USB Mobile
Port Replicator
NOTEBOOK COMPUTER
MOBILE PORT REPLICATOR
User’s Guide
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on your purchase of the Targus USB Mobile Port
Replicator! It is an intelligent expansion module that easily connects to a
PC or notebook via a USB port.
This user’s guide provides descriptions of the Targus USB Mobile Port
Replicator’s features, and gives instructions for connecting various devices
and installing the software.
System Requirements
❖ Pentium-class CPU with USB port
❖ One USB V.1.1 compliant port
❖ Operating system: Windows 98 or Windows 2000
Contents
❖ Targus USB Mobile Port Replicator
❖ This user's guide
❖ One 3-foot USB cable (A/B type)
❖ One AC adapter
❖ One software driver diskette
CONNECTING THE USB PORT REPLICATOR
The USB Mobile Port Replicator provides one RS232 serial port, one
parallel port, two PS/2 ports, and two USB ports. This port replicator
provides easy connectivity for serial, PS/2, and other USB devices.
To get started, plug one end of the power adapter into the port replicator
and the other end into the wall outlet. Do not connect any devices at this
time. Once the port replicator is connected and the software installation is
complete, you can connect your devices and install any supporting software
drivers.
Plug the USB connector into the USB port of your computer, and plug the
other end into the USB port of the port replicator.
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Figure 1. USB Mobile Port Replicator Ports
Figure 2. USB Mobile Port Replicator LED Lights
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LED Status Indicators
Once the USB Mobile Port Replicator is connected, all of the following
LED lights glow green: the Hub Link, both USBs, and the serial (RS232).
The PS/2 lights glow green after a PS/2 device is connected.
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
Now you will install the drivers to support each port on the port replicator.
For the initial installation, you must complete each of the following three
steps to configure your USB Port Replicator ports and enable them for use.
The configuration will occur in the following sequence: the serial (RS232)
port first, then the parallel port, followed by the PS/2 ports.
If you are running Windows 98, you may need your Windows 98 CD to
complete the installation. During the installation, you may be prompted to
insert the CD. If you are running Windows 2000, you will only need the
included USB Port Replicator diskette.
Note: This procedure is divided into three steps and must be performed in
sequence, from Step 1 through Step 3. Do not skip any steps.
Step 1. Setting Up the Serial Port
When first connected, the New Hardware Detected dialog box will
appear, indicating that the Targus Serial Interface Controller is found. The
Add New Hardware Wizard window will then appear. Click Next to
continue.
When prompted by the next screen, What would you like Windows to
do?, select Search for the best driver for your device, and click Next.
When prompted to initiate a search for the best driver for your serial
device, insert the Targus USB Mobile Port Replicator disk. Then select
Floppy disk drives, and click Next to initiate the search.
When the software driver is located, and Windows is ready to install it,
click Next to continue with the installation.
When you see a message that Windows has finished installing the software
driver for the serial port, click Finish.
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Step 2: Installing the Parallel Port Drivers
Next, the New Hardware Detected dialog box will appear, indicating that
the Targus Parallel Interface Controller is found. The Add New Hardware
Wizard window will then appear. Click Next to continue.
Insert the Targus USB Mobile Port Replicator disk (if not already inserted)
and select Floppy disk drives. Click Next to initiate the search.
When the software driver is located, and Windows is ready to install it,
click Next to continue with the installation.
When Windows has finished installing the software for your parallel port,
click Finish.
Step 3: Installing the PS/2 Port Drivers
Each PS/2 port will install separately and the steps below will repeat.
Then, the New Hardware Detected dialog box will appear, indicating that
the USB-PS/2 Converter is found. The Add New Hardware Wizard will
then install the native supporting drivers as a USB Human Interface
Device.
When prompted by the next screen, What would you like Windows to
do?, select Search for the best driver for your device, and click Next.
When prompted to initiate a search, click Next.
When the software driver is located, and Windows is ready to install it,
click Next to continue with the installation.
