Belkin F1U128-KIT User manual

Belkin F1U128-KIT User manual
Bitronics Switch Kit
User Manual
P72655
READ THIS MANUAL IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO CONNECT DEVICES, THE
BITRONICS SWITCH, OR INSTALLING THE
SOFTWARE. IMPROPER SETTINGS OR
CONFIGURATIONS CAN CAUSE DATA
CORRUPTION.
I.
Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the Belkin Components Bitronics DualBus Switch Kit! Now, you and your colleague can share and select
between two different parallel devices from your desktop. Plus, if you are using Windows 95 or 98, you will take advantage of Virtual
Port Software, which allows you to print automatically!
The Bitronics DualBus Switch gives you and another computer the ability to communicate to two parallel devices at the same time.
Also, it allows you to switch so that either user can use either device through the switching software.
II.
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Package Contents
Bitronics DualBus Switch, 2-2
F1U127
Power Adapter, 9VDC, 600mA
F1D065-PWR
2 x IEEE 1284 compliant cables F2A047-06
User manual
P72655
Registration card
P72009
III.
Product Detail
Connectors to Devices
Device LEDs
Computer LEDs
Connectors to Computers
Optional
Power Jack
9VDC, 500mA,
Center positive
DIP Switches
Manual select buttons
DIP Switch Settings (ON is Down)
SW1 – RESET switch
ON:
Normal Operation
OFF:
RESET the switch
SW2 and SW3 – Time Out setting.
Time Out is the amount of time the switch remains locked on a
computer after data transfer. Use a longer Time Out when
connecting to Scanners, Mass Storage Devices, or when printing
large print jobs.
SW2
SW3
Time Out Setting
ON
ON
5 seconds
ON
OFF
10 seconds
! Recommended
OFF
ON
20 seconds
OFF
OFF
40 seconds
SW4 – Not used
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IV.
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Choose your Operating System
Windows 3.x " Continue below:
Windows 95/98 and NT " Continue to next page.
MS-DOS " Continue below:
V.
Manual Mode
In manual mode, you can select port manually through the buttons on the Bitronics switch.
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Press computer to select which computer port you wish to configure. For the computer connected to Port 1, press the
COMPUTER button until the LEDs on Port 1 are lit up either in red or green.
When you have selected which computer you wish to configure, now press the PRINTER button until the LED of the
appropriate device port you wish to use is lit up.
For example, if you want computer 2 to use the device on port A,
press the COMPUTER button until the LEDs on “2” are lit up. Then,
press the PRINTER button until LED “A” is lit up.
To use File Transfer mode, press the printer button until the LEDs
on the computer ports turn green. That means that that port is
ready for file transfer mode. For file transfer mode to be successful
for both PCs, the both computer ports must be set file transfer
mode – which is evident when the LEDs next to “1” and “2” are
green. For more information on File Transfer, please see page 12.
VI.
Windows
 3.x
Printer Button
Computer Button
In Windows 3.x, you will have to exit to MS-DOS first to make this easier:
1. At the C:\> prompt, type the following and press ENTER:
md c:\Belkin
2. Insert the floppy disk containing the Windows 3.x software (part# P72736) into your a: drive.
3. At the next prompt, type the following and press ENTER:
copy a:\Win3.x\F1U125e.exe c:\Belkin
4. When you get the prompt back, restart your computer and go back into Windows.
5. Lastly, you will have to create a shortcut to the program. In the Program Manager, select the Start Up window by
clicking on WINDOW, then START UP.
6. Click on FILE, NEW, PROGRAM ITEM, then OK. The next window must be filled out like this:
When done, click OK.
In Windows 3.x, there is no possibility in making the software automatic because of the limitations of the operating system. Hence,
you will need to use this software each time you need to switch ports. Since it is in the START UP program group, each time you
start Windows, the program will be running.
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VII.
