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Windows 7: How to share printer across two wifi networks?

14 Jan 2018   #1
soho1

 
How to share printer across two wifi networks?

Due to various reasons (the age of my home, changes in technology etc.) I have two wifi routers (apple and google) serving my home. However, I have only one printer. I have been avoiding buying a second printer as I want to share the printer across the two WIFI subnets.

PC's A,B,and C can reach the Apple subnet at 10.0.3.x on which resides my printer.

PCs G,H, and I can only reach the Google subnet at 10.0.4.x and cannot "see" the printer.

Neither the Apple Airport router nor the Google Wifi router have configuration software to NAT addresses (or at least I have not figured it out on Apple, if possible, Google, is cool auto-confiugation but retarded configurability. (IMHO)

So, being a bit stupid myself about networking, can anyone help sort our a solution for me or future readers? I may just have to open my pocketbook for a 2nd printer, but I know this should be solveable with the existing technology. help?


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14 Jan 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Are they not connected in anyway? Can you reach the other network ok or is it out of range?
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16 Jan 2018   #3
soho1

 

Does this help explain?


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16 Jan 2018   #4
soho1

 

the devices on 10.0.3.x can "reach" router A but not router G.
the devices on 10.0.4.x can "reach" router G but not router A.
I want the printer, which can "reach" either router but only connect to one, to be accessible by all devices on both subnets.

Normally, I think there is some kind of ARP thing you can do, but the router software does not have any NAT'ing features and not sure what PC based commands I might issue if applicable.
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16 Jan 2018   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

So there is a wire between both routers? Why not have them all on same IP range problem solved and simple to do. Other than that you will have to use route CMD to tell PC's how to reach printer
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19 Jan 2018   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Rather than using two separate routers, a better option might be to use one router and one wifi extender. In this way, you will have only one network, because the extender simply rebroadcasts the existing network into a different part of the house.

And you might want to get a new, up-to-date router, if your routers are very old.

You will have no problem sharing all printers with all computers if you use a router with a wifi extender.

As far as your IP addresses, NAT is the way to go. Using NAT, everything will have an internal IP address with the format 192.168.x.y, with x being the same for all devices, and y being different for each device.

For example:
192.168.0.5
192.168.0.7
192.168.0.2
etc.

or:
192.168.1.5
192.168.1.7
192.168.1.2
etc.
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