Re: new printer: USB or network?
Steve Kleene wrote:
> In a recent thread ("can't get CUPS working with Xerox Phaser 6280DN"), the
> question arose whether I should connect to the Phaser via USB or network.
> USB has two clear disadvantages:
> 1. It is slower.
> 2. Talking to the Phaser on USB from my VMware XP client crashes the
> I now have all of this working on a Netgear hub, and (as expected) there's
> one thing I don't like about it. I can no longer access the PC from anywhere
> outside the local hub. Within my company, my Ethernet connection has an IP
> 10.97.8.XXX. Before today, any machine connecting to that IP got the PC and
> nothing else. Now the PC is 192.168.0.2 within the local network and is
> unavailable to other PCs on the 10.X.X.X company network.
> One solution would be to get a second IP and jack, but my company charges
> more than I want to pay. A second would be to use a separate NIC for the
> Phaser. However, people at the VMware forum say it's tricky to pull this
> off. In theory I might also be able to put a VPN server on the PC, but I
> hope to avoid having to use VPN for every connection.
> I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to make my now very local machine
> accessible from the company network.
First, let me say I have not been following this thread, so I'm not
really clear on exactly how the setup would now look.
That said, I do have a small, office sized 'local' network with both
physical and virtual machines. I use Shorewall to configure a firewall
rules set that does NAT translation of the 10.x.x.x address to my
internal 169.x.x.x address.
This works quite well for me, but I don't know if it's applicable to
your situation, so YMMV ;)