Printing over VPN

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I have set up a VPN between two sites using a Zyxel 662HW at one end and a Zyxel 660 at the other - my VPN tunnel works fine (can use VNC remote control software to take over client). I am trying to use the tunnel to print remotely from one LAN to the other,however, I cannot see any pcs over the vpn. I have set up a pc on the remote LAN running XP SP2 with a printer connected and print and file sharing enabled and shared the printer on the network. At the local pc, also running XP SP2 I have tried to install the remote printer but cannot 'see' the remote pc. I can ping the pc but cannot find it by either using servernameprinter or ipaddressprintername. I cannot see anything over the VPN using explorer. Please can someone help me, am starting to get very frustrated

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Did you try using the “Net Use” command ?
“NET USE lpt#: \ipaddressprintername” —> were the “#” is the lpt port number you want to assign. Try first the LPT1, and retest the printing if it connects.
Also, you mentioned something about WXP SP2, right.??
check the firewall settings on the target computer or either turn it off for testing purposes….

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  • Smiley
    If you want to see computers in a browser, you will have to set up either a DNS or WINS server on your network. If you do not want to go through the trouble, open up windows explorer and type the following in the address bar: which should bring up all the shares on that computer including any printers.
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  • Cjelton
    I do not have experience with Zyxel routers. But this might be of help. When I tunnel in from the outside, my home computer has a different IP address and subnet. In order to "see" computers inside the domain, I have a small group of IP addresses that are natted. The IP address I have at home is changed to a IP address that the other computers in the domain are using. I only use 10 numbers for natting, but you could get by with 1-3 if you are the only one tunneling in.
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  • Boardinhank
    If you are hopeing to just browse network neiborhood and find a computer in a different network it is not going to happen unless you use other means than just PC to PC. Your network neiborhood is only your network, Like others have mentioned you should be able to use the "net view" command and see resources of the other computer if you use the ip address of the computer. You should even be able to go to start run type "192.168.0.1" and see the resources of the other pc using the correct IP address of course. So it comes down to if either of those work or if neither of those work and then you will have to be a little more detailed in your VPN and local LAN ip addressing and set up. So you tell us if you can see the other pc when running those, I preffer the running of "net view 192.168.0.1" command from DOS, cause this will give you an error if you do not have permission to see the resources on the other PC or in other words do not have an account with proper permissions to view it!" It will either tell yo uthat or that the PC cannot be found. Big difference.
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  • GVamos
    What is the IP of 2 networks?
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  • Ttully
    Are both networks part of the same domain? If not, then permissions are sure to be the problem. If you can ping one of the pc's on the remote network but servername doesn't show anything, permissions are the place to start. someone else also suggested doing this from a command prompt...definitely. You will see the error at a command prompt whereas using "Start, Run, servername" shows nothing. If the two networks do not share the same domain, you need to adjust for permissions. What I do for users that work at home and use the vpn is the following: 1. create a login.bat that will map network drives and printers while using "alternate: credentials. Example. net use lpt1: servernameprinterSharename /user:"domainName""username" Remove the parentheses from "domainName" and "username" and substitute for the actual domain and user. User will then be prompted for his network password. This also means that you will need to create a network account for him/her. In a nutshell what happens now is that when the user tries to connect to the shared printer on the remote network Windows checks the users currently logged on credentials. Not recognizing the user or computer because they are from a different domain, Windows denies any browsing or network access. Which is good. By using the /user:"domainname""username" switch you are telling Windows "Wait, this is really "username" from "Domainname" Hope this helps. Terrence
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  • Bambooravi
    orion are you able to se the files shared on the othere end of the vpn.if you are able to se the file share then check with printer security tab on the system where the printer is installed and give the full permission for everyone.I think this will solve the problem. any way all the best
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  • JuhaTa
    The fact that you can't see anything over the network with Explorer, makes me think that your Explorer has been restricted or corrupt by some firewall/Antispyware product. I had the same issue with Explorer and it vanished when I reinstalled Windows.
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