A good friend of mine asked if I could help him setup a better network solution over at his girlfriends shop, including having his old HP LaserJet 3500 printer connected through the network. He had already asked about using a USB Server and a WiFi repeater, so i told him to order the stuff and I’ll look into it. I’d never touched any of these before, we had a bit of problems over at the shop since we we’re routing the computer via the Wi-Fi from the Mobile Internet Router, which only has one LAN port which we had connected to a standard router which the USB server was connected to, giving us Network Segment errors and Bad_Pool_Header bluescreens. Not sure yet, but the bluescreens are probably related to some network conflict. Nevertheless, i took the USB Server home with me and the Comfast Wi-Fi Repeater to try out with my own printer and got it working just fine. So, what we’ll probably do is to have the Mobile Internet Router bridged and getting another router with Wi-Fi Capabilities.
Plugin the Comfast WiFi Repeater and open a web-browser, type in 192.168.10.1 in the browser address bar and hit enter and you’ll be presented with a login page. The username and password are both “admin”.
Login and click “Repeater”.
Now it will scan for Wi-Fi signals.
Alright, so now the settings are done and you should be ready to use the repeater. IMPORTANT! I made the mistake of entering the wrong key for the Wi-Fi when asked for the “Pre-Shared Key”. If you’re unable to connect then you can right click the Comfast repeater down in the tray and select properties, then click the Security tab, check “Show Characters” and re-enter the correct key and click Ok. I’ve tried several times holding in the only button on the repeater and resetting it, but it always seems to store the latest used key.
Now for the USB Server. Plug in the ethernet cable between the USB Server and the WiFi Repeater, give both power and install the USB Server and Networking Printer Wizard for Windows.
Plugin the printer into a free USB slot of the USB Server, open up the USB Server software, double-click the printer or click it once so it’s highlighted and then connect device and you should be good to go.
Down below are links to where you can download needed software and drivers.
Networking USB Server WS-NU78M43
I’ve added two downloads, one is a direct link to the driver package from what i get is the main site and it says Win 8, but it’ll probably work with Win 7, though i haven’t tested! It also says version 1.29 whilst the one i got from their cd is version 1.30.
HP LaserJet 3500 Driver – Works with Win 7.
Was planning on having a small tutorial on getting the 3500 working under a win 7 machine, but time has run out and it’s time for dinner with my lovely girlfriend Jennifer, so to conclude this for now – a very Happy New Year to all!