Printing to multiple IP printers with the same listening port (9100) over internet: only one public IP!!

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One public address at branch office, 4 printers all using 9100. Need the 0S/400 outq's to print to the only available public IP address to reach the printers, but how to direct them to the right one when they all listen on the same port? I don't think i can tell the jetdirect to listen on 9101 instead....and I tried to make a linksys router map incoming port 9101 (designated in the outq description) to 9100 on an internal address, but with no success. I don't really want to use some complicated 3rd party software print Gateway (since I'll be the only one who knows how it works and will always get called to support it). Anyone have a solution?

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You say all 4 printers listen for the same port (9100). Do they all have a separate local IP address? This is where you should be able to make the separation at the Linksys router.

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  • Madkahuna
    What you can do is log into the web configuration on the jetdirect cards within the printers and set the DYNAMIC RAW PORT 1 and or DYNAMIC RAW PORT 2. The valid port numbers are 3000 to 9000. Once you have done this then you can setup the linksys as needed. Port 9100 will always be enabled so that the HP Software used to control the printers can talk to them. Check out this support page from HP for more details on what I am talking about. search the page for "Dynamic Raw Port Setting" which will describe this setting. Good luck. This can be a tricky process if you are not too familiar with it.
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  • Chas400
    i assume the pc"s at the remote office can print to the printers, if so then you could setup ibm's client access 5250 printer emulation on one remote computer, you could create 4 seperate printer sessions on the one pc or one on 4 different pc's. ether way the 5250 emulation would create outq's on the AS400 unique each printer. very easy to setup.
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