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host, granting access rights to anyone using the guest computer,
carry out the following procedure.
The following procedure is just one of many that could be used
to share files in a folder on the host computer. For example,
there is user-level access control as well as share-level access
control. The following procedure is one of the simplest access
control procedures, which is all that is needed to get started
using DCC. To get information about all the ways files, folders,
and printers can be shared, use the Windows 95 Help.
1. Double-click the My Computer icon.
2. Double-click the icon for the drive that contains the folder you
want to share (for example, double-click the icon for the C drive).
3. Right-click the icon for the folder you want to share, and then
4. Click the Sharing tab, and then click Shared As.
5. Enter a share name, enter a comment, and then add user access
rights (Full or Read-Only).
The folder icon now changes to a folder held in a hand,
indicating that this folder is now a shared resource.
Making Sure DCC Is Installed on Both Computers:
DCC is not installed with the typical Windows 95 installation
recommended for most computers. Check whether DCC is installed
on both of the two computers that will be using the IR link. To
do this, click the Start button, point to Programs, and then point
to Accessories. Direct Cable Connection appears on this menu if it
If DCC is installed on both the host computer and the guest computer,
then skip the next step.
An Optional Step: Installing DCC:
Before establishing a DCC connection, DCC must be installed on both
the host computer and the guest computer. Carry out the following
procedure on each computer that does not have DCC already installed.
1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control
2. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon, and then click the
Windows Setup tab.
3. Click Communications, and then click the Details button.
4. Make sure that the Direct Cable Connection check box is selected,
and then click OK.
Establishing and Using the DCC IR Link Between Host and Guest:
To run DCC over an IR link, carry out the following procedure:
1. Make sure the IR communications driver is properly installed and
the IR devices are enabled by carrying out the procedures in
“Step 1. Installing the IR Communications Driver” and “Step 2.
Validating the IR Communications Driver Installation” earlier
in this document.
To increase the likelihood of success with DCC over an IR link,
use the Limit Connection Speed To option on the Infrared Monitor
Options tab to limit the IR connection speed to 9600 bps for the
first test of DCC over the IR link (and then increase the speed
2. On the host computer, click the Start button, point to Accessories,
and then click Direct Cable Connection.
3. Follow the steps in the Direct Cable Connection Wizard to set up
the host computer.
When the wizard prompts you for it, select the Host option.
When the wizard prompts you to choose a port, use the same
virtual port used in the procedure “Step 2. Validating the
IR Communications Driver Installation” earlier in this document.
The wizard also offers password protection. It is not necessary
to establish password protection on the host computer for this
test of the IR link. When you have finished the wizard, click the
Finish button. DCC starts running on the IR link and displays the
following message: “Status: Waiting to connect via Serial cable on
Comx,” where Comx is the name of the virtual port the IR link is
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the guest computer, except select the
Guest option instead of the Host option. When you have finished
the wizard, click the Finish button.
The DCC connection is automatically made over the IR link, and all
the shared folders on the host computer are displayed on the guest
If you are working on the guest computer, and you want to copy a shared
folder from the host computer to the guest computer, select the folder’s
icon in the window that displays all the shared folders that are on the
host computer, and drag the icon to the desktop.
To work on a shared folder on the host computer without copying it to
the guest computer, double-click the folder in the display on the guest
computer. Note that if the host computer is connected to a network, the
guest computer can reach shared resources on the network through the DCC
connection to the host.
IR COMMUNICATIONS DRIVER COMPONENTS
The following files make up the IR communications driver:
ACT200L.VXD Support for the ACTiSYS ACT-IR200L IR adapter
ACT220L.VXD Support for the ACTiSYS ACT-IR220L IR adapter
ADAPTEC.VXD Support for Adaptec IR adapter
CRYSTAL.VXD Support for AMP PhasIR Serial Adapter
ESI.VXD Support for Extended Systems JetEye PC Infrared
INFRARED.CPL Infrared device in the Windows 95 Control Panel
INFRARED.DLL Infrared device class installer
INFRARED.INF IR device information file for Windows 95 Setup
INFRARED.HLP On-line help topics for Infrared Monitor
IRCOMM.VXD Top layer of IR communications for Windows 95
IRDALAN.INF IrLan device information file for Windows 95 Setup
IRDALAN.SYS IrLan driver
IRENUM.VXD Enumerator for the “IR bus”
IRLAMP.VXD IrDA protocol, middle layer of IR communications
for Windows 95
IRLAPFRM.VXD Generic infrared framer, lower layer of IR
communications for Windows 95
IRMON.EXE Infrared Monitor
IRMONHLP.EXE IR Monitor on-line help utility
IR_BEGIN.WAV Sound for Infrared Monitor user interface
IR_END.WAV Sound for Infrared Monitor user interface
IR_INTER.WAV Sound for Infrared Monitor user interface
MSPORTS.INF IR port information file for Windows 95 Setup
PARALLAX.VXD Support for Parallax IR Adapter, LiteLink PRA9500A
W_IR.CNT Table of contents for Infrared Monitor on-line help
The documentation files supplied with the IR device driver are:
Infrared.txt This document.
IR ADAPTER MANUFACTURER NAMES AND ADDRESSES
The following manufacturers supply IR adapters that have been tested
successfully with the Windows 95 IR Communications driver:
1507 Fulton Place
Fremont CA 94539
Tel: (510) 490-8024
Fax: (510) 623-7268
691 South Milpitas Blvd,
Milpitas CA 95035
Tel: 1 (800) 959-7274
Fax: 1 (408) 957-7223
AMP Product Information Center
Harrisburg PA 17105
Tel: 1 (800) 522-6752
Extended Systems, Inc.
5777 North Meeker Ave
Boise ID 83704-1520
Tel: (208) 322-7575
Fax: (208) 377-1906
The Parallax IR adapter distributor in North America is:
1610 Lockness Place
Torrance CA 90501
Tel: (310) 534-2738
Fax: (310) 534-3216
Contact: Daniel Tsai
The Parallax IR adapter distributor outside North America is:
201 Innovation Centre
Republic of Singapore
Tel: +65 793-0855
Fax: +65 793-0775
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