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  How can i add a printer behind 2 routers ? 
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Archangel May 15, 2008, 04:24am EDT Report Abuse
I have a printer server, it is currently working. The server is connected to a gigabit switch, the switch then connects to a gigabit router. and the router to the web.

Everything works fine at that level. But, connected to the router, i have a second router, that gives internet to other crappy devices in my home.

But connected to the second router, i have a computer to which i want and need to add this printer i have been using in the other network. So here i am, trying to add this network printer in windows xp. and i don't in what format to tell it to add it, all i have is the ip of the server in the network one level up from this one.

any help will be greatly appreciated.

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_MD_ May 15, 2008, 01:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: How can i add a printer behind 2 routers ?
1. Why do you need a router for the smaller network? you can use a switch and just increase the subnet. That's a much easier and neater solution.
2. Or if you insist on two routers, then you will have to create VLAN between them.

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Archangel May 15, 2008, 03:42pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: How can i add a printer behind 2 routers ?
hmmmm ok.... RIGHT. the second router is needed. What does it matter if i need it or not anyway? but yeah. its a voip router, and w/o it i don't have telephone in my house...

Vlan? yeah ok...sure, coming righ tup.

john albrich May 15, 2008, 04:56pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: How can i add a printer behind 2 routers ?
I don't know the exact topology of your network, so I'm making some assumptions. One of those is that you don't want to spend any more money.

It might help if you would describe specifics about your topology, including identifying all the devices involved, ports available, etc.

In some cases I've read (but have not confirmed) the printer itself will have the ability to connect to both an ethernet and USB port. You might be able to keep the enet port to your first group, and connect the USB port to one of the devices in your second group. Then use that device as a print server for the other devices in that group. That approach, if possible, would negate the need for VLAN implementation.

I don't know how the printer handles print management in that type of scenario. I would presume it's an XOR operation...whoever grabs the printer first gets it until control is relinquished.



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