GUARDIAN
Ingress ManagR
Version 3.X
Communications
Manager
Software for
9580/9581
OPERATION
MANUAL
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TRILITHIC, Inc. is a leading supplier of test equipment to the broadband
industry, specializing in products and systems that make HFC system
maintenance simpler, faster and more precise. Innovations include the first
practical CATV sweep system (1976), the first CATV return adjustment
system (1981), the SEARCHER PLUS for leakage measurement (1989) and
the first integrated return path quality management system (1995).
TRILITHIC is very well known for its leakage products, and more than 15,000
SEARCHER PLUS Leakage Receivers are now in daily use. The SUPER
PLUS / CT-2 leak detection system carried leakage measurement into the
current era of overbuilds and digital services.
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which sets new standards for compactness, cost-effectiveness and functionality.
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industry’s only complete return maintenance system. The Guardian line
spans the full range of return testing applications, and the Guardian RSVP,
the first practical reverse path tester for installers, now equips many thousands of HFC installers around the world.
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Table
of
Contents
INDEX
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General Information
Introduction ..................................................................................... 5
SNMP Compatitble ................................................................. 7
Multiple Ingress Limits ........................................................... 7
NCM-4 Support ....................................................................... 7
FIFO File Limiting ................................................................... 8
ArchiveR .......................................................................................... 8
Multiple Ingress ManagR Copies .......................................... 9
Customizable External Applications ...................................... 9
Extended Frequency Coverage .............................................. 9
Import Identification Files ....................................................... 10
TraffiControl .......................................................................... 10
Simultaneous Modes ............................................................. 10
Time Synchronization ............................................................. 10
VieweR ............................................................................................ 11
Communicating with your SST .............................................. 11
System Requirements ........................................................... 11
Installation Procedures
Install Software ....................................................................... 13
Troubleshoot the Installation ................................................. 16
Delete Ingress ManagR 3.X ................................................... 16
Connecting PC and 9580/9581
Introduction ..................................................................................... 17
Cable Types ................................................................................... 17
Ingress ManagR Walkthrough
Introduction ..................................................................................... 21
Menu Selection ....................................................................... 21
On-Line Help .................................................................................. 21
A Quick Tour ....................................................................................22
Main Menu Bar ................................................................ 22
Status Bar ........................................................................ 23
Configure Software
Introduction ..................................................................................... 25
Connection Method ................................................................ 26
NCM-4 Setup ................................................................... 27
Direct Connection ........................................................... 27
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Modem Setup .................................................................. 28
Local Modem ........................................................... 28
Remote Modem ....................................................... 30
Ethernet Setup ................................................................ 32
Fiber Setup ...................................................................... 33
File Control Settings ....................................................... 33
Identification Setup ................................................................. 35
Identifier Tab .................................................................... 37
Communication Tab ....................................................... 40
Alarm Level Tab ............................................................... 42
Scan Settings Tab ........................................................... 47
Ingress Mode ........................................................... 48
Poll Method ....................................................... 49
Ping Method ...................................................... 50
SST Ingress Mode ................................................... 53
Detector Mode ................................................... 53
Hit Sample Size ....................................................... 54
Pager Number Tab ......................................................... 58
SNMP Tab ........................................................................ 59
Configure ........................................................................ 63
Older ACM-8/NCM-4 Versions ................................. 64
Select Settings ....................................................................... 64
Alarm Setup ..................................................................... 65
Play.WAV File ............................................................ 67
Display Message ..................................................... 67
Call Pager ................................................................ 67
Log to Database File ............................................... 69
Send SNMP Traps ................................................... 69
Scan Strategy .................................................................. 70
Script Step Icon Description .................................... 71
Building a Scan Strategy .......................................... 73
New Strategy ..................................................... 73
Open Strategy ................................................... 77
Station Setup ................................................................... 77
Status Monitor Mode
Introduction ..................................................................................... 79
Start Status Monitor Mode ...................................................... 79
Operation......................................................................................... 79
Scan Strategy Status Mode .................................................... 81
Live Monitor Mode
Introduction ..................................................................................... 83
Start Live Monitor Mode .......................................................... 84
Quick Overview ....................................................................... 84
Operation......................................................................................... 86
Connect to Hub ............................................................... 86
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Hub Data Specifics .........................................................
Limit Threshold Setup (Apply) ........................................
Print Data ........................................................................
Save Command ..............................................................
Message Display ............................................................
Disconnect the Hub ........................................................
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Playback Screen
Introduction ....................................................................................
Quick Overview .......................................................................
Operation.........................................................................................
Open File .........................................................................
Viewing Trace Data .........................................................
Playback Control .............................................................
Record Selection ............................................................
Print Playback Information ..............................................
Sort Records ...................................................................
Change File Name ..................................................
Save a Trace ...................................................................
Close File ........................................................................
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Report Screen
Introduction .................................................................................... 97
Operation ....................................................................................... 98
ArchiveR
Introduction ..................................................................................... 99
ArchiveR FIFO Management .................................................. 101
ArchiveR Overview .................................................................. 101
Basic Operation ..................................................................... 102
Additional Operation Information ........................................... 107
Edit Buttons ..................................................................... 107
Log Tab .......................................................................... 108
Scheduler Boxes ............................................................. 108
VieweR
Introduction ..................................................................................... 109
Setup ............................................................................................... 109
Quick Overview ....................................................................... 111
Operation ........................................................................................ 113
Connect to Hub ............................................................... 113
Hub Data Specifics ......................................................... 114
Print Data ........................................................................ 115
Message Display ............................................................ 116
Disconnect the Hub ........................................................ 116
Additional Information ............................................................ 116
Local Selection ............................................................... 117
External Selection ........................................................... 117
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Connection Templates
Introduction ..................................................................................... 119
Using Nortons PC Anywhere ................................................. 120
PC to SST(s) Remotely via Modems ..................................... 122
PC to SST(s) Directly .............................................................. 123
PC to SST(s) Remotely via Dark Fiber ................................... 124
PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Modem ................................... 125
PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Pager ..................................... 126
PC to PC to SST(s) Remotely ................................................ 127
PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Network .................................. 128
PC to SST w/Two EI-1’s (Ethernet) ........................................ 129
PC to SST w/NCM-4 (Ethernet) .............................................. 130
PC to SST w/EI-1 (Ethernet) ................................................... 131
Sample Files
Introduction ..................................................................................... 133
Sample Scan Strategies ........................................................ 133
Sample1.SGY .................................................................. 134
Sample2.SGY .................................................................. 135
Sample3.SGY .................................................................. 137
Sample4.SGY .................................................................. 138
Sample5.SGY .................................................................. 140
Final Comment ...................................................................... 143
Miscellaneous Information
Introduction .................................................................................... 145
Connection Information ......................................................... 145
Modem DIP Switch Setting ............................................. 145
Remote Modem ....................................................... 146
Local Modem ........................................................... 146
Ethernet Interface Information ........................................ 146
Fiber Interface Information .............................................. 147
NCM-4 Interface Information ........................................... 147
TCP/IP Setup ............................................................ 148
TCP/IP Installation Win ’98 ............................... 148
Driver Information Boxes ........................................................ 149
Event Log ........................................................................................ 150
Time Synchronization ............................................................. 151
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GENERAL
INFORMATION
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Introduction
Ingress ManagR for Windows is Trilithic’s powerful return path
status monitoring software which will give you access to the SST
and TPX devices in your 9580 SST or 9581 SST system via a
modem, ethernet, dark fiber or direct connection to your PC.
This expanded version of Ingress ManagR has several exciting
features:
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SNMP compatible (see page 7)
Multiple Ingress Limits (see page 7)
Compatible with new NCM-4, version 3 (see page 7)
FIFO File Limiting (see page 8)
ArchiveR (see page 8)
Multiple Ingress ManagR Copies (see page 9)
Customizable External Applications (see page 9)
Extended Frequency Coverage up to 65 MHz (see page 9)
Ability to Import Older Identification Files (see page 10)
TraffiControl Mode (see page 10)
Auto Updating Status Display
Simultaneous Status Monitor/Live Monitor/Playback
Operation (see page 10)
• Time Synchronization (see page 10)
• VieweR (see page 11)
Ingress ManagR gives you instant access to your 9580 SST or
9581 SST system from your office or main location. This means
that if the SST is at a hub, you can access it from the PC at your
office rather than having to drive out to a remote site. Ingress
ManagR allows you to monitor sweep and ingress on any node in
your system as they occur via its LIVE MONITOR Mode.
Ingress ManagR’s flexibility enables you to perform a variety of
tasks singly or simultaneously. You can watchdog every node in
your system or gather data from a single troublesome node by
monitoring ingress remotely up to 24 hours a day.
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You gather and save SST data for specific times and nodes
throughout the day by building a SCAN STRATEGY and implementing it via the STATUS MONITOR Mode. These scripts built
by the SCAN STRATEGY acquire ingress data even when you are
not there monitoring events directly!
The NCM-4 provides for multiple user support. This means that
several users can run their SCAN STRATEGIES at the same time.
Once you have the data, you can then develop databases for
viewing and comparing the information. You can even link up with
Ingress ManagR at home or when you are travelling via the NCM-4
Network Interface or by incorporating NORTON PC ANYWHERE
remote computing software (by Symantec) into your system.
With this link up, if you get a pager call from Ingress ManagR at 5
A.M., you won’t have to go all the way down to the office to see
what triggered the alarm. Just dial up the PC running Ingress
ManagR from your own PC to find out. If you are using the NCM-4
with a network, you have even greater accessiblity to your system.
For more information regarding this powerful feature of Ingress
ManagR, see CONNECTION TEMPLATES on page 119.
In addition to monitoring and flagging problems as they occur,
Ingress ManagR can notify you of such troubles either by logging
the data to your PC or even calling you on your pager if you so
designate through the ALARM setup feature. The alarm feature
enables you to define several different alarm limits for analyzing
ingress data in your system. Ingress ManagR can alert you when
an ingress threshold is exceeded by:
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audio alarm (WAV.file)
display freq/amp message
call pager
log to disk for later review
send SNMP traps
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SNMP Compatible
Ingress ManagR 3.X is compatible with SNMP (simple network
management protocol). This is the standard protocol for transferring information. It enables devices, even when manufactured by
different sources, to communicate in a common protocol. Using
SNMP, Ingress measurement data, device communication status
and other system information are stored in the SNMP MIB (management information base) which is accessible to higher-level
management applications through the open SNMP protocol.
SNMP “traps” (alarms) can be configured to automatically notify
higher management software of ingress events and equipment or
communications failures. Traps can be set to notify multiple
management computers of several different types of problems (see
SNMP TAB, page 59).
Multiple Ingress Limits
Ingress ManagR 3.X enables you to set multiple alarm limits per
node when you are configuring the software. See ALARM LEVEL
TAB, page 42).
NCM-4 Support
The NCM-4 Network Interface can be used instead of the ACM-8
and EI-1, depending on your system needs. This powerful interface performs as a server for four SSTs by buffering the return
spectra of up to 32 nodes. When used in the PING Mode (see
page 50), it can analyze return spectra INDEPENDENTLY which
minimizes LAN/Wan traffic and data processing time since it
reports only those nodes which exceed ingress limits you have
set.
Since the NCM-4 functions as a network interface, multiple users
can access data from any SST in the system at the SAME time!
The NCM-4 contains a protected hierarchial access for one
primary or master user and up to nine secondary users (depending
on which version of the NCM-4 you are using).
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NOTE: NCM-4, version 3.X or higher supports six users with
enhanced limit checking capabilities (one master, five secondary). For more information, refer to your NCM-4 OPERATION
MANUAL.
This enables you to make several functions exclusive to the
master user. The master user can set the DETECTOR Mode
(Fast, Avg, etc.), configure Hubs, etc. Secondary users can run
scan strategies or use LIVE Mode for viewing nodes. However,
these secondary users cannot change the SST(s) configuration.
If you are using NCM-4, version 3.X or higher, in your hub, your
system will be able to accumulate MAX and MIN spectra for all
monitored nodes. It provides the MAX and MIN spectra, ping test
results and the latest “raw” spectra to multiple control sites so that
more than one user can review the data.
You will need to install TCP/IP on your PC to utilize the NCM-4
with some of Ingress ManagR’s features (see NCM-4 INTERFACE
INFORMATION page 147).
FIFO File Limiting
Ingress ManagR supports FIFO (first in, first out) size limiting of
log files. When a file size reaches a user settable size (up to a
maximum of 32,000), the oldest (10% to 50%) records are discarded to make room for the new records. Ingress MangeR’s
databases use these same settings but the old data is archived
rather than discarded.
ArchiveR
Ingress ManagR’s ArchiveR is a software utility which enables
you to store the data which accumulates in Ingress ManagR’s
database (.mdb) files permanently in a database. ArchiveR
provides a means for you to schedule regular storage events of as
many files as you desire at the times best suited to your system
needs.
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Once ArchiveR has stored the data, it clears the files so that you
no longer need to worry about overflowing it or losing important
data. It also prevents storage of duplicate data. ArchiveR is fully
network compatible and is designed to run in the background on
any computer running Ingress ManagR. ArchiveR can back up files
FROM the local drive TO any other drive in the network (see
ARCHIVER, Chapter 10 on page 99, for more information).
CAUTION: If you are planning to use Ingress ManagR’s
database features to gather large amounts of ingress data
and alarms, we strongly recommend that you use ArchiveR.
Multiple Ingress ManagR Copies
If you are using a network (NCM-4) connection, you may open a
duplicate window of Ingress ManagR. This secondary window is
limited in its features. One use is if you want to run a small Scan
Strategy for diagnostic purposes offline from your main Scan
Strategy. It is also useful if you wish to set up another small Scan
Strategy to check a few new nodes while the main one is running.
Although this secondary copy supports LIVE Mode, we recommend that you use VieweR (see page 109) if you wish to display
LIVE data outside of your primary Ingress ManagR.
Customizable External Applications
You may use Ingress ManagR to automatically create an ACCESS compatible database FIFO file for each ingress log file.
This makes the ingress data available to any external application
that is ODBC (open database connectivity) compliant.
With this feature, you can customize external applications so that
you can make your data analysis independent of Ingress ManagR.
You can use ACCESS, EXCEL or other ODBC compliant software
to generate analysis or reports.
Extended Frequency Coverage
Ingress ManagR supports the 9581 SST extended frequency of 65
MHz. When using 65 MHz, all of the graphs in Ingress ManagR
adjust to 65. Beginning with Ingress ManagR 3.0, databases have
fields up to 65 MHz even if you are using 42 MHz units.
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Import Identification Files
Ingress ManagR 3.X enables you to import identification files from
previous versions of Ingress ManagR. This is useful for bringing
existing parameters into the upgraded software or for viewing old
PLAYBACK files (see MAIN MENU BAR page 22).
TraffiControl
Ingress MangeR now supports Trilithic’s TraffiControl Mode setting
which enables you to measure and plot the ingress spectra of
bands occupied by return channels. TraffiControl automatically
filters all the data signals from the scanned return spectra so that
only the ingress spectrum remains. By nature, digital channels
are intermittent or “bursty”. By utilizing TraffiControl Mode, you
can set a threshold so that you can view the ingress underneath
the signal. Ingress ManagR provides a way to capture the
ingress that would otherwise be hidden by taking advantage of the
SST’s digital signal processing capability.
Simultaneous Modes
Ingress ManagR 3.x flexibility enables you to run multiple modes
at the same time. For example, you may run Status Monitor, Live
Monitor and Playback all together.
NOTE: You may only run one operation of each mode
concurrently. This means that Ingress ManagR can run
one Status Monitor, one Live Monitor and one Playback
operation concurrently but cannot run two Status Monitors
with one Playback.
Time Synchronization
Depending on the configuration of your PC and the software
programs running within Windows, the Windows system clock
may lag behind the PC’s real time clock over a period of time.
This can effect the correlation of data with date/time stamps. You
can use Ingress ManagR’s Time Synchronization option (see page
151) to eliminate this lag.
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VieweR
Ingress ManagR’s VieweR permits you to view sweep and ingress
data from your 9580/9581 as it occurs. This enables you to select
specific Hub and Node information which you may wish to view.
You can then print a trace as it happens. To utilize VieweR, you
may either import an existing Ingress ManagR Identification file or
build a new one (see VieweR, page 109).
Communicating with Your SST
Trilithic has provided a Communications Manager option for your
9580/9581 system. If your system is equipped with this option,
you can connect up to eight SST’s (9580 SST) or up to four SSTs
(9581 SST) to each ACM-8 circuit board. If you are using an
NCM-4, you may connect up to four SSTs (9580 SST) or up to two
SSTs (9581 SST). Each Communications Manager is then
connected to a PC via a modem, ethernet, dark fiber or direct
serial connection.
You can then connect each SST to as many as eight nodes (up to
sixteen nodes when using the 9581). An ACM-8 contains additional battery-backed RAM for ingress data monitoring and
storage.
System Requirements
In order to run Ingress ManagR with all of its features, you need an
IBM®-compatible computer with the following options:
• Pentium II or III, 500 MHz
• 64 Meg of RAM
• 50 Meg of Hard Drive space for installation
• 8 Gigabytes for Data Collection
• A Windows compatible mouse
• CD-ROM Drive
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• Color VGA Monitor with a resolution of 800 x 600 (or greater)
and 256 Colors (or greater), using small or large font size
(small font only with 800 x 600). The Windows System
color map determines the color of the message boxes which
appear.
• Windows 98, Windows Millenium Edition, Windows NT 4
(service pack 3 or higher), or Windows 2000 (recommended)
• COMM MANAGER (ACM-8, or NCM-4) option for the
9580 SST or 9581 SST
• For NCM-4, EI-1 or SNMP support, Windows compatible
Ethernet adapter with TCP/IP protocol installed
• For ACM-8, pager support, or direct connection, one or more
available COM ports (maximum 8)
• External 56K modem (ACM-8 or pager) or ethernet
interface or dark fiber interface for each ACM-8
• Programs needed to support ApplinkR
Microsoft Office ‘97
Excel ‘97
Access ‘97
Ingress ManagR is designed to work with the same setup you use
for Windows 98. If your Windows setup works smoothly, you
should have no difficulty running the software.
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INSTALLATION
PROCEDURES
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Install Software
Now that you’ve checked the system requirements, you can install
Ingress ManagR. Ingress ManagR is designed for PCs with
Windows 98, Windows Millenium Edition, Windows NT 4 (service
pack 3 or higher), or Windows 2000.
REMINDER: Depending on your PC’s configuration, you may
notice a time lag between the Window’s time display and the
PC’s real time clock. Use Ingress ManagR’s TIME
SYNCHRONIZATION option (see page 151) to eliminate this
time lag.
To install the software, use the following procedure:
1. Turn ON your PC and let Windows load.
2. Insert the disk into the CD-ROM drive. If autorun is enabled,
Windows will detect and launch the Ingress ManagR setup
wizard.
If autorun is not enabled, go to START, select RUN..., type in
the CD-ROM drive designation (i.e. d:), click BROWSE and
locate the file Setup.exe on the CD. You may also go to
Windows Explorer and click on the Ingress ManagR
Setup.exe file from the CD.
3. Windows displays a prompt indicating that you are about to
install Ingress ManagR 3.X. Click OK to continue.
4. Depending on how your system is configured, it may be
necessary to install additional Windows components. If such
components are needed, click OK when the setup wizard
prompts you. It may be necessary to reboot your PC during
the components’ installation. If so, the setup wizard will
continue automatically after the computer restarts.
