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Print from AC wifi to printer on N wifi

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Richard823, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. Richard823

    Richard823 New Around Here

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    I have a printer (HP Officejet Pro 8610) with only N wifi capabilities.

    Many users log into the AC side of the Netgear WAC104 AP

    How and what do I need to configure to allow AC connected users to print on the N connected printer?


    Thank you.
     
  2. degrub

    degrub Very Senior Member

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    Easiest way i have found is to use a print server and connect the printer to the wired network. Use one of the ones on the HP list. i use an old mac mini and share the printer across the network to windows and mac users. The users and the printer need to be on the same IP subnet as Bonjour assumes this.
    Other option would be to use wireless direct if it has that capability. You may have to install a driver on each user in that case if the OS does not have a generic available.
    If i recall correctly, only the print function is available across a network. The AIO functions are only available to directly connected devices with the correct driver and software.
     
  3. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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    Whether a client connects using "N" or "AC" shouldn't have any bearing. Provided that they have all successfully connected to your LAN that should be sufficient. I had a quick look though the Netgear's user manual and couldn't see anything in there that would suggest there might be a problem.
     
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  4. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    ColinTaylor is correct.

    When connected via any interface (LAN, 2.4GHz or 5GHz radios), devices are connected to the same network. Unless they are in a guest network which also has the ability to isolate them from the main one.
     
  5. Richard823

    Richard823 New Around Here

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    That's exactly what I thought - they're all on the same LAN, (very small office, very few people) so I can't understand why AC clients can't print unless they log in through the N.
    It's all wifi, there is no CAT5 available.
    I'll give it another go tomorrow (UK time) and see what I can do.

    Thanks.
     
  6. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

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    Make sure they aren't connecting to a guest network that might be isolated from the printer's network.
     
  7. ColinTaylor

    ColinTaylor Part of the Furniture

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    "N" and "AC" are just different protocols, with AC being backward compatible with N. So for example, an AC client could connect to an N-only access point. I guess what you really mean to say, is that clients connected to the 5GHz band can't connect to the printer connected to the 2.4GHz band?

    "can't print unless they log in through the N": This was not apparent in your original post. Originally it sounded like no clients at all could print. Now it sounds like the only clients with the problem is those connected to a different band?
     
  8. Richard823

    Richard823 New Around Here

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    Back at the office, I've found that if I add the printer manually, I can print OK.
    This is on my Chromebook.
    I'll get a Windows and a Mac machine tested at some point.
    It's not a priority, more a curiosity.

    Thank you for the prompts, hints and advice.