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Need to share printer on two networks

I need to share a printer on two seperate physical networks.

I'm thinking there is a print server out there that will connect to two networks (port 1 for LanA and port 2 for LanB)

Is there such a hardware product?

If not, can anyone briefly explain some options?

Thanks,
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johnpitt

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Depending on your network and the existing devices you could possibly create a static nat for a single IP so that only that IP address can communicate with the other network. Your printer would then be available to both. I have not heard of a print server that can have alias IP addresses other than an operating system based print server.
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valleyauto

Let me add to this that I don't think it will be acceptable to put in a PC to act as a router / print server.

The system if for a Sherriff's dept. LanA is the "business" network, LanB is the 911 network.

Now with that said, I have an idea which just came to me:

Instead of using the network adapter on the printer, I use the USB adapter. Plug the USB cord from the printer to a USB hub. Put a ethernet to usb printer server on LanA and plug the USB into the hub. Put an ethernet usb printer server on LanB and plug the USB into the hub as well. Ethernet for LanA would go through print server for LanA, Ethernet for LanB would go through print server for LanB.

That got any chance of working.......

This is a new client for me with some high profile work coming up, so I don't want to rig it to much
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I am a bit skeptical of that solution only because, generally speaking, you use one port or the other. I am assuming you made a typo above and meant to say that 1 lan uses the onboard ethernet port and the other lan uses the usb port.

Give it a go and if its no good then you can always try the NAT solution.
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Just another though. If they are using a Windows domain then you could simply attach the printer via the network to the server and share it via active directory. That would be your easiest approach.
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