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My Airprint Solution

Posted 04-15-2018 at 02:16 AM by des_a

The solution to the airprint problem, can be found here: http://smileynetmain.createaforum.co...cross-subnets/

I learned some things while solving this, that I want to document now. The thing I learned most, was about routing tables. I'm surprised I didn't know this already. Why? I have been messing with routing tables since my first networking days.

In my first networking days, a switch was the first connecting network hardware I ever had. I had two long Ethernet cords.

The cords are now gone, one didn't make it from the connection tear-apart in my other apartment. The other, stayed in my group home, as it was too hard to take down, and I needed to mainly go to shorter cables anyway. I have been progressively, going to shorter and shorter cables now, but more like standard length cables. In a few places, I have them joined together, to make longer cables, but that is about all.

I was starting right off creating a server with Linux. I was using Red Hat Linux (a very old version). Before the time at that group home was over, I had a very nice samba server running on my 1GB hard drive machine, and it was a domain controller. I was using it for extra space, on my 10GB hard drive, with Windows 98 on it.

I soon got a new machine, my first new one, running Windows XP Home. But I had done something stupid then. I traded the new machine, for the older machines, hard drives and all, given them to goodwill after removing my files. I would have been further ahead, if I'd kept my server going, and just redid it to work differently. Of course, back then, i had no Internet.

When I first had Internet, it was at the Adult Family Home. I used a wireless card to connect to the Internet, which was on Windows XP. I'd already used my switch to set up a network for my roommate and me. This was the start of having most people in the house have Internet access.

I'd had to bridge my wireless card with my LAN, to give the switch Internet access. Then, the gateway had to be set to the machine with the wireless card. I think, off the top of my head, this was how I did it...

Soon, I got a buffalo bridge, which I had for many years. It could connect to the wireless network, and act like a switch on the other side of things. Then, I was done with the wireless card for that time. For some reason, I found that using a switch off of the buffalo bridge made everything faster, on the local area network. Everything just had to have the router as the gateway, and everything worked. But it wasn't the end yet...

Next, I found that getting a router would solve a lot of problems. I got a new router, and hooked the WAN up to the switch. Then, I had Internet, all over the place, like I needed. And it connected on the other side, to the router. That, was the beginning of GOOD design for my networks.

Before that point, I was constantly messing with individual routing tables and gateways to make my "mess" work. So, I "should have" remembered how they work, but I didn't. It was so long ago. Now I incorporated my old knowledge, into a good design.
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