Now this is what I'm talking about. Something that deals directly with the fact that peripheral manufacturers don't produce network capable drivers for their usb products anymore (eg Canon). This device from Belkin, the Network USB Hub, allows direct connection to usb devices over a network, as if they are attached directly to your computer.
The problem that I have at the moment is that many new devices, like my new Canon Multifunction printer (MP530) come with drivers that only support direct usb access. So plugging the printer into the my network print server is useless, especially for functions other than printing, like scanning or faxing.
Now all I need is for it to be released, and for the Mac drivers to become available.