Can anyone give me hints or advice on using Epson's ethernet network interface? I am setting up a new 4800 and it is a bit far from the computer for USB or firewire (Epson says 10 feet, I need at least 20). I am considering using ethernet. I'm on a Mac running OS 10 and I note that the Epson interface supports rendezvous/bonjour which should make it easy. I'd like to use DNS rather than set a static IP address as everything else on the network uses dynamic addressing, but that seems to make it difficult to access the printer through a web browser. I guess I could try to set the router so it doesn't use the first few addresses in the range and assign one of those to the printer.
Also, is there any loss of function using ethernet? Is it easy to check status and load new firmware, or will I be faced with trying to run a USB cable to the printer for some functions?
Any pointers appreciated.
I have a 4800 fitted with an Ethernet card and it has ALL the functionality as if your were using the USB or Firewire connections. In fact you cannot tell from the page setup and print menus that you are using Ethernet. The Ethernet card installs easily with just two screws and a screwdriver. And of course, using a Mac, no additional software is needed since you already have Ethernet.
I have connected to my OS 10.4.X Mac a router and a HUB. All the router plugs, except one, are connected to other computers. The remaining plug is connected to the HUB (or it can be another router). The printer Ethernet plug is connected to the HUB. The router and HUB will auto assign the proper IP addresses automatically. The reason I have an additional HUB is that I only had four ports available on the router. I should have purchased an eight port router which would have been more eligant.
The maximum distance for a Firewire connection is 15 feet. And I believe 8 feet for USB. The advantage of Ethernet, besides speed, is you can locate your printer more than 100 feet away for your computer.
Hope this helps,