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5. Once the necessary Windows components have been verified
and/or installed, the setup wizard displays the WELCOME TO
THE INGRESS MANAGR 3.X SETUP WIZARD window.
6. Click the NEXT button to continue installing Ingress ManagR
3.X.
NOTE: You may cancel the installation at any time by
clicking on the CANCEL button.
7. By default, the software is installed in the folder:
C:\Program Files\Ingress Manager 3.0\
If you wish to change the installation folder, enter the new
location in the FOLDER box or click on the BROWSE button
to navigate to a new folder.
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When the desired folder is identified in the FOLDER box,
click NEXT.
8. A progress bar displays the installation as files are copied,
components are registered, etc.
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9. Once the setup wizard is finished, it displays a popup window
that indicates that Ingress ManagR 3.X was installed successfully.
10. Click CLOSE to complete the installation.
NOTE: If you are prompted to reboot your computer, do so
before you start Ingress ManagR 3.X to ensure that all of the
components finished installation.
11. When you are ready to use Ingress ManagR 3.X, go to
START, click PROGRAMS and then select INGRESS
MANAGR 3.X.
Troubleshoot the Installation
If you have difficulties installing Ingress ManagR, you will need to
call Trilithic at (1-800-344-2412).
Delete Ingress ManagR 3.X
If you decide to delete the Ingress ManagR 3.X program, you can
remove it as you do many other Windows applications.
Go to START, select SETTINGS and click on CONTROL PANEL.
Select the ADD/REMOVE button (CHANGE/REMOVE in Windows
2000 or the Windows Millenium edition). Select REMOVE INGRESS MANAGR 3.X.
NOTE: The Windows removal procedure only deletes the
Ingress ManagR 3.X program files, sample files and icon from
the START menu icons. You will need to remove the
configuration, strategy and database files in Windows
Explorer.
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Let’s get
together!
OK!
How?
CONNECTING PC
AND 9580/9581
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Introduction
Now that you have installed the Ingress ManagR software, you
need to connect your PC and 9580 SST or 9581 SST system.
There are several ways to go about this depending on the architecture of your system. There are a couple of factors to consider
before you establish the connections:
• The number of SST units and Communication Manager
NCM-4 Network Interface or ACM-8 option boards
• Will communications between the PC and 9580 system be
via ethernet, modem or direct serial connection
For several sample installations, see CONNECTION TEMPLATES
page 119.
Cable Types
If you are using the NCM-4, install the board into one SST and
connect it to up to three additional units via a standard 9-pin to 9pin serial cable (available at your local retail electronics store):
Cable to link NCM-4 SST to up to three additional SSTs
SST
SST
(w/CM, 9 pin Female)
(w/o CM, 9 pin Male)
1 ---------------------------------- 1
2 ---------------------------------- 2
3 ---------------------------------- 3
4 ---------------------------------- 4
5 ---------------------------------- 5
6 ---------------------------------- 6
7 ---------------------------------- 7
8 ---------------------------------- 8
9 ---------------------------------- 9
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The NCM-4 connects to the Ethernet via a shielded RJ45, category 5 cable.
Cable to link NCM-4 SST to Ethernet
NCM-4
Ethernet
1 ---------------------------------- 1 white/orange
2 ---------------------------------- 2 orange
3 ---------------------------------- 3 white/green
4 ---------------------------------- 4 blue
5 ---------------------------------- 5 white/blue
6 ---------------------------------- 6 green
7 ---------------------------------- 7 white/brown
8 ---------------------------------- 8 brown
NOTE: This cable must be shielded for CE compliance.
Cable to link ACM-8 SST to another SST
SST
SST
(w/CM, 9 pin Female)
(w/o CM, 9 pin Male)
1 ---------------------------------- 1
2 ---------------------------------- 2
3 ---------------------------------- 3
4 ---------------------------------- 4
5 ---------------------------------- 5
6 ---------------------------------- 6
7 ---------------------------------- 7
8 ---------------------------------- 8
9 ---------------------------------- 9
Cable to link Modem to SST
Modem
SST
(25 pin Male)
(w/CM, 9 pin Female)
8 --------------------------------------1
3 --------------------------------------2
2 --------------------------------------3
20 --------------------------------------4
7 --------------------------------------5
6 --------------------------------------6
4 --------------------------------------7
5 --------------------------------------8
22 --------------------------------------9
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Cable to link PC to Modem
PC
Modem
(25 pin Female)
(25 pin Male)
8 --------------------------------------8
3 --------------------------------------3
2 --------------------------------------2
20 --------------------------------------20
7 --------------------------------------7
6 --------------------------------------6
4 --------------------------------------4
5 --------------------------------------5
22 --------------------------------------22
Cable to link FI-1 Fiber Optic Interface to PC, ACM-8
Fiber Optic Interface
PC, ACM-8
(25 Pin Male)
(9 Pin Female)
Standard 25 to 9 Pin Adapter Connected to a 9 Pin to 9 Pin
or
25 Straight through cable
You will need a special Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049000) if you
wish to link the SST directly to your PC.
Cable to link PC to SST
PC
SST
(25 pin Female)
(w/CM, 9 pin Female)
NC ----------------------------------1
2
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3
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NC ----------------------------------4
7
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NC ----------------------------------6
5,6 ----------------------------------7
4,20 ----------------------------------8
NC ----------------------------------9
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You may also use the following cable to link the SST directly to
your PC.
Cable to link PC to SST
PC
SST
(9 pin Female)
(w/CM, 9 pin Female)
NC ----------------------------------1
3
----------------------------------2
2
----------------------------------3
5
----------------------------------5
8,6 ----------------------------------7
7,4 ----------------------------------8
You will need a special Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049001) if you
wish to link the EI-1 Ethernet Interface directly to your ACM-8
COMM MGR.
Cable to link EI-1 Ethernet Interface to ACM-8
ACM-8
EI-1 Ethernet Interface
(9 Pin “D” Sub-Female)
(25 Pin “D” Sub-Male)
2
----------------------------------2
3
----------------------------------3
5
----------------------------------7
7
----------------------------------5,6
8
----------------------------------4
You will need a special Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049002) if you
wish to link the EI-1 Ethernet Interface directly to your PC.
Cable to link EI-1 Ethernet Interface to ACM-8
PC
EI-1 Ethernet Interface
(25 Pin “D” Sub-Female)
(25 Pin “D” Sub-Male)
1
----------------------------------1
2
----------------------------------3
3
----------------------------------2
4,5 ----------------------------------4,5
7
----------------------------------7
6,8 ----------------------------------20
20 ----------------------------------6,8
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INGRESS
MANAGER
WALKTHROUGH
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Introduction
Before we proceed with setting up the parameters and using
Ingress ManagR, you might want to take a minute or two to
familiarize yourself with the software and how it works.
Menu Selection
The easiest way to get around in Ingress ManagR is to use your
mouse to click on the desired menus just as you do in other
Windows Applications.
If you prefer, you may also use the keyboard to highlight the
menus. PRESS the ALT tab key plus the letter for the desired
menu. For example, to enter the FILE Menu, PRESS ALT and F
at the same time.
Once you are in a menu, you can use the arrow keys (←, ↑, →, ↓)
to move within the menu. You can use the TAB key to scroll
through choices in the various commands. Once a desired
command is highlighted, such as PLAYBACK in the MODE Menu,
PRESS ENTER to select it.
On-Line Help
Ingress ManagR is equipped with an on-line help function to assist
you in using the application. The basic help feature can be
accessed by selecting the HELP Menu.
Once you are inside the Help Menu System (Standard Windows
Help), you can bring up other HELP screens by searching for key
words, referring to the HELP Menu’s Table of Contents, or by
bringing up previously viewed Help Topics.
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A Quick Tour
When you first open Ingress ManagR, the MAIN screen appears.
This consists of the MAIN MENU BAR at the top of the screen,
the STATUS BAR at the bottom of the screen and the window area
in the center where the various operations open.
MAIN MENU BAR
The MAIN MENU Bar contains the menus used to operate Ingress
ManagR and to open its various operations.
The bar includes the FILE, EDIT, OPTIONS, MODE, SETUP and
HELP Menus.
The FILE Menu contains the IMPORT IDENT FILE and EXIT
commands. To import an Identification file from a previous version
of Ingress ManagR, click on FILE and select IMPORT IDENT
FILE.
Then, select the desired file from the directory in which it was
stored.
Use the EXIT command when you wish to close Ingress ManagR.
You may also close the program by clicking on the “X” in the
upper right corner of the program’s window.
The EDIT and OPTIONS Menus are used in the various screens
throughout Ingress ManagR and will be ACTIVE (show up in dark
type) in those screens where they are accessible. Refer to the
individual procedural sections for more information.
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The MODE Menu enables you to access the PLAYBACK command which you can use to review records which were saved to
disk. The REPORT command is located here as well. You also
access the LIVE and STATUS MONITOR Modes which you use to
obtain records via your communications link with the 9580 or 9581
system.
Use the SETUP Menu to set the communications parameters and
links such as the Baud Rate, Alarm Events, Identifiers, Modems
and Scan Strategies.
The HELP Menu is designed to help you locate information
regarding Ingress ManagR and its operations with a few clicks of
your mouse.
STATUS BAR
The STATUS BAR at the bottom of the MAIN screen displays
various operation messages and communication parameters. If
you are connecting via COM Ports, the boxes contain the parameters as follows:
Operator Message
Operator Message
PC’s IP Address
Remote IP
Address
Port No.
PC’s IP Address
Port No.
Remote IP Address
The Status Bar has fields across the bottom of the MAIN screen.
These field are:
• Operator Message Field – Messages appearing in BLACK
text indicate normal operator information. Messages in
RED text indicate an error. These RED text messages are
always accompanied by a beep. The messages appear in
the EVENT LOG (see page 150) and can be saved or
archived.
• Fields for COM Port connection (Live/Misc or Scanning):
1. Communications Field contains the Baud Rate, Parity,
Data Bits and Stop Bits.
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2. Port Field contains the active communications port.
3. Handshaking Field displays the communication port
handshaking setting; HW (Hardware), NONE (None).
• Fields for Network connection (Live/Misc or Scanning):
1. PC’s IP Address Field contains the IP Address used
by your PC.
2. Remote IP Address Field contains the IP Address
used by the remote device.
3. Port Number Field displays the communication port
number.
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CONFIGURE
SOFTWARE
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Introduction
Okay. You’ve got Ingress ManagR installed on your PC. Now
what? Before you use Ingress ManagR, you should give some
thought to how you want to use it. A good place to start is by
determining the system architecture you will be using.
REMINDER: Depending on your PC’s configuration, you may
notice a time lag between the Window’s time display and the
PC’s real time clock. Use Ingress ManagR’s TIME
SYNCHRONIZATION option (see page 151) to eliminate this
time lag.
At the core of your Guardian Return Maintenance system is the
9580 SST or the 9581 SST. You can add multiple SST units to
your architecture and link them all together; maximizing the
efficiency of your system. You can further extend the system’s
capabilities by adding a Communications Manager (ACM-8, NCM4) and/or the Test Point Expander (TPX) unit. For more information about the operation of the entire 9580/9581 system, refer to
the 9580 or 9581 RETURN ALIGNMENT SYSTEM operation
manual.
Once you have determined your system architecture, you will
need to establish your communications strategy or how Ingress
ManagR and the various components of your system are to
communicate. You set your communications strategy by configuring Ingress ManagR via the following:
• Connection Method (see page 26)
• Identification Setup (see page 35)
• Select Settings (see page 64)
NOTE: Once you have completed your connections and
configured your setup, you can use LIVE MONITOR MODE
to test the communications setup for each SST.
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Connection Method - Before Ingress ManagR can communicate
with the various components of your 9580/9581 system, you will
need to establish the connections. One of Ingress ManagR’s
greatest advantages is its versatility in this regard.
It enables you to communicate with your 9580 or 9581 system via
a direct communications link (PC to SST; PC to PC to SST),
Ethernet or Fiber Optic link, modem or a combination of two or
more methods.
For example, you might wish to connect your headend SST
directly to the PC. Then, you might need to connect to satellite
SST units which are miles away via a network or a modem.
There is no “RIGHT” connection strategy. The single or combination method you select will depend entirely on your system and
performance preferences. Refer to CONNECTION TEMPLATES
page 119 for some sample ideas.
Identification Setup - Once you have selected the connection
method, you need to set the identification parameters that Ingress
ManagR will use for monitoring. These include: system identification information (such as hubs, SST units, nodes, several of your
technicians responsible for specific hubs may be connected via
pagers, etc.); method of data gathering (poll, ping or a combination
of the two); and rate of data gathering (fast or normal).
Select Settings - When you have set up the identification parameters, you need to select how you wish Ingress ManagR to
monitor such as: how you want the software to notify you of
potential and/or real problems (alarms); and how your system
hubs will be monitored throughout the day (scan strategies).
Connection Method
Before you start configuring Ingress ManagR, we recommend that
you set up your hardware connections first.
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NCM-4 SETUP
The NCM-4 Ethernet Interface supports up to four SST units (up to
32 nodes) or a TPX (up to 64 nodes) and can be set up as a multiuser network. This enables one primary or master user as well as
up to nine secondary users to access data from any SST in the
system. The NCM-4 performs the same functions as the ACM-8;
including the PING Mode to decrease your access time (see
PING METHOD page 50 for more information). Before you
connect the NCM-4 Ethernet Interface to your system, the unit
must have the IP Address set.
CAUTION: You cannot simply plug the NCM-4 Interface in.
You must first ensure that each device in your network has
it’s own unique IP Address so that each component in your
system can communicate with the rest online in the network.
Once the IP Address is set, it is easy to install the NCM-4
Network Interface. Connect the unit to up to three additional SSTs
via a standard 9-pin to 9-pin serial cable. Then, connect it to the
network via a standard RJ45, category 5 cable.
For more information regarding setting the IP Addresses and
installing the unit, please refer to the NCM-4 ETHERNET INTERFACE operation manual.
When the NCM-4 has been installed, set up the identification
parameters (see IDENTIFICATION SETUP page 35) and select
Ingress ManagR’s settings (see SELECT SETTINGS page 64).
DIRECT CONNECTION
Ingress ManagR can connect directly to a single SST or to an
SST equipped with the Communications Manager (ACM-8) option
which enables the primary SST to manage up to seven satellite
9580 SSTs or up to three 9581 SSTs.
NOTE: You must use a specific cable (P/N 2071049000) to
connect the PC Com Port to the SST (see page 19).
Once connected, proceed with setting up the identification parameters (page 35) and selecting Ingress ManagR’s settings (page
64).
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MODEM SETUP
If you selected MODEM as your Connection Method, you should
set up the external REMOTE and LOCAL modems so that your
communications link will function properly. The LOCAL modem
resides in or is connected to your PC while the REMOTE modem
resides with the SST.
You may select one of our predefined modems (DEFAULT Hayes
Compatible, US Robotics Sportster,etc.) as well as edit the
commands directly. If you edit any modem string, the program will
change your modem type to USER. As new modem types are
added, Trilithic will post a new downloadable file (IM_MODEM.INI)
to update your list of modems.
CAUTION: Before you use the setup procedure for a
modem, review the operation and setup information which
came with your modem. You do not have to be familiar with
standard modem commands to use this procedure but, if any
command string changes are made, you should have your
modem reference manual on hand.
To set up your modems, go to the SETUP Menu and select either
LOCAL or REMOTE Modem.
Local Modem
The LOCAL MODEM screen consists of several areas.
REMINDER: You will need to set the COM Port where the
modem is residing. See COMMUNICATION TAB on page
40.
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The window on the left is used to set up the LOCAL modem DIAL
UP commands.
To the right is the window for designating the LOCAL modem’s
HANG UP commands.
The DIAL UP and HANG UP commands default to the settings
used commonly by most modems. These settings include the
correct hardware handshaking as well as the numeric response
codes which your modem requires. The settings also instruct the
LOCAL modem to use the fastest speed possible. If your modem
requires different settings, you can edit the default lines
1 - 3 or add additional lines using the ADD (PLUS SIGN) and DEL
(TRASH CAN) icons.
NOTE: The first three lines cannot be deleted. However,
you can use the delete function or edit function to make any
of these lines a null operation by changing the text to simply
AT which is ignored by all modems.
For example:
To ADD a fourth line in the DIAL UP window, click on the
ADD button below that window and then double-click on the
line you wish to add.
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To DELETE a line in the DIAL UP window, click on the line
you wish to delete. You can only change lines one through
three to AT. The DELETE command will remove lines four
and up. Then click on the TRASH CAN icon.
For further information, refer to the manual which came with your
modem to verify the necessary settings.
On the lower right side of the screen is the area for selecting the
type of phone line in your system, either tone or pulsed. Most
lines are now tone lines although a few areas still use a pulsed
line. Check with your phone company if you are not sure which
you have.
Along the bottom of the screen is the window for selecting the
type of modem (default, US Robotics Sportster, etc.).
Once the LOCAL modem settings are correct, click on the
CLOSE button.
NOTE: You may also need to set the DIP switches on the
modem to optimize your communications. See MODEM
DIP SWITCH SETTING on page 145.
Remote Modem
Before you connect the REMOTE modem into your 9580/9581
system, you must first configure it using the PC so that it will use
the auto answer feature.
First, connect the modem to an available COM Port using the
standard serial cable which came with the modem.
Now, go to the SETUP Menu and select REMOTE modem.
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The left side of the window enables you to select the COM Port to
which the REMOTE Modem is connected for set up purposes.
Click on the desired COM Port and a bullet appears in the circle.
At the top of the screen is the window for selecting the type of
modem (default, US Robotics Sportster,etc.)
The box below the MODEM TYPE box contains the modem
settings. Ingress ManagR defaults to the most common REMOTE
modem settings which set up the modem for auto answering on
the first ring, 38.4kb/s serial communication and hardware handshaking.
CAUTION: You MUST make sure that your REMOTE
Modem has its serial port locked to 38.4kb/s. This can be
done via a software command in the setup string or you may
need to set the DIP switches on the modem. See MODEM
DIP SWITCH SETTING on page 145.
If your REMOTE modem requires different settings, select the line
in the window and make your desired changes. Once you have
finished, click on the CONFIGURE REMOTE button.
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Once the settings are made, click on the CLOSE button. You
may now proceed with setting up the identification parameters
(see IDENTIFICATION SETUP page 35) and selecting Ingress
ManagR’s settings (page 64).
ETHERNET SETUP
The EI-1 Ethernet Interface enables your 9580 or 9581 System to
make use of an existing network system which connects hubs,
offices and headends. The advantage of using a network with
Ingress ManagR is that the time to access a hub is reduced to
less than two seconds from the access time of a modem (often
thirty seconds or more).
If you have the ACM-8 Communications Manager option installed
in your SST, you can also use the PING Mode to decrease your
access time even more. This can be very useful if you have a
large number of hubs in your system (see PING METHOD
page 50 for more information).
Before you connect the EI-1 Ethernet Interface to your system, the
unit(s) must have the IP Address set.
CAUTION: You cannot simply plug the EI-1 Ethernet Interface in. You must first ensure that each device in your network has it’s own unique IP Address so that each component
in your system can communicate with the rest online in the
network.
Once the IP Address is set, it is easy to install the EI-1 Ethernet
Interface. Connect the unit to an available COM Port on your PC
(using Trilithic cable P/N 2071049002). Then connect the unit to
the SST’s COMM MGR’s (ACM-8) output (using Trilithic cable P/N
2071049001).
