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Want to setup a remote printer at site in another city to print from server.

Need to setup as an ip, currently connected to server via sonicwall ssl vpn.

thought I could use dyndns to give printer and ip address and set it up. is this idea possible

printer is an hp 401 network printer, setup with local ip address. Second site has dynamic internet. Main site is static.

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by:Andrew Davis
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If you have a VPN in place, why do you need to use DynDNS.

With the VPN you should be able to talk directly to the printers LAN IP.

Am i miss-understanding something?

Cheers
Andrew
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by:meditrec
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its not a site to site, its ssl vpn, via net extender. I can't talk from the server to the computer.
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Andrew Davis earned 2000 total points
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Ok.
My first recomendation is to put a site to site VPN in place.

But if that is not possible.

Yes you can do it with DynDns.
simply install a dyndns updater either on a client computer at site, or preferably if the router supports DynDNS updating then do it with that.

Then at remote site configure port forwarding for the port that you are going to connect to the printer using (probably port 9100, or 631 if IPP is supported) to be directed to the LAN IP of the printer.

Configure the printer at the server as you normally would but using the DynDNS name as the IP/URL for the tcp/ip connection.

Cheers
Andrew
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by:meditrec
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this is the correct course that needs to be taken, However if your isp blocks certain ports then dyndns is not possible which was the issue in my case. I could not open the ports via the isp, I have figure out a work around using terminal services.

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by:Andrew Davis
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Absolutely Terminal services would be a better way of bringing the printer to the client, however then if no remote clients are connected the main office will not be able to print to the remote printer (in case the main office needed to print reports to the remote office printer for their collection), however this may not be an issue.

Had i known that you were using a terminal server, that would have been my second best option, behind a Site-to-site VPN.

Thanks for the points.

Cheers
Andrew
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