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Airprint to old printer using Centos server

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I've found a number of articles on setting up a Linux / CUPS / Avahi server to allow airprinting, but they all seem to be quite old.

Two questions:
1) Does anyone have a link for a more recent article, hopefully specifically for Centos7.
2) I'm on a structured, VLAN network. Will I have to put a WIFI card into my Centos server to give it a presence on the WIFI before this will work?

posted Oct 31, 2016 by anonymous

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1) Does anyone have a link for a more recent article, hopefully specifically for Centos7.
I've not seen specific instructions for CentOS 7, but when I last did this the actual AirPrint script was simple enough that I doubt you'd have trouble. Main thing is making use that you can print directly from your CentOS machine.

2) I'm on a structured, VLAN network. Will I have to put a WIFI card into my Centos server to give it a presence on the WIFI before this will work?
Depends how the network is set up. I had my AirPrint server on a different VLAN to the wifi, and you need the following for that to work: An Avahi bridge so the announcements from AirPrint are also announced on the WiFi
Firewall rules to allow the CUPS port through from the WiFi to your server

I found this was pretty easy to configure, but I was able to completely control the network (putting VMs on any VLAN; opening firewalls etc.). It might be easier to use wifi in your setup.

answer Oct 31, 2016 by Satish Mishra
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Use the instructions available at

https://www.marcus-povey.co.uk/2011/11/11/howto-printing-to-any-printer-with-an-ipadiphone-and-apple-airprint/
and
http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Features/AirPrint

which were basically the same thing. I did the test using my laptop which is already on the WIFI network.

As you said, the instructions were so simple. To make life easier regarding the network, I'm just going to add a USB WIFI dongle to each server as that's what I'm already using on the laptop. Unfortunately. HP and Linux drivers don't always talk to each other.

answer Oct 31, 2016 by Meenal Mishra
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