Public IP on Windows XP Computer with shared USB Printer

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-11-07
I have a Windows XP computer with a shared USB printer attached. Users on the LAN can print to it as needed. The XP computer has a public IP and sits behind a Netopia router. I want to make the printer available over the Internet. What is the simplest solution? Is IIS an option? If so, what are the pros and cons?
Question by:adande3
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    Expert Comment

    Why not consider VPN access to the local network: Most routers provide VPN services to home and small businesses.
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    Expert Comment

    Definitely a bad idea to have a Windows XP computer exposed to the Internet with a public IP address.

    If you have people at home who need to print to the printer attached to it, I would simply disallow it due to the security threat.

    They won't be able to get to the print out until they are in the office anyway, right?

    If they want someone already at the office to have a print out, they can print to a PDF and email that to them. That way they can have a print out of the document and still keep that Windows XP machine off the public Internet.

    I suppose that if you have a realistic business case where the XP computer must be connected to the Internet, you could enable remote connections to it. Then the person at home could simply start up a Remote Desktop session to it and print from the XP computer to the printer. But otherwise, this sounds very risky to me.

    I hope this helps.

    /David C.

    Accepted Solution

    Due to the lack of exploration of the IIS option, I have reconfigured the LAN and have alleviated the need for a solution to the proposed problem. The public IPs are no longer in use. I added a wireless router with no DHCP to allow the wireless computers to join the same network as the wired ones and print to the shared computer. Not what I wanted, but the client is pleased.

    Thanks to the experts who tried to help. I'm sorry I was not able to use your solutions.

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    Thanks to the experts who tried to help. I'm sorry I was not able to use your solutions.

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