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OpenWRT wireless non-spooling printserver

With p910nd, a small daemon acting as non-spooling printserver, it’s easy to get non WiFi or non Ethernet Printers in your network. I use this configuration for a Brother (QL-500) labelprinter. You must have installed the regular printer drivers on your PC.

At first you have to install a few packages:

 

Then you can connect your printer and turn it on. Run dmesg and look for entries like

 

Change the config file /etc/config/p910nd to the following (assuming you connect a usb printer to the OpenWRT device):

 

Add the following three blocks to the end of the /etc/config/firewall config file (for printing via WAN, in my case WiFi is in the WAN):

 

Then restart the firewall and start / enable p910nd:

 

To add the printer in Windows have a look to the following guide:

Open Control Panel, switch to printers. Click “Add a printer”

Click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed”.

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Choose “Add a printer using a TCP/IP….”

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Enter the IP-Adress of your OpenWRT device, choose a name for the port and deselect the checkbox for auto query.

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This can take a moment…

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Leave the default settings.

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Choose the driver.

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Name the new printer.

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Be sure to check the following in printer properties:

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And you are ready to print your first page.

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