Shared printer access on "guest" wireless side.

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Need to have a "guest" accessible printer.
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Bryan Tetlow

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Bryan Tetlow

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To elaborate ---
We have a guest wireless setup --- works great, no problems.... BUT.... Now they want to add a printer that's available to certain guest users.

To me, this means one of two things... I need to be able to route those requests from the guest wireless, which is isolated from production, or, I need to find a way to place the printer on the guest subnet and make it available that way.

We're not worried about random access because the printer will have it's own key-codes assigned for access by the select guest users.

The printer supports AIRPRINT, BONJOUR, and the usual other array of methods...

We do not do any routing within the wireless system itself, so a Aerohive router is not involved or available.

There was a suggestion to use GRE tunneling, but without disruption of the current setup, I'm unclear how that could be implemented.

Additionally, I may have to do this more than once!   So I'm looking for something easy to replicate by not only me, but my backup person.
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To make it easier for users to find the printer, it's probably easier to place it inside the guest vlan. If the printer is connected by wifi and you have l2-station-isolation enabled, you'd have to disable that and ensure you use l3 firewall rules. This applies for printers connected by cable as well.

L3 firewall rules (inside the guest user profile): There is a template for guest Internet access only, which you might be using already anyway (if not, you should). Clone that profile, and add a rule to allow the IP address of the printer, place it before the deny-rules. Ensure the profile is enabled as "from:" only.

Hope that helps...