SEH, a printing and network computing specialist, launched the PS56 print server, a new WLAN interface card. PS56 is an IPv6-enabled print server connecting all HP output devices that have an EIO port to a wireless 54 Mbit network (802.11g), using the highly-secure WPA and WPA2 WLAN encryption standards. Contrary to the previous WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption standard, WPA and WPA2 standards have not yet been cracked, and they are currently regarded as the safest protection for WLANs. To further enhance security, the PS56 also includes TLS/SSL encryption and several IEEE 802.1X authentication methods. Maintaining maximum security for network printing in WLANs is now essential, given the trend toward using WLANs for fast and cost-effective extensions of cabled networks, networked operations in buildings where structural integrity is essential, mobile networks in meeting or training rooms, and temporary networks at special events.
The SEH PS56 print server uses WPA/WPA2 (both the Personal and Enterprise mode) encryption, which is currently thought to be the safest standard possible for WLAN access points. The standard uses dynamic keys for encryption, providing a stronger encryption mechanism through Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) which is mandatory for meeting the FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standard) since it outlines U.S. Federal government requirements for IT products implementing cryptography. The WPA2 standard is increasingly gaining importance in the financial and insurance industries. The PS56 is also compatible with those networks using the prior WEP standard, as well as the WLAN standard 802.11b.
Users will find it easy to wirelessly connect HP printers and MFPs using the PS56. The interface card slides into the respective slot on the printer unit. The print server is also easily configured and managed, and it is IPv6-enabled. It features the latest ThinPrint.print client, including ThinPrint SSL support, as well as several authentication methods according to IEEE 802.1X. The PS56 supports all common operating systems and protocols, and it includes a full program of service and warranty.