MS-DOS
In MS-DOS, there re two files which can be used, and both are in the first disk (part# P72735) in the DOS subdirectory. These files
are:
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DOSSWTCH.com
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F1U125.com
DOSSWTCH.com is a directly executable program. You must follow the syntax in order to invoke the switch to change ports. For
example, entering the following,
DOSSWTCH LPT1 A
will cause the switch to set your current computer to connect to Port A.
F1U125.com is a TSR program. Once it is loaded, it stays in memory. You can access it in any non-protected DOS-mode program by
pressing both SHIFT keys simultaneously. The following window will pop-up:
To make a selection, hit ENTER, and to go back, hit ESC. You can also change the “Hot Key” from the default L_SHIFT and R_SHIFT,
to something else you prefer.
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VIII. Windows
 95 / 98 and NT
BEFORE YOU INSTALL THE BELKIN BITRONICS SOFTWARE, YOU MUST FIRST MAKE SURE THAT EACH DEVICE WORKS
PROPERLY ON ITS OWN WITH EACH COMPUTER
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3.
Make sure that the printer port on your computer is set to ECP mode. To do this, you must go into your computer’s BIOS or
CMOS setup. Instructions on how to do this differ from one computer to the next. Please consult your computer manufacturer’s
manual, tech support, or website for information on how to do this. Please do not call Belkin Tech Support on this
because each computer’s BIOS setup routine is different.
Make sure that the software and drivers for the devices to be shared are properly installed on both computers. If you are
sharing two printers between two computers, make sure that the printer drivers for both printers are installed and working
properly on both computers. If you are sharing a Zip drive and a scanner between two computers, make sure that the
software and drivers of each device are installed and working properly on both computers.
Connect the two computers, and the device to be shared to the Bitronics Switch as shown below. The cables from the
computers to the Bitronics switch are included in the package. Take note of which port each device is connected to:
The example shown has a Zip drive connected to Port A and an InkJet printer on Port B of the switch.
Device B connected to
Port B
Device A connected to
Port A
These two cables
included
4.
In order for both computers to properly share the devices, the software must be installed on both computers.
4.1.
Put the disk into your floppy drive. Click on START, then RUN. Enter a:\BITRONIX.exe, then click OK
4.2.
You will see the following window. Click SETUP.
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4.3.
Close all other running applications so that the software installation can proceed quickly and smoothly. Click NEXT.
4.4.
Select the model of Bitronics Switch you have, which is the F1U127 / F1U128. Click NEXT.
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4.5.
Select destination folder. The default folder is recommended. Click NEXT.
4.6.
Select Program Folder. The default is the recommended. Click NEXT.
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4.7.
When done installing, the program will ask you to restart your computer. You must restart in order to activate the
software properly. Click FINISH.
5.
Once your computer has rebooted, the Bitronics icon will appear in your system tray.
6.
Double-click on the icon to open up the setup program:
Select the correct LPT
port the Bitronics
switch is connected
to. If you only have
ONE parallel port
(usually that is the
case), leave this in
LPT1.
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7.
Click on SETTINGS. Here, we have to tell the software what devices are connect to which port:
DISPLAY NAME is a free text field. You can
enter any description here for the attached
devices. For instance, Port A has the Zip
drive connected and Port B has the InkJet
connected. You can rename these fields to say
“My Zip Drive” and “Color Printer #2”.
DEVICE TYPE gives you a pull-down menu showing the types of
printers installed on your computer and other parallel devices as
well.
Here, you must select the correct type for the device
connected to that port.
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If you are using a device which adds a drive letter to
your system (like a Zip Drive, CD-ROM, LS-120, etc...), use
MASS STORAGE DEVICE.
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If you are using a printer, use the printer driver used
for that particular printer on that port of the Bitronics switch.
If it does not show up in this menu, that means the printer
drivers have not been installed. (If not, reinstall the printer
drivers and repeat this step after rebooting your computer.)
If you have more than one printer installed, make sure that
the correct driver is used for the printer connected to that
port on the Bitronics switch.
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For any other parallel device, just use SCANNER, and
change the DISPLAY NAME accordingly. For example, if you
have a parallel tape drive, use SCANNER for DEVICE TYPE,
then enter “Tape Drive” in DISPLAY NAME.
