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Can't print via wireless connection once VPN connected

I have a lexmak 4550 wireless printer which works beatifull. When i boot up my wireless laptop i can then print - no problem. Once i VPN to connect to my company network i can no longer print. I get 'problem communicating with the printer' Any suggestions.

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You have changed your IP address when you connect to the VPN so your network is no longer valid for that VPN session. What you can do is share the printer and then add it as a shared printer while 'in session'.

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