Click Finish when Windows has finished installing the software for your
new device. Step 3 will repeat and install the second USB-PS/2 port driver.
Note: Before connecting a printer to the parallel port of the USB
Mobile Port Replicator, the printer driver must be installed. Otherwise,
the printer might print unknown formats or characters.
Congratulations! You have installed the Targus USB Mobile Port
Replicator. The new ports available to you are: one serial, one parallel, two
USB, and two PS/2. They are numbered sequentially following the existing
ports in your computer.
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CONNECTING DEVICES TO THE PORT REPLICATOR
When connecting a new device to any port on the port replicator, the
corresponding software drivers must be installed. Consider the following
guidelines when preparing to connect new devices:
If your operating system is Windows 98, you will be prompted
by a series of screens beginning with Add New Hardware
Wizard. You may need your Windows 98 CD to complete the
installation.
If your operating system is Windows 2000, the operating
system drivers will install automatically.
With either operating system, you must run the Setup or
Install that was included with your device.
To load any device-specific software, assign the device to a
port as follows:
parallel printer
PB1284-1 (USB port)
serial mouse or modem
serial USB (COMx) where x is the
number of the COM port
PS/2 mouse or keyboard
no port name required; the device
will be converted to emulate a USB
mouse or keyboard.
Installing a Serial Mouse
After connecting a standard serial mouse to the serial port on the port
replicator, press the Reset button until the Link LED flashes (about 5
seconds). Pressing the Reset button resets the serial port. Do this each time
you restart your notebook computer and whenever connecting a serial
device. Click Next to continue.
Installing a Serial Modem
Follow your modem installation instructions to add this device to your port
replicator. When prompted to select the port, choose the Serial USB
(COMx), where x is the COM port number assigned by your operating
system.
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Installing a Parallel Printer - First-Time Installation
Follow the installation instructions that come with your printer. When
prompted to select a port, choose PB1284-1 (USB port). If this port does
not appear in the list, choose the LPT1 port, complete the manufacturer’s
setup for your printer, and follow the instructions below for Printer
Reconfiguration.
Printer Reconfiguration
Follow these instructions only if you are reconfiguring your printer from
the LPT1 port to the USB Port Replicator’s parallel port. Unplug the
printer cable from your notebook, and plug it into the port replicator
parallel port. Select Start, Settings, Printers. Right-click the printer
device you are reassigning, and select Properties. In the Printer
Properties window, select Details or Connection for the Printer.
(Section titles vary, so check your printer’s user manual for specific
instructions.) Change the setting to PB1284-1 (USB port) to redirect
printing to the port replicator.
Installing a PS/2 Mouse or Keyboard
Simply plug the PS/2 mouse or keyboard into a PS/2 port on the port
replicator. Once the device is connected, it will be detected automatically
as a USB mouse or keyboard.
Installing additional USB Devices
To install any USB device, simply plug it into a USB port on the port
replicator. Follow the installation instructions provided with your USB
device.
SPECIAL NOTES
Global suspend the notebook computer
When your notebook computer is in suspend mode, the USB Mobile Port
Replicator will also enter suspend mode to avoid power consumption.
When your notebook computer wakes up, the port replicator will wake up
automatically.
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Using the Reset button
The Reset button is used in conjunction with the serial port on the port
replicator. Whenever changing the serial devices connected to the serial
port, press and hold the Reset button until the Hub Link LED light blinks
so that the new device will be detected. Everytime your notebook computer
is powered on, press and hold the Reset button until the Hub Link LED
light blinks (about 5 seconds).
PRODUCT LIMITATIONS
Your port replicator is splitting a single connection among a variety of
devices and connections. Because of this, some devices that need a large
amount of bandwidth will consume all of the available resources and can
cause performance issues with the other devices attached.
We recommend the following guidelines:
Do not run multiple high speed devices at the same time, such
as a digital camera and scanner.
If speed degradation does occur, close one or more USB
applications to improve device performance.
