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I have a customer that wishes to leave only a printer at his warehouse. The only thing that really needs to happen at the warehouse is packing slips are printed. I can think of a couple different ways to accomplish that but they all have their weaknesses.
Unfortunately, this is a dot matrix printer as multipart forms are required so none of the print functions that access an email address would probably work. So, VPN and a print server? Ultra basic server with mobile access? A Print Server that has this built in? I don't know of one. Does anyone know of one? No internet access at the warehouse, so I can order whatever is needed. Warehouse is hot/dirty and a theft target so trying to keep this as simple as possible and bulletproof. We did this at this location long ago with a telephone line, modem, and serial printer back in the Mini Computer days, then they added the local office, which is now going away. I appreciate any ideas.
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By accident, I once came across a printer with an external IP address. It must have been on port 80 since the browser showed a picture of the printer & listed all of the settings. I thought that it was a stupid idea to have such a setup. I imagine that you could modify it for better security. Maybe a router that could port forward it on a port of your choice. Some printers, such as HP, use port 9150 but Tor uses that port too.
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What about just putting together a simple server running on one of those little NUC boxes or the like? IIRC some don't need fans, particularly if they're using SSDs. You could have the thing image itself onto an external SSD enclosure and if it DID die you could just drop in another one and get it imaged up in a couple of hours. I know they said, "printer only," but a box with no moving parts and a perhaps a few blinky lights might be acceptable.
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Another option is a stand-alone print server. Then it's a matter of picking the ports and locking down the allowed source IPs on your firewall.
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There may be 100 reasons not to use it, but nevertheless take a look at Google Cloud Printing.
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