Printing while connected to a company vpn

Posted on 2011-10-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hi Experts.

i am going to an office that have there own internal LAN with IP address 192.168.1.*
I will be configuring so local printers with the same ip range. some users from another company will be come to work from that office but they will connect sometimes to their own company network via citrix access - vpn.
I have one problem as I do not thing they can print when they connect to the vpn. They will be able to print only when they disconnect. Is there something I can do on their Laptops so that they can print? and Why does this problem happen?
Any solution will be highly appreciated.

Question by:Zak
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    by:Ariful Ambia
    While connected in VPN , pc is actively connected with VPN network. Pc can not recognize your network. You have to setup a router in your network to route VPN network to your network if you want to enable them to print from your network printer.
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    Above said is true - to some extend. The reason why you have issues is the "same IP subnet" thing. While connected, all traffic for 192.168.1.x will be redirected thru the VPN.

    The only way to get that changed (maybe) is to manually remove the network route created by the VPN client, and replace it with single-IP (host) routes to the remote targets as necessary.
    Or the other way round: Create host routes on the client when connected to route the printer related IPs to the local network (by providing the local IP as gateway).
    Both require that the Citrix VPN does not filter and redirect network traffic other than by routes, and there is no real IP address conflict between the IP addresses to use simultanously when connected. E.g. the printer is, and that IP is not relevant for the VPN access.

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