Epson Network Interface Unit

Epson Network Interface Unit

Epson Network Interface Unit Whether you're searching for a system report scanner or hoping to turn an Epson USB-based scanner that you as of now have into a system scanner, make certain to look at the Epson Network Interface Unit (NIU) ($349.99). As the name proposes, the NIU adds a system connector to a different scanner, yet it likewise does significantly more than that. Its front-board controls let you offer charges to send outputs to any PC on your system while you're at the scanner. More vital, it makes sharing a scanner in a little office or workgroup a considerable measure simpler than attempting to manage with a USB association with a solitary PC.

Epson Network Interface Unit
The Network Interface Unit works with a large portion of the late Epson WorkForce DS-Series scanners. (You can locate the full rundown on Epson's site.) For my tests, I utilized it with the Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner that I as of late assessed. Notwithstanding giving me a chance to test the system includes, this let me think about execution for the scanner itself utilizing a USB association with execution of the indistinguishable scanner utilizing a system association and the NIU. Not very shockingly, the execution was comparative in both cases, yet more on that underneath.


One key distinction between joining the NIU with a USB scanner, as opposed to getting a scanner that as of now has an Ethernet connector, similar to the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W, is that you need to manage two separate units as opposed to one. That requires an additional setup venture for interfacing the two to one another. It likewise implies that notwithstanding whatever level space the scanner takes up, you need space for the second unit.

The NIU weighs 312 grams and measures 68.6 by 160 by 83.8 mm (HWD). That doesn't give it a major foot shaped impression, however you'll most likely need to put it right alongside the scanner, so the two joined will be altogether more extensive than a normal desktop scanner without anyone else's input.

The back of the unit is higher than the front, so the top inclinations down to face forward, successfully turning into a front board. Notwithstanding a monochrome LCD, the board incorporates order catches that let you work through the implicit menus, a force catch, and catches to begin an output, wipe out a sweep, and Reset—which means reboot—the unit. There are likewise two status lights marked Ready and Error.

Setup is direct, with no product to introduce for the NIU itself. You first introduce the product that accompanied the scanner on no less than one PC. At that point you associate the NIU to the scanner with the supplied USB link, join the NIU to your system, interface the force lines for both the scanner and the NIU, and turn both units on. At long last, you utilize the Epson Scan Settings utility on the PC to discover the scanner on the system, so the output programming can correspond with it.

Epson Network Interface Unit

Epson Network Interface Unit

Filtering and Speed

Once the NIU and scanner are set up, you can filter by giving orders from the PC, however that can be badly arranged if the scanner isn't inside of arm's scope. As a rule, the better decision is to give the output orders from the NIU's front board.

Epson's Document Capture Pro sweep utility gives you a chance to characterize up to 30 output profiles that you can look over with the front-board menus. Every one determines the sort of document to sweep to, whether to check in simplex or duplex, and then some. You can likewise give every profile as expressive a name as you like.To check, you essentially stack the archive in the scanner, utilize the NIU's menu to pick a PC to send the output to, alongside the profile to utilize, and afterward give the sweep charge.

In a large portion of my tests, the Epson DS-520 or more NIU turned in basically the same pace as the scanner alone joined by means of USB link. Examining to picture PDF organize, and including the full time from giving the output summon to the minute the record completed the process of keeping in touch with the hard drive, I timed the Epson DS-520 with the NIU at 25 pages for each moment (ppm) for simplex (single-sided) sweeps and 54 pictures for every moment (ipm) for duplex (two-sided) checks.

These outcomes are somewhat unique in relation to I saw with the Epson DS-520 utilizing a USB association, however the majority of the distinctions are inside of the blunder range for the tests. The stand out that gave a fundamentally diverse result was for filtering a 25-sheet, 50-page record to a searchable PDF (sPDF) document. At the point when the scanner was joined by USB link, it took 1 minute 33 seconds. When it was joined with the NIU, it took just 1:13.

Regardless, the mix of NIU and scanner is remarkably speedier than the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500W, which came in at 16ppm for filtering in simplex and 28ipm for examining in duplex at 200ppi in our tests, and took 3:54 to check our standard test record to sPDF position. The pace additionally looks at well to the rates for the Canon imageFormula DR-C225, our Editors' Choice tolerably estimated USB-associated archive scanner for individual or little office use. I timed the Canon model at 24ppm and 48ipm for filtering to picture PDF group and at 1:09 for examining the 25-sheet, 50-page record to sPDF position.

On the off chance that you need a conservative unit with one control board, one force catch, and a base foot shaped impression, you'll have to consider genuine system models, similar to the Brother ADS-2500W. If its all the same to you having a second unit sitting beside your scanner, notwithstanding, the Epson Network Interface Unit, joined with any of the scanners it works with is a more-than-sensible decision for system filtering. Also, as presumably the most convincing contention to consider the NIU—on the off chance