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Old July 17th, 2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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I manage 4 offices which some of which are 200 miles away from me. I am in need of a solution for people bringing in their laptops to print to a printer at my sites. I provide them a wireless network but do not want to go through the hassle of walking people through setting up a printer. So many people come and go and it is not the same people over and over. They are not employees and are on a seperate secured wireless network without access to our servers.

Currently i have an email address they email documents to and a client side Outlook rule prints to a printer. This is unreliable. This solution cost $25.

I have looked into solutions that hotels and convention centers offer and it looks great except my company is cheap to the extreme.

So if anyone has any way to provide easy printing, please let me know! Like a printer that prints from a USB mem stick or some other way

I would like to avoid a printing station where they have to take their laptops and connect to one central printer via a cable.

There are 2 rules
MUST BE CHEAP, or if it is not cheap, we must get years and years out of it to justify the cost.

Must be easy for end users who may or may not know much at all about computers and low support on my end.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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It would be a pain to do it, but why not provide a computer (if you have an extra) not connected to the network in an area that has a printer. If they do not have one you could provide a mem stick they have to sign for to transfer the files needed to print.

You would have to have your virus files up to date though.

Simple, and cheap if you already have an extra computer and printer on site.
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If you have a computer that accessable without login credentials, you can provide the users with a network link to the shared printer attached to that computer and it will add it when they click the link.

example: \\home1\HP2500cp
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It would be a pain to do it, but why not provide a computer (if you have an extra) not connected to the network in an area that has a printer. If they do not have one you could provide a mem stick they have to sign for to transfer the files needed to print.

You would have to have your virus files up to date though.

Simple, and cheap if you already have an extra computer and printer on site.

I thought about that and here are the limitations

1) People are idiots - i.e. if they wanted to print an email they would be clueless even though all they have to do is save the email or copy/paste. A lot of these people are previous CEO's - who can not find their own ass with both hands. They are used to having secretaries.

2) People would steal the memory sticks even if we did sign them out. Theft is high here, we have so many people in and out. Anything not bolted down or is too big walks away. Maybe we could make people provide their own or offer some to purchase?

3) Many of these laptops are home users so they would have many different programs to print from. It could be Word, Open Office, Works, Word Perfect. I guess i could load all those apps on the pc.


I will have to think about this more. It may be an idea. It will have limitations but it is free, which is a huge factor for my company
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If you have a computer that accessable without login credentials, you can provide the users with a network link to the shared printer attached to that computer and it will add it when they click the link.

example: \\home1\HP2500cp
Ok, so have 1 company computer connected to the wireless network. Install a printer and share it out allowing guest access.

This does sound like a good idea, however i am hesitant about installing drivers on someones computer. Then all of the sudden if something goes wrong after that, it is blamed on them installing our printer.

Also this would exclude Macs
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Ok, so have 1 company computer connected to the wireless network. Install a printer and share it out allowing guest access.

This does sound like a good idea, however i am hesitant about installing drivers on someones computer. Then all of the sudden if something goes wrong after that, it is blamed on them installing our printer.

Also this would exclude Macs
In XP or probably win2k, as long as it was a mainstream printer, the drivers would be native and would just load when they "installed" the printer.

Not sure about the Macs.
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In XP or probably win2k, as long as it was a mainstream printer, the drivers would be native and would just load when they "installed" the printer.

Not sure about the Macs.
I guess i could tell the mac lovin hippies to go fukc themselves!

This is a cheap option i may have to test it out here, but i would have to have a work around for Macs
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I guess i could tell the mac lovin hippies to go fukc themselves!

This is a cheap option i may have to test it out here, but i would have to have a work around for Macs
I will have to look into the Mac thing. I would think it could be done.
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Cheap? Outsource it. (e.g. make them run over to the local Kinko's) :p
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Cheap? Outsource it. (e.g. make them run over to the local Kinko's) :p
I'm close to doing that, i hate dealing with these printing issues
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It's a hell of a lot easier to set-up/share/install printers on a mac than a PC

My 3 network shared printers took me 5 minutes to set-up on 3 macs, and about 15 to get the PC to see it and print correctly
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I manage 4 offices which some of which are 200 miles away from me. I am in need of a solution for people bringing in their laptops to print to a printer at my sites. I provide them a wireless network but do not want to go through the hassle of walking people through setting up a printer. So many people come and go and it is not the same people over and over. They are not employees and are on a seperate secured wireless network without access to our servers.

Currently i have an email address they email documents to and a client side Outlook rule prints to a printer. This is unreliable. This solution cost $25.

I have looked into solutions that hotels and convention centers offer and it looks great except my company is cheap to the extreme.

So if anyone has any way to provide easy printing, please let me know! Like a printer that prints from a USB mem stick or some other way

I would like to avoid a printing station where they have to take their laptops and connect to one central printer via a cable.

There are 2 rules
MUST BE CHEAP, or if it is not cheap, we must get years and years out of it to justify the cost.

Must be easy for end users who may or may not know much at all about computers and low support on my end.


Search for Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)

Internet printing makes it possible for client computers to use printers located anywhere in the world by sending print jobs using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
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get an apple airport express. Set it up as a bridge, or a seperate network. They have a USB prot on them for wireless printing. It was a no brainer setting mine up w/ my mac, and the two times someone has been here w/ their laptop, they have been able to print very easily.
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