The WIZ may be used like an ordinary communications program for
accessing and transferring files to another system or BBS
(bulletin board). When the WIZ is talking to another WIZ one can
access some unique features. All of the functions can be viewed
from within the WIZ by hitting the HOME key. However, the help
screen is limited so many users will find this document of value.
Moving files from one computer to another is referred to
as UPLOADING and DOWNLOADING. When you SEND a file to another
computer you are UPLOADING. When you receive a file you are
Using the WIZ
If you are using the WIZ on floppys you must make a
bootable disk (use FORMAT B:/S) and transfer WIZ.EXE to it.
From the DOS prompt type WIZ. After the Copyright screen
you are asked for the communications port that WIZ will use,
either COM1 or COM2.
The next step is to choose the data drive. This is the
drive from which, or to which, you will be sending or receiving
data. You must append the colon to the drive name A: B: etc.
You may now choose the baud rate. If you are connected
directly from serial port to serial port use the highest rate
that is reliable. Normally the default (19,200) will be
acceptable. Some computers will not work past 9600 baud while
others may work fine at maximum speed. If you are using a modem
for communications over telephone lines you must choose the baud
rate compatible with your modem.
TRANSFERRING FILES FROM ONE WIZ TO ANOTHER WIZ
If you are directly connected via serial ports you are
ready to move files either way. The first test is to type on one
keyboard and see if it is displayed on the other screen. If the
computers do not echo whatever is typed on the other you should
check that you are plugged into the correct COM port. If all is
well you are ready to data/file transfers from the keyboard of
either computer. An example is in order:
1. You want to transfer your WordStar program from the
\WS sub-directory on the source computer to drive B: on your
remote. The first thing is to check the free space on the remote
by pressing the ALTERNATE key and Function key 9 (ALT F9) at the
same time. You may place the remote into drive B: by hitting ALT
A, then B:. If all is well, from the source, hit PgUP. You may
choose a single file or a batch. In this case you choose BATCH
by entering a 1 + C/R (Enter/Return). You will be asked for the
batch you want. This operates like your DOS wild cards. In this
case we want all the files on the \WS sub-directory so type *.*
(if you only wanted files with an extension of TXT you would
request *.TXT). The file names will appear with the total number
of bytes to be transferred. To continue enter a 1. The rest is
entirely automatic. Sit back and watch WIZ do it's thing.
You could have done exactly the same thing from the
keyboard of the remote by hitting ALT F8. The only difference is
the way wildcards are handled. When sending a batch from the
source using PgUp the regular DOS wildcards apply (? and * are
acceptable). When you are operating the remote and requesting a
batch from the source do not use ? or *. To get all the files
you simply hit return at the prompt. To get files with a TXT
extension enter .TXT. WIZ looks at all the files and gives you
any that contain the exact sequence you requested. RE will get
RESTORE.COM as well as SHARE.COM as the sequence RE is in both
If you get frequent errors (Short block,Checksum error,
etc.) lower the baud rate and begin again.
If you have WIZ at only one end you should hit the RIGHT
ARROW to place WIZ in the local mode. This disables the
automated features, many of which can be controlled from the
THE FEATURES OF WIZ
Most of the functions are executed by a combination of the ALT
key and another. ALT F1 means: Depress the ALT key and, while it
is depressed, hit Function Key 1.
This is a very powerful function. You may leave the WIZ
and execute almost any DOS program (1-2-3, DBASE, etc.), and,
when finished, return to the WIZ by entering EXIT from the DOS
This allows one to change baud rates at any time.
Toggles between 8 data bits, 1 stop bit and NO PARITY to 7
data bits, 1 stop bit, and EVEN PARITY. Most applications will
use 8-N-1 which is the default.
Execute only one DOS command and return immediately to the
WIZ. This command is similar to ALT F1 except that you are
returned to the WIZ after the command you enter is finished.
Allows you to change sub-directories locally. Same as the
DOS command CHDIR/CD.
