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  • Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    How do I print on my printer at home, on my work laptop? My printer is plugged into my network with an Ethernet cable. I can use the printer with my own devices whilst at home, but can’t with my work laptop, which is through a VPN.

    I assume that since I know my external IP address and the internal IP address of my printer, that I should be able to do this?!

    I’m not massively computer savvy, so go easy

    Premier Icon andyfla
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    if you are using a vpn you cant see your home network – the vpn creates a tunnel to your work network so you are on that network – disconnect your vpn and you should be able to see your local printer

    whether you can install it is a different matter

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    I can’t connect the laptop to the internet via VPN, as that’s the way it’s set up. The printer is set up to work via USB, but i want to be able to print when I’m away from home, so that I have any printing I need when I get back.

    Premier Icon andyfla
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    So you want to print on your home printer when you are away from home ?

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    samuri
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    That’d be really difficult to set up, and almost totally pointless.
    If the documents aren’t sensitive in any way , I’d just email them to your personal email address and print rthem out when you get home.
    Really, setting things up to print at home when you’re at work will not be worth the effort even if it is achievable.

    Premier Icon andyfla
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    The only way I know is webprinting via one of the HP models – other than that its not really poss on a limit IT knowledge.

    I would go with Samuri personally

    Premier Icon paulosoxo
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    Ah, I thought it would be dead easy, I assumed it would be a case of adding a printer, and pointing it in the direction of the printer ip address.

    I can print from my laptop when I get home, it just means booting my laptop up and pressing buttons as and when I need to

    Cheers peeps

    faz083
    Member

    Check out google cloud print. Basically you’ve gotta have a PC on at home the whole time though.

    Also, for the record, if installed with a PCL driver, any printer will be added on an RDP/VPN connection as a redirected printer.

    Premier Icon chaos
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    Should be possible as most routers I’ve seen have a primitive firewall that allows you to punch holes through to something on the inside – such as a networked printer. Slightly risky though depending on what other kit you leave on that could potentially be the target of a bored hacker!

    What type of router do you have?

    Premier Icon Simon
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    We’ve got an £40 HP printer that you can email stuff to from your phone/tablet/laptop/PC and it prints the stuff out.

    samuri
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    I’ve not seen those printers you can email. That looks pretty cool. That’s probably the answer.

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