I finally figured out a problem which has vexed Lou and I for ages – how to print to our home network printer from our work laptops.
The problem is that our office networks are domain-based – with active directory, central servers and all that stuff. Our home network is a simple peer-to-peer network, with one spare machine used as a combination file- and print server. It works well, and means that when Lou decided she wants to print a 30 page doc whilst I’m in the middle of a tricky section in HL2 or preparing to fire a PPC barrage at an unsuspecting MW4 player, my framerate doesn’t drop through the floor.
I’ve *never* been able to persuade my laptop to print to our home printer – I can ping the machines, but I can’t connect to them. There was a time when Lou could, but then something changed in her office server environment and that stopped working.
Here’s what worked for me:
- Create a user account on the machine you need to access that mirrors the user account you have on your office network
- Make sure that user account has the access permissions it needs to do what you need it to – print, read docs, whatever.
- On the laptop, open a command prompt and type
net use \\computername /user:yourusername
With luck, you’ll see a success confirmation message. Then, you should be able to access resources on the machine “computername” by navigating to \\computername in explorer (just type it into the address bar, or create a shortcut). You can then connect to any shared objects on that machine.
When you’re finished for the day, before you go back to work agan open a command prompt and type:
net use \\computername /DELETE
to disconnect from it. I’ve made a few batch files to create and remove connections to the machines we need access to.
I’ve haven’t tried this in association with an active VPN connection yet – my guess is that we’ll need to diconnect if we need to access local resources, but hey – it’s better than nothing.