For more information regarding setting the IP Addresses and
installing the unit, please refer to the EI-1 ETHERNET INTERFACE/FI-1 FIBER INTERFACE operation manual.
When the EI-1 has been installed, set up the identification parameters (see IDENTIFICATION SETUP page 35) and select Ingress
ManagR’s settings (page 64).
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FIBER SETUP
The FI-1 Fiber Interface enables your 9580 or 9581 System to
make use of any unused or “dark” fiber optic cables you might
have in your system. This enables you to connect Ingress
ManagR directly to any SSTs at remote hubs without needing to
use a modem and the expense of additional phone lines.
Connect a HOST FI-1 Fiber Interface to your PC via a standard
modem to PC cable. Then, connect a REMOTE FI-1 Fiber
Interface to the primary SST’s COMM MGR’s (ACM-8) output.
The FI-1 Fiber Interface(s) need to be set to 38,400kb/s.
For more information regarding the installation procedure, please
refer to the EI-1 ETHERNET INTERFACE/FI-1 FIBER INTERFACE operation manual.
When the FI-1 has been installed, set up the identification
parameters (see IDENTIFICATION SETUP page 35) and select
Ingress ManagR’s settings (page 64).
File Control Settings
You may also want to create an ACCESS compatible database
FIFO file for each ingress log file. This enables you to analyze
ingress data via ACCESS, EXCEL or the ApplinkR EXCEL macro,
or other ODBC (open database connectivity) compliant software
independently of Ingress ManagR.
To set up the automatic database file creation process, select
FILE CONTROL from the SETUP Menu.
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In this screen, you designate the Number of Records that you
want Ingress ManagR to store in any database. Ingress ManagR
supports FIFO (first in, first out) size limiting of log files. You can
always find the most recent ingress data in the FIFO. When a file
size reaches a user settable size (up to a maximum of 32,000),
the oldest records (10% to 50%) are discarded to make room for
new records. Databases are archived rather than discarded.
REMINDER: You can always find the most recent ingress
data in the FIFO.
First, select the number of records that you want stored in any
database file. Then, select the percentage of the FIFO files that
are maintained once the the FIFO is filled to a maximum of 90%.
You may also instruct Ingress ManagR to maintain ACCESS
databases of ALL the files it has created by selecting the Maintain Access Databases in Ingress ManagR box. In addition,
you can set Ingress ManagR to remove the old records rather than
archive them by selecting the Do Not Archive Databases,
simply remove old records box.
You may want to set the FIFO to hold the data which you have
gathered for 24 hours. The size of the FIFO required to hold this
information depends on your Scan Strategy.
Ingress ManagR 3.X enables you to save a SINGLE record
database for the LIVE and PLAYBACK Modes as well as your
Scan Strategy. These databases can be used with other applications.
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If you wish to save a single database for LIVE Mode, select the
Maintain Special Live Single Record Database box. To use
this function for records taken in PLAYBACK Mode, select the
Maintain Special Playback Single Record Database
“PLAYBACK.MDB”. You may also use this feature to compare
the different records of a single node taken by several strategies
by selecting the Maintain Special Strategy Single Record
Database “STRATEGY.MDB” box.
Once you have made the desired FILE CONTROL SETTING
selections, click on the CLOSE button.
Identification Setup
Once you have selected the connection method, you need to set
the identification parameters that Ingress ManagR will use for
monitoring. These include: system identification information
(such as hubs, SST units, nodes, etc.); SST detector settings for
POLL and PING Modes of data collection; rate of data gathering
(fast or normal); alarm thresholds and SNMP traps. Ingress
ManagR maintains records for Hubs, SSTs and Nodes by assigning a customized identification for each.
NOTE: Hub refers to where the SST is located. This might
be a system “hub”, the headend or other site.
The set up also assigns a communication method to each Hub.
All of the data is contained in a file called IDINFO.BIN. To make
sure that you have common setup parameters amongst the
computers in your system, just copy this file from computer to
computer.
To set up the identification parameters, click on the SETUP Menu
and then on IDENTIFICATION.
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This brings up the tabbed windows of the IDENTIFICATION Menu
which include:
• Identifier, see IDENTIFIER TAB page 37 - creates/deletes
ID for hubs, SSTs, nodes
• Communication, see COMMUNICATON TAB page 40 Sets the communication parameters (COM Port, Baud
Rate, Handshaking, Connection Method, etc.)
• Alarm Level, see ALARM LEVEL TAB page 42 - used to set
the Ingress threshold for each node.
• Scan Settings, see SCAN SETTINGS TAB page 47 - used
to assign the method by which Ingress ManagR requests
data from Hubs.
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• Pager Number, see PAGER NUMBER TAB page 58 - used
to select the COM Port and phone number of the modem
to which the Pager Alarm is to be issued.
• SNMP, see SNMP TAB page 59 - used to set up the traps
or alarms for the multiple management computers.
• Configure, see CONFIGURE page 63 - use to configure a
Hub which contains an ACM-8.
To access a specific window, just click on the desired tab. Once
you have selected your information for each of the windows, click
on CLOSE to return to the MAIN screen.
IDENTIFIER TAB
Use the IDENTIFIER tab to create and/or delete the identification
for a Hub or location where the 9580 SST or 9581 SST with the
COMM MGR option is located, each SST connected to that
COMM MGR, and the Nodes connected to each SST.
When you first open Ingress ManagR, the IDENTIFIER tab will not
have any hubs listed.
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To create a Hub identifier, click on the PLUS icon.
Any time you add a Hub it will be listed as “UNUSED_HUB”.
Each hub has eight SSTs assigned to it and eight nodes assigned
to each SST. You can either delete the Hub or rename and
configure it for your own system.
NOTE: Deleted hubs are relabeled “UNUSED_HUB”.
If you wish Ingress ManagR to recognize a Hub, you must rename
the “UNUSED_HUB” files.
REMINDER: If you are using an NCM-4 with an SST, only
SSTs #1 – #4 are valid. If you are using an NCM-4 with a
TPX, you may use all of the SSTs.
To rename a Hub, double click on the existing name (i.e. “UNUSED HUB”). This brings up the RENAME window.
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Assign a new name to the Hub (such as Greenwood Hub).
Unused_Hub
change to
Greenwood
NOTE: All Hub names can be up to 20 characters.
Click OK and you will return to the IDENTIFIER window.
If you wish to add more Hubs, simply click on the PLUS icon for
each additional Hub and repeat the assigning process for SSTs
and Nodes.
The Hub information boxes in the left bottom corner of the IDENTIFIER window, indicate which Hub, SST and Node is selected.
NOTE: Ingress ManagR also permits you to assign
different names or “aliases” to the same Hub, such as
Greenwood-Day and Greenwood-Night. The two Hub
aliases must have the same connection parameters but you
can establish different alarm parameters, scanning methods,
and sample rates so that you can tailor Ingress ManagR to
your ingress monitoring needs even more.
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To delete Hub information, click on the name of the Hub you wish
to delete and then click on the TRASH CAN/DELETE icon.
NOTE: Usually, you will not need to change any SST or
Node identifiers. However, you may wish to change the SST
and Node designations to identifiers that you use in your
system. The main thing to remember is that the
“UNUSED_HUB” designation needs to be changed to suit
your own system. For example, if you are controlling four
SSTs with an NCM-4, you should rename SSTs #5 - #8 as
“UNUSED” since they don’t exist in your system. If you are
using an NCM-4 with a TPX, you can support all eight.
If you do need to change the SST and/or Node identifiers,
double click on the desired SST or Node. A pop up window
will appear. Type in the new designation.
You can NOT delete unused SSTs or Nodes. You should
rename them as “UNUSED” since Ingress ManagR may
give errors if you try to access data for SSTs which aren’t
there.
For example, if you do not have an SST #2 in the Greenwood
Hub, you should rename it as Unused.
NOTE: The terms UNUSED or INACTIVE are keywords
to Ingress ManagR. The program will not “poll” or
“ping” an SST or Node which is designated UNUSED or
INACTIVE.
Once you have finished updating the Hub, SST and Node information, you should continue your set up procedure by clicking one of
the other tabs.
NOTE: If you were just editing an existing Hub and don’t
wish to make additional changes, click on the OK button
to exit the IDENTIFIER screen.
COMMUNICATION TAB
Communication parameters which need to be set up include: the
COM Port, Baud Rate, Handshaking, Connection Method, Phone
Number or IP Address and 42 MHz or 65 MHz.
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NOTE: Due to Ingress ManagR’s flexibility, you can assign
a different communication scheme to each Hub.
To select the communication parameters, click on the SETUP
Menu and then on the IDENTIFICATION command line. Once the
IDENTIFICATION Menu is available, select on the hub of interest
and click on the COMMUNICATION tab.
NOTE: If you are using a modem or network interface, you
must assign a phone number or IP Address for each Hub
listed in the IDENTIFIER tab. If you are using the NCM-4,
you must also assign a Hub Password.
Select the desired COM Port (1 - 8).
NOTE: If you need to use communication ports 5 - 8, and
are updating Ingress ManagR from an older version (Version 1 or earlier), you will need to modify the .ini file. Use
Windows NOTEPAD to modify the INGMANGR.INI file in the
Windows Directory so that: CMLINES=8
REMINDER: If your mouse is connected to COM Port 1, you
need to select a different COM Port for the communications
link.
Next, select the desired Baud Rate.
NOTE: The default Baud Rate for the 9580 SST or
9581 SST systems is 38,400 which is used for all types of
connection. Use of the 19,200 Baud Rate may be necessary for certain equipment setups. Please contact Trilithic
before you change to this setting.
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Then, choose the desired handshaking method. Usually, you
should use “HW”.
With version 1.40 or higher of Ingress ManagR, you can choose to
connect directly to your PC, via fiber optic interface FI-1, modem
or network interface EI-1. Simply click on the desired CONNECTION METHOD.
In the example below, the user selected the DIRECT connect to a
PC.
If you are using a MODEM, you must also enter a phone number
in the PHONE #/IP ADDRESS box.
NOTE: If you are using the EI-1 Ethernet Interface, you will
need to enter an IP address. See ETHERNET INTERFACE
INFORMATION page 146.
You may test the communication set up by clicking the TEST
button.
ALARM LEVEL TAB
Once you have created a Hub, you should set the Ingress threshold for each Node as well as the number of times that threshold
can be exceeded (hits). An alarm is triggered when the number of
hits reaches the limit within a specified number of samples (see
HIT SAMPLE SIZE page 54). This enables Ingress ManagR to
monitor the Hubs in the system and to notify you when ingress
exceeds the desired levels.
Ingress ManagR enables you to set three offsets to the ingress
alarm limit.
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To assign the level, click first on the desired Hub (i.e. Castleton).
Then, click on the desired SST (i.e. SST #1) and Node (Node #1).
All three items will be highlighted and will also appear in the Hub
information boxes in the lower left corner of the IDENTIFICATION
window.
Click on the ALARM LEVEL tab to bring up the level screen for
the designated Hub, SST and Node.
The four limit thresholds are indicated by colored lines in the graph
which correspond to the color of the limits’ labels. For example,
Limit Four appears as a red line, Limit Three as orange, Limit Two
as yellow and Limit One as green. The LOW LIMIT appears as
brown while the Traffic Curve is blue. If a single ingress frequency
data point goes over the designated thresholds, Ingress ManagR
considers that a hit.
You will assign the thresholds one at a time. To assign Limit Four,
click on ALARM LIMIT FOUR.
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Go to the FREQUENCY BAND list and select one or more values.
Alternately, you may also click and drag on the graph to select a
frequency band. You can select more than one frequency (to be
set at the same level). Hold down the CTRL key while you
highlight additional bands.
Hold down the ALT key and highlight a band to deselect a frequency. To deselect ALL frequencies, click the RIGHT mouse
button on the graph or frequency list.
Once the value(s) are highlighted, enter the desired alarm threshold in the dBmV box below the list. You may also use the scroll
bar to set the frequency band level.
enter alarm
threshold
The entire Limit Four curve may be adjusted up or down using the
LIMIT 4 OFFSET up/down arrows.
limit offset up/down arrows
You assign the lower limits as offsets to Limit Four. Simply click
on the UP/DOWN arrows beside the limits and these will offset
from Limit Four.
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NOTE: The multiple alarm limit curve support in the Guardian
Return Path Alignment system requires that:
Limit 4 > = Limit 3 > = Limit 2 > = Limit 1
For this reason, Ingress ManagR will adjust the limit offsets
automatically (in addition to the one you are adjusting directly)
to enforce this requirement.
The LOW LIMIT appears as brown. At least one ingress frequency
data point must go over the designated thresholds or Ingress
ManagR considers that the node is dead.
When the LOW LIMIT is set, all the frequencies are selected
automatically. Set the Frequency Band Level by entering it in the
dBmV window or via the scroll bar.
Traffic curve enables you to mask out the data signals and view
just the ingress spectrum. The traffic curve is indicated by a series
of medium and dark blue lines which extend from the top of the
graph to distinguish it from the limit curves.
NOTE: If you are using the TRAFFIC CURVE, you will need
to select TRAFFIC for the DETECTOR Mode on the SCAN
SETTINGS TAB (see page 53).
NOTE: Use AVERAGING mode to establish the value.
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For example, the SST indicates that the average power of a data
signal is around 30dBmV between 2.250MHz and 4.125MHz.
30dBmV
–20dBmV
2.250MHz
4.125MHz
To mask out the data signal, you need to set the traffic curve
below 30dBmv (i.e. at 15dBmV).
30dBmV
Traffic Curve at
15dBmV
–20dBmV
2.250MHz
4.125MHz
Use the FREQUENCY BAND list (or click and drag on the graph)
to select the values that will include 2.250MHz and 4.125MHz.
Once the value(s) are highlighted, enter an alarm threshold value of
15dBmV in the FREQUENCY BAND LEVEL box.
The ALARM LEVEL tab’s graph will indicate the selected traffic
curve in medium or dark blue. Adjacent traffic curve frequency
bands alternate in color. This visually represents that they are
maintained separately even when they are set to the same level.
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If you would like to use similar limits for another Node, click on the
COPY NODE DATA button. Ingress ManagR memorizes the
settings. Now, pick another Node and click PASTE. This enables
you to copy the settings from one Node to another quickly when
you wish similar settings for each. You can then edit the limits on
the new Node for any minor differences. You may also copy the
settings to all of the Nodes on the selected Hub by clicking the
PASTE ALL button.
NOTE: You may deactivate the alarm for a selected Node
at any time by clicking on the Node and then on the
DEACTIVATE THIS NODES ALARM box.
You also need to establish the number of times the selected Node
needs to reach its ingress threshold during a given sample group
to trigger an alarm. See HIT SAMPLE SIZE on page 54 for this
procedure.
Once the Ingress threshold has been set for each Node, you may
return to the IDENTIFIER window to select the next SST at that
location or click CLOSE to exit the IDENTIFICATION Menu.
SCAN SETTINGS TAB
Once you have created a Hub, you must assign the method by
which Ingress ManagR requests data about the Nodes from the
Hub. The SCAN SETTINGS tab is where you set up how Ingress
ManagR is to gather ingress data from each Node in a particular
Hub. Click on the SCAN SETTINGS tab.
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REMINDER: If you are using the NCM-4, only the MASTER
or primary user can assign the Scan Settings. The secondary users’ settings will be ignored by the NCM-4.
In this tab, you assign the desired Ingress Mode. This is where
you decide:
1. The type of Ingress Mode that you will use (see INGRESS
MODE below).
A. POLL Method - Ingress ManagR requests the ACM-8 or
NCM-4 to gather data for each Node (see POLL METHOD
page 49).
B. PING Method - The ACM-8 or NCM-4 gathers ingress data
and stores it until Ingress ManagR asks or “pings” the
ACM-8 or NCM-4 for it (see PING METHOD page 50).
REMINDER: Your SST MUST have the ACM-8 COMM
MGR option or the NCM-4 to use the PING Method.
2. The rate Ingress ManagR collects data within each timing
frame (approximately 725 milliseconds for the 9580; 800
milliseconds for the 9581): NORMAL or FAST. For more
information, see SST INGRESS MODE page 53.
NOTE: If using FAST, you will also need to select the
DETECTOR Mode: Peak, Average or Traffic (see page 53).
3. The number of times that Ingress ManagR looks at a Node to
see if it has reached its hit limit (see HIT SAMPLE SIZE page
54).
Ingress Mode
One thing to remember is that you are not “locked” into a specific
scanning method, scanning rate or even sample rate for a given
Node. With the flexibility of Ingress ManagR’s scanning strategies, you can set up different Ingress Modes, SST Mode rates and
Hub Samples for Resets for the same Node throughout the course
of a day to suit your system needs as they change. By assigning
different names or “aliases” to the same Hub, you can set up your
scan strategy to include different limits or detector modes.
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NOTE: If you are using the NCM-4, the Master user needs
to set the Ingress Modes based on an agreed schedule with
the secondary users so that all users can use Ingress
ManageR optimally.
For example, you can set up a Hub with a different name for day
and night scanning. One possibility is to set up Ingress ManagR
so that it will alternate POLL and PING with the SST in NORMAL
Mode. This enables you to collect your ingress data and still
permits your techs to sweep. Then, at night, you can switch to
POLL and PING in FAST Mode. For more information on this type
of set up, see SCAN STRATEGY on page 70 and the
SAMPLE3.SGY on page 137.
The main thing to keep in mind is that the POLL and PING
Methods each have certain advantages. The POLL Method
enables you to collect and save a more detailed overview of what
your system is doing. Also, it is slower than the PING Method so
that you can determine the persistence of an ingress problem.
The PING Method enables Ingress ManagR to streamline your
data gathering by pinging one Communication Manager right after
another. This is the fastest way to get around your system.
However, the PING Method only allows you to gather “bad” data.
That is, it only stores ingress that has exceeded threshold and
triggered an alarm.
POLL METHOD
When Ingress ManagR polls, it basically asks the COMM MGR to
gather data for each Node which the PC then compares to the
desired threshold limits versus frequency for that node.
The POLL settings control how Ingress ManagR collects data
when polling an SST. In your Scan Strategy, SCAN HUB or SCAN
1 HUB utilizes the “poll” settings. These scan strategy steps
actually retrieve live real time data from the Hub at the time the
step is executed.
NOTE: The POLL Method can be used with either the
ACM-8 or NCM-4 Communications Manager.
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To select either FAST or NORMAL Ingress Mode, click on the
desired setting (see SST INGRESS MODE page 53 for more
information). A bullet appears in the circle next to the mode.
NOTE: FAST Mode disables field sweeping.
WARNING!!!!!
Polling an ACM-8 DISABLES it’s automatic data collection
mode. You MUST check the RETURN ACM TO SCAN box if
you want the ACM-8 to return to pinging after polling has been
completed. Otherwise, the ACM-8 will miss the first ping after
a poll so that you may miss ingress.
Finally, set the POLL HIT SAMPLE SIZE (see HIT SAMPLE SIZE
page 54).
PING METHOD
When using the PING Method, the data collection and comparison
to limits process occurs in the ACM-8 or NCM-4 rather than in
Ingress ManagR itself. By allowing the ACM-8 or NCM-4 to do the
work, each node can be checked in seconds (twelve seconds for
eight SSTs; twelve seconds for a TPX with sixty four test points)
as opposed to the minutes or even hours that it can take to POLL
a system with a large number of Hubs.
