IOGEAR 4-Port USB Net ShareStation


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I’m still trying to wrap my head around this, but it appears that IOGEAR has created a network capable 4-port USB hub called the Net ShareStation (GUIP204) that will allow both Mac and Windows PC users to wired or wirelessly access hub connected USB devices like printers, storage drives, webcams, speakers, etc. However, IOGEAR warns that some devices (i.e. USB printers, speakers, webcams in particular) may require “direct connection for optimum performance.” Not quite sure what that means. The company also states that the Net ShareStation also supports “Windows Vista Rally Technologies to simplify the setup and maintenance of network-connected devices” along with UPnP. All in all, it sounds like an interesting device to experiment with if you want to network enable some of your USB devices. MSRP $99.95

IOGEAR Launches First Automatic Printer-Sharing Switch Compatible with PCs and Macs

The company also further facilitates device sharing with 4-Port USB Net ShareStation, helping organizations save money by reducing hardware purchases

Small offices and homes with multiple computers can now easily share USB printers and other USB devices with IOGEAR’s new 2-Port USB 2.0 Printer Auto Sharing Switch. IOGEAR also today launched its 4-Port USB Net ShareStation, which lets individuals share up to four USB devices through a home or office network. Both products leverage existing resources and minimize spending by allowing users to share computing products.

The 2-Port USB 2.0 Printer Auto Sharing Switch is the only automatic printer switch compatible with Macs and PCs. It comes with two USB cables that users hook up to their computers. Once connected to a USB printer, the Switch automatically recognizes which machine a print job is coming from, allowing users to print anytime without hassle. The 2-Port USB 2.0 Printer Auto Sharing Switch does not require an external power source and has LED indicators to show which computer has USB access. It is compatible with Windows(R) 2000, XP and Vista as well as Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater and is available immediately for $39.95 (MSRP).

The 4-Port USB Net ShareStation lets small offices and homeowners share resources by enabling multiple users to access up to four USB devices, such as external hard drives, printers and scanners, across a network. In addition, when the device is hooked up to a wireless router, users can wirelessly access the connected peripherals, saving cable clutter and set-up headaches. The product is compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista and will be available in March 2009 for $99.95 (MSRP).

“As a consumer electronics leader, we continue to launch products that facilitate connectivity and sharing. We believe these types of solutions will become even more popular this year as individuals and businesses look for ways to maximize resources and minimize spending,” said Miranda Su, IOGEAR executive vice president. “These newest additions to our Desktop and Networking product families help organizations reduce physical and financial waste.”

About IOGEAR

IOGEAR, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, CA, offers innovative technology solutions that enable convergence through connectivity on the road, in the office and at home. A consumer electronics leader, the company provides a range of KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) and KVMP (Peripheral), Connectivity, Networking, A/V Digital Home, Mobility and Desktop solutions that bridge the gap between locations and people.

IOGEAR’s products decrease clutter and energy consumption, reduce electronic waste, share resources and bring consumers together through technology. The company is also an environmentally-conscious organization that emphasizes conserving natural resources to employees and customers through its GREEN initiative. IOGEAR has a dedicated timeline and list of goals to achieve to ensure its products are as eco-friendly as possible. Additionally, the company has also partnered with Trees for the Future to plant one tree for every product purchased on its Web site or through members of its GREEN initiative partner program. For more information, please visit www.iogear.com/green/.

The company distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, IOGEAR’s Customer Advocacy Team is available any time day or night at 1-866-946-4327, providing assistance and welcoming feedback regardless of time and location.




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  • Jeroen

    I’ve had this functionality for a year or so with the Belkin Network USB Hub. It’s really convenient if you’d like to link USB devices over distances you can’t or don’t want to cover with USB cables.