Can't get Airprint to work at all.



  • Has anyone been able to get Airprint to work?  Is there anything special I need to do?  Running a pretty vanilla WAN/LAN setup.

    Any tips appreciated!


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Worked first time I tried it.

    Same subnet traffic isn't dependent on the firewall at all unless you're using a wireless interface on the firewall itself. How is your Wi-Fi set up?



  • Same here. It works.
    If you mean : from an iDevice to an AirPrinter.

    This always works "out of the box" if all the concerning devices are on the same network.

    But, live is complicated. Like:
    I have a …. "bizhub C224e Kinica Minolta" on my LAN 192.168.1.0/24
    I have a Captive Portal (for the guests) running on 192.168.2.0/24

    If you know what "AirPrint"ing is, you would say as I did : ....  >:(

    Then I found the pfsense package called "avahi" that handles the fact that visitors (on network segment B) can "see" my printer (on network segment 'A') - and print - me doing 'nothing' **

    ** Doing nothing is an important admin's occupation. Appliances like pfSense are great to achieve that.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Agreed there is nothing to for airprint to work on pfsense, unless like gertjan your trying to airprint across segments.  Which airprint doesn't support out of the box, and you have to do some magic to make it work.  But on the same segment pfsense has nothing to do with that traffic or converstations.



  • Actually getting it to work across segments is not that difficult either.
    I'm using the Avahi package for Pfsense which has a "reflector" feature that solves the airprint MDNS discovery issues on different segments by "reflecting" the multicast packets across the segment boundary.

    Quite easy to seup and works fine.



  • Weird - can't get it working.  Any chance "IP Options" has to be enabled in the rules?

    My network is flat - everything on the same subnet.  LaserJet M452 connected wirelessly though a Cisco Aironet 3700i and 2504 WLC.

    … ready to pull my hair out.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Nope. It just works.

    Controller set to block multicast? I know it's a per-WLAN option in Ruckus gear.



  • @tuffcalc:

    My network is flat - everything on the same subnet.

    In that case the firewall can't even see the Airprint traffic much less do anything to block it. Host to host communication inside the network doesn't touch the gateway.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    I just saw the printer is connected to wireless too so another possibility is wireless client isolation being enabled on the WLAN.



  • @Derelict:

    I just saw the printer is connected to wireless too so another possibility is wireless client isolation being enabled on the WLAN.

    Yeah where they're both wireless that's a pretty good possibility.


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