Castelle, a provider of office automation solutions, has announced LANpress 2000 USB, a multi-protocol network print server. The US$165 single-port print server, due April 15, can be connected to the Local Area Network (LAN) and shared by multiple users on Mac, UNIX, Linux, and Windows systems.
LANpress 2000 USB supports up to three protocols: TCP/IP, AppleTalk, and NetBEUI. Printing methods include peer-to-peer printing (in which print jobs are queued on the client computer), a server-based print queue (where print jobs are queued on the network server), and AppleTalk (which allows Mac users on the network to view and use the LANpress print server as a regular Apple LaserWriter printer).
With LANpress 2000 USB, you can also print via the Internet using either Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) — a new standards-based system that allows remote printing from a personal computer to an assigned IP address or URL — or Internet Mail Printing. With the latter, you send an e-mail to LANpress, the print server retrieves the e-mail, and prints it.