Trunking with a Printer?!?!?!

peanutnogginpeanutnoggin Posts: 1,096Member ■■■□□□□□□□
I ran into a problem with a printer not receiving network connectivity. It was a production printer that moved from one bldg to another. After troubleshooting, I looked at the switch's config in which the printer was pulled and noticed the switchport was trunked. When I trunked the new switchport for the printer, it came online? That was weird, I don't recall having to ever do that. Does anyone know why that would happen or what I could do to fix that?

~Thanks
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  • BigmanoncampusBigmanoncampus Posts: 1Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I see no reason why a printer would need a port trunked to connect to the network. It should be an acess port just like any other TCP/IP host would want.
  • tierstentiersten Posts: 4,505Member
    Does the printer support 802.1q for some reason?
  • tech-airmantech-airman Posts: 953Member
    I ran into a problem with a printer not receiving network connectivity. It was a production printer that moved from one bldg to another. After troubleshooting, I looked at the switch's config in which the printer was pulled and noticed the switchport was trunked. When I trunked the new switchport for the printer, it came online? That was weird, I don't recall having to ever do that. Does anyone know why that would happen or what I could do to fix that?

    ~Thanks

    peanutnoggin,

    What is the printer's manufacturer?
  • peanutnogginpeanutnoggin Posts: 1,096Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    @tech-airman,
    The printer is an HP color laserjet 4600.

    @tiersten,
    I'm not sure if the printer supports 802.1q... How could I find this information out? I've searched HP's website, but to no avail.

    Thanks.

    ~Peanut Head
    We cannot have a superior democracy with an inferior education system!

    -Mayor Cory Booker
  • APAAPA Posts: 959Member
    If the printer was hooked up to a trunk port... that means it would be tagging the frames before entering the switch....

    I honestly have never seen that happen... I don't understand why anyone would need it....

    Can you show us the switchport configuration?


    Are you sure it wasn't a trunk port with a native vlan set for the printer? This is how the hold 3500XL switches use to do their voice configurations... With a trunked port but setting the native vlan of the trunk port to the actual access vlan the PC should be on.

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