share a printer on two different networks

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-17
Hi we have two companies sharing one office and they want to share a network printer without connecting to each others domains. Any way around this??
Question by:jmahlmann
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    by:Gerwin Jansen
    Providing that both domain servers can reach the printer over the network, you could create printer queues on both domain servers that connect to the ip address of the printer (printer port). Access to the printer queues is granted on each separate domain.

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    They can't. They are using two separate ip address ranges.
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    What kind of printer is this? Possibly you can use the printer's NIC for company #1 and add a ethernet-USB adapter for company #2

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    Hmm. Good idea. Let me check.
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    The word 'domain' is a bit of a red herring as this appears to be all about network connectivity. How you proceed is going to be based on what you're allowed to do. If either company has a problem with their company LAN being bridged to the other company's LAN, then maybe you could get their approval to put the printer onto a 3rd subnet and stick a firewall between the three LANs. This could work out cheap (or even free!) if you have an old PC, two additional network cards and a Linux firewall distribution (

    (It's probably easier to buy another printer)

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