sharing included. You have to install the TP-LINK included software on each and EVERY machine on your network and then the software allows you to, essentially, mount that USB storage from a SINGLE machine at any ONE time and you have to make "a request" and "accept that request" for the ability to grab the USB storage from that original machine for use on any other machine on the LAN each time. This means that using any automatic backups of LAN machines to your USB storage via this device are not feasible. The only way to get around this would be to dedicate one of your LAN machines to mount and share the device which would mean having that machine running all the time. Duh!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for Windows 8.1
Sadly this seems to crash Windows 8.1. It works on Windows 7 fine. I can't find a better driver.
Published 4 days ago by T. J. L. Potten
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to install. Now sharing, wirelessly, and old USB OfficeJet.
Published 6 days ago by R. S. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars TP-Link TL-PS310U USB 2.0 Single Port MFP and Storage Server
It looks as if it can't do the job but I hope that it can. The idea that I am trying to do includes this item I have not started it yet so please bear with me I giving this review... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mikel reid
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for creating a NAS from a USB drive ...
Bought this for creating a NAS from a USB drive but it does not do this (didn't read other reviews first). Read more
Published 29 days ago by R J Cross
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my worst ever purchase but close.
I had a second hand 10mbs HP print server that worked for many years with few problems problems. God knows how old it was when it died, I think it outlasted the cat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Keith Cardnell
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't connect
Maybe it works but first it needs to get connected. It certainly won't connect for me but having read the reviews on functionality I suspect that I'm better off with an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jon
2.0 out of 5 stars Won't work on Windows Server SBS2011
It works on a local PC, but on the SBS2011 server, the supplied TP-Link software is unable to bind to a socket for communication (because the software is not correctly written) and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor instructions - tried to take control of PC
I followed the microscopically rendered instructions carefully and installed the software on a PC. after some time it discovered the printer server but declared it to be on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jac Slim
2.0 out of 5 stars beware - wont work with Windows 8.1!
TP-Link tell me this item is discontinued and they are not intending to make it suitable for Win 8.1 - why is it still for sale??
Published 5 months ago by Lynne James
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me
I couldn't get this thing to work.
The software picked up and displayed the server itself OK, but I could not get it to see either of my external hard drives, no matter what I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gordon Dallas
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