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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
>      client.
> 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 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.
> Thanks.

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 ;)

Bob McGowan

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