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I've just bought a laptop to supplement my desktop computer; suddenly I have a need to find out about networking - never had any experience of it before. Ubuntu 10.04 is on the desktop and a fairly minimal net install of Debian Squeeze on the laptop. They are both plugged into a Netgear DG834 router, and I've figured out how to access one computer from the other with ssh, and to locally mount the remote file system with sshfs. Basic stuff, but it's a new world to me.
I bought a TP-Link TL-PS310U
with the hope of figuring out some way of making it work with Linux. Turns out I haven't got a clue.
It's sold as a print server, but it can also network other usb devices by interfacing between the device and the router. Alas, no Linux support, so I put Win2K onto an old HD just to see how it works. It works well with my Brother DCP-330C printer/scanner/card reader; with a 4 port hub attached, it works with the printer + external HD + memory stick + camera. A short trial, but I was impressed.
So, how can I use this from a Linux box?
IP of the router is 192.168.0.1, and it gives the print server 192.168.0.2. In a browser I can get to basic, not very helpful configuration pages on 192.168.0.2:/system30.htm, which show all the devices connected to it, whether through a hub, or individually.
I've got CUPS and the Brother drivers installed, and system-config-printer seems to try to find the printer - 'Find Network Printer' comes up with various 'connection' options, but using any of them results in the printer initiating a print job (the paper loads), but not much else - occasionally the print heads make another pass, but a test page was only 7% complete after 40 minutes, and then it just gave up and spat the sheet out. And yet all the time the LEDs on both router and print server were showing a lot of apparent activity, so I don't know what's going on there. As for the scanner and card reader functions of the Brother unit - I've no idea.
Getting the printer and scanner to work would be useful, but I'd especially like to get my external usb HD to be networked and seen by both 'puters.
In my uneducated way, I kinda figured that as the router itself uses Linux, then the print-server is already working with Linux, even when it's being accessed by Windows, so there must be a way of accessing everything the router handles from a Linux computer.
All I need is someone to tell me how to do it! Failing that, what about alternatives?