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Spok Messenger Ports: Remote Display

Remote Displays require connection to Spok Messenger via a serial (com) port, optionally through an RS-485 converter.

  1. Choose Interfaces > Ports. The Ports dialog displays.
  2. Click the New button to create a new port on the server. NOTE: When creating a port that has similar properties to an existing one, select the port of similar type before selecting New. Details specific to that port only are required.
  3. Enter the fields as described in the table below:

    Name

    In the Name field, enter a name to describe the display, or group of displays, connecting to this port.

    Protocol

    From the Protocol list box, select the Remote Display option. The fields are automatically populated with the entries shown in the graphic.

    Type

    From the Type list box, choose one of the following options.

     

 

Direct RS-232

Enter the fields as described in the table below:

Name

In the Name field, enter a name to describe the display, or group of displays, connecting to this port

Protocol

From the Protocol list box, select the Remote Display option. The fields are automatically populated with the entries shown in the graphic.

Type

From the Type list box, choose the Direct RS-232 option. The Direct RS-232 option is selected by default.

Serial Port

From the Serial Port list box, select a port that is defined as being AVAILABLE. A port that is already assigned within Spok Messenger is labeled IN USE. A port in use by another application on the server is labeled UNAVAILABLE.

Flow Control

From the Flow Control list box, select the None option.

 

Direct RS-485

Enter the fields as described in the table below:

Name

In the Name field, enter a name to describe the display, or group of displays, connecting to this port.

Protocol

From the Protocol list box, select the Remote Display option. The fields are automatically populated with the entries shown in the graphic.

Type

From the Type list box, choose the Direct RS-485 option. The Direct-232 option is selected by default.

Serial Port

From the Serial Port list box, select a port that is defined as being AVAILABLE. A port that is already assigned within Spok Messenger is labeled IN USE. A port in use by another application on the server is labeled UNAVAILABLE.

Flow Control

From the Flow Control list box, select the RTS Toggle option. If an external automatic RS-232 to RS-485 converter is present, then the None option can be selected.

 

  1. Click Save to commit the new settings to the server. The new port configuration is saved.
  2. In order to reduce network traffic, the status of each of the serial ports is not automatically updated. Click Refresh to update the status of each port.
  3. When the Remote Display port is configured, set up the Remote Display Gateway. Refer to Remote Display Gateways for more information.