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Netgear WGPS606 and Mac Printing

I recently bought a Netgear WGPS606 ‘print server.’ It’s a nifty little device with a 4 port 100mbs ethernet switch, a wireless bridge, and an LPD print service. I needed each of those as part of reconfiguring my office space, and here it was in one little package.

It turned out to be something of a bear to configure, and tech support has not been very helpful. I finally got it all working. A bunch of technical details and gripes are after the break.

The correct default IP address for the WGPS606 is It’s print queues are named l1 and l2, not LPT1 and LPT2 as the docs state. (That’s from ‘freakboy’ on MacOSXHints. Thanks, dude! I’ve given your info to Netgear.)

This may be because I don’t have a Windows PC, but it was made worse by a routing glitch on my Mac as I tried to scan 192.168 (oops, wrong interface!) and then being given the wrong default IP address by Netgear support.

Netgear also has the world’s strangest support system, with our conversation arranged in a web page as follows:

first Netgear response (2, 16/11/2005 19:56:00)
second netgear respose (4, 17/11/2005 06:46:00)
my initial inquiry (1, 16/11/2005 01:20:00)
my follow on question (3, 16/11/2005 20:02:00)
my second response (5, 19/11/2005 16:35:00)

Oh, if you’re in this situation, it may help you to say its similar to my case, which was #2366120

One comment on "Netgear WGPS606 and Mac Printing"

  • David Brodbeck says:

    I’ve had similar experiences. Netgear’s hardware is sometimes surprisingly capable for the price, but good luck getting decent documentation or tech support!

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