2 Lans 1 Network Printer - Connectivity Help

October 5, 2010 at 16:56:16
Specs: Windows XP
So I have 2 Lans - (network printer is at address
& 2nd LAN - (they both exist physically on the same infrastructure)

how can I create a viable TCP/IP Printer port on to connect to in a Windows XP SP3 Environment?

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October 6, 2010 at 05:22:29
If I'm understanding your question correctly, you want the network printer plugged in to both (separate) subnets. Is this correct?

If that is what you're trying to do I'd research if you can put more than one network interface in your printer. This would be something to check with the manufacturer.

If you can't, then you won't be able to plug it in to two separate networks.

You might be able to use a router and enable the other subnet to reach the printer on it's subnet. However, that opens that subnet up to access from the other one.

The only other alternative I can think of would be if you have enterprise level managed switches and use VLAN's. If you can VLAN tag, then I'd put the printer in it's own separate VLAN (subnet) and give both other subnets access to that one. This would keep the two subnets segmented from each other, but still allow both access to the printer.

Having said all that....if you can't put two NIC's in the printer, the simplest thing would be to buy another network printer and plug it in to the other subnet.

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