Buffalo LinkStation printer Compatibility
We have a Dell 1133 multi-function printer/scanner. For as long as we have this printer, we have always connected this to a dedicated notebook PC. While I know we can connect this printer to the NAS and have it connected as a network printer, I have never really tried to do so because I always believed that this will break the scanning component of the printer.
I have in the past tried to configure a USB scanner to work in a network environment and spent a lot of time configuring the SANE scanner backend support in linux. I would say that the result (even if it works) is never as satisfactorily as a direct connection in Windows. Ultimately this ended up as a waste of time for me. I would hesitate to try this again. Those who managed to get this to work well must be the kind of computer experts I could never be.
But recently the need for us to share the scanning component of the multi-function printer is greater than ever and this prompted me to have another try again. I am pleased to say that this time, success is sweet and the process is so much easier than I originally have anticipated and I credited this to the wonderful Buffalo NAS.
So this is a quick summary how you can do the same:
First off all, you will need to install the Network USB Navigator (if you have not already done so). Please note that this “USB Navigator” is not available as a separate download from Buffalo’s website. To get this, you will need to download the Link Navigator zip file. Inside this zip file, there is a “tool” directory. Navigate to this directoy and you will find a folder called “USB-Navigator”. Install the application. It is very straight forward. Just follow the prompts. And if you are still in trouble, have a read at this document – Network-USB User Manual. There is a step by step installation and configuration guide.
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