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GRAPHTEC FC8000 Series User Manual: Setting Interface; Usb Interface; Rs-232c Interface; Network (lan) Interface

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Setting Interface

This section describes how to set the interface.
The plotter has USB, network (LAN), and RS-232C interfaces, and these interfaces are switched
automatically.
The network (LAN) interface is a factory-installed option. It cannot be retrofitted.

USB Interface

T o use the USB interface, a plotter driver must be installed in the computer. Please the Setup Manual to install
the plotter driver.
The COMMAND mode and either the STEPSIZE parameter (when the COMMAND setting is GP-GL) or the
ORIGIN parameter settings (when the COMMAND setting is HP-GL) are made at the plotter.
CAUTION
Operation cannot be guaranteed in the following cases:
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When the plotter is connected to a USB hub or extension port.
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When the plotter is connected to a hand-built or modifed computer.
When a driver other than the one provided as a standard accessory is used.
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Do not perform the followings:
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Do not connect or disconnect the USB cable while installing the USB driver on the computer.
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Do not connect or disconnect the USB cable when the computer or the plotter is performing an initialization routine.
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Do not disconnect the USB cable within a 5-second period of connecting it.
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Do not disconnect the USB cable within a 5-second period of connecting it.
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Do not connect multiple plotters to a single computer using the USB interface.

Network (LAN) Interface

T o
use the network (LAN) interface, setting of the devices such as computer and network hub needs to be
completed, and the computer is in the state ready to be connected to the network. Also, you need to either
turn off or change the setting temporarily for the firewall function. If the firewall function is to be turned off,
disconnect the network from the Internet.
Connecting with network (LAN)
P .9-3
CAUTION
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Y ou will need a network (LAN) cables and network hub to connect via LAN. Y ou will need to purchase them separately.
Structures of the network equipment and necessity of the router function depends on the environment. For description, refer to the manual of
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the equipment, check with the manufacturer or the network administrator.
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Ethernet is compliant with 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX. Check your network environment.

RS-232C Interface

T o use the RS-232C interface, it is necessary to specify the COMMAND mode, either the STEPSIZE parameter
(when the COMMAND setting is GP-GL) or the ORIGIN parameter (when the COMMAND setting is HP-GL), and
the RS-232C interface conditions. You can specify the interface settings at the plotter's control panel. Set the
interface conditions to the same settings on the software to be used and the plotter. If they are incorrectly set,
the plotter may display an error message, fail to properly receive all of the data transmitted from the computer,
or malfunction. In such cases, check your interface conditions once more. (See "Setting Origin Point When
HP-GL is set"
P .3-9
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P .11-2
Connecting with RS-232C
P .9-6
, "Setting the Step Size (STEPSIZE)"
, and "Setting the Command (COMMAND)"
P .11-5
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