Why is a Bonjour Gateway necessary?

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Apple's Bonjour protocol is built on multicast DNS, which is a Layer 2 non-routable protocol. This means that only clients on the same subnet as the AirPrint and AirPlay enabled devices can see those services. On a network that has multiple segments, however, the multicast DNS advertisements will not reach users on different subnets. Enterprises, schools, universities and many other environments are typically built with multiple subnets, meaning that although Apple services may be available to users, they won’t ever know about them.

Aerohive's Bonjour Gateway ensures that devices on multiple subnets will be able to request and deliver Bonjour-enabled services regardless of network location.
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