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COMMUNICATIONS PORT BEZEL ASSEMBLY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026149D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Electrophotographic copiers and printers are increasingly being interfaced to a variety of communications network devices for receiving, transmitting or printing information, examples include telephone circuits to monitor machine performance and diagnostics, local area networks, RS-232 buses and the like. Often, customized modifications in circuitry are required to achieve compatibility. A copy or printing machine may be equipped with a communications port bezel assembly containing tool accessible ports that are designed by shape to accomodate an assortment of standard communications connectors. The bezel overcomes the need for aftermarket hardware modification and permits convenient interfacing. Any particular port in the assembly can only be enabled by an authorized Customer Service Engineer. Port availability only by tool access and activation when needed are unique features of this design.