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10.4: Remote printing via SSH using PDF Services
Authored by: maggard on Dec 08, '06 07:56:33AM

Hamachi actually solves the printing issue in a couple of ways:

  • Hamachi’s connections are AES encrypted, so your connection is well secured.
  • Hamachi takes care of finding your connection, so no need to install & maintain a dynamic DNS client or account.
  • Hamachi is remarkably easy to get through firewalls & routers (including dual-NAT setups) etc. It’ll even relay connections that wouldn’t otherwise work. The same isn’t true for SSH tunnels.
  • After enabling the printer to be shared from your Mac (using whatever flavor of sharing is appropriate) you can then install the Mac’s printer as a networked printer on your client machine and print directly from it.

Of course through the Hamachi VPN tunnel you’ll also see your shared iTunes from the remote client(s), able to connect to your Mac’s built-in VNC server for remote control, mount any folders or drives it is sharing, etc.

You can go with the bare-bones Hamachi for MacOS X install, or GUI with the 3rd party HamachiX. Also there is a shu-weet Dashboard widget for Hamachi. All are free, and Hamachi’s mediation is free and perfectly acceptable for this application (they offer paid levels of service with compression & faster relaying but that’s just gravy.)

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