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PageGate Beginner Video Tutorial

PageGate Beginner Tutorial

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PageGate Beginner's Tutorial Transcript for Video:
Welcome to the PageGate Beginner's tutorial. In this tutorial, we'll be going over a brief demonstration of how to install, configure and use PageGate to send messages.

Before we begin, the major components of PageGate are: The PageGate Server, PageGate Admin, PageGate Monitor and PageGate's GUI Client Interface.

Naturally, the first step is to install the PageGate Serve

r. In this tutorial, we'll be going over how to install PageGate in a UAC enabled operating system like Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 and Server 2012.

For steps on how to install PageGate in Windows XP or Server 2003, please click on the Video Tutorial link provided in the transcript. To start, we need to download PageGate, so open a web browser and go to our website, http://www.notepage.net

Once you're at our website, look for the PageGate section in the center of the page, then click on the Download button beneath it.

Regardless of the web browser you're using, save the file. It doesn't really matter where you save it but in this example, I'm going to save it to the desktop. After the download has finished, right click on the pgsetup file and left click on "Run As Administrator".

If you're prompted by the User Accounts Control, allow the procedure to continue. Click on Install PageGate Server.

Click on Next on the first step.

Click on Next on the second step.

On the third step, if you need to change the installation path, do so. Otherwise, click on Next until the installation finishes. When the installation completes, click on Finish.

Now that we have the PageGate Server installed, we can begin the configuration.

When you run the PageGate Admin on a UAC enabled operating system, you'll want to go to your start menu, find the PageGate program group, right click on the shortcut for the PageGate Admin and select the "Run As Administrator" option.

Since this is the first time we've run the PageGate Admin, it's going to prompt us for directory locations and server properties.

Unless you want to change the directory to which PageGate stores its data, you can leave the options at their defaults and click on Apply.

You'll then be prompted to create the database directory. Then the Archive Directory.

Then the Logs directory. You should then receive a message indicating that a new database has been created and the Admin must be restarted.

The next time we run the Admin, you should see this screen.

Click on Continue and it's time to begin configuring the program to send messages.

The first step is to tell PageGate how to send messages. To do this, we have to create a carrier in the program. Examples of carriers are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, USA Mobility and American Messaging.

To add a carrier in Pagegate, right click on Carriers and left click on Add.

For a more detailed explanation of what the protocols are and how to configure them, have a look at the Protocol section of our Video Tutorials at http://http://www.notepage.net/video-tutorials.htm

Once you have a carrier created, next we'll need to add a recipient. To add a recipient, right click on the Recipients section and left click on Add.

For a more detailed explanation of what each field in the Recipients' setup means and how to configure them, have a look have a look at the PageGate section of our Video Tutorials at http://www.notepage.net/video-tutorials.htm

For information on how to add and populate a Group, have a look at our Groups video tutorial: http://www.notepage.net/videos/pagegate-groups.htm

So, now that we've told PageGate how to talk to the outside world and who to send a message to, the next step is to get the PageGate Server up and running.

Now, there are two ways to have PageGate run: As an Application and as a Windows Service.

It is always, always recommended to run PageGate as a Service. To do so, just follow the steps in this video tutorial: http://www.notepage.net/videos/pagegate-run-styles.htm

Now, before we start sending messages, there's another part of PageGate I'd like to show you, it's called the PageGate Monitor.

All the PageGate Monitor does is show you what's happening as it happens.

To run the monitor, you can either use the icon in your system tray or you can use the shortcut in the start menu.

Once you have the Monitor running, you'll see these windows.

The main window shows the list of PageGate's components.

If the component is running, it shows up in green, if it isn't running, it shows up in red. To the right, you should see the log windows.

The log windows show what is specifically being recorded by the PageGate Server as it happens. So, if we wanted to, we could start sending messages directly from the PageGate Admin.

To do so, open the PageGate Admin and expand the Recipients or Groups section.

Find the recipient or group you want to send the message to, right click on their name and left click on Send Message. When sending a message, it's important to put something for the "From" or the "Sender" value.

Without that information, your messages may be filtered as potential spam, so always be sure to enter a value here.

Then type in a message and click on Send. Since we have the PageGate Monitor running, we can watch the PageGate Server handle the message from start to finish.

If the message is successful, you'll see it show up in the good column or, if it failed, it will show up in the bad column.

The final component of PageGate that we'd like to go over is the PageGate Client.

The PageGate Client is a Graphical User Interface that can be installed on any workstation that resides on the same network as the PageGate Server.

To install the PageGate Client, run through the steps in this video tutorial: http://www.notepage.net/videos/pagegate-client-installation.htm After installing the PageGate client, you'll need to configure it.

Please run through the steps in this video tutorial for more information on how to configure the PageGate Client: http://www.notepage.net/videos/pagegate-client-configuration.htm

After the PageGate Client has been installed and configured, you should see the list of recipients you've configured on the Server.

To message one of these recipients, select them from the list, type in a message and click on Send.

As before, if you have the PageGate Monitor running, you can watch the message from start to finish.

This concludes the Beginner's Tutorial on how to use PageGate. For more tutorials, including how to add an SNPP recipient, please visit our website, www.notepage.net

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