Create or modify function keys when pressed alone. Useful
to store the telephone numbers of other computers you may call.
If you use a Hayes compatible modem you can have the modem do the
dialing. The command ATDT3057478329 will instruct the computer
to dial the PC Systems BBS using tone dialing. You may add a '
to the end and insert a remark that will be ignored by the
modem. eg. ATDT3057478329 ' PC Systems BBS could be placed
in #1. Then, when you hit F1, the call will be placed.
Re-enables password protection on the remote. Always use
this command just prior to disconnecting from the remote to
insure the privacy of the system.
This is the command to request files from the remote.
Get the free space on the default drive of the remote.
Get a directory of all the files on the current directory
of the remote.
Change the data drive locally.
Toggles whether your computer sends a linefeed with every
carriage return. Condition shown on status line.
Toggles whether characters entered locally are echoed to
the screen. When communicating with many BBS's this should be
off or you will get double characters when you type.
Toggles the capture of incoming data to a file named
CAPTURE.WIZ. Very useful if you want to record what appears on
Hangs up the phone if you use a Hayes compatible modem.
Shows how to make your own cable to direct connect from
one serial port to another (RS-232 to RS-232).
This is a three in one command. All action takes place on
the remote (provided the remote is running the WIZ). You may
KILL a file on the remote by typing the file name. You may
change to another sub-directory on the remote by typing \NAME
You may change the CURRENT drive on the remote by giving the
drive name (A: B: C: etc.).
Shows a condensed list of the files on your CURRENT drive.
Allows one to remotely change the MASTER's password on the
remote. Only the MASTER's password can be changed remotely.
Useful is you think your security has been breached.
Hey there, you have some mail!
These four features allow one to leave messages that will
be picked up by the remote or base computer. eg. You call your
office from PARIS at 8AM Paris time. No one is in your office.
You simply leave a message that they will get when they come in.
The WIZ must be at both ends for this feature.
Get any messages that have been left for you. If there
are any, you will be advised when you first sign on.
Sends a message you create to the REMOTE. The status line
on the REMOTE will show MSG if there are any.
Leave a message for the remote to retrieve the next time
he checks in.
If your status line shows MSG you have one or more
messages. ALT Y retrieves them.
All messages are dated and time stamped.
You may wish to change this timing factor to fine tune the
WIZ to your computer. Usually this is not needed. The WIZ knows
the clock speed of the computer on which it is running.
A commercial from PC Systems. We are quite different from
the rest of the industry.
The WIZ keeps a log of all callers (provided you enabled
password protection). The UP ARROW allows one to see the log of
all callers and when they called. Useful when many will use the
WIZ. You may have 20 salesmen on the road with instructions to
check in each day. The UP ARROW will disclose who checked in,
Gives you the log of the remote, provided you are
connected of course.
Toggles BBS mode with password protection and LOCAL. BBS
refers to the mode where you will leave your computer to await a
Toggles LOCAL and BBS without password protection.
The PASSWORD file.
The first time you run the WIZ it creates a password file with
only one entry. It is named PW.WIZ. It contains the following:
You initial password is 1111. You may change it to your needs.
You may add all the new names and password below the first using
EDLIN. EDLIN comes with your DOS. From the DOS prompt type
EDLIN PW.WIZ. Type L and you will see :
To add additional names and passwords type 2I + C/R
You will see 2.*
Add all the names and passwords you wish. The NAME may be any
length, the PASSWORD must be exactly four characters. The WIZ
sees upper and lower case are differently. Be careful.
When finished hit F6 + C/R, then E. If you get an error when
starting the WIZ you likely made a mistake in the PW.WIZ file.
Each line must contain a name followed by a comma followed by a
four character password.
You may register your WIZ with PC Systems, 3705 Shares Pl. #6,
West Palm Beach, Fl 33404. We will advise you of any super-
awesome additions we make. Your comments would be appreciated.
While in the WIZ you can get help by hitting the HOME key.