Printing across subnets?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by arigato56k, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. arigato56k macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mac mini (OSX 10.6.4) on the IP network 172.16.0.0. The printer is located on the network 10.10.0.0. The same router connects both networks. I am able to ping between the devices (Mini and HP printer) using wireless setup however, the software setup fails. Any suggestions? The router is a Juniper Netscreen 5GT

    Thanks,

    James
     
  2. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

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    Most likely, the printer is announcing itself via broadcast, which doesn't traverse a router to cross into a different subnet. There is a path between the two, but not for broadcast.

    If you are using those 2 subnets, the router between is doing NAT?
     
  3. arigato56k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No the router is not performing NAT, it is solely routing between subnets. (It is doing NAT for internet access) Do you think if I enable NAT for the printer that it would enable the printer to respond across subnets or should I connect the printer to the same subnet and install the application then move it back?

    Thanks.
     
  4. arigato56k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded the most recent copy of the drivers for the printer (I had a dmg file from 2009). I changed the network the mini is on (from 172.x.x.x to 10.x.x.x) to the one the printer is one, then installed the drivers. Next I moved the Mini back to the 172.x.x.x network and added a printer using IP (HP socket) then I was able to select the HP print driver (that was installed during the first step.)

    Talking it out-loud on the forum helped. Thanks
     

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