WLAN Interface For HP Printers

By PRESS RELEASE — July 29, 2008

New PS56 WLAN Print Server Utilizes Multiple Security Standards

PHOENIXVILLE, PA -- SEH, the printing and network computing specialist, recently announced the launch of 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 54Mbit network (802.11g), utilizing 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 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 utilizing 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.

Most Secure Encryption Standard for Printing in WLANs
The SEH PS56 print server utilizes 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 utilizes dynamic keys for encryption, providing a stronger encryption mechanism through Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). AES is mandatory for meeting the FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standard), which 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 utilizing the prior WEP standard, as well as the WLAN standard 802.11b.

Easy-to-Use, With State-of-the-Art Standards
Users will find it easy to wirelessly connect HP printers and MFPs utilizing the PS56. The interface card simply slides into the respective slot on the printer unit. The PS56 is also easily configured and managed, and 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 SEH PS56, as well as all SEH high-end print servers, supports all common operating systems and protocols, and includes a full program of service and warranty.

The SEH PS56 is available at a recommended retail price of about 320 USD.

About SEH Technology Inc.
SEH Technology, Inc., is a leading supplier of professional network printing solutions. The company, based in Phoenixville, PA, was founded in 2002 as the US sales office of the German SEH, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of network printing solutions since the early nineties, and became a full subsidiary in 2005. Since then, the company's revenue growth has been in excess of 18 per cent year over year. SEH Technology's product portfolio includes internal and external print servers for all common network and cabling types: Ethernet/Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, fiber optics, and Wireless LAN. Moreover, it comprises enhanced network printing solutions for efficient spooling management and bandwidth-optimized solutions for ThinPrint environments (e.g. server-based computing, virtual desktop infrastructures).

SEH Technology also has a strong focus on security for network printing. Target groups are public, government, and military institutions with highest security demands. Among its customers are the US Departments of State, Defense, Army, and Navy, as well as the US Air Force, US Missile Defense Agency, the State of Hawaii, the Pacific Missile Range, the Andrews Air Force Base, and the Defense Distribution Center.

All products are developed and produced at the company's headquarters in Bielefeld, Germany. Worldwide distribution is via SEH's US and UK subsidiaries and an extensive network of partners, distributors, and resellers. The installed base of SEH products exceeds 700,000 units worldwide. In development and sales, SEH closely co-operates with many leading printer manufacturers, including Citizen, Encad, Epson, HP, Konica, Minolta, Kyocera, Mutoh, Oce, OKI, PSi, Roalnd, Samsung, Toshiba, TEC, and Utax.

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