Bonjour Gateway Deployment Guide 7.4
Printer Services
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Printer Services

Table Of Contents

Printer Services

Bonjour Printer Services

Bonjour and Guest Anchoring

Bonjour Layer 3 Roaming

Bonjour Services Summary

Bonjour Services Support in FlexConnect Mode

Bonjour Configuration on the WLC Through the CLI

Configure Commands

Show Commands

Clear Commands

Debug Commands


Printer Services


Bonjour Printer Services

In most networks, the printers are wired into the network. You can also show case and verify that the AirPrint Services are being cached and advertised by the controller when the client queries for the service. The same principal applies as discussed above for the wired Bonjour device (Apple TV).

1. To check if the Bonjour Printer Service is discovered by the WLC, navigate to CONTROLLER > mDNS > Domain Names. The printer appears under Domain Name IP Entries with Type Wired and Vlan Id.

2. A single Bonjour device can advertise multiple Bonjour services; for example, a printer can advertise AirPrint, Printer, Scanner, Photosmart, and so forth. To confirm which service is being cached by the WLC, go to CONTROLLER > mDNS > General, and click the appropriate service name.


Note Any printer services that advertise Service String _ipp._tcp.local are cached by the WLC under Service Name AirPrint. Likewise, if the printer also advertises the string _printer._tcp.local, it appears under the Printer service name


Below, the Bonjour printer advertises the AirPrint Service and is part of default-mdns-profile.

3. Once the services are visible on the WLC, check if wired Bonjour Printer services are routed across the VLANs and if the printer is detected by your iOS device. Make sure your Apple iPhone/iPad Client is connected the client SSID.

4. Use your iOS device to test the AirPrint services.

a. As shown below, click the Print icon in iOS6 or click the Print tab in iOS5.

b. Under Printer Options, click Select Printer to see the Bonjour printer that was discovered by the device.

c. Select that printer, and click Print to test the AirPrint Services.

Bonjour and Guest Anchoring

For guest anchoring, the guest WLAN is able to see Bonjour services advertised to the anchor controller. The Bonjour queries and advertisements are sent inside the Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) tunnel.

Bonjour Layer 3 Roaming

The Layer 3 roaming works across the Ethernet over IP (EoIP) tunnel to ensure users moving among access points (APs) on different controllers continue to see the devices they saw on the original controller.

The Bonjour services on the anchor controller are displayed to the client, including both wired and wireless devices.

Bonjour Services Summary

The 7.4 release supports up to 64 services and 100 service providers per service type.

Each service provider is registered in the WLC as its domain name.

A client that meets the profile requirements receives unicast service directly from the service provider.

Each Bonjour service has an advertised TTL. The controller asks the device for an update at 85% of this TTL.

Bonjour Services Support in FlexConnect Mode

For centrally switched WLANs, the behavior for Bonjour is the same as if the AP was in local mode.

Bonjour queries from the client are sent to the controller and Bonjour responses from the controller are sent back to the AP in the unicast CAPWAP tunnel.

FlexConnect APs do not require the Multicast?Unicast mode to support Bonjour.

For locally switched WLANs, Bonjour continues to work in a single subnet only.

Bonjour Configuration on the WLC Through the CLI

This is a list of command line interface (CLI) commands that can be used to configure Bonjour on the WLC.

Configure Commands

To enable or disable global mDNS snooping

WLC>config mdns snooping { enable | disable }

To create a new mDNS profile name

WLC>config mdns profile create profile-name

To delete an existing mDNS profile name

WLC>config mdns profile delete profile-name

To attach a mDNS profile name to an interface

WLC>config interface mdns-profile { management | all interface-name } {profile-name | none}


Note If a WLAN is attached to interface, the WLC issues a dependency error.


To attach a mDNS profile name to an interface-group

WLC>config interface group mdns-profile { all | interface-group-name } {profile-name | none }


Note If a WLAN is attached to Interface, the WLC issues a dependency error.


To enable or disable mDNS support for a WLAN

WLC>config wlan mdns { enable | disable } { wlan id | all }


Note The default value is enabled.


To attach a mDNS profile to a WLAN

WLC>config wlan mdns { profile-name | none } { wlan id | all }

To create a new mDNS service

WLC>config mdns service create service-name service string query { enable | disable }

To enable/disable query for a service

WLC>config mdns service query { enable | disable } service-name

To delete a mDNS service

WLC>config mdns service delete service-name

To attach a service to a given profile name

WLC>config mdns profile service add service-name profile-name

To remove the service from a profile name

WLC>config mdns profile service delete service-name profile-name

To configure query interval

WLC>config mdns query interval interval-value


Note The default value is 15 minutes; the range is 10 minutes to 2 hours


Show Commands

WLC>show mdns profile summary

WLC>show mdns profile detailed profile-name

WLC>show mdns service summary

WLC>show mdns service detailed service-name

WLC>show interface detailed interface-name

WLC>show interface group detailed interface-group-name

WLC>show wlan wlan-id

WLC>show client detail mac-address

WLC>show network summary

Clear Commands

To clear the mDNS database learned dynamically per service

WLC>clear mdns service-database { all | service-name }

Debug Commands

To display events related to mDNS

WLC>debug mdns message { enable | disable }

To display mDNS details of the events

WLC>debug mdns detail { enable | disable }

To display errors related to mDNS processing

WLC>debug mdns error { enable | disable }

To enable all debugs

WLC>debug mdns all { enable | disable }

All the debugs can be filtered based on the MAC address.