How to locate printer while connected to the VPN

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Once connected to the VPN, the device you are using gets a different IP address. Occasionally, this change can make it challenging to locate devices on your local network, like finding your printer while connected to the VPN server. In this guide, we will go through the steps on how to solve this issue and print over the VPN

Most times, changing the connection protocol to IPsec/IKEv2 solves this issue. However, if you are still unable to locate your printer, follow these steps on your Windows device:

  1. Locate the IP address of the printer. It should be written in the manual that came with the printer.

  2. Type Control Panel in Windows Search and open it. 

  3. Find Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel menu and click on View devices and printers.

  4. In the Devices and Printers window, click Add a printer.

  5. In the next window, select The printer that I want isn't listed.

  6. Check the circle next to Add a printer using an IP address or a hostname and click Next.

  7. Add the following settings and click Next when you are done:
    • Device type: Autodetect

    • Hostname or IP address: The IP address of the printer that was located during the first step.

And that is it, you should now be able to print over VPN!

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