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Ingress ManagR downloads the necessary information to the
ACM-8 or NCM-4 which includes: The alarm limits for each node,
the maximum number of hits for that node, and the number of
samples for accumulating hits. When using the PING Method, the
ACM-8 or NCM-4 scans all active nodes continuously and compares ingress to the thresholds for each node. In addition, the
NCM-4 supports limits set for each of the users.
When a threshold is exceeded, the ACM-8 or NCM-4 advances
the hit counter for that node and compares it to the maximum hits
allowed for that node. If the hits limit is reached before exceeding
the sample size limit, the ACM-8 or NCM-4 stores the ingress
data for that node. This data is downloaded to Ingress ManagR
when it “pings” the ACM-8 or NCM-4 and appropriate alarms are
triggered.
In your Scan Strategy, PING HUB utilizes the “ping” settings. This
scan strategy step asks the ACM-8 or NCM-4 if any Node has
reached its hit limit since the last “ping”.
NOTE: The ACM-8 or NCM-4 must be configured for this
step to be used (see CONFIGURE page 63).
To select either FAST or NORMAL Ingress Mode, click on the
desired setting (see SST INGRESS MODE page 53 for more
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NOTE: FAST Mode disables field sweeping.
If you choose to operate in FAST Mode, you also need to select
PEAK, AVERAGE or TRAFFIC Detector Mode (see DETECTOR
MODE page 53).
Finally, set the PING HIT SAMPLE SIZE (see HIT SAMPLE SIZE
page 54).
The ACM-8 or NCM-4 works faster because it stores the threshold
for each Node as well as the hits counters. It only looks at the
Nodes which are connected so it can PING up to sixty four Nodes
within a few seconds if connected directly.
NOTE: The time it takes to go through one group of Hub
samples depends on the connection method. If you are
using a modem, for example, it may take longer due to the
time needed to connect.
When a threshold is exceeded, the ACM-8 or NCM-4 advances
the hit counter for that Node and compares it to the maximum hits
allowed for it. If the hits limit is reached, the ACM-8 or NCM-4
stores the ingress data for that Node and goes on to the next
connected Node. For more information about hits limits and
incrementing the counter, see HIT SAMPLE SIZE page 54.
When set to the PING Method, Ingress ManagR PINGs the ACM8 or NCM-4. It checks the alarm flag to see if the ACM-8 or NCM4 has noted any alarms since the last PING. If there are no
alarms, Ingress ManagR proceeds directly to the next HUB. If
there are alarms, Ingress ManagR downloads the ingress spectrum data for each “out of limits” Node and processes the alarms
before PINGING the next Hub.
Since the PING Method is so fast compared to the POLL Method,
you may want to set the Hub sample size to a higher number (i.e.
100) and then select the desired percentage of “hits” to 20% or
30% (i.e. 20 or 30). Otherwise, you could be “bombarded” by
short duration ingress events.
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SST Ingress Mode
The SST Mode rate refers to the mode of the SST. You can set
Ingress ManagR to collect data in either NORMAL or FAST.
At the NORMAL rate, Ingress ManagR takes one snapshot or
ingress scan for each timing frame (.725 sec).
There are two FAST rates, 20 Hz and 80 Hz.
The 20 Hz FAST rate (375 kHz Resolution BW) consists of 14
snapshots or ingress scans for each timing frame. Effectively, this
is 20 Hz and is used for PEAK, AVERAGE or TRAFFIC Detector.
The 80 Hz FAST rate (525 kHz Resolution BW) consists of 58
snapshots or ingress scans for each timing frame. Effectively, this
is 80 Hz and is used for PEAK, AVERAGE or TRAFFIC Detector.
FAST Mode increases the effective sample rate of the ingress
mode spectrum analyzer by enhancing the ability of the SST to
capture transient ingress events.
REMINDER: The SST cannot be used for sweeping when it
is in FAST Mode so you may want to keep Ingress ManagR
in the NORMAL Mode during the times when your field technicians are out doing sweeps with the SSR Field Units (refer
to FAST MODE in the SST RETURN ALIGNMENT SYSTEM
operation manual for more information).
DETECTOR MODE
Once you determine which FAST rate you are going to use, you
must also select whether you want to use the PEAK, AVERAGE
or TRAFFIC Detector Mode.
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Use the PEAK detection scheme to enable the SST to capture
transient ingress events.
The AVERAGE detection scheme is used to reduce the noise floor
displayed on the SST when measuring CW or common path.
NOTE: The AVERAGE detection scheme is an option. If
your SST is not equipped with it, Ingress ManagR will
simply ignore the AVERAGE selection and default to the
PEAK detector scheme. (See DETECTOR in the SST
RETURN ALIGNMENT SYSTEM operation manual.)
The TRAFFIC setting suppports Trilithic’s TraffiControl option and
enables you to measure ingress in active digital channels. By
taking advantage of the “bursty” nature of digital channels, Ingress
ManagR enables you to capture ingress that would be hidden
otherwise. When the digital channel is ON, the TraffiControl
enabled SST does nothing. When the channel is OFF, the SST
peak holds the sample to show the ingress within the channel.
Signals above the TraffiControl setting are disposed of while
ingress below the setting is kept for further review or archiving.
NOTE: The TRAFFIC detection scheme is an option. If
your SST is not equipped with it, Ingress ManagR will
simply ignore the TRAFFIC selection and default to the
PEAK detector scheme. (See DETECTOR in the SST
RETURN ALIGNMENT SYSTEM operation manual.)
Hit Sample Size
Whether you are POLLING or PINGING, you need to establish the
number of times each Node in a particular Hub is queried or
inspected to determine whether its hits limit has been reached.
You also need to determine the number of threshhold breaks (hits)
the Node must have to trigger an alarm event in a given set of hit
samples.
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You set this data by assigning the value for the POLL HIT
SAMPLE SIZE or PING HIT SAMPLE SIZE in conjunction with the
HITS BEFORE ALARM value (which is located on the ALARM
LEVEL Tab, see page 42).
Scan Setting Tab + Alarm Levels Tab
The hit sample size refers to the number of times a Node is
queried or inspected within a sample set. For example, if you
assign the number “10” in the HIT SAMPLE SIZE, the Node is
queried ten times to form a sample set. On the eleventh pass, the
Node hit counters are reset to zero and this pass forms pass
number “1” in the next sample set.
NOTE: Whatever value you assign to the hit sample size is
universal for a Hub. That means that all connected Nodes of
that Hub will be queried the same number of times.
As the ACM-8 or NCM-4 queries the hit sample set, it compares
the number of threshold breaks it finds at a Node with the number
of threshold breaks needed to trigger an alarm event. This number
is set on the POLL HITS TO ALARM and the PING HITS TO
ALARM bars on the ALARM LEVEL Tab. For example, you may
decide that you want to be notified via an alarm event if a Node
reaches threshold break thirty percent of the time. If you are
POLLING, you could assign a value of “3/10 (30%)” on the POLL
HITS BEFORE ALARM. This means that the Node has to reach
it’s threshold break three times out of ten queries within the hit
sample set to trigger the alarm.
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When the threshold breaks trigger an alarm event, the ingress flag
goes true for the next poll and the ingress data is uploaded into
Ingress ManagR.
Finally, keep in mind that Ingress ManagR resets the number of
threshold breaks in several ways:
• When Ingress ManagR starts up, it sets the threshold
break counters to zero for ALL Nodes of ALL Hubs.
• When the number assigned for the Hit Sample Size has
been reached (Nodes have been polled or pinged the
number of passes in a hit sample set), Ingress ManagR
sets the threshold break counters to zero for ALL Nodes of
a specific Hub.
• After an alarm is triggered for a particular Node, Ingress
ManageR sets the threshold break counter to zero for that
specific Node.
For example, let’s say that you want Ingress ManagR to poll (see
POLL METHOD on page 49 for more detailed information on
polling) a Hub that has four Nodes. The first two Nodes are solid
performers that rarely have ingress. The third Node is always a
problem while the fourth Node is just so-so. You decide that it is
most efficient to let Ingress ManagR gather it’s data in hit sample
sets of ten passes. So, set the POLL HIT SAMPLE SIZE bar to
“10”.
This means, that Ingress ManagR will poll ALL the Nodes ten
consecutive times (one hit sample set) and accumulate the
number of hits (times the Nodes reach threshold break). If any
Node reaches its limit (hits before alarm) during a particular
sample set, the alarm for that Node is triggered or activated and
it’s hit counter is reset to zero. Once the tenth poll in the sample
set is completed, Ingress ManagR resets the hits counters for ALL
of the Nodes in that Hub and starts the next hit sample set.
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REMINDER: You set the number of “hits” (times a Node
must exceed threshold within EACH sample set of ten before
an alarm is triggered) on the set up for the Node (see
ALARM LEVEL TAB page 42).
In this example, the POLL HITS TO ALARM counter is set to “3”
or three hits to 10 polls (3/10) which means that thirty percent of
the queries for a sample set must reach threshold break to trigger
an alarm event.
Okay. Ingress ManagR starts polling.
1. On query 1, Node 3 reaches it’s threshold break.
2. On query 2, Node 1 and Node 4 reach threshold. Note that
while there have been THREE “hits”, there are no alarms since
no single Node has reached threshold three times.
3. Queries 3, 4 and 5 are clean.
4. On query 6, Node 3 and Node 2 reach threshold.
5. On query 7, Node 3 reaches threshold. This event triggers an
alarm since the Node has reached threshold break three
times, the limit you set for the POLL HITS TO ALARM counter
(3/10). At this point, Node 3’s threshold break counter is reset
to zero. However, since only seven queries have been completed, Ingress ManagR continues to poll.
6. Queries 8 and 9 are clean.
7. On query 10, Node 4 reaches threshold. Since it has only
reached threshold twice, it does not trigger an alarm. At this
time, the number of queries for a complete hit sample set (10)
has been reached so the threshold break counters are reset to
zero for ALL of the Nodes in that Hub.
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8. On query 11, Node 4 reaches threshold again. However, it still
does not trigger an alarm since this query is actually the first
one it the next hit sample set.
1st Scan Group:
2nd Scan Group
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Node 4 Node 3 Node 2 Node 1
HUB
You use this procedure whether POLLING or PINGING. Remember, however, that the PING Method is much faster than the POLL
Method since the ACM-8 or NCM-4 stores the threshold break and
alarm hits counters and sample size rather than having to go to
the PC to get the information. For this reason, you will want to set
the PING HIT SAMPLE SIZE to a higher number or even brief
durations of ingress will trigger alarm events.
By setting the samples higher (such as 30 out of 100), ingress will
need to be present for longer durations before triggering alarm
events. The values you assign depend entirely on how long
ingress is present before it is declared to be a problem. Basically,
if the ingress sample and hit counter are set higher, ingress must
be present for a LONGER duration before it triggers an alarm
event.
PAGER NUMBER TAB
Select the COM Port and Phone number of the modem to which
you want the Pager Alarm to be issued. The TEST PAGER button
tests the COMM Port and then prompts you to test the pager.
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The PAGER NUMBER setting is useful if you have one or more
technicians servicing specific Hubs. This way, if there is a
problem, you can have the appropriate technician alerted via his
pager.
See CALL PAGER page 67 for detailed information for setting up
the pager phone numbers.
SNMP TAB
Use this tab to set up the traps (alarms) for notifiying up to twelve
SNMP management stations. The traps set the global condition
for the hub with each node having a separate counter. The
variables sent with each trap include information concerning the
hub, SSTs, nodes, as well as type and level of alarm.
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NOTE: Before you set up the SNMP tab, it is a good idea to
set up the station (see STATION SETUP page 77).
To enable the traps, you must first enter the NAME and IP ADDRESS/DNS NAME for up to twelve of the management boxes.
Click on the NAME box of MGR NO 1. The cursor changes to a
text entry cursor. Type in the desired name for that manager.
Then, click on the IP ADDRESS box and enter the IP address or
DNS name.
IMPORTANT: The IP ADDRESS/DNS NAME box must be
filled in for the traps to be set.
Once the name and IP address data has been entered, click on
the trap conditions of which this manager needs to be notified.
For example, you may want your systems operator notified of any
problems with Ingress ManagR itself so you would click the
APPLICATION INFORMATION and APPLICATION ERROR boxes
as well as the COMMUNICATIONS ERROR box. A check mark
appears below the trap to indicate that it is active.
Fill in the additional manager data in the same way. Type in the
Name, IP Address and assign the traps to each. For instance,
you might want certain managers to be notified of minor ingress
problems which you can designate by clicking the INGRESS
HIGH LEVEL ALARM 1 box. More senior managers may only
need to be notified of more serious problems so you would click
on the INGRESS HIGH LEVEL ALARM 4 box. Managers responsible for the entire return path system may need to be informed of
all alarm situations so you would click on all the boxes.
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NOTE: If a manager needs to be alerted about lower level
alarms, notification of higher level alarms will also be
required. Only the LOWEST alarm level trap needs to be
selected. For example, if you check the HIGH LEVEL 2
ALARM box, the HIGH LEVEL 3 and HIGH LEVEL 4 ALARM
boxes are checked as well.
Once the manager boxes are assigned, you need to set the
ALARM/COMM trap settings.
Ingress ManagR enables you to select from different ALARM/
COMM TRAP Modes. These modes, when used in conjunction
with the CONSECUTIVE ALARMS TO TRAP and CONSECUTIVE
COMM ERRORS TO TRAP settings, determine the type and
frequency of alarm and error traps to be sent.
NOTE: These “consecutive” requirements apply to alarm
conditions which are determined by the “x of y” settings you
defined on the ALARM LEVEL tab (see page 42) and SCAN
SETTINGS tab (see page 47). Refer also to HIT SAMPLE
SIZE (page 54) for more information regarding the “x of y”
settings.
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There are four ALARM/COMM TRAP Modes used in conjunction
with the CONSECUTIVE ALARM TO TRAP and CONSECUTIVE
COMM ERRORS TO TRAP settings:
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ALL EVENTS – A trap is sent each time an alarm or error
condition is met. The NOTIFY/UPGRADE and CLEAR/
DOWNGRADE settings are not applied.
UPGRADE ONLY – A trap is sent each time the severity of
an alarm condition or error increases. The NOTIFY
UPGRADE settings are used to specify the number of consecutive increased alarm level conditions or errors that must
be met before a trap is sent. The CLEAR/DOWNGRADE
settings are not applied nor is there an indication that an error
or node ingress has cleared or decreased.
UPGRADE/CLEAR – A trap is sent each time the severity of
an alarm condition or error increases. It is also sent when an
error condition or node ingress has cleared. The NOTIFY/
UPGRADE settings specify the number of consecutive
increased alarm level conditions or errors that must be met
before a trap is sent. The CLEAR/DOWNGRADE settings
specify the number of consecutive clear conditions or nonerror samples that must be met before a trap is sent.
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UPGRADE/DOWNGRADE – A trap is sent each time the
severity of the alarm condition or error increases or decreases.
The NOTIFY/UPGRADE settings specify the number of
consecutive increased alarm level conditions or errors that
must be met before a trap is sent. The CLEAR/DOWNGRADE settings specify the number of consecutive decreased
(or clear) alarm level conditions or errors that must be met
before a trap is sent.
CONFIGURE
Use this tab to configure a Hub which contains an ACM-8 or NCM4. This menu can read an ACM-8’s or NCM-4’s current configuration or it can write new data to an existing configuration.
NOTE: You should have ALL the other tabs set up before
you configure the ACM-8 or NCM-4 since it will attempt to
start scanning as soon as it is configured.
You MUST have the PC and the ACM-8 or NCM-4 connected
via which ever connection method you’ve decided to use (see
CONNECTION METHOD page 26). You can use LIVE
MONITOR Mode to confirm that the connections are good
BEFORE you configure a Hub.
Click on the CONFIGURE tab to bring up the menu.
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When you click on the READ HUB or CONFIGURE HUB button,
Ingress ManagR establishes a connection depending on how you
have set up the COMMUNICATION tab (see COMMUNICATION
TAB on page 40). It then analyzes the ACM-8 or NCM-4 for
firmware version. If the ACM-8 or NCM-4 is compatible, all of the
Hub information is uploaded (READ HUB) or downloaded (CONFIGURE HUB) from/to the ACM-8 or NCM-4.
NOTE: If an SST or Node is named UNUSED, then the data
may be downloaded into the ACM-8 or NCM-4 but the SST or
Node will not be scanned. When a Hub is controlled by an
NCM-4, which only supports four SSTs, SSTs #5 - #8 should
be set to “UNUSED” since they don’t exist.
The Date and Time are the last data to be uploaded or downloaded.
Older ACM-8/NCM-4 Versions
If you are using older versions of the ACM-8 or NCM-4, these units
will not support all of Ingress ManagR Version 3.X features. If
Ingress ManagR detects such devices in your system, it will
prompt you through the configure procedure suitable to these
devices with a series of pop-up windows.
Select Settings
In order for Ingress ManagR to communicate with one or more
9580 SSTs or 9581 SSTs equipped with the ACM-8 or NCM-4
Communications Manager option, you need to tell the application
how to collect system information.
Set up Ingress ManagR with the following information:
• Alarm Setup (page 65)
• Scan Strategy (page 70)
• Station Setup (page 77)
REMINDER: Once you have completed your connections
and configured your setup, you can use LIVE MONITOR
MODE to test the communications link for each SST.
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ALARM SETUP
Ingress ManagR’s ALARM function is designed to notify you when
an ingress threshold is exceeded.
You may set one or more alarm events.
REMINDER: The more alarm events you select, the more
time will be spent in executing them resulting in a reduced
ingress collection rate. Therefore, select only those events
you really need. The most time consuming is Pager dialing.
To select an alarm event, simply click on the alarm event’s icon on
the left of the window. The alarm’s text and TEST button will be
activated.
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Once you have enabled an alarm event, you can test it by clicking
on the event’s TEST button.
There is a slight difference between the way the POLL and PING
methods handle alarms. With the PING Method, the ACM-8 has
satisfied all the PING alarm criteria and sets off the alarm as soon
as it is pinged. When using the POLL Method, Ingress ManagR
has to compare the events to the criteria and will not set off any
alarms until the POLL alarm criteria has been met.
The ALARM ARMING screen contains several different alarm
events:
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Play.WAV File (page 67)
Display Message (page 67)
Call Pager (page 67)
Log to Database File (page 69)
Send SNMP Traps (page 69)
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Play .WAV File
The Play .WAV File event notifies you audibly by activating a sound file whenever the ingress threshold is
exceeded. The default sound file, included with Ingress ManagR,
is ALARM.WAV. If you wish, you may change the tone of the
alarm to any type of sound. However, the new .WAV file should be
located in the Ingress ManagR folder.
When you double-click on the event’s filename text box, you are
prompted to enter a .WAV filename via a browse dialog.
NOTE: If your system has a sound card, Ingress ManagR
will play the WAV file. If your system does not have a sound
card, Ingress ManagR will use a beep for this event.
The Play .WAV File alarm event obeys the hold off which is set in
IDENTIFICATION.
Display Message
The Display Message event places alarm messages
(BLACK text) which contain the Frequency and Amplitude of the offending Ingress point in the STATUS BAR.
The Display Message event obeys the hold off set in IDENTIFICATION.
Call Pager
The Call Pager event notifies you via a pager when an
Ingress threshold is exceeded. You can assign a unique
number to each individual Hub. This is useful if you have technicians assigned to specific Hubs and want the alarm to notify the
technician responsible for that Hub via his pager that there is a
problem (see PAGER NUMBER TAB page 58).
