Difference between LAN Printing and Remote Printing

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Hi, In our shop, we need to get a user access to take printout from AS400 to a printer that is outside our office network. We proposed to create a virtual printer session and download the print output which can be printed in any printer to which the machine is connected. However, during this exploration I found that Remote printer can also not be configured to print in another network. Then what is the use of having Remote printers. We can very well configure all the printer as LAN printers with IP address in AS400. In fact, we do not have any *RMT printer in our AS400 device. So, I want to know how and when remote printer is better and is required to be configured. What is the basic difference between a LAN printer and remote printer and in which scenario's the two should be used. Please explain it in details. This would help me expand my knowledge. Thanks in advance. Regards Sharmistha

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this is quite a tricky task.  why not have the user use VPN when outside the office, then have him connect to the office network? 

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  • WoodEngineer
    Our shop experimented with this extensively.  We tried many different setups but only found one to be reliable.  It required a remote printer to have a fixed IP address which proved to be impractical.  In the real world, none of the commercial warehouses were willing to purchase a dedicated IP address for a printer. 

    As an alternative we just used IBM's i Access for the Web and launched a printer session as a separate tab in the browser runing the 5250-emulation session.  It requires a bit more work for the remote users to print this way but it works.  No special hardware or software required.
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  • Splat
    Another option might be to load Mime & Mail or some other iSeries tool and e-mail the reports as .pdfs.
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  • ToddN2000
    We configured a separate printer connection as well as their main connection like WoodEngineer did. Works well for us and was fairly easy and cost effective for the user. Nobody want to spend money for a static IP just for occasional printing.
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  • ToddN2000
    Forgot to mention this can also be done for in-house users. If they are using client access, they can create a printer session for the printer in their office and then direct I-series output to it for printing.
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  • Florenjm
    As for the Static IP. You could use No-IP or something similar. I works with dynamic IPs, is free or cheap, and effective.
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  • azohawk
    With the Application Client Services product, you utilize the printer output function, open the spoolfile as a .pdf and print it to whatever PC printer is connected to the PC at the time.
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