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VPN printing problem, i need to move a network printer from one location to another over a vpn, i do not have access to the print server to change the ip

Posted on 2007-11-27
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i have a vpn setup here is the info

site 1
linksys rv016
ip 10.20.122.0
router .254

site 2
linksys rv042
network 10.20.123.0
router .1

i do not have any access to the servers a site 1, i need to move a printer (laser printer used for invoices to the UNIX server) from sight one to site 2. i can change the config of the printer but not the print server.

printer ip  10.20.122.52
gw 10.20.122.182 (unix server)


i was wondering how i could go about doing this, maybe a static rout in both routers, i have tried afue things with no luck, please help


-Nick
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i ended up getting into the windows print server, and after reading up on unix printing i think i figured out how to remap the printing via the windows print server to the unix server via a printing protical called LPR http://www.le.ac.uk/cc/dsss/docs/print-lpr.shtml i was able to re IP the printer locally and remap and print.so im assuming i will be able to remap it to an ip on the other side of the VPN.

-Nick

please id love some input
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Good to see you're up and running. I'll just add a few comments.

Changing the IP address for the printer on the print server is by far the easiest way, as long as the server can "see" the printer at the other end of the VPN. Windows (and linux) can use either LPR or AppSocket protocol to talk to the printer. On Windows you select the protocol under the Configure Port button in printer Properties. Windows calls AppSocket "RAW". AppSocket always goes direct to the printer, LPR can print via another server - in fact LPR was originally designed to print to a parallel connected printer attached to another workstation. These days networked printers support LPR directly, so there's no need for a server, and certainly no need for a parallel port.

If you have no access to the server, you can get the workstations to print direct to the printer, using LPR on each workstation. That's set up in the same way as on the server. Of course, if there are a large number of workstations, that may not be very practical.
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