There are several ways that you can set up the Call Pager alarm
event. You can have it simply display the phone number of the
Hub with the alarm, you can display the last four digits of the
Hub’s phone number along with the pertinent SST and Node, and
you can even assign internal codes within the call back to your
own specifications.
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Regardless of which method you use, you will need to include a
series of commas within the Call Pager. These commas translate
as pauses which ensures proper connection between the pager
company and Ingress ManagR.
For instance, if you have to dial “9” to get an outside line, you
would set up Call Pager with “9,”. In this case, the comma serves
as a pause to allow time for the system to switch from the internal
line to the outside line. Commas at the end of the Call Pager
serve as pauses to allow sufficient connection time.
Ingress ManagR has no voice recognition and you don’t want the
program to blurt out its messages before the pager company is
ready to receive them.
By adding the commas, you ensure that Ingress ManagR waits
with its alarm messages long enough for the pager company to
transition from answering and acknowledging the connection to
being ready to receive Ingress ManagR’s transmissions. Each
comma represents two seconds. It may take you several tries to
get this connection set up. For this reason, you should test your
pager number parameters using the TEST PAGER command (see
PAGER NUMBER TAB page 58) to make sure that the connection
between Ingress ManagR and the pager company is viable and
that you’ve included enough pauses (commas) for message
transmissions.
With Call Pager, any alarms that Ingress ManagR receives will be
displayed on your pager. Below, are examples of the available
formats for sending alarm data to a pager.
Information for Examples:
Pager Number = 123-4567
Hub Phone Number = 987-6543
SST#4, Node 1 has ingress at 39 MHz
Pager Code Entered in Ingress ManagR
9,1234567,,,,,,
9,1234567,,,,,,X
9,1234567,,,,,,Y
9,1234567,,,,,,Z
9,1234567,,,,,,0001111 (7 digits or your choice)
9,1234567,,,,,,0001112222 (10 digits or your
choice)
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Pager Display
987 6543
410 6543
410 987 6543
410 390 6543
000 1111
000 111 2222
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NOTE: If you are using the EI-1 Ethernet Interface rather
than a modem, you can use the IP Addresses of the devices
rather than phone numbers. If you are using the FI-1 Fiber
Interface or the direct connection method, you may assign
any seven digit number you desire.
In the first example (9,1234567,,,,,,), you are merely displaying the
phone number of the Hub.
In the second example (9,1234567,,,,,,X), you will get the SST#
(4), Node# (1), 0 (which serves as a spacer), followed by the last
four digits of the Hub phone number (6543).
In the third example (9,1234567,,,,,,Y), you will get the SST# (4),
Node# (1), 0 (which serves as a spacer), followed by the Hub’s
entire phone number (987-6543).
In the fourth example (9,1234567,,,,,,Z), you will get the SST# (4),
Node# (1), 0 (which serves as a spacer), three digits indicating the
frequency of the offending ingress (390) followed by the last four
digits of the Hub phone number (6543).
Examples five and six are custom pages which you can assign.
For example, in example six, the digit 2 might be used to indicate
that it is Hub #2 that has an alarm.
The Call Pager event obeys the hold off set in IDENTIFICATION.
Log to Database File
The Log to Database File event writes the alarm data
obtained by Ingress ManagR into a log file for future
review or processing. The default filename is ALARM.MDB.
When you double-click on the event’s filename text box, you are
prompted to enter a filename via a browse dialog.
Send SNMP Traps
If you are using Ingress ManagR’s SNMP capability, set
the desired traps (alarms) in the SNMP Tab of the IDENtification window (see page 59). Once the traps are designated,
activate this alarm event.
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SCAN STRATEGY
At the heart of Ingress ManagR is the SCAN STRATEGY. Ingress
ManagR uses scan strategies to define automatically how you are
going to monitor your system. The Scan Strategy scripts can be
as simple as just having Ingress ManagR POLL a single Hub every
few hours to as complex as alternating the POLL and PING
methods throughout the day for a large number of Hubs with
different day/night limits and configurations. These scan strategies turn your 9580 SSTs, 9581 SSTs and TPXs into a powerful
status monitoring system.
REMINDER: Depending on your PC’s configuration, you may
notice a time lag between the Window’s time display and the
PC’s real time clock. Use Ingress ManagR’s TIME
SYNCHRONIZATION option (see page 151) to eliminate this
time lag.
In this section, you’ll be shown the various scan icons and be
given a walk through for building a basic scan strategy. For ideas
for building more complex strategies, see SAMPLE SCAN
STRATEGIES page 133.
To enter the SCAN STRATEGY screen, click on the SETUP Menu
and then on SCAN STRATEGIES. This opens the SCAN STRATEGY template.
At the top of the SCAN STRATEGY screen are three function
icons: CREATE NEW SCAN STRATEGY, OPEN, SAVE AS. You
may use these icons or select the desired function under the FILE
Menu.
CREATE NEW SCAN STRATEGY - use this icon
to build a new scan strategy.
OPEN - use this icon to open an existing Scan
Strategy. You can then edit the script.
SAVE AS - use this icon to save the new or
edited Scan Strategy.
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There are eleven functions which you can use in any combination:
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“Wait Until”
“Wait For”
“Log All to Disk”
“Check Alarm”
“Scan Hub”
“Scan 1 Hub”
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“If...Break”
“Goto Step”
“Ping Hub” (ACM-8/NCM-4)
“Config Hub” (ACM-8/NCM-4)
“Delete Step”
Script Step Icon Description
Each of the eleven functions is represented by an icon:
“Wait Until” Icon enables you to select a particular
time of day for your script to proceed to the next step.
“Wait For” enables you to select a length of time for
your script to pause before proceeding to the next step.
“Log All to Disk” enables Ingress ManagR to write the
scanned data into a file for later review. When using the
POLL Method, all of the data will be logged to the file.
When using PING, the alarm data will be logged to the
file. You may also have multiple files which enables you
to collect data for individual Hubs.
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If you have checked the Maintain Special Strategy
Single Record Database “STRATEGY.MDB” in the
FILE CONTROL SETTINGS window (see page 33),
the data will be saved to a designated database.
“Check Alarm” enables the Alarm Event firing during a
scan if a threshold is exceeded. You should have at
least one of these in your strategy script.
“Scan Hub” allows you to access and gather specific
data from a Hub.
“Scan 1 Hub” allows you to dial up and gather specific
data from a Hub. This step maintains the phone link to
the designated Hub rather than hanging up. It is useful
when you are constructing a tight loop and do not want
to keep re-dialing the same number.
NOTE: This function is NOT recommended if
you are using the NCM-4.
“If...Break” enables you to have the scan strategy ignore
the next “Go to Step” command that it encounters if the
hour matches the entered one. This is useful to set up
more complex strategies by scheduling various data
collection activities at certain times of the day.
“Go to Step” enables you to build a scan loop by jumping the scan back to a particular step.
The two following steps are available for the ACM-8 or NCM-4
Only:
“Ping Hub” instructs Ingress ManagR to request (or
“ping”) the ACM-8 or NCM-4 to check for any alarm
flags. If the ACM-8 or NCM-4 has not noted any alarms
since the previous “ping”, Ingress ManagR will proceed
directly to the next Hub. If an alarm was noted, the data
will be logged to disk, trigger the Pager Call alarm or
whatever you have designated as the appropriate action
in the event of an alarm based on what you set up (see
IDENTIFICATION SETUP page 35).
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“Configure Hub” (used only with ACM-8 or NCM-4)
performs the same task as the CONFIGURE tab in the
IDENTIFICATION SETUP Menu (see CONFIGURE
page 63).
By adding this icon to the script, you can broaden your
strategy to be able to switch alarm criteria for the same
Hub at different times of the day by assigning different
“aliases” or names to the same Hub and then reconfiguring that Hub for different sample rates, threshold
breaks, etc. This enables you to change ping limits
under the strategy control.
“Delete Step” enables you to delete or “trash” a function
step (available for ACM-8, and NCM-4).
Building a Scan Strategy
When you first open the SCAN STRATEGY screen, you must
decide whether you are going to OPEN an existing strategy to edit
or start a NEW strategy.
HOT TIP
Chapter 12 (see page 133) contains run throughs of the sample
Scan Strategies (which came with Ingress ManagR). You can
refer to these to get an idea of just how versatile Ingress
ManagR can be.
NEW STRATEGY
To build a NEW strategy, click on the CREATE SCAN STRATEGY
icon or select NEW under the FILE Menu.
To build the strategy, click on the desired icon, drag the icon to
the main window of the screen below Step/Action/Special and
drop the icon in place by releasing the mouse button.
This example illustrates the following scenario for Greenwood Hub:
activates alarms, logs all data to disk, waits until 3:52 PM, “pings”
Greenwood once, waits for 2 hours, scans one hub for ingress,
hangs up the line and waits until the next day at the same time.
This scenario only logs or fires alarm events that reach threshold
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First, drag the “Check Alarm” icon to the main window.
The SCAN STRATEGY screen displays the “Check Alarm” icon at
Step 1.
Next, drag the “Log all to Disk” icon into place.
NOTE: When you drag the “Log all to Disk” icon into the
scan strategy, Ingress ManagR prompts you to name the
file. The default is HUBLOG.MDB but you can rename it to
suit your own needs.
Once you have named the file, the “Log all to Disk” icon appears
at Step 2 with the file name you have designated.
Next, drag the “Wait Until” icon into position. Follow the prompts
to fill in the desired time.
NOTE: Ingress ManagR operates from a 24 hour clock so
3:51 PM is entered as “15:51:17”.
Once you finish filling in the hour, minutes and seconds in the
prompts, the SCAN STRATEGY screen displays the “Wait Until”
information for Step 3.
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Repeat the drag & drop process for the “Ping Hub”, “Wait For”
“Scan 1 Hub” and “Go to Step” icons. In each case, you will be
prompted for the necessary information by Ingress ManagR.
When you have finished the icon drag & drop procedure, your
SCAN STRATEGY screen should look similar to the following:
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As you fill in the steps in the main window, you may notice that
the later steps aren’t visible. To enlarge the window, point your
cursor at the bottom part of the window frame until it turns into a
double vertical arrow and then drag down on the frame.
cursor turns to arrow,
drag down frame
NOTE: You build the strategy as you go so, if you want to
use the “Wait Until” icon first, you need to drag & drop it first.
The Scan Strategy executes one step at a time. If the first
step is “Wait Until” 15:51:17, Ingress ManagR will wait until
3:51 PM to run the strategy. If it is before that time on the
day you set up the strategy, Ingress ManagR will run it on
the same day. If it is after the target time, Ingress ManagR
will not run the strategy until the following day.
HOT TIP
You may edit the building screen at any time during the process.
If you need to add a step between two steps already in place
(such as steps 2 and 3), you can click on step 3, drag the desired
new icon up to it and a new step 3 will be inserted between step 2
and the old step 3.
You can also edit existing steps. For example, if you need to
change the “Wait Until” time in the above sample from 3:51 PM to
4:05 PM, you can double click on the text line of “15:51:17”. This
brings up the pop up window for the “Wait Until” icon so that you
simply type in the new time. In this case 16:05:00. If you wish to
see which Nodes have been selected in a scan icon, just doubleclick on the icon.
To delete an existing step from the Scan Strategy, simply drag and
drop any part of the step onto the DELETE (trash can) icon.
Recheck your GOTOS after you delete any step.
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Once your strategy is set up the way you want, go to the FILE
Menu and select SAVE AS or click on the SAVE AS icon.
After you are satisfied with the script and have saved it, go to
STATUS MONITOR to begin using your Scan Strategy.
REMINDER: If you are building a scan strategy for a single
Hub and wish to minimize the time between POLLS, use the
SCAN 1 HUB icon. This keeps the phone line to that Hub
open so that Ingress ManagR does not need to keep
re-dialing and reconnecting to that location.
OPEN STRATEGY
If you wish to modify or update an existing Scan Strategy, go to
the FILE Menu and select OPEN or click on the OPEN icon.
STATION SETUP
If you are using Ingress ManagR’s SNMP feature (see SNMP
COMPATIBLE page 7 and SNMP TAB page 59), you will need to
assign the application level SNMP MIB variables. Go to the
SETUP menu and select STATION SETUP.
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Fill in the information in the COMPANY OR DOMAIN NAME and
PHYSICAL OR LOGICAL LOCATION NAME boxes. This enables
the recipient of the SNMP traps (such as a system or section
manager) to pinpoint which station is sending the SNMP trap
information.
The STATION SETUP window also enables you to set the disk
thresholds for the specific station or PC. For example, you may
want a manager to be notified when the PC has only 200000
KBytes of space remaining on the hard drive. If you put the
number 200000 in the MINIMUM DISK SPACE BEFORE
APPINFO TRAP box, Ingress ManagR sends an SNMP trap when
available disk space is at 200000 KBytes or below. This way, you
can make sure disk space remains available for operations and
data collection.
Once you have filled in the three boxes, click the OK button.
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STATUS
MONITOR
MODE
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Ingress ManagR permits you to collect data from your 9580/9581
system at specified times by using a script developed in the
SCAN STRATEGY screen. This is particularly useful if you wish
to collect information at specific times of day or at regular intervals such as every four hours.
CAUTION: Using an SST’s front panel controls while
scanning the SST via STATUS MONITOR Mode, is not
recommended. This can cause inaccurate data gathering.
Start Status Monitor Mode
To start the STATUS MONITOR Mode, click on the MODE Menu
and then on STATUS MONITOR.
Operation
Once you have entered the STATUS MONITOR Mode, you need
to open a Scan Strategy which was developed earlier (see SCAN
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Click on the OPEN button along the STATUS MONITOR
window’s top bar.
This brings up the list of the strategy scripts. Select the desired
Scan Strategy. When the desired strategy is open, the right side
screen displays the strategy’s information.
NOTE: Although you can highlight the various steps which
appear in the screen, you cannot edit them. If you
need to change one or more steps, you must return to the
SCAN STRATEGY setup screen to affect any changes in the
script.
The status boxes in the top panel indicate the strategy’s status as
it progresses: Hub Identifier, Hub Phone Number/IP Address,
SST/Node being scanned, Check Alarm status and Log to Disk
status.
The bottom panel indicates the status of the most recent scan by
showing Hub/SST/Node Names, Alarm Status, Time of Scan,
and Elapsed Time since scan occurred.
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The HOLD NEXT ALARM box enables polling scan results to
appear somewhat like ping results; where only the alarm conditions are reported. However, ALL of the scans are still logged to
disk if the LOG TO DISK function is enabled.
Once you have confirmed that the strategy is correct, click on the
START button. The Scan Strategy will be operational and will
begin collecting data according to the parameters set in the
SCAN STRATEGY screen.
To stop the process at any time, click on the STOP button.
Scan Strategy Status Mode
The SCAN STRATEGY STATUS Mode is a handy tool for
assessing your system’s performance at any time. It enables you
to view the up to the minute status of ALL nodes in your system
while you continue to scan. The status is updated as a background task; at a rate of about 20 hubs per minute.
To view the scan strategy status, click on OPTIONS and then
VIEW STATUS.
NOTE: You may reset the status of all nodes in the status
tree and SNMP MIB by clicking on OPTIONS and then
CLEAR SCAN STATS. You can also reset the status by
restarting Ingress ManagR. CLEAR ALARMS will reset only
the alarm status (red indicator) in the tree.
This brings up a tree structure which is similar to WINDOWS
EXPLORER. The Hub, SST and Node data each occupy a level
in the tree.
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When the tree first appears, it shows only the Hub level.
To move between the levels, use the same procedure you use to
move around in WINDOWS EXPLORER. When you click on a
specific Node, the window displays the current status, last alarm
and the total alarms for that Node.
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MONITOR
MODE
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Ingress ManagR permits you to view sweep and ingress data
from your 9580/9581 as it occurs via the LIVE MONITOR Mode.
This mode enables you to select specific Hub and Node information which you may wish to view. You can then print or save a
trace as it happens.
REMINDER: You can use LIVE MONITOR MODE to test the
communications setup for each SST.
The LIVE MONITOR Mode also utilizes alarm settings so that
you can save and/or print the alarm traces once they have been
triggered.
If your SST is equipped with the ACM-8 or NCM-4, the live data
can be saved to a special database which can be used in EXCEL
for detailed graphical analysis (see FILE CONTROL SETTINGS
on page 33).
CAUTION: Using LIVE MONITOR to connect to an SST AS
A MASTER USER when that SST is being scanned (within
Status Monitor) is not recommended. LIVE MONITOR
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Start Live Monitor Mode
To start the LIVE MONITOR Mode, click on the MODE Menu and
then on LIVE MONITOR.
Quick Overview
The LIVE MONITOR screen consists of several icons and
windows.
In the center of the screen is the TRACE VIEW window. As you
gather information, it appears in graphic format within this viewing
area.
A floating cursor in the TRACE VIEW window displays the
measurement for the current location of the cursor. Use this
feature to identify the frequency and amplitude of a point on the
trace.
Below the TRACE VIEW window are the buttons which comprise
the Hub Data Specifics. You can use these to select: the active
Hub, SST and Node; Mode (ingress, sweep, fast); Limits; Maximum (peak hold); toggle between FAST MODE allowed or not
allowed; Detector (traffic, peak, average); and the Rate/RBW.
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NOTE: When you first connect in LIVE Mode, Ingress
ManagR will interrogate the 9580/9581 SST in order to match
the Mode, Detector and Rate/RBW selections to the unit’s
capabilities and current operating mode.
When in LIVE Mode, if one mode excludes another, the excluded
mode’s settings are grayed out to ensure that you don’t select
them by mistake.
REMINDER: Activating the fast mode takes the system offline so that field technicians will be unable to use the
selected SST for sweep (this is also true of ZOOM Mode).
To prevent inadvertent interruption of the sweep function, you
can disallow the FAST and ZOOM Modes (via the FAST
MODE button) so they do not appear when using the MODE
button. (See the NOTE in the discussion of the FAST MODE
button on page 87 for an additional option.)
NOTE: “Allowing” a mode does not activate the mode. You
need to press the MODE key:
Sweep
Ingress
Fast
Zoom
REMINDER: If your system is using the NCM-4 and you are
not the designated MASTER user, you cannot select modes.
At the top of the LIVE MONITOR screen are several icons.
These include the Hub Command icons for connecting and
disconnecting the communications link, the PRINT, SAVE, and
APPLY buttons.
You can customize your Ingress Scanning (for SSTs equipped
with FAST or AVERAGING Mode) by changing the FAST Mode
detector method and node sample rate/resolution bandwidth. In
FAST Mode, the detector method can be either PEAK, TRAFFIC
or AVERAGE. The node sample rate/resolution bandwidth can
be either 20Hz/375kHz or 80Hz/525kHz.
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Operation
There are several actions required for using the LIVE MONITOR
Mode.
CONNECT TO HUB
In order to use the LIVE MONITOR Mode to collect current data,
you must have your connection method set up (see CONNECTION METHOD page 26).
Once the hardware is set up, click on the CONNECT TO HUB
icon.
The HUB ID window pops up. Select the desired Hub, SST and
Node and then click on the CLOSE button. This enables Ingress
ManagR to establish the communications link between your PC
and 9580/9581 system.
NOTE: You can confirm the activity by observing the
progress messages in the STATUS BAR at the bottom of the
screen. In addition, if you have checked the SHOW CMD/
RESP STATUS command in the OPTIONS Menu,
CONNECTION METHOD and COMMAND/RESPONSE
boxes appear in the upper RIGHT corner of the LIVE
MONITOR window.
