Reliability Issues with AirPrint and Eeros?
We are running a network with 4 (first generation) eeros and trying to use AirPrint from iOS devices (iPads and iPod Touches running latest stable iOS 10.3) connecting to a Brother QL820NWB label printer (in "Infrastructure Mode", fwiw).
AirPrint works intermittently: sometimes the printer is undiscoverable by the iPods for stretches of time (1hr+). We have noticed anecdotally that we can more reliably discover and connect to the printer when we are physically close to one eero (the "base station" that's actually connected to the modem) than any of the others.
Is it possible that there is some firmware issue / weird interaction between the eeros and AirPrint when multiple "hops" are involved?
Any suggestions for resolving / improving reliability?
As a first step, we are considering physically plugging in the printer to one of the eeros with an ethernet cable to at least eliminate the concern of WiFi intermittency with the printer itself (although when we have encountered these issues, the printer reported a strong signal "full bars", as did the iPods/iPads).
Hi sherbondy —
Thanks for reaching out! To start, I'm curious; do you have an ethernet switch in your current network setup? If so, could you check to see if you have IGMP snooping turned on? If you do, go ahead and turn it off to see if that helps the issue. If not, please let us know and we'll take further steps.
Hey Joey, I think you are spot on. We have a managed switch on the network, and it looks like the model we are using does have IGMP snooping on by default. Will try disabling first thing tomorrow and report back about reliability changes of AirPrint over the network.
Thanks for the tip, hope it works out.Reply
I'm having the same issue, and I don't have any swtiches on my network- just the Eero plugged into a cable modem. Just like sherbondy discovered, AirPrint works if I make sure my Mac or iOS device is connected to my "main" Eero, which is inconveniently not near the printer. The Eero app confirms that my printer is connected to one of my "other" Eeros.Reply