Connecting Two Internets, Two Diff Routers, One Printer.

By mikeadams1137 ·
Subject says it all, boss dropped a bomb shell on me. Here's the variables..

- Two Different Internets

- Both Internets go into two different routers, two different buildings.
- BOTH HAVE ABILITY TO VPN/Port Forward/DMZ/Virtual Server

- (1) All in one Network printer...

In picto-form its like this...

Internet(ADSL) --> ROUTER ---> Office --> Comps

>---All In One Network Printer---<

Internet(ADSL) --> ROUTER ---> OFFICE --> Comps

I need to be able to connect BOTH Internets, to that Printer so they BOTH can print to it.

I've never done anything like this, and its pretty advanced routing/networking stuff. Best I know, those two Internets will never see eachother on the "Internet" with their routers.

Perhaps opening up a DMZ/Virtual Server/VPN etc..opening up an IP on the router, to allow outside access to the computers that have the Network Printer. Then using the computer in the other office to remote host connect in.

What my boss is wanting, is we have at our home terminal.

The Warehouse has a network printer setup in our terminal, and they can print to it. They use *WIN.NET* They are two very different networks though...its really confusing, long, complicated and I don't think I can walk my boss whom happens to be PC Savvy, through it. Anyone know an EASY way..

To take one Printer..and connect to it from the outside...? I just need to be able to print to it, from another Internet/Location.

I know its long and complicated ANY HELP, appreciated.

Thank You,


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I'd just buy a second printer

by CG IT In reply to Connecting Two Internets, ...

cost alone in manhours to setup and administer would be more than just buying a second printer.

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Dark Fibre

by BobTheITBuilder In reply to Connecting Two Internets, ...

Depending on how far the two buildings are away from each other and how much money you can save your boss over 1 or 2 years I would recommend putting a fibre-optic cable between the two buildings and having a fibre media converter at each end and that way you have one LAN. You can then get rid of one of your ISPs saving a bit of money. All PCs on the one LAn means only one printer needed etc, the savings list goes on.

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Set up a VPN

by EdLockett In reply to Connecting Two Internets, ...

You say that both routers have VPN capability, if appropriate, configure a site-to-site IPSec VPN which will permanently connect the two networks over the internet. Then clients will be able to print to the printer from either physical location.
Another option would be to use Windows' built-in Internet Printing feature.
Hope this helps

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by mikeadams1137 In reply to Set up a VPN

After reading, and speaking with the manager of technical services at HQ, that is what he though would be best also. Being very young, I've never setup a VPN before, I do have experience with port forwarding, there a guide somewhere, I will read up on all you said, but any more guides would be helpful.


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