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Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


Disclosed is a remote control that allows a user to operate a printer with an infrared transmitter and receiver. As shown in the accompanying figure, the remote control 10 comprises transmitter 12 and receiver 14. Transmitter 12 is a hand held unit having buttons thereon to facilitate navigation through diagnostics and operational menus on the User Interface (UI) 22 of printer 20. Receiver 14 is mounted in a small box and electrically connected to an Electronic Subsystem (ESS) 30 by a cable 16. The receiver 14 may be physically relocated within reach of cable 16, to allow printer 20 to be operated or serviced centrally and conveniently. This prevents having an operator move away from an area of the printer 20 or leave a position they are in to operate the UI 22. When a service representative gains remote control of the printer 20, certain print functions are locked out to prevent accidental actuation thereof to guarantee a safe servicing environment. Once the remote control 10 enters the diagnostics mode of printer 20, the printer 20 will not exit service until the connection of cable 16 is removed. A function is included in the remote control 10 to lock it out if left unattended for more than some preset time intervaL