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I am having some visitors occupy some office space for a couple of days. I do not want to give them access to my network since I don't know what they have on their machines (virus protection, etc.). They will need access to a printer. Aside from bringing one, is there anyway I can have them print to one of my network printers via tcpip? I have a public wireless router that sits outside my network that I can give them access to I just don't know if its possible to get them to talk. I hope I'm making sense.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
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Do the visitors need to plug in to the network at all?  Maybe you can run a USB cable to the printer so they can use it.

Alternately, can you assign an IP address to the printer that isn't valid on your network?  Then you could assign a similar IP address to your visitor's computers so they can see each other, but nothing else on the network.

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The printers and the guests willhave to be on the same network I believe.
For example 10.10.10.x and the printer setup on a server on that network as a print server.  The printer will be setup as a local printer printing to created port 10.10.10.32 for example.  You can give the printer that IP number normally on the front panel unless it is a cheapy, then you need to reserve the printers MAC number in DHCP.  Gets complicated doesn't it.
Now if you have a Wireless print server, there are some that can connect to a wireless network with USB to the printer.  I plan on purchasing one for home like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062
Check that out

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Running a usb cable is not an option. I was hoping for some sort of way for them to be on my public router (which sits outside my network) and connect to a printer on my network in some sort of tunnel fashion.
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information Systems
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It might be possible to set up your router to forward packets directed at a public IP address to your internal printer, but that seems more work (and more of a security risk) than necessary.

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Your right. Too much of a headache. I think I will just tell them to bring their own printer.

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