HUB DATA SPECIFICS
Once you have connected to the Hub, you can select the specific
data you wish to collect using the buttons at the bottom of the
screen.
The buttons include:
Hub –
Selects the active Hub from list.
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SST –
Selects the active SST from list. Use the > button
to go to the next SST in the current Hub.
Node – Selects the active Node from list. Use the > button
to go to the next Node in the current SST.
NOTE: When cycling through the available hubs, SSTs and
nodes, Ingress ManagR will attempt to maintain it’s connection. This can be a problem if it encounters a hub, SST or
node that is not being used but is not labelled as such.
Encountering these non-existent components will cause
error messages and will cause the LIVE MODE to be disconnected. To make sure that LIVE MODE cycles through
the available components correctly, make sure to rename
such components as “UNUSED”. This way, LIVE MODE
will simply pass on to the next component.
Mode –
Selects the desired mode: sweep, ingress
(normal), fast, or zoom (if fast and zoom are
allowed under the FAST MODE button.
NOTE: If you’re connected to an NCM-4 but
are not the Master, you will NOT be able to
change the mode.
Limits –
Use to hide or display the current limits for the
selected Node. Use the “draw first” and “draw
last” setting to bring the desired trace forward.
Max –
Displays the peak value of ingress. This is
useful for capturing and holding the peak value
of infrequent/intermittent signals (FAST Mode
ingress data already supplies peak values
unless the detector method is AVERAGE).
Fast Mode – Disables the FAST Mode feature. When it
displays “NOT ALLOWED”, FAST Mode and
ZOOM Mode will not show as a setting under
the MODE button.
NOTE: You may wish to disallow ZOOM Mode
regardless of this setting. You can do this by
unchecking ALLOW ZOOM MODE in the
OPTIONS Menu.
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Detector –
Changes the detector method (Traffic, Peak,
Average).
Rate/RBW – Changes the FAST Mode node sample rate/
resolution bandwidth (20Hz/375kHz, 80Hz/525kHz).
To select a button, simply click on it. There is a delay before the
action is taken. This allows multiple mode changes or selections
to be made; thus avoiding unnecessary mode switching and
undesired data gathering.
NOTE: While viewing the data, you may print or save at any
time during the scan by clicking on the PRINT and SAVE
icons.
You may also change mode, SST, Node and unit at any time
while you are monitoring live data.
NOTE: The information box displays the data for the Hub,
SST and Node which are being viewed.
LIMIT THRESHOLD SETUP (APPLY)
You can edit the limit thresholds while you are viewing the ingress
of a particular node. To manipulate thresholds from the LIVE
screen, activate the LIMITS button.
Once the button is activated, click with your LEFT mouse button
near the point on the trace that you wish to modify.
The nearest point on the .375 MHz frequency grid shows a
square marker. Use the cursor arrows or the arrow keys on the
numeric keypad to move up or down in level or higher/lower in
frequency.
The APPLY button becomes active once you start using the
cursor arrows to make a change.
When you are satisfied, press the APPLY button and the
changes take effect. This enables you to make level changes
without exiting LIVE Mode and making new selections in the
Identification Setup tabs.
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If you wish to turn the cursor OFF, simply click with the RIGHT
mouse button. You can also hide the traces by selecting HIDE
with the LIMITS button.
You can set thresholds in any of the SST’s detector modes. If
desired, you can build a long term picture of the ingress on a
node by using the PEAK HOLD feature before you edit the limits
threshold for a specific node.
PRINT DATA
While you are monitoring the live data, you can print any trace
that you see as it happens. Click on the PRINT icon.
Your print out depends on what parameters you selected for the
scan.
If you selected the MAX icon, the print out will contain the START
and STOP times which were used to accumulate the peak
readings of the trace.
NOTE: The STOP time is always the moment that you
click on the PRINT icon.
SAVE COMMAND
As you monitor the live data, you may wish to save the information to a file for later review. Click on the SAVE icon to save the
currently displayed data as a database record.
Data is saved (appended) to a file named QUICKSAV.SST. This
is a special file type (proprietary format) that contains sweep and
ingress data as well as current alarm threshold data. If the mode
is INGRESS or FAST, the ingress data is also saved (appended)
to a file named QUICKSAV.MDB in the standard format. Either
file may be played back at a later time.
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NOTE: You can use the PLAYBACK Menu to go into the file
to review and parse out portions of the file. You can delete
these files at any time using Windows Explorer (see page 91
for more information regarding PLAYBACK operations).
MESSAGE DISPLAY
The right corner has a display area where messages may be
displayed during the LIVE scan. The possible messages are:
• Connecting – This message is displayed while Ingress
ManagR is establishing a connection and interrogating the
SST abou its features and setup.
• Sweep Off-Line – When the SST is selected to be in FAST
Mode, field pieces (SSR, RSVP, RSVPII) cannot sweep.
• TPX In Use (NCM-4) – When a Master User locks a TPX
on a bank, ALL other banks are frozen to the old data until
the Master User logs off the NCM-4.
DISCONNECT THE HUB
When you have finished scanning, printing and/or saving the
data, you need to close the link. Click on the DISCONNECT
FROM HUB icon.
The STATUS BAR should indicate that LIVE MONITOR Mode
has disconnected successfully and shut down.
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PLAYBACK
SCREEN
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Introduction
You use the PLAYBACK screen to review records which were
taken via the STATUS MONITOR Mode or saved from a LIVE
MONITOR Mode session.
To start the PLAYBACK screen, click on the MODE Menu and
then on PLAYBACK.
Quick Overview
The PLAYBACK screen consists of several features and functions.
WARNING: Attempting to Playback database files (including
archive files) that are being updated by an executing Scan
Strategy may result in unpredictable behavior and/or data
loss, and is not recommended. The recommended approach
to viewing such files is to use Windows Explorer to make a
temporary copy of the a database file for use with Playback.
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In the center of the screen is the TRACE VIEW window. Once
you open a file, the information appears in graphic format within
this viewing area.
A floating cursor in the TRACE VIEW window displays the
measurement for the current location of the cursor. As you move
the cursor around the trace, you will note that the measurement
changes.
Above the TRACE VIEW window are several icon controls.
These include the OPEN, CLOSE and PRINT buttons. To the
right of the buttons are three RECORD icons which you can use
to parse out and save individual trace records of interest.
Below the TRACE VIEW window are several controls and text
boxes which comprise the RECORD INFORMATION AND
CONTROL panel. These controls enable you to control playback
functions and configure how the trace records of the selected file
will be filtered and viewed during PLAYBACK.
Operation
To perform the PLAYBACK screen’s functions, click on the
various buttons and icons contained in the screen. Several major
functions, such as opening or closing a file or exiting, may also
be accomplished using the menus.
OPEN FILE
Before you can use the PLAYBACK screen to view and print
records, you must first open a file or database. Click on the
OPEN icon or the OPEN command under FILE.
Ingress ManagR opens a browse dialogue box which contains a
list of existing files. PLAYBACK Mode can play .MDB database
files (the data format used by Ingress ManagR 3.x) and .SST files
(data format used by Ingress ManagR 2.x and earlier). Select the
desired file and click the dialogue box’s OPEN button. The
graphical representation of the first trace record of the selected
file appears in the TRACE VIEW window.
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VIEWING TRACE DATA
Trace records are viewed one at a time. Text boxes in the
RECORD INFORMATION AND CONTROL panel display:
• Hub, SST and Node each trace record represents
• Mode (Ingress, Sweep or Zoom)
• Time Stamp which indicates when the trace data was
gathered
• Record Number relative to the total number of records in
the file
If you wish the alarm limit traces to be shown along with the
ingress trace, click the LIMITS button. Select DRAW FIRST to
have the alarm limits drawn first (ingress trace on top). Select
DRAW LAST to have the alarm limits drawn on top of the ingress
trace or HIDE to show only the ingress trace.
NOTE: Database files do NOT contain alarm limit data. The
alarm limits defined for that Hub/SST/Node in the Identifications dialogue are used, providing that the Hub Name in the
trace record is defined in Identifications. If the Hub Name is
not defined, no alarm limit traces will be shown.
If necessary, you can zoom in on a displayed trace to enlarge a
specific area so that you can view it in detail. To zoom in, place
the cursor on the section of the trace you wish to view. Click &
drag with the LEFT mouse button to outline the desired section.
Repeat this procedure until the section is the size you need. To
reset the image to normal resolution, click once with the RIGHT
mouse button.
PLAYBACK CONTROL
Use the PLAY button to sequence through the records automatically.
Use the MODE button to select single or repetitive play.
Use the SPEED slider to adjust playback speed. Speed may
also be set from the OPTIONS Menu, in which case it is specified
as the number of seconds per frame (record).
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RECORD SELECTION
When the selected file is not actively being played back, several
trace record selection features are enabled.
Click or click and drag the SELECT scroll bar to scan quickly
through the records to find an ingress outbreak or records of a
specific time stamp.
Use the record filter to restrict playback or record selection to a
single node of interest. Click the FILTER button to select between ALL NODES (no restrictions) and THIS NODE (only
display instances of the currently displayed node). With the filter
set to THIS NODE, the SELECT scroll bar enables you to scan
through the file as if there were only records pertaining to the
node in which you are interested. This is useful if you are trying
to track the ingress for a particular node and your file also
contains data from hundreds of other nodes.
As an alternative to using the SELECT scroll bar with the filter set
to THIS NODE, you may also use the FIND NEXT and FIND
PREVIOUS commands in the EDIT Menu. Selecting FIND NEXT
(or pressing the F3 key) sets the filter to THIS NODE and
searches for the next record of the currently displayed node.
Selecting FIND PREVIOUS (or pressing SHIFT + the F3 key)
sets the filter to THIS NODE and searches for the previous
record of the currently displayed node.
Use the HUB button to select from a list of Hubs in the PLAYBACK file. Use the SST button to select from a list of the SSTs in
the selected Hub. Use the NODE button to select from a list of
Nodes in the selected SST. All three buttons access the same
node selection dialogue, although with Hub/SST choice restrictions as appropriate. After selecting your choice of Hub/SST/
Node, the file will be searched to find the next record of that node
and the trace record will be displayed. The THIS NODE record
filter will be selected automatically.
NOTE: A table of Hubs, SSTs and Nodes, represented in
the selected file, is generated the first time the HUB, SST or
NODE button is accessed after the file is selected. This
process may take several seconds depending on the number
of records in the file.
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PRINT PLAYBACK INFORMATION
Once the desired record trace and/or alarm trace event is displayed in the TRACE VIEW window, you can print it out by
clicking on the PRINT icon.
SORT RECORDS
A single file developed in the LIVE MONITOR and STATUS
MONITOR Modes may contain numerous records reflecting all
three modes (ingress, sweep, zoom). You may choose to
separate or parse out the records for more convenient file
management (i.e. put all ingress records together or combine all
records taken from a specific node).
The PLAYBACK screen has three RECORD icons which you can
use to parse out and save your records.
The first icon can be ingress ONLY and is saved in a database
*.MDB file format. You use this MDB format to collect the ingress
data for later viewing and comparison when you don’t want to
take the time to view the data in LIVE Mode.
The middle icon can be sweep or ingress records in an *.SST file
format.
Use the third icon for sweep records.
HOT TIP
These sweep records can then be reviewed by the
SweepSaveR software available from Trilithic (1-800-3442412). SweepSaveR is designed to manage SSR-9580
Sweep Data Logs.
NOTE: If you intend to sort and save sweep records for
use by SweepSaver, we recommend that you keep the
file name of the sweep icon limited to eight characters.
Change File Name
You can change the names of the records saved by each of the
RECORD icons.
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RIGHT click on the DISK icon of the record you wish to rename.
For example, if you wish to change the name of the file saved to
the SweepSaveR SORT RECORD icon, right click on the third
icon, SWEEPSAVE (SSTSWEEP.SWP).
The TEXT box to the right of the icons, which was grayed out,
becomes active. Double-click on the TEXT box and make the
desired change.
NOTE: Do NOT try to add an extension to the file name
since Ingress ManagR does this for you. In fact, Ingress
ManagR does NOT accept a period as part of the file name.
SAVE A TRACE
To save a record to one of the SORT RECORD icons, position
the cursor on the graph in the TRACE VIEW window. Click and
hold down the RIGHT mouse button. The cursor changes to a
hand holding a piece of paper. Continue to hold down the mouse
button and drag the cursor to the desired RECORD icon. Once
located at the icon, release the mouse button. When this procedure is completed, the STATUS BAR at the bottom of the screen
indicates RECORD SAVED.
CLOSE FILE
Once you have finished with a particular file, you can close it by
clicking on the CLOSE button. You can then open another file or
exit from the PLAYBACK screen.
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REPORT
SCREEN
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Introduction
The REPORT screen enables you to generate and print a report
which is based upon a previously saved *.MDB file. The report is
text based. You have the option to organize your report by HUB/
SST/NODE or chronological order. This application is useful for
sorting alarm data.
NOTE: REPORT screen can access .MDB files from
Ingress ManagR version 2.0 or higher. It will not report
.SST files.
To start the REPORT screen, click on the MODE Menu and then
on REPORT.
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Operation
Once the REPORT screen is available, click on the FOLDER
icon at the right of the INGRESS DATA FILE box.
Folder
Icon
This brings up the directory of *.MDB files from which to select for
report generation. Click on the desired file and then on the
OPEN button.
You can have the report generated in several different ways.
Before you click on the PRINT button, go to the boxes below the
INGRESS DATA FILE box to select the format you wish the
report to use.
The SORT ORDER box enables you to sort the file data chronologically or by Hub/SST/Node. The RECORD SELECTION box
enables you to sort the data by Alarm or by all records. The
report fields include DATE/TIME, HUB, SST, NODE and STATUS. The report includes a key for the codes in the STATUS
column.
After selecting the format, you may click on the PREVIEW button
to view the report on the screen before printing (recommended),
or you may click on the PRINT button to print out the report
immediately in the selected format.
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ARCHIVER
Introduction
Ingress ManagR’s ArchiveR is a software utility which enables
you to store the data which accumulates in Ingress ManagR’s
database (.mdb) files permanently anywhere on your network.
ArchiveR provides a means for you to schedule regular storage
events of as many files as you desire at the times best suited to
your system needs.
ArchiveR enables you to store your database files permanently
locally, out on the network or other storage location (such as a
dedicated file or library computer). It also enables you to control
the size of your database files so that you don’t have to worry
about files that are too large and cumbersome to manipulate.
Once ArchiveR has stored the data permanently, it clears the
temporary files so that you won’t need to worry about overflowing
and losing important data. It also prevents storage of duplicate
data. ArchiveR is fully network compatible and is designed to run
in the background on the computer running Ingress ManagR. It
can back up files to any drive in your network. Ingress ManagR
can deposit new data even while ArchiveR is pulling data since
ArchiveR will get the new information at the time of the next
scheduled event.
NOTE: In addition to your ArchiveR events, Ingress ManagR
uses hidden ArchiveR functions to speed up data gathering
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If Ingress ManagR has been configured to allow ArchiveR to
perform its database maintainence function, the ArchiveR utility
will be started automatically and stopped with Ingress ManagR.
To start ArchiveR manually, go to the Start menu, select Programs, the Trilithic group and then click on Trilithic ArchiveR.
Once ArchiveR has started, a file cabinet icon will appear in the
windows TASK BAR. To open the ArchiveR Display, click once
on the TASK BAR icon or right click on the icon and select Open
ArchiveR Display.
If the NEW and other buttons appear “grayed out”, check to see if
the RUN SCHEDULER is check marked. If so, simply click on
the box and you will be able to access Archiver’s function buttons.
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WARNING: NEVER archive the LIVE, STRATEGY or PLAYBACK databases. Ingress ManagR uses these databases.
If you accidently do archive one of these and the Excel
macros no longer work for ApplinkR, delete the LIVE.MDB,
STRATEGY.MDB, or PLAYBACK.MDB file that is no longer
working and let Ingress ManagR recreate it.
ArchiveR FIFO Management
When a FIFO file reaches its maximum, Ingress ManagR activates ArchiveR and passes the FIFO path/filename and the
amount of FIFO records to archive. ArchiveR removes the oldest
records from the FIFO and places them in a temporary hold file
with the same name as the FIFO (for example, castleton.mdb
FIFO becomes castleton.mdb in the temporary hold file). This file
is located in the directory below Ingress ManagR, i.e.:
c:/Program Files\Ingress ManagR 3.0\ARCHTEMP
At the scheduled event (see Basic Operation, page 102),
ArchiveR copies the temporary holding files into permanent
storage and empties or zeroes the temporary file.
ArchiveR Overview
ArchiveR consists of several tabs which include ARCHIVE
EVENTS, HISTORY, LOG and HELP.
The EVENTS tab is used to edit the settings for the events. The
EDIT buttons are below and include: NEW, REMOVE,
REMOVE ALL, RESET TIME and MANUAL. This tab also
includes the schedule settings: RUN SCHEDULER, AUTO RUN
SCHEDULER ON SETUP, SOURCE FILE NAME box, DESTINATION ROOT NAME box, a box for entering HOURS and boxes to
indicate DAYS OF THE WEEK.
The HISTORY tab displays the date and time that each of the
events was last performed.
The LOG tab displays what ArchiveR is doing with regard to how
many records are being archived, the success of the archiving
operation, how long it is taking, etc.
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CAUTION: Once ArchiveR pulls information, it zeros out the
data in the file. This means that two users should not point
ArchiveR at the same file. The user with the first scheduled
event would get the data and the second user would either
get the bits and pieces logged to the file after that event or
no data at all.
The HELP tab contains information regarding ArchiveR and it’s
features.
Basic Operation
When you have opened ArchiveR, check the status of the RUN
SCHEDULER and AUTO-RUN SCHEDULER ON START-UP
boxes.
If the RUN SCHEDULER option is selected (indicated by a check
mark), ArchiveR is in RUN Mode. You will not be able to edit new
or existing events.
NOTE: You can check the start and finish times of events
in the LOG window. This enables you to follow an event’s
progress so you don’t inadvertently crash a backup.
To enter EDIT Mode, click on RUN SCHEDULER. The check
mark should disappear and the NEW button below the EVENT
window will be active.
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The first thing you need to do is to click the NEW button. This
enables you to set up an event or archive a file any day of the
week. ArchiveR enables you to select a one time event of storing
one file or storing the file at a specific time over several days.
For example, if you wish to archive a file every day at 1:00 P.M.,
you will be able to set ArchiveR to do this.
Go to the SOURCE FILE NAME box and click on the ... button to
the right of the box. This will bring up the OPEN box where you
can select the database file. The opened folder should be the
ARCHTEMP folder within the Ingress ManagR 3.x program
folder.
CAUTION: The Ingress ManagR 3.x program folder also
contains .mdb files. DO NOT use these for your schedule
events since ArchiveR may have already automatically
removed FIFO data to the automatic temporary files (see
ArchiveR FIFO Management, page 101). Consequently, you
might not get all of the data you want. Also, Ingress ManagR
may encounter errors when attempting to add records to the
FIFO.
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When the desired file is selected (in the above example,
hublog.mdb), click on the OPEN button. The ArchiveR screen
reappears. Notice that the SOURCE FILE NAME box now
indicates the name and path of the selected file. It is also
displayed in the EVENT window although the number 00 follows
the file name. This indicates that we have not selected the time
for the event.