There may be some temporary halting of some devices when a
high data transfer is occurring. For example, the USB or PS/2
mouse may respond slowly while a graphic print job is
printing.
The printer port is only compatible with printers and will only support
enhanced bi-directional printer features, such as your paper status.
An older mouse may not work with the port replicator because the software
driver cannot find the serial port without a direct connection to the
computer.
A PS/2 mouse attached to the port replicator is configured by the operating
system as a USB HID mouse. If the software driver continues to look for
the mouse on the PS/2 port, enhanced features may not be available and
your mouse will function as a standard, two-button mouse.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Perform these self-tests before calling technical support.
Device not recognized
Step 1 If a device attached to the port replicator is not recognized,
press and hold the Reset button until the lights flash. Verify
that the device is now recognized. If not, proceed to step 2.
Step 2 Detach all cables from the port replicator. Plug in the AC
Adapter. Connect the power cable to the power input jack.
Plug in each device, one at a time. Verify that each device is
recognized before plugging in the next one.
Step 3 If a device is not recognized, plug it into a different port on
the port replicator. If the device is still not recognized, try
plugging it into the USB port on your notebook computer.
Verifying devices are installed correctly
Step 1 Move the cursor to My computer and click the right mouse
button. Click Properties to display the System Properties
window. Next, click Device Manager and select ports COM
and LPT. The new path, Serial on USB [COM 2], appears
in the window.
Figure 1. Serial on USB [COM2]
Step 2 Within that same window, you will have a PA070 Parallel
Interface device. Look under Universal Serial Bus
controllers to see the other devices now installed for the port
replicator.
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Figure 2. Serial Interface Controller
Modem connection
Step 1 When attaching a modem to the serial (RS232) port, verify
that the port assigned to your modem is Serial USB
(COMx) , where x is the number of the COM port.
Step 2 If Windows does not Autodetect your modem on Serial USB
(COMx) , rerun the Hardware Wizard. Choose Select from a
list instead of Autodetect, then select Serial USB (COMx)
as the COM port.
Printer
Step 1 The parallel port is designed to support parallel printers.
Data storage devices must be connected directly to the
parallel port on your notebook computer.
Step 2 If your printer is not recognized, click on Start, select
Settings, then select Printers. Highlight your printer, rightclick the mouse button, and select Properties. If the
assigned port is LPT1, change it to PB1284-1 (USB port).
Step 3 For a first-time printer installation, select the port PB1284-1
(USB port). If this port does not appear in the list, choose
LPT1 and proceed with your installation. Once completed,
follow step 2 above to set your printer port to PB1284-1
(USB port).
Mouse
Step 1 If your mouse is attached to the serial port, the enhanced
features (e.g. screen scrolling) may not be available. The
mouse will function as a standard, two-button serial mouse.
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Step 2 If your mouse is attached to the PS/2 port, and the enhanced
features are not working, you may need to disable the builtin mouse drivers on your computer. Please refer to the user
manual provided with your device for instructions.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)
STATEMENT
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
In the unlikely event that you encounter problems with your Targus USB
Mobile Port Replicator, please use our Web site to contact our support
group through email. Or, call Technical Support. Our knowledgeable staff
is available to answer your technical questions Monday through Friday,
8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Eastern time.
Telephone:
Email:
Web site:
800-283-6325 (Toll Free)
TechSupport@targus.com
www.targus.com
WARRANTY
Targus warrants this product to be free from defects in material and
workmanship for one year. If your Targus accessory is found to be
defective within that time, Targus will repair or replace it. This warranty
does not cover damage from everyday wear and tear, or from
transportation by a common carrier.
Under no conditions is Targus liable for loss of, or damage to, a computer;
nor loss of, or damage to, programs, records, or data; nor any
consequential or incidental damages, even if Targus has been informed of
their possibility.
Warranty registration at:
http://www.targus.com/product registration.asp
Microsoft, Windows 98, and Windows 2000 are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. PS/2 is a trademark of International Business
Machines Corporation.
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