I've been wondering for a while how to get both admin and curric networks to print to the same photocopier and I visited a school today where its been done by the merry men from Western Business Systems!
They've just connected the admin network via ethernet and just run a USB cable from the curric server that's in the room next door!
Now it might not work on all photcopiers but worth a go (if your curric server is anywhere near your photocopier that is - or where you could stick a simple print server nearby)
or you could attach a USB print server to the USB port then from that Ethernet into the other network. Some copiers and printers also allow you to have more than one network card in.
Never seen a usb printer server that works - I've bought 2 myself and neither worked with the printers I tried connecting them to - they're the hardware equivalent of flakewarea USB print server to the USB port
I've had a HP one and currently have a number of Belkin ones at home as they have 2 USB ports on the earlier versions.
Many cheap USB print servers do not support GDI Printers.
There are USB to GDI Printservers out there so you need to check your printer and PS USB devices for compatability.
Edimax do some that not only drive a GDI but can support Bi-Directional scans too!
VLANS and routing are you friend if you have switches that are capable.
So in big boys and girls networks you can have one printer on 1 ip/subnet and route traffic to it from 2 other ip/subnets without mssing up the 2 separate networks?VLANS and routing are you friend if you have switches that are capable.
Any chance of quick explan/diagram?
Maybe I could just buy the cheapest poss VLAN Switch?
Wrong topic by any chance?
SimpleSi (2nd February 2010)
(Just to clarify - I've deleted the post that localzuk is reffering to )
Last edited by SimpleSi; 2nd February 2010 at 09:24 PM.
It's on topic isn't it? :-S
I'll see if I can send you a diagram in a bit Si :-)
Just set up a print server that can bee seen on both networks ..
put 2 nics in it..
1 admin and 1 curric.
if you have split network.
or 1 nic 2 ips if admin and curric are on the same network but diff ip ranges..
the default gw will be the side the printers are on.
i keep it all on 1 ip range.. saves having this problem..
and do trusted domains.
But i don't have the problems you have with kids.. being a middle school.
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