Now select the destination for the event. Click on the ... button to
the right of the DESTINATION FOLDER box.
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Select the directory to where you want ArchiveR to file the event
and then assign a FILE NAME. In the example, ArchiveR will file
the event in the ARCHTEMP folder with a file name that will be
automatically formatted to indicate the date and time of the
archive.
REMINDER: You may point ArchiveR to save an event to
ANY drive connected to your network and are not limited to
just storing ArchiveR files on your resident “C” drive.
Click OPEN to return to ArchiveR’s window. Notice that the
DESTINATION FILE ROOT box now contains the destination
information.
The next thing to do is to select the time for the scheduled event.
Click on the down arrow by the HOUR OF DAY box. This brings
up the time list. Like Ingress ManagR, ArchiveR works from a 24
hour clock with “0” indicating 12 midnight and 23 for 2300 hours
or 11 P.M.
NOTE: You may only select the top of the hour for an event.
You will not be able to manually enter other times such as
1230 or 1015.
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In the example, the event is scheduled for 1 P.M. so “13” or 1300
hours is selected. Note that the EVENT window now displays the
number 13 after the event file.
Once the hour is designated, select the day or days that ArchiveR
is to run the event. In the example, the event is scheduled for
Friday.
Your final ArchiveR event tab will resemble the following:
Once the event has been performed, click on the LOG tab to
view the event’s the activity. Entries which end in “FIFO”, indicate
that Ingress ManagR FIFOs were cleaned up automatically in the
background (see FIFO FILE LIMITING page 8). Entries ending
with “ARCHIVE” indicate scheduled or manual archive events.
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You may add additional events for different files, times and dates
by clicking NEW and repeating the procedure. Once you have
scheduled the desired events, go back to the OPERATIONS
Menu and select RUN SCHEDULER (checkmark appears).
When you are finished setting up ArchiveR, click on the CLOSE
button in the upper right corner of the ArchiveR window. If
Ingress ManagR is active, ArchiveR will remain active in the
background.
Additional Operation Information
In addition to the basic operation, ArchiveR has several other
features.
EDIT BUTTONS
The EVENT window also has several edit buttons:
• New - enables user to build a schedule
event.
• Remove - select an event in the EVENT
window and click this button to delete
it from the event schedule.
• Remove All - click this button to delete
ALL of the events in the event schedule.
• Reset Time - click this button to reset the
ArchiveR event completed flags. This is
useful if you stop ArchiveR, shut the
program down, restart it and wish it to
archive an event that you have already
archived that day.
• Manual - use this button to start the
schedule immediately. Useful for
testing ArchiveR.
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LOG TAB
ArchiveR keeps track of its activities via the LOG window. If you
wish to delete the log data, click the CLEAR LOG button below the
log event window.
You may also store the activity log in a file for later review. Click on
the LOG TO FILE box so that a check mark appears. The log data
will be written to a file named arclog.txt which is stored in the
ArchiveR program folder.
CAUTION: The data in the arclog.txt file is cumulative and is
NOT emptied each time ArchiveR is restarted. Over time, the
file may become quite large so it is better to use it for troubleshooting purposes only.
SCHEDULER BOXES
The ARCHIVE EVENTS tab includes two scheduler boxes:
• Run Scheduler - Toggles ArchiveR between the RUN and
EDIT Modes. When checkmarked, ArchiveR is in the RUN
Mode.
• Auto-Run Scheduler on Start-up - When checked, ArchiveR
runs the schedule automatically.
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VIEWER
Introduction
VieweR permits you to view sweep and ingress data from your
9580/9581 as it occurs. This enables you to select specific Hub
and Node information which you may wish to view. You can then
print a trace as it happens.
REMINDER: You can use VieweR to test the communications setup for each SST.
VieweR also utilizes alarm settings so that you can print the
alarm traces once they have been triggered.
CAUTION: Using VieweR to connect to an SST AS A
MASTER USER when that SST is being scanned (within
Ingress ManagR Status Monitor) is not recommended.
VieweR enables a master user to change modes which is the
equivalent of front panel control of an SST.
Setup
To start VieweR, go to the folder in which it is installed (i.e.
TRILITHIC PROGRAM GROUP) and click on VieweR. Once the
program’s window opens, you will need to set up the identification
file so that you can connect to the desired SST unit. The easiest
way is to import an existing Identification file from Ingress
ManagR. The IMPORT command brings in an identification file
from Ingress ManagR which overwrites VieweR’s local (see page
116) identification file. This file can then be edited as needed.
NOTE: If you are not using Ingress ManagR or, if you
prefer to create different connection settings, you can
build an identification file within VieweR (see ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION, page 116).
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Go to the SETUP Menu and select IDENTIFICATION and then
IMPORT.
When the import window opens, LOOK IN the Ingress ManagR
3.X folder for the file, Idinfo.bin. Select the file so that it appears
in the FILE NAME box and then click the OPEN button.
VieweR displays the IDENT FILE SUCCESSFULLY IMPORTED
message. Click the OK button.
C:\Program Files\Ingress ManagR
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Once the IDENTIFICATION file has been imported, click on the
CONNECT TO HUB icon to start VieweR.
Quick Overview
VieweR consists of several icons and windows.
VieweR: Cloverdale - SST#1 - Node#1
Cloverdale
In the center of the screen is the TRACE VIEW window. As you
gather information, it appears in graphic format within this viewing
area.
NOTE: If you wish to expand the size of the TRACE VIEW,
double-click anywhere on the graph. To restore the graph
to the original size, double-click on it again.
A floating cursor in the TRACE VIEW window displays the
measurement for the current location of the cursor. Use this
feature to identify the frequency and amplitude of a point on the
trace.
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Below the TRACE VIEW window are the buttons which comprise
the Hub Data Specifics. You can use these to select: the active
Hub, SST and Node; Mode (ingress, sweep, fast, zoom); Limits;
Maximum (peak hold); toggle between FAST MODE allowed or
not allowed; Detector (traffic, peak, average); and the Rate/RBW.
NOTE: When you first connect to VieweR, the program will
interrogate the 9580/9581 SST in order to match the Mode,
Detector and Rate/RBW selections to the unit’s capabilities
and current operating mode.
When in VieweR, if one mode excludes another, the excluded
mode’s settings are grayed out to ensure that you don’t select
them by mistake.
REMINDER: Activating the fast mode takes the system offline so that field technicians will be unable to use the
selected SST for sweep (this is also true of ZOOM Mode).
To prevent inadvertent interruption of the sweep function, you
can disallow the FAST and ZOOM Modes (via the FAST
MODE button) so they do not appear when using the MODE
button.
NOTE: “Allowing” a mode does not activate the mode. You
need to press the MODE key:
Sweep
Ingress
Fast
Zoom
REMINDER: If your system is using the NCM-4 and you are
not the designated MASTER user, you cannot select modes.
At the top of the VieweR screen are several icons. These include
the Hub Command icons for connecting and disconnecting the
communications link as well as the PRINT button.
You can customize your Ingress Scanning (for SSTs equipped
with FAST or AVERAGING Mode) by changing the FAST Mode
detector method and node sample rate/resolution bandwidth. In
FAST Mode, the detector method can be either PEAK, TRAFFIC
or AVERAGE. The node sample rate/resolution bandwidth can
be either 20Hz/375kHz or 80Hz/525kHz.
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Operation
There are several actions required for using VieweR.
CAUTION: In order to prevent VieweR from changing an
SST’s mode and possibly interferring with an Ingress
ManagR Scan Strategy, you should use a non-Master
password when accessing data via VieweR.
WARNING: When opening multiple copies of VieweR, you
are limited in number to the available ports (NCM-4 provides
for a maximum of six) left by Ingress ManagR usage. For
example, if you are running a Scan Strategy and are already
using LIVE MONITOR Mode, you can only open four windows of VieweR.
CONNECT TO HUB
In order to use the VieweR to collect current data, you must have
your connection method set up (see CONNECTION METHOD
page 26).
REMINDER: If you are using an imported IDENTIFICATION
file, that connection information is already set up for you.
You may also edit that information or build a new IDENTIFICATION file (see ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, page 116).
Once the hardware is set up, click on the CONNECT TO HUB
icon.
The HUB ID window pops up. Select the desired Hub, SST and
Node and then click on the OK button. This enables VieweR to
establish the communications link between your PC and 9580/
9581 system.
NOTE: You can confirm the activity by observing the
progress messages in the STATUS BAR at the bottom of the
screen. The CONNECTION METHOD and COMMAND/
RESPONSE boxes always appear in the upper RIGHT
corner of the VieweR window.
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HUB DATA SPECIFICS
Once you have connected to the Hub, you can select the specific
data you wish to collect using the buttons at the bottom of the
screen.
The buttons include:
Hub –
Selects the active Hub from list.
SST –
Selects the active SST from list. Use the > button
to go to the next SST in the current Hub.
Node – Selects the active Node from list. Use the > button
to go to the next Node in the current SST.
NOTE: When cycling through the available hubs, SSTs and
nodes, VieweR will attempt to maintain it’s connection. This
can be a problem if it encounters a hub, SST or node that is
not being used but is not labelled as such. Encountering
these non-existent components will cause error messages
and will cause the VieweR to be disconnected. To make sure
that VieweR cycles through the available components
correctly, make sure to rename such components as “UNUSED”. This way, VieweR will simply pass on to the next
component.
Mode –
Selects the desired mode: sweep, ingress
(normal), fast, or zoom (if fast and zoom are
allowed under the FAST MODE button.
NOTE: If you’re connected to an NCM-4 but
are not the Master, you will NOT be able to
change the mode.
Limits –
Use to hide or display the current limits for the
selected Node. Use the “draw first” and “draw
last” setting to bring the desired trace forward.
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Max –
Displays the peak value of ingress. This is
useful for capturing and holding the peak value
of infrequent/intermittent signals (FAST MODE
ingress data already supplies peak values
unless the detector method is AVERAGE).
Fast Mode – Disables the FAST MODE feature. When it
displays “NOT ALLOWED”, FAST MODE and
ZOOM Mode will not show as a setting under
the MODE button.
Detector –
Changes the detector method (Traffic, Peak,
Average).
Rate/RBW – Changes the FAST Mode node sample/resolution bandwidth (20Hz/375kHz, 80Hz/525kHz).
To select a button, simply click on it. There is a delay before the
action is taken. This allows multiple mode changes or selections
to be made; thus avoiding unnecessary mode switching and
undesired data gathering.
NOTE: While viewing the data, you may print it any time
during the scan by clicking on the PRINT icon.
You may also change mode, SST, Node and unit at any time
while you are monitoring the data.
NOTE: The information box displays the data for the Hub,
SST and Node which are being viewed.
PRINT DATA
While you are monitoring the data, you can print any trace that
you see as it happens. Click on the PRINT icon.
Your print out depends on what parameters you selected for the
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If you selected the MAX icon, the print out will contain the START
and STOP times which were used to accumulate the peak
readings of the trace.
NOTE: The STOP time is always the moment that you
click on the PRINT icon.
MESSAGE DISPLAY
The right corner has a display area where messages may be
displayed during the scan.
The possible messages are:
• Connecting – This message is displayed while VieweR is
establishing a connection and interrogating the SST abou
its features and setup.
• Sweep Off-Line – When the SST is selected to be in FAST
Mode, field pieces (SSR, RSVP, RSVPII) cannot sweep.
• TPX In Use (NCM-4) – When a Master User locks a TPX
on a bank, ALL other banks are frozen to the old data until
the Master User logs off the NCM-4.
DISCONNECT THE HUB
When you have finished scanning or printing, you need to close
the link. Click on the DISCONNECT FROM HUB icon.
The STATUS BAR should indicate that VieweR has disconnected
successfully and shut down.
Additional Information
You may also use the LOCAL and EXTERNAL commands in the
SETUP Menu to generate the identification file for VieweR if you
do not wish to import an identification file from Ingress ManagR.
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LOCAL SELECTION
You may use VieweR’s LOCAL setup selection to build a new
identification file if you do not wish to use any parameters from an
Ingress ManagR identification file.
When you select this command, VieweR displays an IDENTIFICATION form which includes the IDENTIFIER, COMMUNICATION and ALARM LEVEL tabs. Set these up the same way you
set the tabs in Ingress ManagR (see IDENTIFIER TAB page 37,
COMMUNICATION TAB page 40, and ALARM LEVEL TAB page
42).
EXTERNAL SELECTION
If you wish to use an existing identification file, you may either
import the file (see SETUP on page 109) or select the EXTERNAL command. The main difference is that if you use the
EXTERNAL selection, it does not overwrite the LOCAL identification file. This means that you will not be able to edit or update the
identification information in the file.
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CONNECTION
TEMPLATES
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Introduction
For your convenience, we have provided several sample connection templates to be used as guidelines when setting up your PC
to your Guardian system communication links. These templates
appear on the following pages and include ways to connect your
PC to the 9580/9581 system directly, remotely and using
NORTONS PC ANYWHERE™.
NOTE: A TPX may be substituted anywhere you have
located 1 - 8 SSTs.
Since the purpose of the COMM MGR (ACM-8, NCM-4) option
for the 9580 SST or 9581 SST and Ingress ManagR is to enable
you to monitor locations remotely, you need to consider the
connections and monitoring strategies which are optimal for your
system’s performance.
For those with only one Hub site or systems where the SST is
located at the headend, it might be more efficient to connect the
PC to the SST(s) directly or use the PC to PC to SST link.
For systems that have multiple Hub sites or in cases where more
than one SST is equipped with the COMM MGR, it might be
better to use the PC to SST remote connection via modem and
phone lines.
There is no “ONLY RIGHT” blueprint for this system. You need to
consider your own needs and equipment to make Ingress
ManagR and the communications connection strategy work best
for you!
Before you start making your communication connections, refer
to the 9580 or 9581 Operating Manual for additional information
regarding the operation of the entire Guardian system.
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Using Nortons PC Anywhere
NORTONS PC ANYWHERE software for Windows (version 2.0)
enables you to control 1 PC remotely from another.
NOTE: Both PC’s need to be running Windows ‘95 or higher.
The first thing that you must do is follow the INSTALLATION
procedure which came with NORTONS PC ANYWHERE. You
will need to install the software on both the REMOTE PC (the PC
that you are using such as your home or laptop PC) and the
HOST PC (the PC that will be running Ingress ManagR).
Next, verify that the REMOTE and HOST PCs are communicating properly with each other.
CAUTION: It is imperative to be familiar with the COM Ports
and Modem Ports on your equipment. For example, your
mouse usually takes COM Port 1 while your modem or
modems take additional ports. NORTONS PC ANYWHERE
requires a COM Port of its own and will not share that COM
Port with any other software or device.
For more information or help with setting up the linkup
between the REMOTE and HOST PCs, refer to the manual
which came with NORTONS PC ANYWHERE . This manual
has an extensive Communications Port Spectrum which will
help you a great deal in setting up your system. You may
also dial up Symantec’s demo HOST PC for help in troubleshooting your setup.
Once the PCs communications linkup is working correctly, verify
that Ingress ManagR is running on the HOST PC and communicating with the 9580/9581 system.
REMINDER: You should test NORTONS PC ANYWHERE
software and Ingress ManagR separately as it will be easier
to pinpoint problems than if you were trying to test everything
all at once.
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The great thing about NORTONS PC ANYWHERE is that you
can set it up to run in the background on the HOST PC whenever
that PC is ON.
Whenever you need to contact the HOST PC, you can connect to
it via modem from your REMOTE PC. Once you have gained
control of the HOST PC, start up Ingress ManagR and begin your
monitoring session.
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PC to SST(s) Remotely Via Modems
PC running
Ingress Manager
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
Satellite
SSTs
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Internal or External
LOCAL Modem
External REMOTE
Modem
Phone Line
56K minimum
(AT WORK STATION)
56K minimum
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on PC.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via standard 9-pin
male to 9-pin female RS-232 cables.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using your PC and Ingress ManagR, configure your external
REMOTE modem.
5. Connnect the external REMOTE modem to the primary
SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT connection via a standard
MODEM TO PC cable.
6. Connect a phone line to the LOCAL and REMOTE modems
and you are ready to go!
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PC to SST(s) Directly
PC running
Ingress Manager
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
Satellite
SSTs
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Trilithic Cable
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on PC.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049000) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect an available PC COM
Port directly to the primary SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT.
5. Configure Ingress ManagR’s settings (see Chapter 5 on
page 25).
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PC to SST(s) Remotely Via Dark Fiber
PC running
Ingress Manager
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
Satellite
SSTs
Primary
SST
w/CM option
External LOCAL
Fiber to RS-232 Interface
External REMOTE Fiber
to RS-232 Interface
Fiber Optic
Cable
38,400kB
38,400kB
(AT WORK STATION)
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on PC.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via standard 9-pin
male to 9-pin female RS-232 cables.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Connnect the external REMOTE fiber RS-232 interface to the
primary SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT connection via a
standard MODEM TO PC cable.
5. Connect a fiber optic line to the LOCAL and REMOTE
interfaces and you are ready to go!
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PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Modem
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
REMOTE PC
Satellite
SSTs
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Internal or External
Modem
HOST PC
Internal or
External Modem
Phone Line
56K minimum
(AT WORK STATION)
56K minimum
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049000) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect an available PC COM
Port directly to the primary SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT.
5. Use NORTONS PC ANYWHERE, to connect REMOTE and
HOST PCs.
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PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Pager
REMOTE PC
Internal or
External Modem
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
HOST PC
Internal or External
Modem
Satellite
SSTs
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Phone Line
Pager
56K minimum
Internal or
External
Modem
(AT WORK STATION)
56K minimum
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049000) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect an available PC COM
Port directly to the primary SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT.
5. Use NORTONS PC ANYWHERE, to connect REMOTE and
HOST PCs.
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PC to PC to SST(s) Remotely
External
Remote Modem
Internal or External
Local Modem
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
Satellite
SSTs
REMOTE
PC
HOST PC
Phone Line
Internal or External
Modem
56K minimum
(AT WORK STATION)
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Internal or
External
Modem
56K minimum
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
NOTE: This setup requires NORTONS PC ANYWHERE.
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress ManagR software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using your PC and Ingress ManagR, configure your external
remote modem.
5. Connnect the external REMOTE modem to the primary
SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT connection via a standard
MODEM TO PC cable.
6. Connect a phone line to the LOCAL and REMOTE modems
and you are ready to go!
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PC to PC to SST(s) Directly w/Network
NOTE: All SSTs are at
the same location
Satellite
SSTs
REMOTE PC
HOST PC
Primary
SST
w/CM option
Network
(AT WORK STATION)
(AT HEADEND OR HUB)
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress Manager software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049000) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect an available PC COM
Port directly to the primary SST’s COMM MGR OUTPUT.
5. Use NORTONS PC ANYWHERE , to connect REMOTE and
HOST PCs.
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PC to SST w/TWO EI-1’S (Ethernet)
PC
SSTs
SSTs
IP ADDRESS
IP ADDRESS
IP
ADDRESS
LOCAL ETHERNET
TO RS-232 INTERFACE
REMOTE ETHERNET
TO RS-232 INTERFACE
NETWORK
REMOTE ETHERNET
TO RS-232 INTERFACE
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress Manager software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049002) or custom built cable
(see page 20 for pin outs), connect an available PC COM
Port to the Ethernet Interface.
5. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049001) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect the SSTs’ COMM MGR
outputs to the Ethernet Interfaces.
