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Print Serving, Other Features

You can enable and disable the built-in Print Server which supports postscript printers only. The list you see in Figure 6 represents a limited selection of non-postscript MacOS printers. There is no status monitor or ability to see the jobs in queue, but you can kill all the jobs in queue with a click on the Clear Printer Job Queue link on the USB Setup page.

Print server setup

Figure 6: Print server setup
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Other features I haven't covered include:

  • You can shutdown the Giga from the browser inteface, but can't reset it to factory defaults or perform a soft reboot

  • The Disk Sleep function allows you to set sleep and wake up times that will be executed daily

  • The drive automatically spins down after 30 idle minutes. Note you can't change this time and the fan keeps running.

  • The Giga also includes Buffalo's PCast media server, which is now documented in the User Manual. PCast is a UPnP-based streaming media server that can provide access to Giga-stored media files for Buffalo's LinkTheater [reviewed here] and other streaming media players.

Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the complete lack of logging and email alerts. So you'll have to rely on logging into the Giga occasionally to check how full it is, or just wait for the Disk Full light on the front to come on.

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