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Sharing resources on a separate workgroup

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Esquire, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Is it possible to access shared resources such as network printers/scanners, etc., that are situated on a separate workgroup?

    I need to establish a different set of Windows XP computers on a separate workgroup (but on the same router) from a networked printer/scanner for privacy reasons while maintaining access/use to the unit, but not having any success. I have no problem whatsoever if everything is set to the same workgroup, but this is not how we would like to setup.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Accessing resources on a different workgroup shouldn't be a problem, Win2k and XP handle this much better than Win9x. What problems are you having?
     
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    For example. I can't find the printer if I change to a different workgroup before adding it to the computer. If I add the printer before changing workgroup, it works fine, but I lose access again after switching workgroup :?
     
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Forgot to mention the network printer/scanner is connected directly to the router.
     
  5. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Don't you access it directly via TCP/IP?
     
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, TCP/IP is the only protocol in use. NetBIOS service also enabled and running. I have no problem with file and printer sharing when the computers are on the same workgroup as the printer, but if I then join a different workgroup, I lose access to the printer.

    Very frustrating :x
     
  7. bluedog

    bluedog Network Guru Member

    Don't know if this helps

    Hi,

    I had to assign all the computers that I wanted to share resources a static dhcp address using satori. Once I did that it seemed to work on a local dns as the ip didn't work, but the name used in the satori setup did. I'm not a techie so I appologize if terms are used incorrectly.

    Anyway, hopefully that helps... :wink:
     
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Re: Don't know if this helps

    Thanks for the suggestion, Bluedog, but I don't think this works since a) I don't have admin access to the router (it belongs to the company I share my startup with, and it is a 8-port Linksys router), and b) my IPs remain the same as before even after switching workgroup.
     
  9. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    What I mean is when you add a new printer on a PC do you not select Local Port, Create a new port, Standard TCP/IP port and enter the IP address of the print server?
     
  10. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Ahh... no. When I added the printer, I was on the same workgroup as the "print server", so I used XP's Add Printer Wizard and looked for the printer on the network and hey presto, I could print/scan, so no problem there - everything was configured by Windows, I only installed the driver and the management application when Windows asked. I only experience problem when I switch to my own workgroup. Switch back to the same workgroup, connection to the unit is restored.
     
  11. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Can you try setting one up the way I described?

    What printer/scanner is it BTW?
     
  12. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    It's actually a Ricoh Aficio digital photocopier, with printer, scanner and fax functions included.

    I won't be in the new office until next week so will try setting up the way you suggested then.
     
  13. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I was going to try the manual setup today, but when I got in, the printer was online!

    Thanks TazUK for the suggestion, even though the problem has disappeared all by itself somehow.
     
  14. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Hopefully it won't come back :D
     
  15. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    It's been 3 days and no complaint from my staff since - everything is still working (except the fax). They have mentioned the printer response is much slower than before, but it will do for now - they will just have to work hard and help establish the business so we can move to our own premise :twisted:
     

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