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Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

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Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

Want to connect a printer to it.
The usb ports need a driver only M$ & Mac driver are available.
Tech help have been no help so far.  Lips are sealed
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VileReynard
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

Surely you would connect a printer to a PC or a server?
A router isn't meant to be a print server as well.

gtowen
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

Have you tried connecting the printer direct to your linux pc ? That way you can make sure you have the correct linux drivers.
It has been a while since I've connected a printer to the router, but I'm sure the router is just a thru device. The printer drivers need to be installed on the pc and then configure to use a network port.
This google search gives lots of hits, maybe one can help you Smiley
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8&client=ubuntu#safe=off&...
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

I think that TP-Link use (or at least used) USB over IP for their printer sharing rather than lpr etc. I suggest you badger TP-Link for a suitable driver to access the port on the router Sad
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

I HAVE been connecting directly, it has a driver that is no the issue. I did complain to TP-link and there response is lacking to say the least.
And yes it appears as a usb port on the pc rather than an lpr queue like most routers.
Why do I want to do it, to be able to print from anything without the pc being on. That and the fact it is SOLD as having 2 usb ports for file/printer sharing. I don't use the file sharing I have a laptop doing that, but no spare usb ports on it.
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

The last time I "upgraded" my printer, I decided to pay a bit extra for network capability. Not perfect (it appears it is built for the US market - no wifi channels 12/13 and I use 13), but it is (almost) switch on and use and it disables other I/Fs when ethernet connected!
I have a badge engineered model (without Linux drivers) but just use the actual manufacturer's.
Plusnet Fibre (Sep 2014), Essentials (Feb 2013); ADSL (Apr 2009); Customer since Jan 2004 (on 28kb dial-up)
Using a TP-Link TD-W9980 modem-router.
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

This printer was from freecycle, an nice little brother laser. USB only no network. I do have a usb-network adaptor that I could use but the fact the router was advertised as having printer sharing and as Linux compatible to me is just taking the mick.
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

TP Link use the same USB-over-IP printer sharing system on various routers.
It's very flexible and can work well on a small home network where a client taking exclusive control of the attached device isn't a problem.
It's an implementation of the KCodes system, so the issue is actually that KCodes don't offer a client for Linux...
That's why TP Link appear to be unhelpful: they can't directly help!
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

There seems to be a GPL implementation of USB over IP for Linux here http://usbip.sourceforge.net/ , maybe worth looking at.
edit: looking in a bit more detail, it claims that the drivers are already in the Linux kernel.
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

Quote from: SuperZoom
KCodes don't offer a client for Linux...

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The Kcodes’ kernel module utilizes 150KB Flash and 1MB RAM and it can be implemented on Linux platform in 2 weeks to meet today’s fast changing marketing demand.

According to that no real reason for them not to.
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

That's the server end of it. But give them a call and chivvy them along    Wink
Might be economics; might be technical...
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Re: Don't buy a TPlink TD-9980 if you use Linux and

If the server end supports Linux, the kernel has had usb-ip support for past 4 years, so just them dragging the development.
I have already complained about it, nowt else I can do until they get the finger out.