Overview of PageGate TAP Interface Transcript for Video:
Welcome to the video tutorial overview on receiving the TAP protocol with PageGate. In this tutorial, we’ll be going over the GetTAP interface as well as touching on each of the available methods of receiving the TAP protocol.
GetTAP allows PageGate to monitor a serial port or answer a modem call to receive TAP transmitted messages. This allows PageGate to function as a receiving TAP terminal for any devices and systems that can transmit that protocol, such as a Zetron or Motorola paging terminal as well as a few CAD systems. This also allows PageGate to function as a TAP receiver for any installation of NotePager Pro, allowing satellite offices to submit messages for processing with a centralized, master server. GetTAP also has a companion module, the IP TAP receiver, which allows PageGate to receive the TAP protocol by TCP instead of by modem or serial line.
There are three primary ways that the TAP protocol can be received.
With the serial method of receiving TAP, you’ll need to have an RS-232 cable connecting PageGate to the system transmitting TAP. This direct connection is then used by the sending system to negotiate TAP sessions with PageGate’s GetTAP interface.
With the modem method of receiving TAP, you’ll need to have a dial-up modem connected to the computer running PageGate and that modem will need to be connected to a phone line that your sending TAP systems can dial in to. When the sending systems dial in, GetTAP answers the call with the modem and then negotiates the TAP session.
With the TCP method of receiving TAP, you’ll need to have PageGate’s TAP IP server installed and configured to listen to the TCP port that your TAP systems will be sending messages to. When the sending systems transmit their TCP packets, the IP TAP server will receive the messages and pass them to the main system for translation.
So, when you want to receive the TAP protocol, it really is just a matter of determining which method of delivery you’ll be using, then configuring the appropriate input interface in PageGate to receive those messages to translate them in to SMS, email, web API updates and any other outbound format the program supports.
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 overview of how to receive the TAP protocol with PageGate.