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I have found it difficult to research a wireless print server which will be supported on Linux. I use Debian 6 and Ubuntu 10.04 (also Windows 7 64 bit, Vista, and MACOS Snow Leopard). Everyone in my household using uses a different OS, so it is all the more difficult to ensure interoperability across so many OSs.

Where can I find a definitive, authoritative and complete list of supported print servers?

Also, I want to keep things simple as possible. This is an important criterion for my choice of wireless print server. GUI mediated setup/install is much preferred over complex configuration files and command line. I know of CUPs, but I don't know if CUPs will regulate the wireless print server and what's involved.

The print server is to enable sharing of Brother HL-4050CDN printer.

Edit: I'm seriously considering the Belkin F5L049au. But the customer support people tell me it does not support Linux. But this is true of the majority of the print server market... Anybody, help?

Edit2: Must support N network standard, the printer above, be wireless, and be Linux compatible.

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You are making the problem more complicated that it needs to be. You should only need to investigate using a print server when the printer does not have any networking functionality itself, such as a USB-only or Parallel port device.

Therefore the question becomes: how do you get a non-wireless device onto a wireless network?

There are two solutions:

  1. Connect the printer network port directly into your wireless router device.
  2. Use a WiFi bridge to extend the wireless signal onto Ethernet, supported by most access point devices and possible with most wireless routers.


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