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Printing on the road

By dp_kaplan ·
Hello-

I have a tablet PC running XP Pro Tablet edition and I need to print while on the road.

At the office I print to a HP Laserjet, connected via USB, to a Win XP desktop. This setup works great when I'm in the office. When I go on the road and try to print I get an error message.

Obviously I am not looking for an immediate print out. But is there a way to put my print jobs into a que which will be printed when I get back to the office?

Thanks,

David

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Printing on the road

the Document that you are working on and print it when you get back to the Office.

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by nepenthe0 In reply to Printing on the road

I have used the miniature Canon bubble jet printer when out in the field:

http://tinyurl.com/3fv827

At 600 dpi setting, the quality of text is outstanding, and even graphics are very well rendered. The printer is small enough to fit into a laptop case accessory pocket.

Alternatively, consider setting up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) with your office workstation. You can transfer the file directly to your workstation, and print it using the network printer just as if you were at your workstation.

A VPN connection is significantly slower than typical Broadband download and upload speeds. One popular VPN is Cisco VPN Client:

http://tinyurl.com/mazt

You may be able to configure a VPN with just your Windows XP operating system software. Windows XP has a VPN client built into it, which allows you to make secure connections to your company's network.

All you need is a local Internet connection and a VPN client that supports the Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), which the client for all versions of Windows does.

On your workstation computer, click

Control Panel > Network & Internet Connections > Network Connections > Create a new connection.

This will launch the New Connection wizard. While advancing through this wizard, the options you want to enable are Set up an advanced connection, Accept Incoming Connections, and Allow virtual private connections.

The 6th screen of the wizard allows you to specify the users that can use the VPN; make sure you enable at least one account. If you haven't created a password for your user, now is the time to do so. You are essentially opening up a part of your machine to the Internet, so make sure that you choose a good password.

After the wizard is complete, nothing further needs to be done; the VPN is ready to accept incoming connections. You can test this by using a VPN client to connect to the IP address of the VPN server machine.

Credit for the information about Windows VPN capabilities goes to Preston Gralla, Windows XP Hacks (O'Reilly Publishing, 2005), hack #82, pp. 372-73

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All he needs is permission...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to A couple of options

from his network administrator to configure his own VPN. Good grief. Set him up to get in some serious trouble for trying to hack into the company network, why don't you.

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