I finally snagged an HP 680N (wireless JetDirect card) on Ebay for a semi-reasonable price. It appears the HP List Price is about $1200. The going web price seems to be about $250-$270. I paid about 1/4 of that on Ebay. Of course, I didn't get the manuals etc.
This would be useful to install a printer some place by itself were there is no other network connection. For example, in my basement I have a HP CLJ 8550 with nothing except a LinkSys WET11 to talk WiFi for it. This would let me get rid of the LinkSys WET11 in places like that. Also, given the LinkSys WET11's are no longer manufactured and getting harder to find (and cost about $50 on Ebay themselves) and are sometimes flakey, the HP 680N would be a good replacement for the LinkSys WET11 especially as more of the HP 680N hit the Ebay Market. Plus, there isn't a separate box to fall off, get banged around, and / or break.
("Unfortunately" in my garage I have 3 printers and a NAS box, so this really doesn't help there. Also, in my living room / library I have 3 printers, really only 1 of which is used. The WET11 I'm using there has definitely been the weak link in printing to my default printer - an HP 5000. I currently have the HP 680N on that printer. And yes, although the HP specs say the HP 680N doesn't work with the HP 5000 or a bunch of other printers, I suspect it will without problem. A JetDirect card is pretty much a JetDirect card, and if one works, they all should.)
Specs from HP's website:
|The HP Jetdirect 680n 802.11b Internal Wireless Print Server is a reliable and flexible way for businesses to share top-of-the-line HP printers with EIO connectivity slots in wireless 802.11b network environments. The HP Jetdirect 680n Wireless Print Server provides networking in any major network operating system for HP LaserJet, HP Color LaserJet, HP Business Inkjet, HP Designjet, and HP Digital Sender peripherals with EIO slots. This print server gives workgroups high quality printing solutions without the physical constraints of wiring, so peripherals can be conveniently placed anywhere in an office and easily moved without relaying network cables. Installation is easy with the HP Install Network Printer Wizard, and HP Web Jetadmin software provides worry-free printer management.|
At a glance
|Best 802.11b wireless networking for HP EIO-based peripherals. Internal print server slides into the EIO slot of compatible peripherals - reducing the number of cables to the printer (no network cable, no power cords, no USB or parallel cables). Upgradeable, full operating system and protocol support, best security features.|
|Network types||802.11b Wireless Ethernet|
|Print job buffering||Yes|
|Supported printers||EIO-based peripherals|
|Supported browsers||Microsoft® Internet Explorer (4.0 or above), Netscape (5.0 or above)|
|Supported protocols||TCP/IP (IP Direct Mode, LPD, FTP, IPP), IPX/SPX, DLC/LLC, and AppleTalk. Also NDS, Bindery, NCP, Telnet, SLP, IGMP, BOOTP/DHCP, WINS, SNMP v1 and v2c, HTTP|
|Embedded web server||Yes|
|Flash memory||4 MB|
|Supported products||HP Business Inkjet 2230 printer, HP Business Inkjet 2280 printer, HP Business Inkjet 2280tn printer, HP Business Inkjet 2300 Series, HP Business Inkjet 2600 Series, HP Business Inkjet 3000 Series, HP LaserJet 2300 Series, HP LaserJet 4100mfp and 4101mfp, HP LaserJet 4200 Series, HP LaserJet 4300 Series, HP LaserJet 5100 Series, HP LaserJet 8150 Series, HP LaserJet 9000 Series, HP LaserJet 9055mfp, HP LaserJet 9065mfp, HP Color LaserJet 2500 Series, HP Color LaserJet 3700 Series, HP Color LaserJet 4600 Series, HP Color LaserJet 5500 Series, HP Designjet 10ps/20ps/50ps printers, HP Designjet 500 Series, HP Designjet 800 Series, HP Designjet cc800ps printer, HP Designjet 1050c Plus and 1050cm plus printers, HP Designjet 100 printer, HP Designjet 120 Series and HP Designjet 5500 Series|
|Dimensions / weight|
|Dimensions (w x d x h)||3.5 x 6.2 x 1.2 in|
|Weight, U.S.||.3 lb|
|What's in the box|
|What's in the box||HP Jetdirect 680n Internal Print Server, setup documentation, HP Installation Software and Documentation on CD-ROM|
Ah, and setting it up actually makes use of AdHoc mode in wireless netwowrking. I think this is the first time I've ever actually used AdHoc wireless mode.