Click OK when done.
8.
If one or both of the devices being shared is a printer, you must follow the procedure below to reconfigure the port connected to
the printer. If both devices are printers, then this must be done for both printers.
8.1.
8.2.
Click on START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS.
Right-click on the printer installed on the Bitronics switch, and click on PROPERTIES:
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8.3.
Click on the DETAILS tab. In the pull-down menu “Print to the following port:”, select the correct port this printer
is connected to on the Bitronics switch:
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LPx1 – PA (auto switch) " Select this if the printer is connected to Port A of the Bitronics switch
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LPx1 – PB (auto switch) " Select this if the printer is connected to Port B of the Bitronics switch
In the image below, the printer is connected to Port B of the Bitronics switch. Therefore, LPx1 – PB (auto switch) is
selected. When done, click OK.
8.4.
Click on SPOOL SETTINGS and click on “Start printing after last page is spooled”.
8.5.
8.6.
If NOT grayed out, click on “Disable bi-directional support for this printer”. Otherwise, ignore.
Click OK in the Spool Settings window, and OK again in the main properties window.
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Using the Bitronics Software
Example: Two Printers Shared Between Two Computers
The Bitronics Software automatically handles printing chores by directing your print jobs to the correct port on the switch based on
the settings you set in the Printer Properties and the Settings in step 7 previously. When you print something in Windows, you
simply select the printer you wish to print to, and the Bitronics software handles the switching duties. ITS FULLY AUTOMATIC!
How does it work? The Bitronics software tells the Bitronics switch to switch to the port the selected printer is connected to.
In the example below, the Bitronics software tells the Bitronics switch to switch to Port B first, then it allows the print job to
go through the switch, out to Port B, and to the Epson printer.
Then if you wish to print to the second printer, let’s say a LaserJet for example, all you have to do is select that particular
printer in the PRINT dialog box. Click OK, and the print job is automatically sent to the LaserJet printer on Port A of the
Bitronics switch.
Example: Sharing One Printer and a Zip
 drive (or any other mass storage device)
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When dealing with a mass storage device (devices that add a drive letter to your system like “E:”) such as a Zip drive, the Bitronics
Software in the system tray must be configured so that the Bitronics switch is defaulted to the Port attached to the Zip drive. It is
necessary for the switch to always remains connected to the Zip drive so that anytime you access that drive, you will always be
connected, and not get error messages:
1. Make sure that the port that connects to the Zip drive is set to MASS STORAGE DEVICE in settings. See Step 7 above
for more info. The image below shows the Zip drive is connected to Port A, and that the device type is MASS
STORAGE DEVICE. Type anything you want in Display Name. Click OK when done.
2.
Click on the port that has the mass storage device connected. In this case, it is a Zip drive on Port A. As you can
see, the Display Name entered above appears below as you had entered it. Click OK.
Now what happens is that the Bitronics switch always keeps your computer connected to the Zip drive. That way,
anytime you access it, you will not get any strange errors. Then when you print to the Ink Jet Printer on Port B (as shown
above), the Bitronics switch will switch to Port B temporarily to send the print job, then switch back to Port A to keep
communication with the Zip drive.
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Visual Feedback – How do I know what port I am on?
When the Bitronics switch is in its normal scanning mode, the LEDs are flipping back and forth across the computer ports.
To see the software in action, simply hit the COMPUTER button so you can see a computer port’s connection. Press the
COMPUTER port until the LEDs around “1” are lit up, and you will see which device port it is currently connected to. If it is
in File Transfer mode, the computer port LEDs are green, and neither device port LEDs will be lit. Then, click on the
Bitronics software icon in the taskbar and change ports. You will see the LED of the Bitronics switch to the port you chose.
