- •Bitronics Switch Kit
- •User Manual
- •III. Product Detail
- •IV. Choose your Operating System
- •Using the Bitronics Software
- •Example: Two Printers Shared Between Two Computers
- •Visual Feedback – How do I know what port I am on?
- •Using any other parallel device (not printers or mass storage devices) with a printer
- •If no printers are installed
- •Removing and Adding the Bitronics Switch Icon from the System Tray
- •Using the File Transfer Feature
- •Corporate Headquarters
- •Belkin Components Limited Lifetime Warranty
Bitronics Switch Kit
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.
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.
Bitronics DualBus Switch,
Power Adapter, 9VDC, 600mA
2 x IEEE 1284 compliant cables
III. Product Detail
Connectors to Devices
Connectors to Computers
Manual select buttons
DIP Switch Settings (ON is Down)
SW1 – RESET switch
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.
Time Out Setting
IV. Choose your Operating System
•Windows 3.x " Continue below:
•Windows 95/98 and NT " Continue to next page.
In manual mode, you can select port manually through the buttons on the Bitronics switch.
•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.
3.x, you will have to exit to
At the C:\> prompt, type the following and press ENTER:
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.
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
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.
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
1.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.
2.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.
3.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 Device A connected to Port B
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.
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.
4.5.Select destination folder. The default folder is recommended. Click NEXT.
4.6.Select Program Folder. The default is the recommended. Click NEXT.
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.
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.
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
Here, you must select the correct type for the device connected to that port.
•If you are using a device which adds a drive letter to your system (like a Zip Drive,
•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.
•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.Click on START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS.
8.3. Click on the DETAILS tab. In the
•LPx1 – PA (auto switch) " Select this if the printer is connected to Port A of the Bitronics switch
•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.If NOT grayed out, click on “Disable
8.6.Click OK in the Spool Settings window, and OK again in the main properties window.