6. Connect the network to the Ethernet Interface units.
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PC to SST w/NCM-4 (Ethernet)
SSTs
w/NCM-4 installed
PC
IP ADDRESS
PC 2
IP ADDRESS
PC 2
PC 3, etc.
NETWORK
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress Manager software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the NCM-4, you can connect up to
3 satellite 9580 SSTs and up 1 satellite 9581 SST.
4. Connect and setup your PC’s ethernet card to your LAN.
5. Connect your NCM-4s to your LAN.
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PC to SST w/EI-1 (Ethernet)
IP ADDRESS
SSTs
PC
IP ADDRESS
SSTs
IP ADDRESS
REMOTE ETHERNET
TO RS-232 INTERFACE
NETWORK
REMOTE ETHERNET
TO RS-232 INTERFACE
STEPS:
1. Install Ingress Manager software on the PC at your work
station.
2. Install 9580/9581 SST at Headend or Hub with the Communications Manager option installed.
3. Connect satellite SSTs to the primary SST via a standard 9pin male to 9-pin female RS-232 cable.
NOTE: When using the 9580 SST, you can connect up to
7 satellite 9580 SSTs. When using the 9581 SST, you can
connect up to 3 satellite 9581 SSTs.
4. Connect and setup your PC’s ethernet card to your LAN.
5. Using Trilithic cable (P/N 2071049001) or custom built cable
(see page 19 for pin outs), connect the SSTs’ COMM MGR
outputs to the Ethernet Interfaces.
6. Connect the network to the Ethernet Interface units.
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SAMPLE
FILES
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For your convenience, we have provided several sample files on
the Ingress ManagR installation disk. These files are designed to
help you become more familiar with Ingress ManagR as well as
to give you ideas as to how to use this versatile software.
Sample Scan Strategies
To access the sample scan strategies, go to the SETUP Menu
and select Scan Strategy (see SCAN STRATEGY page 70).
Once you are in the SCAN STRATEGY screen, go to the FILE
Menu and select OPEN to bring up the list of scan strategy files
in the IM30 folder..
Scan strategy files have an extension of .SGY such as
sample1.sgy.
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SAMPLE1.SGY
Click on SAMPLE1.SGY to open the first sample scan strategy.
REMINDER: You can adjust the strategy viewing window by
setting the cursor at the bottom or side of the screen. When
the cursor changes to a double arrow, adjust the window to
the desired shape and dimension.
Step
1
2
3
4
5
6
Icon
Check Alarm
Log All to Disk
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Wait For
Goto Step
Action
activates alarm
logs data to HUBLOG.MDB file
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
waits one hour before next step
repeats actions from Step 3
This Scan Strategy activates alarms and logs all data to disk file
HUBLOG.MDB. It scans Hubs “Clover” and “Elwood”, waits for
an hour and then repeats. Sample Strategy 1 does NOT take
data every hour because it does not account for the time to poll
Hubs 1 and 2. If you want to take data every hour, you need to
either reduce the wait time or use the “If...Break” icon.
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SAMPLE2.SGY
Click on SAMPLE2.SGY to open the second scan strategy.
NOTE: In this case, the strategy is longer than the display
screen. Click on the bar on the right side to scroll down and
show the later steps of the scan strategy.
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Scan Strategy 2 (Continued)
Step
Icon
1
Check Alarm
2
Log All to Disk
3
Wait Until
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Wait Until
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Wait Until
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Wait Until
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Goto Step
Action
activates alarm
logs data to HUBLOG.MDB file
waits until 8:00 in the morning
to begin (if strategy is started
after 08:00, it waits until the
following morning to start).
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
waits until 12:00 noon
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
waits until 20:00 evening
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
waits until 02:00 morning
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
repeats actions from Step 3
This Scan Strategy illustrates how you can use a simple repetitive
scan throughout the course of a twenty four hour period. It
activates alarms and logs all data to disk file HUBLOG.MDB. It
waits until eight in the morning and then scans Hubs “Clover” and
“Elwood” once. It waits until twelve noon, and then scans the two
Hubs once. It repeats the single scan of the Hubs at eight in the
evening, two in the morning and then starts the entire sequence
again at eight in the morning.
REMINDER: Ingress ManagR uses a twenty four hour
clock. For example, eight at night should be programmed
as 20:00 for 2000 hours.
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SAMPLE3.SGY
Click on SAMPLE3.SGY to open the third scan strategy.
Step
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Icon
Check Alarm
Log All to Disk
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
If...Break
Goto Step
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
If...Break
Goto Step
Goto Step
Action
activates alarm
logs data to HUBLOG.MDB file
scans Hub #1 (Clover - day)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood - day)
jumps out of day loop at 6 PM
repeats actions from Step 3
scans Hub#1 (Clover - night)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood - night)
jumps out of night loop at 8 AM
repeats actions from Step 7
repeats actions from Step 3
This Scan Strategy illustrates the use of “aliases” for a Hub as
well as the “If...Break” command to build a more complex strategy.
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In this sample, both Hubs (Clover and Elwood) have day and
night designations. By assigning these aliases, you can set up
the day Hub for NORMAL Mode so that your techs can sweep
during the day. Then you can switch to scanning the Hubs in
FAST Mode for capturing transient ingress throughout the night.
Ingress ManagR treats these Hubs as being different even
though they have the same phone number or IP address.
Sample Strategy #3 activates alarms and logs all data to disk file
HUBLOG.MDB. It scans Hubs “Clover” and “Elwood” for their
day alias repeatedly until 6 PM.
NOTE: When using phone modems this dial/hangup every
minute may be undesireable. You may want to insert a “Wait
For” command to make this more efficient.
At 6 PM, the strategy scans Hubs “Clover “ and “Elwood” for their
night alias repeatedly until 8 AM. At this time, the entire strategy
starts over.
SAMPLE4.SGY
Click on SAMPLE4.SGY to open the fourth sample scan strategy.
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Sample Strategy #4 continued.
Step
Icon
1
Log All to Disk
2
Check Alarm
3
Wait Until
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Config Hub
Config Hub
Ping Hub
Ping Hub
If...Break
If...Break
If...Break
If...Break
Goto Step
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
Goto Step
Action
logs data to HUBLOG.MDB file
activates alarm
waits until 8:00 in the morning
to begin (if strategy is started
after 08:00, it waits until the
following morning to start).
configures Hub #1 (Clover)
configures Hub #2 (Elwood)
Pings Hub #1 (Clover)
Pings Hub #2 (Elwood)
jumps out of ping loop at 2 PM
jumps out of ping loop at 8 PM
jumps out of ping loop at 2 AM
jumps out of ping loop at 8 AM
repeats actions from Step 6
scans Hub #1 (Clover)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood)
repeats actions from Step 6
Scan Strategy #4 illustrates the use of the PING command to
minimize the time between checking for ingress outbreaks at
each Hub in combination with regularly scheduled poll commands
for collecting performance data (remember, ping commands only
save alarm data). This is done via a single ingress scan four
times a day to capture an ingress spectrum. This ensures that
some data is captured for each Node in the system even though
no Nodes may be experiencing ingress above limits.
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This strategy logs all data to disk file HUBLOG.MDB and activates alarms. Starting at 8 AM, it configures the ACM-8s or
NCM-4s just to be sure that the COMM MGRs are configured
with the lastest information. The strategy pings both Hubs
(Clover and Elwood) rapidly until 2 PM. Then, it takes an ingress
scan of every Node and logs the data to disk. It returns to
pinging until 8 PM when it takes another ingress scan of every
Node and logs the data to disk. It continues pinging the Hubs
until 2 AM and repeats the ingress scan and data logging procedure. It returns to pinging until 8 AM. Then it takes an ingress
scan, logs the data to disk and starts over from the beginning.
NOTE: The “Wait Until” command MUST be encountered
prior to the “Wait Until” time specified for it to execute. If the
last “Goto Step” command had been to Step 3 (WAIT UNTIL
8 AM), the strategy would pause for twenty four hours since
the “If...Break” command takes place at or after 8 AM.
SAMPLE5.SGY
Click on SAMPLE5.SGY to open the fifth sample scan strategy.
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Sample Scan Strategy #5 continued.
Step
1
2
3
4
Icon
Check Alarm
Log All to Disk
Config Hub
Config Hub
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Ping Hub
Ping Hub
If...Break
If...Break
If...Break
Goto Step
Scan Hub
Scan Hub
If...Break
Goto Step
Log All to Disk
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Action
activates alarm
logs data to DAY_LOG.MDB file
configures Hub #1 (Clover - day)
configures Hub #2 (Elwood day)
Pings Hub #1 (Clover - day)
Pings Hub #2 (Elwood - day)
jumps out of ping loop at 8 AM
jumps out of ping loop at 12 PM
jumps out of ping loop at 4 PM
repeats actions from Step 5
scans Hub #1 (Clover - day)
scans Hub #2 (Elwood - day)
jumps out of ping loop at 4 PM
repeats actions from Step 5
logs data to NITE_LOG.MDB
file
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Sample Scan Strategy #5 continued.
Step
Icon
16
Config Hub
17
Config Hub
18
19
20
21
22
Ping Hub
Ping Hub
If...Break
Goto Step
Goto Step
Action
configures Hub #1 (Clover night)
configures Hub #2 (Elwood night)
Pings Hub #1 (Clover - night)
Pings Hub #2 (Elwood - night)
jumps out of ping loop at 8 AM
repeats actions from Step 18
repeats actions from Step 2*
*If the strategy returned to Step 3 (Config Hub), it would put
all of its data into the NITE_LOG.MDB file. By returning to
Step 2, you ensure that the data is logged into the
DAY_LOG.MDB file.
Sample Scan Strategy #5 illustrates the use of a variety of
commands to build a complex strategy that enables you to assign
aliases to the Hubs so that you can collect different ingress data
througout a twenty four hour period. With this strategy, you first
assign an alias for day and one for night for the two Hubs (Clover
and Elwood). As in Sample Scan Strategy #3, you can set up the
day Hubs for NORMAL Mode so that your techs can sweep
during the day. Set up the night Hubs for FAST Mode so that you
can capture transients. You can also alternate the PING and
SCAN Modes as well. This complex strategy should give you a
very detailed overview of your Hubs’ ingress situation throughout
the course of a day.
This strategy activates alarms and logs all of the data from the
“day” aliases of the Hubs to disk in a file called DAY_LOG.MDB.
It then configures the ACM-8s or NCM-4s to ensure that the
COMM MGRs are configured with the latest information. The
strategy pings both Hubs (Clover and Elwood) rapidly until 8 AM.
Then, it takes an ingress scan of every Node and logs the data to
disk.
It returns to pinging until 12 PM when it takes another ingress
scan and logs the data to disk. It repeats this pinging and ingress
scan process until 4 PM.
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At 4 PM, the strategy scans both Hubs. It then switches to the
“night” aliases where it logs all of the data from the “night” aliases
of the Hubs to disk in a file called NITE_LOG.MDB. It configures
the ACM-8s and then pings both Hubs throughout the night until 8
AM.
Final Comment
The samples included here show only a fraction of possibilities
for using Ingress Manager to monitor your 9580/9581 system.
Now that you are more familiar with the software, feel free to
experiment and create your own sample files. Just remember
that your Scan Strategies need to end in the .SGY extension.
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MISCELLANEOUS
INFORMATION
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Introduction
This section contains additional material including connection and
interface information, driver boxes and the EVENT LOG.
Connection Information
If you are using a modem, Ethernet Interface or Dark Fiber to
connect multiple SSTs, you may need additional information.
This section provides you with some data concerning hardware
setups of modems and interface units that you will need to do
prior to connecting them to your SST system. You should also
refer to the documentation which came with the device.
MODEM DIP SWITCH SETTING
Although, Ingress ManagR is delivered with default Hayes
commands for several modem models, it may still be necessary
to set the DIP switches on the modem in order to optimize your
communication set up.
There are eight DIP switches on a USR Sportster modem which
should be set to the following configuration.
NOTE: Most modems will have the DIP switch values listed
somewhere on the unit and/or in its manual. The tables
below are based on the US Robotics Sportster Model.
Please use the position for the appropriate application
since the location of the switches on your modem may differ.
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Remote Modem
SWITCH
SW 1
SW 2
SW 3
SW 4
SW 5
SW 6
SW 7
SW 8
APPLICATION
Data Terminal Ready Overide
Verbal Result Codes
Suppress Result Codes
Echo Offline Commands
Auto Answer on 1st Ring
Carrier Detect Overide
Load NVRAM Defaults
Smart Mode
POSITION
Down
Up
Up
Up
Up
Down
Up
Down
Local Modem
SWITCH
SW 1
SW 2
SW 3
SW 4
SW 5
SW 6
SW 7
SW 8
APPLICATION
Data Terminal Ready Normal
Verbal Result Codes
Display Result Codes
Echo Offline Commands
Audio Answer Off
Carrier Detect Normal
Load NVRAM Defaults
Smart Mode
POSITION
Up
Up
Down
Up
Down
Up
Up
Down
NOTE: The above are the USR factory default positions.
ETHERNET INTERFACE INFORMATION
The EI-1 Ethernet Interface unit enables your 9580/9581 system
to make use of your existing network (10 Base-T Ethernet) which
connects hubs, headends and offices. By using the interface unit
to connect to the network, you will no longer need phone lines to
connect each location.
The EI-1 Ethernet and FI-1 Fiber Interfaces are easy to use.
For the EI-1 Ethernet Interface, you must first set the IP
Addresses on the units and then connect the host interface unit
to your PC and the remote interface(s) to your 9580/9581 SST
unit(s). Refer to the CONNECTION TEMPLATES on pages 129
and 131 for guidelines for connecting the devices together.
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You must also select NETWORK for the communication method
on the COMMUNICATION tab (see COMMUNICATION TAB
page 40).
NOTE: When you select NETWORK for the communication
method, the button next to the PHONE #/IP ADDRESS box
indicates the port to which the interface is connected.
For more information on configuring and installing the interface
units, refer to the EI-1 ETHERNET INTERFACE/FI-1 FIBER
INTERFACE INSTALLATION GUIDE which came with the
interface unit.
FIBER INTERFACE INFORMATION
The FI-1 Fiber Interface unit enables your 9580/9581 system to
utilize unused or “dark” fibers in your system so that you can
direct connect remote SST units without needing to use a modem
and phone lines.
It is easy to connect the FI-1 Fiber Interface. Just hook it up and
you’re ready to go. See the CONNECTION TEMPLATE on page
114 for guidelines for connecting your 9580/9581 system via the
FI-1 Fiber Interface.
For more information on configuring and installing the interface
units, refer to the EI-1 ETHERNET INTERFACE/FI-1 FIBER
INTERFACE INSTALLATION GUIDE which came with the
interface unit.
NCM-4 INTERFACE INFORMATION
The NCM-4 is a high speed, Communications Manager which
provides multi-user access to your 9580/9581 SST Return Path
Analyzer. The NCM-4 is an Ethernet-compatible interface. It can
obtain ingress data simultaneously from up to four SST units and
stores a fresh ingress spectrum for each of the 32 nodes approximately every three fourths of a second. The interface then acts
as a server by making this data available via standard communications manager comands.
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The NCM-4 emulates the ACM-8 Communications Manager in
local limits checking and support of the PING function (for more
information, see PING METHOD page 50). Due to its server
topology, the NCM-4 enables you to view LIVE data for any node
without stopping or interrupting a running scan strategy.
TCP/IP Setup
Regardless of which version of the Windows operating system
you are using, you must have TCP/IP installed on your PC.
TCP/IP INSTALLATION
It is important to note that your computer may have two network
adapters. This could occur if you use a modem to connect to the
internet, as well as a network card. In this case, each installed
protocol can be associated to either network adapter, or both of
them. When following the instructions below, you should make
sure you have TCP/IP associated with the network adapter you
plan to use with Ingress ManagR.
1. To begin your installation, click on the Start button. From
there, go to SETTINGS and then CONTROL PANEL.
2. Next, double-click on the NETWORK Icon.
3. Check to see if TCP/IP is listed as one of the protocols. If it
is, you have TCP/IP installed already. Skip to Step 15.
4. If TCP/IP is not on the list, click Add....
5. Now, click PROTOCOL. Click Add... again.
6. Next, click on MICROSOFT in the left display, click on TCP/
IP in the right display. Click OK.
7. Once that is done, click OK in the Network Window. Windows will install TCP/IP on your computer.
8. When the installation is completed, Windows may tell you to
reboot. Click NO. (We’ll reboot after some changes).
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9. Now, click on TCP/IP in the installed components list and
then on Properties....
10. Assign an IP Address and Subnet mask.
11. Modify any other parameters required for your network.
12. Again, click OK.
13. Finally, click OK. Close all of the windows until your Desktop
is clear again.
14. Now you can reboot the PC. Click on Start. Go to Shutdown and then Restart. Click OK.
15. Once your PC has rebooted, try to PING a known device on
your network to ensure that TCP/IP is loaded and functioning. Click on Start. Go to Run and type PING
xxx.xxxx.xxx.xxx into the display bar. If you get a response
then you have set up TCP/IP correctly.
Driver Information Boxes
You may check information regarding your drivers by going to the
OPTIONS Menu and selecting COMM DEBUG ON. Depending
on your PC setup, you may see two or four driver boxes at the
bottom of the Ingress MangeR MAIN window.
If Ingress ManagR detects any COM Ports, you will get the two
COM PORT DRIVERS loaded boxes.
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If Ingress ManagR detects an Ethernet card which has been
installed correctly, you will also get the two NETWORK DRIVERS
loaded boxes.
NOTE: If the NETWORK DRIVERS do not load, close
Ingress ManagR and recheck your Windows network setup
(see TCP/IP SETUP on page 138) or check with your network department. Settings on the driver boxes are also used
for factory assistance. These are not meant for user modification.
Event Log
The EVENT LOG box maintains a record of the messages which
appear in the STATUS BAR (see page 23).
To display the EVENT LOG box, go to the OPTIONS Menu and
select SHOW EVENT LOG. A minimized Event Log window will
appear in the lower part of the Main Screen. Double-click on it to
expand the window.
You can use the EVENT LOG feature several ways:
• Log Errors, Traps – select this setting to have Ingress
ManagR log only the errors and traps it encounters (this is
the default setting).
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• Log All Events – select this setting to have Ingress
ManagR log all of the messages and events which occur
during operation.
• Auto-Archive Log Files – select this setting to have
Ingress ManagR log all of the messages and events to an
archive file (located in the EVENT LOG folder in Ingress
ManagR’s directory, specified as Eventlog_date_time.txt.
i.e. Eventlog_20010118_160710.txt).
When using the Log All Events or Log Errors, Traps settings,
you may save or print the Event Log at any time by clicking on the
SAVE and PRINT buttons. If you wish to clear the log, click on
the CLEAR button.
If you do not wish to use the EVENT LOG feature, simply go to
the OPTIONS Menu and de-select SHOW EVENT LOG.
Time Synchronization
Depending on the configuration of the PC and the software
running within Windows, the Windows system clock may lag
behind the PC’s real time clock. This can effect the correlation of
data with date/time stamps.
NOTE: The TIME SYNCHRONIZATION feature is used for
Windows ‘98 or Windows Millenium Edition. This option is
not available for Windows NT or Windows 2000 and will be
be “grayed” out.
To synchronize the time, go to the OPTIONS Menu at the MAIN
window and select TIME SYNC TO LOCAL RTC.
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