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Old 10-29-2009
David Burg
 

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Sharing printer across subnets
Hi,

My apologies if this is an old question, I couldn't find a satisfactory
answer on either these discussion groups or through an web search.

I have a home network with 3 sub nets. The reason I have 3 subnets is
because each subnet is wired with wireless routers making the link between
the wired networks. I'd prefer to keep it that way and not have to drill a
hole through the floors... The routers are one NetGear WGR614v6 (with
netgear's firmware as it does not support flashing) and two Linksys WRT54G
flashed to tomato firmware. The NetGear is connected to a comcast modem which
is the WAN access. It is configured as a regular access point, with a DHCP
server for subnet 192.168.1.x (mask 255.255.255.0). Both Linksys are
configured as clients - 192.168.2.x and 3.x, mask 255.255.255.0 -. Both
linksys routers have their firewalls disabled (netgear's router is enabled).
Both linksys routers have a static IP reserved for them on the netgear. The
netgear has also static routes configured to redirect traffic for the
subnetworks to their matching routers. The linksys routers have static routes
configured to redirect traffic for the other subnet back to the netgear
router.

I am able to ping and tracert from a machine in one subnetwork to another
subnetwork.

For instance from my windows 7 laptop ip 192.168.1.7 i can trace to my
windows xp desktop to which a USB printer to share is connected:

tracert -d -4 192.168.3.108

Tracing route to 192.168.3.108 over a maximum of 30 hops

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1
2 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1
3 4 ms 75 ms 2 ms 192.168.1.6
4 2 ms 8 ms 2 ms 192.168.3.108

192.168.1.6 is the IP in the 1.x subnet of the linksys router.

However if I try to open \\192.168.3.108 in windows explorer I get a useless
"unknown error" after a while. Network troubleshooter also fails to find
what's wrong. Similarly if I try to add a network printer, my win 7 laptop
won't see it, even if I type its full address - \\192.168.3.108\HPDeskjet

Windows XP's firewall is configured to allow folders and printers to be
shared with other computers on the network.

What am I missing so sharing isn't working?
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Old 10-29-2009
Jack [MVP-Networking]
 

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Re: Sharing printer across subnets
Hi
Make sure that you have one computer with two Network cards and Windows
version that can do Bridging (like Win XP Pro).
Then bridge the two subnets and you would get one cohesive Network with
seamless sharing and printing.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb457038.aspx
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).

"David Burg" <David Burg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4984FFC2-FDDA-4B33-A6EC-98D45BB0A091@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> My apologies if this is an old question, I couldn't find a satisfactory
> answer on either these discussion groups or through an web search.
>
> I have a home network with 3 sub nets. The reason I have 3 subnets is
> because each subnet is wired with wireless routers making the link between
> the wired networks. I'd prefer to keep it that way and not have to drill a
> hole through the floors... The routers are one NetGear WGR614v6 (with
> netgear's firmware as it does not support flashing) and two Linksys WRT54G
> flashed to tomato firmware. The NetGear is connected to a comcast modem
> which
> is the WAN access. It is configured as a regular access point, with a DHCP
> server for subnet 192.168.1.x (mask 255.255.255.0). Both Linksys are
> configured as clients - 192.168.2.x and 3.x, mask 255.255.255.0 -. Both
> linksys routers have their firewalls disabled (netgear's router is
> enabled).
> Both linksys routers have a static IP reserved for them on the netgear.
> The
> netgear has also static routes configured to redirect traffic for the
> subnetworks to their matching routers. The linksys routers have static
> routes
> configured to redirect traffic for the other subnet back to the netgear
> router.
>
> I am able to ping and tracert from a machine in one subnetwork to another
> subnetwork.
>
> For instance from my windows 7 laptop ip 192.168.1.7 i can trace to my
> windows xp desktop to which a USB printer to share is connected:
>
> tracert -d -4 192.168.3.108
>
> Tracing route to 192.168.3.108 over a maximum of 30 hops
>
> 1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1
> 2 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1
> 3 4 ms 75 ms 2 ms 192.168.1.6
> 4 2 ms 8 ms 2 ms 192.168.3.108
>
> 192.168.1.6 is the IP in the 1.x subnet of the linksys router.
>
> However if I try to open \\192.168.3.108 in windows explorer I get a
> useless
> "unknown error" after a while. Network troubleshooter also fails to find
> what's wrong. Similarly if I try to add a network printer, my win 7 laptop
> won't see it, even if I type its full address - \\192.168.3.108\HPDeskjet
>
> Windows XP's firewall is configured to allow folders and printers to be
> shared with other computers on the network.
>
> What am I missing so sharing isn't working?


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