General Advice about Computer Ports: Serial. Parallel. USB. and Network
The Thiel is a single sided embosser that cannot do graphics. The Thiel has only a serial connection. Use a straight through female-to-female cable with a null modem adapter to connect the Thiel to one of your serial ports. We recommend a null modem adapter that has wires 1 and 7 straight through. swaps wires 2 and 3. swaps wires 6 and 20. and ties 5 and 6 together on each end.
To set the parameters on the Thiel. you have to go through a configuration dialogue in braille. All the critical parameters on the Thiel are set from a simple YES/NO keyboard. Set the on-line/local switch to local. To begin the dialogue. hold down the YES button a few seconds and then release. Here is the dialogue:
The Thiel displays all the selected parameters and asks Save Parameters? Answer Yes.
These parameters are remembered even when you turn off the power. To get ready to print. make sure the top of form is appropriate and flip the switch to on-line.