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How to Setup and Configure an SNPP Carrier Video Tutorial

How to Configure an SNPP Carrier

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How to Configure an SNPP Carrier Transcript for Video:
Welcome to the video tutorial on how to configure an SNPP carrier in PageGate. In this tutorial, we’ll be going over how to use SNPP to send messages to cell phones, pagers and any other host that supports the SNPP protocol.

Before we get in to the configuration steps, let’s go over the protocol first. The Simple Network Paging Protocol is an internet based protocol that can be used to send messages, if a host supports receiving the protocol. Most paging hosts, like American Messaging and SPOK/USA Mobility, have SNPP hosts and some SMS aggregators and cell phone carriers do as well. However, SNPP hosts that can message cell phones are usually part of either a message aggregator’s service or a carrier’s private enterprise messaging gateway and are not typically available for free, public use; which is another way of saying that some cell phone carriers (most notably Verizon, Sprint and AT&T) have SNPP hosts but you have to register with their enterprise gateway to be given permission to use the host.

To message an SNPP host, there are three pieces of information you’ll need:

  • The SNPP server address
  • Port to connect to
  • Authentication credentials (username and password)

Once you have that information, here’s how to configure the carrier.

First, open the PageGate Admin.

Next, right click Carriers and select ‘Add’.

Give the carrier a name.

Set the protocol to: SNPP

In the ‘Host’ field, enter the SNPP server address.

Set the port to the value required by the carrier. Most SNPP hosts will use port 444 but if you have an SNPP host that uses a custom port, you can click inside the port field, take the default value out and enter your custom value.

Set the “Max Chars” field to 160 for SMS and 240 for pages.

Click Apply.

If your SNPP host requires authentication, click on the + next to the carrier’s name and go to the Advanced sub-section.

Once there, enter the username and password separated by a single space in to the Password field. For example, if your username is PGE911 and your password is PageGateRocks!, you would use the following in the Password field:
PGE911 PageGateRocks!

When finished, click Apply.

This concludes the tutorial on how to configure an SNPP carrier in PageGate to send SMS and pages.

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