Using any other parallel device (not printers or mass storage devices) with a printer
When dealing with other parallel port devices, they are set as SCANNERS in the SETTINGS (step 7 above). Examples of
these are scanners, parallel port cameras, and tape drives. When you need access to this device, simply single-click on
the Bitronics system tray icon, and select the device you wish to use. A check mark will appear showing which device is
connected. For example, we have a scanner and a printer on the Bitronics switch:
You will be connected to the
scanner device indefinitely. But lets
say you wish to print to the Ink Jet printer, the software will again automatically switch to the port that has the printer and
send the print job. However, the switch will remain connected to the printer - it will not change back to the Scanner, unlike
the mass storage device mentioned previously. This means that you have to use this method to switch to the scanner each
time you need to use it.
If no printers are installed
If no printers are installed, the SETTINGS type (see step 7) for each device must be set either for MASS STORAGE DEVICE
(if the device adds a drive letter to your system), or SCANNER (for all other types of devices).
The Bitronics software may not function properly in some systems if there is no DEFAULT PRINTER set. To do this, add a
printer using the Add Printer Wizard (click START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS), and just use the “Generic / Text Only” driver.
Remember to use “Local Printer” and “LPT1” when the wizard asks you. This will then be set as your default printer, so that
the Bitronics software can work properly.
Removing and Adding the Bitronics Switch Icon from the System Tray
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To remove the icon, simply right click on it, and answer YES to the prompt.
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To reload the icon back into the system tray, click on START, PROGRAMS, BELKIN BITRONICS SWITCH, “AutoSwitchMulti PCs”
Using the File Transfer Feature
The file transfer feature of the Bitronics switch allows both
computers to connect as if there was a file transfer cable
connected between them. To do this, double-click on the
Bitronics switch system tray icon, and click on FILE
TRANSFER:
A set of PC LEDs on the Bitronics switch will turn green.
These LEDs represents the computer you are on now is set
for file transfer mode.
Next, the second PC must also perform the same operation.
When both sets of PC LEDs on the Bitronics switch are
green (all four), then the computers are ready for file
transfer. At this point, the cables and the Bitronics switch
act as if it was a file transfer cable. You can now run
programs such as Windows Direct Cable Connection, or
Laplink. Please refer to their user manuals or websites for
information on how to configure their software. Just
remember that your Bitronics switch setup mimics the file
transfer cable requirement.
Usage in Windows
 NT
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In Windows NT, you can perform the
same installation as in the Windows 95
/98 procedure above. Make sure the power
supply is connected to the Bitronics switch,
otherwise, there may be a significant delay
in the processing of requests from NT-based
machines.
The Printer properties in Windows NT is
slightly different. After installing the
software and restarting the computer, go
the printer properties and select the PORTS
tab. To find the correct ports to be used
with the Bitronics switch, you must scroll
down the list until the “LPx1: PA
(autoswitch)” comes up. Put a checkmark
on the port that connects to the printer. In
this case, it is Port A on the Bitronics switch:
To set the spool settings correctly, click on
the SCHEDULING tab. Make sure “Start
printing after last page is spooled” is
selected. Also, set “Priority” to highest:
Click OK when done.
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If you are still having problems using the BITRONIX.exe software setup above, first UNINSTALL the Bitronics software. You
can do this by right-clicking on the taskbar icon and answering YES to the prompt. Then, click on START, PROGRAMS,
BELKIN BITRONICS SWITCH, then UNINSTALLSHIELD. After restarting your computer, you can install the older NT version
of the software located in the second disk (part# P72736). During the installation, it will ask you the model number. Please
select “Auto Switch 2-2 / 4-2”:
This version of the software is not fully automatic in printer selection. It requires the user to select ports each time through the
taskbar icon.
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Corporate Headquarters
501 West Walnut Street
Compton, CA 90220
310-898-1100 voice
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We, Belkin Components, of 501 West Walnut Street, Compton CA 90220, declare under our sole
responsibility that the product:
F1U127-KIT
Bitronics Switch Kit
to which declaration relates:
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.
CE Declaration of Conformity
We, Belkin Components, declare under our sole responsibility that the
F1U127-KIT
Bitronics Switch Kit
to which this declaration relates, is in conformity with Generic Emissions Standard EN50081-1 and with Generic Immunity Standard
EN50082-1 1992.
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