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How to Configure TAP Interface Video Tutorial

How to Configure the TAP Interface


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How to Configure the PageGate TAP Interface Transcript for Video:
Welcome to the video tutorial on how to configure the GetTAP interface. In this tutorial, we’ll be going over how to configure PageGate’s GetTAP interface to receive either serial or modem based TAP transmissions.

In our first example, we’ll be configuring GetTAP to receive messages from an RS-232/serial connected TAP system. The first step is to run the PageGate Admin.

Next, go to Interfaces – GetTAP – Settings.

Set the ‘Serial Port’ field to match the serial port the cable is plugged in to.

The baud rate, parity, data bits and stop bits will need to match the settings of the sending system. For example, if the sending system is using 1200 buad, even parity, 7 data bits and 1 stop bit, you would need to configure those for your input settings.

Take out the value in the ‘init string’ field and enter the word: direct

The sender field is optional. If you enter a value in this field, all TAP transmissions that come in to the system will have this sender’s name associated with them.

When finished, click Apply.

Now that we have GetTAP configured to monitor the serial line, any time the sending TAP system initiates a transmission, the GetTAP module will answer and respond with the TAP protocol.

So, that’s how to configure GetTAP to monitor a serial line and here’s how to configure it to monitor a modem for incoming calls.

You’ll want to set the ‘Serial Port’ of the field to match the COM port of the modem. To determine the COM port, go in to the ‘Phone and Modem’ section of the Control Panel in Windows, then go under the ‘Modems’ tab. Once there, you should see the COM port the modem is attached to.

The baud rate, parity, data bits and stop bits will need to match the settings of the sending system. For example, if the sending system is using 1200 buad, even parity, 7 data bits and 1 stop bit, you would need to configure those for your input settings.

Make sure the ‘Init String’ is ATS0=1. This initialization string configures the modem to answer after one ring.

The sender field is optional. If you enter a value in this field, all TAP transmissions that come in to the system will have this sender’s name associated with them.

When finished, click Apply. This will configure GetTAP to monitor the modem for incoming calls, then answer with the TAP protocol when one comes in.

So, that will establish the communication but what happens after that?

When a sending TAP system sends a message, they’ll use an ID value in their STX statement to denote who the message should go to. Those ID values will need to correspond with recipients and groups in PageGate unless you’re using an ad-hoc setup. For more information on using ad-hoc with GetTAP, have a look at our ‘Ad-Hoc Messaging with GetTAP’ tutorial.

For example, let’s say that the sending TAP system is going to message ID 1000. That means we need to have a recipient or group in PageGate called 1000 so GetTAP knows who this message is intended to go to. Each ID you want to message will need to exist as a recipient or group in the PageGate Admin.

It’s also important to note that you can monitor as many modems or serial ports as you may need by using PageGate’s TAP2ASCII expansion modules. These additional modules enable the program to monitor multiple COM ports, whether modem or serially connected, simultaneously, allowing you to receive TAP from multiple sources at the same time.

This concludes the video tutorial on how to configure the GetTAP interface.

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