Lantronix's xPrintServer boxes have already enabled direct printing from iOS devices, but now there's a new Office Edition that promises a better work ethic. Replacing the older Network Edition, this model raises the asking price to $200 but offers more detailed user management and better support for remote authentication, proxy servers and USB printers -- all hopefully with the same ease-of-use we saw back at CES. There may be simpler and brighter options on the market, but if that business feature-set sounds compelling, then look out for a November 21st shipping date.
Lantronix Launches New xPrintServer - Office Edition, iPad and iPhone Printing Solution for Business Users
Next Generation of the Network Edition Now Supports Enterprise-wide Mobile Printing
Irvine, Calif. – November 12, 2012 – Lantronix (NASDAQ: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart M2M connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of its xPrintServer™- Office Edition, the newest member of its award-winning xPrintServer family, designed specifically for office use by business and IT professionals wishing to print from their iPad®, iPhone® or iPod® Touch to virtually any printer. The new product is available for pre-order now at www.Lantronix.com, and will begin shipping November 21, 2012.
Developed to provide an easy mobile printing solution for business users of Apple iOS products, the xPrintServer – Office Edition enables printing directly from the native print menu of the device to network-connected printers without any apps to download, software to install, or need to buy a new printer. The xPrintServer - Office Edition is the evolution of the xPrintServer-Network Edition. Building on the first version, the Office Edition offers significant new enterprise features, including remote authentication / Active Directory, proxy server support, and the ability to network- enable USB printers.
"Since the introduction of the first xPrintServer product last December, I have observed a ready market for this type of printing solution, as an increasing number of business people are relying on their tablets and smart phones for work purposes," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst, MobileTrax LLC. "The new Office Edition of the xPrintServer boasts the same simplicity as its predecessor, while providing more robust enterprise features for IT managers, including Active Directory support and more control over user permissions and printing functionality as it relates to iOS devices. Additionally, it will enable USB printers to become network printers, so the users can print from their iOS devices right over the network. The xPrintServer - Office Edition is truly a timely product that addresses the growing adoption of mobile devices in businesses."
The soon-to-be released Office Edition comes with a wide range of robust features to support mobile printing throughout the enterprise. Designed in partnership with enterprise customers, the new Office Edition addresses the challenges faced by IT departments on how to identify, deploy and manage iOS device printing throughout the extended organization. Key features include:
• Support for both USB and network-connected printers (wired or wireless)
• Enhanced printer-user management, including printer usage rights, security and control over printers and user groups
• Proxy Server Support, global save and restore functionality, and the ability to now export print logs
• Remote authentication / Active Directory support
• Firmware / driver loading via USB port
• Supports over 4,000 top brand printers, and an unlimited number of iPads, iPhones, and iOS users and devices
• Roughly the size of an iPhone with no additional software, CDs or application downloads required
• Automatic printer discovery and provisioning
• Easy to use and no configuration. Simply open the box, plug it in, print
• Anything that can be viewed, opened or read on an iOS device can be printed with the xPrintServer
"The reception of the xPrintServer in business environments has been overwhelmingly positive and has become a strong solution franchise for Lantronix. We are thrilled to build on the previous xPrintServer generation and offer more capabilities to make the xPrintServer – Office Edition even more valuable to our customers," said Mak Manesh, vice president of product management for Lantronix. "Apple has made tremendous in-roads for driving the adoption of iPads and most iOS devices into enterprise environments, and business-critical iOS accessories such as the xPrintServer - Office Edition will not only benefit from this market penetration, but should also serve to speed that adoption into enterprises."
The xPrintServer: Open it. Plug it in. Print!
The xPrintServer Family is an easy-to-use hardware solution that utilizes the iOS native print menu and requires no additional applications, software downloads, or printer driver installations. With automatic printer discovery and no configuration, printing is hassle-free. Simply open the box, plug in power and Ethernet, and print –from any iOS device running iOS version 4.2 or later, to virtually any USB or network-connected printer, whether wired or wireless.
How to Buy
The xPrintServer – Office Edition retails for $199.95 MSRP and is currently available for pre-order and will begin shipping on November 21, 2012 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe through Lantronix.com, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center, and leading e-tailers including Amazon, Best Buy Online, Buy.com, CDW, Ebyte.com, Insight Enterprises, MacMall, Mavtechonline.com, NeutronUSA, Newegg.com, NextDayPC.com, NextWarehouse.com, PCMall, PowerMax.com, Provantage, SemiconductorStore.com, SoftwareForLess, and more.
About Lantronix Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a global leader of secure M2M (machine-to-machine) communication technologies that simplify access and communication with and between virtually any electronic device. Our smart connectivity solutions enable sharing data between devices and applications to empower businesses to make better decisions based on real-time information, and gain a competitive advantage by generating new revenue streams, improving productivity and increasing efficiency and profitability. Easy to integrate and deploy, Lantronix products remotely and securely connect electronic equipment via networks and the Internet. Founded in 1989, Lantronix serves some of the largest medical, security, industrial and building automation, transportation, retail/POS, financial, government, consumer electronics/appliances, IT/data center and pro-AV/signage entities in the world. The company's headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif.
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