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Raspberry pi/Raspbian - CONCEPT: what do I need to create a client bridge

Hi,

I have a raspberry pi, a wipi wifi dongle, an old HP Network printer and raspbian installed.  

I want to create a CLIENT BRIDGE. The pi will be connected on the enterprise wifi network and the printer will be connected with a cable to the pi. 

I have 3 weeks of testing done while looking at all the tutorials available on the web with no luck. Since I'm a windows guy (13 years as a network admin) I'm going back to the basics. What do I need in linux (application) to achieve this?

My ideal setup would be:
- printer on the same subnet as the wifi (no dhcp done by the pi)
- printer with a static ip

What I know so far:
- I know that I'm able to connect to my wifi with the wipi dongle
- I know that the dongle is able to be configured in AP mode

Thanks
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For printing you need CUPS and you might need hplip to access the the hp printer the right way.

  http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html
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I will use my windows print server for printing once the bridge will be running.
CUPS is a print spooler that will accept jobs and then execute them to the printer.
hplip can make contact with printers that require a special protocol. (so called winprinters).
If it isn't a winprinter a portforward might be all you need.
(Winprinter borrow the rendering engine on the system connecting to them for formatting pages, effectively they can only copy a special bit image to the paper. f.e. the HP 2600N)
Otherwise you just need a portforward have a port on the raspberry PI (f.e. port tcp 9100 forward to 9100 on the printer).
Hi

At the moment I'm only concerned about the client bridge. Not abut the printing part.
Thanks
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