FLASH-NET Printer Sharing Network


FLASH-NET Printer Sharing Network



With the Flash/Net system, up to 24 computers (as many as 64 when adapters are used) can easily share up to 8 printers using inexpensive 4-wire telephone line in a Bus, Star or Tree topology. Printers can be selected using a manual controller (optional purchase), or software control. To cope with today’s speedy PC systems, Flash/Net has a throughput of up to 22 Kbytes per second – making it faster than any similar network.This advanced power-free printer network eliminates the need for multiple auto switches and heavy, tangled cables. Flash/Net comes in both Centronics and Serial models, which can be intermixed in the same network. Simple installation and ease of operation make this printer-sharing network suitable for all user levels. Simply plug a transmitter unit into the PC’s parallel or serial port; a receiver unit into the printer; connect the units with a 4-wire telephone line (straight-through) and you are ready to go.Features

  • Centronics and RS-232 Models can be intermixed
  • Works in Bus/Star/Tree topologies
  • Software or Manual* Printer selection (* Requires optional ADP3354 unit)
  • Simultaneous Printing Capability
  • Data Transfer Rate: 22 Kbytes per second
  • Distance: up to 366m (1200′)
  • No external power required
  • FCC Approved

The components that make up the Flash/Net system are the following:

Component Type Purpose
ADP3356 Centronics Transmitter Connects to PC’s Parallel port; receives print jobs from the Parallel port and sends them to the Receiver
ADP3357&ADP3357-1 Centronics Receiver Connects to a parallel printer receives print jobs from the transmitter and passes them on to the printer. The ADP3357-1 has a 1-Meg buffer built into it.
ADP3351 Serial Transmitter Connects to PC’s COM port; receives print jobs from the COM port and passes them on to the receiver.
ADP3354 Manual Printer Selection Controller (Optional) Connects to a Transmitter; selects which receiver will get the print job. This provides the easiest selection method – eliminating the need for software.


Function Transmitters Receivers
ADP3356 ADP3351 ADP3357
Connectors Input 1 DB-25 Female 1 RS-232 DB-25 Female 2 x 6P4C Jacks 2 x 6P4C Jacks
Output 2 x 6P4C Jacks 2 x 6P4C Jacks 1 Centronics C-36 Male 1 RS-232 DB-25 Female
I/O Arbitration First Come First Served for each printerConcurrent for all printers
Printer Selection Auto/Manual
Data Transfer Rate 22 Kbytes/Sec (Max)
Power Consumption DC 9V 5mA DC 9V 80mA DC 9V 5mA DC 9V 80mA
Auto Formfeed Selection Enabled/Disabled
Timeout Selection 5-60 Seconds
Link Selection To a printer – or automatically to a ready printer
Weight 47g 60g 50g 60g
Dimensions (L x W x H) 82 x 54 x 26 mm 93 x 53 x 21 mm 76 x 53 x 21 mm 93 x 53 x 23 mm

(Variation SKUs ADP3351, ADP3354, ADP3356, ADP3357, and ADP3357-1)

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs

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