3 hours ago, gr5 said:
How is a USB ext hard drive different from a thumb drive?
I have had to work with people that have security issues, The external HD would be an in-house model you just cannot sneak in and out in a pocket. May also have other safeguards built into the drive by IT.
How is a USB ext hard drive different from a thumb drive? Wouldn't that also violate the same rules? Anyway don't answer that.
An old/used network router would be a good solution. Any old linksys - one with a WAN port and 4 LAN ports. Leave the WAN port open. Connect your pc and the printer to the LAN ports. Connect to the admin web page of the router - most of these by default are either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1 so just enter those ip adresses into your browser and you should be able to connect to the linksys box. Then login (google the default password and how to reset the box physically to default passwords - basically you hold down a reset button or stick a paper clip in the reset hole and power cycle it). Set it up to use an address range *different* from your company so 10.3.2.1 for example (the Internet will never have addresses at 192.168.x.x nor 10.x.x.x but your internal company might so you can pick something in that range that is not conflicting with machines in your company).
Then turn on the ultimaker and it will automatically grab an ip address from the router through a process called DHCP (which you can also control on the router). Your computer will grab another ip address. Now you can talk to the printer.
The S5 has linux on it. If you know linux you can configure the network in a plethora of configurations including the crossover method. I think you just buy the crossover ethernet cable, then configure the printer to be at a fixed ip address outside the LAN space of your company (again like 10.3.2.1) and configure the port on your pc connected to the ethernet to be another address in the same space (like 10.3.2.2). At that point they should be able to ping each other and you can connect to the S5's web page.
The hardest part would be configuring the ip address on the printer - you can't do that from the screen on the printer. You have to first put the printer on your LAN somewhere (e.g. bring it home) and ssh to the printer and set this all up using the linux conman utility, then try the crossover cable. If you aren't very experienced setting up networks and using ssh you would want to find someone who is.
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