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    Connecting 2 networks to a Photocopier

    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)

    regards

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    Simples!

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    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.

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    a USB print server to the USB port
    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 flakeware

    But YMMV

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    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 flakeware

    But YMMV

    regards

    Simon
    We have one or 2 HP ones that work. We did have another but it decided it didnt like to work on one of the Vlans. Weird.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Never seen a usb printer server that works
    Watch out for the GDI issues again.

    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!

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    VLANS and routing are you friend if you have switches that are capable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    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.
    That's how Ricoh do it although you can't do scanning on the usb port at least not with the MFD's as there are no usb twain drivers for them so any scanning has to be done via the network connection ie scan to folder / scan to email etc. Also Ricoh MFD's for now that I am aware of only allow you to use one network connection at any one point in time as you can only select one network connection as it toggles between them that I am aware of - unless there is a firmware update or something else that can be done , not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgester View Post
    VLANS and routing are you friend if you have switches that are capable.
    Ditto!

    Thats how we've done it

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    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?

    Any chance of quick explan/diagram?

    Maybe I could just buy the cheapest poss VLAN Switch?

    regards

    Simon

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    Wrong topic by any chance?

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    oops.......!

    (Just to clarify - I've deleted the post that localzuk is reffering to )

    regards

    Simon
    Last edited by SimpleSi; 2nd February 2010 at 08:24 PM.

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    It's on topic isn't it? :-S

    I'll see if I can send you a diagram in a bit Si :-)

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    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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