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    truly remote printing

    Is it possible to have a close colleague, working a mile West of me, to make use of my network printer directly?

    I installed an HP2600N colour printer on Friday. A regular network cable connects the printer to the router; the printer does not connect via USB or other to a computer.
    I know that the printer has an IP address on the router (as do both my home/office computers).
    Configurable firewalls we have (ZoneLabs)

    It seems to me that I might trust Bill enough to tell him an IP address, load his (trusted) address into the firewall whitelist, and allow him to use Add Printer to link into my HP2600N from his home a mile away.

    How close am I to being correct?
    (I don't need step-by-step instructions yet, I'm mainly curious.)

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    Re: truly remote printing

    Chris,

    A number of options are worth investigating.
    Remote desktop connection
    Create a VPN
    Tight VNC

    Too early on Monday morning to think more detailed than that!!

    Added:
    The issue is that your router has an IP address issued by your ISP, as will your colleague. Often these IP addresses are internal networks for the ISP, assuming that you do not have your own static IP address.
    So you need to make a connection with your colleague that gets out of your network and into his and vice versa

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    Re: truly remote printing

    > A number of options are worth investigating.
    Johnbot, thanks for the response.
    It's encouraging to know that it can be done.
    I'm contemplating the difference between someone (could be me) making use of a remote printer vs. someone (could be me) emailing material to me to be printed.

    If it is a Word/Excel document, probably easier to have them email it and have me print it, but a document from an application which i don't have installed could be printed using a remote printer.

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    Re: truly remote printing

    Chris,

    Have a look at the 3.0 dotnet package. It contains the Microsoft XPS Printer. This is MS' effort to answer .pdf. You can create a .xps file by printing to the XPS Printer and then sending it to your colleague. They then see it via IE and can print it out as you intended. No need to have the same software.

    I did some experimenting with Pagemaker files and they went well.

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    Re: truly remote printing

    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: truly remote printing

    >They then see it via IE and can print it out as you intended
    Er, I think not. My colleague doesn't have a colour printer; I do.
    My colleague wants to fire up, say, MS Word, choose File, Print, and select my printer across the internet.
    I will wake up from my doze to hear the printer fire up for no apparent reason, pop the printout in an envelope and mail it off.

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    Re: truly remote printing

    >see if I could find the same article but saying SP2!
    Thanks, John, for this link.
    It tells me that I should be able to do it with built-in XP facilities.
    The article gives me key words which will help me further my search.

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