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Warnings and Cautions
1. Introduction
2. Unit Description
2.2. Back Panel
3. Getting Started
3.1. Communication Parameters
3.2. Apply Power to the APS-16
3.3. Connecting your PC to the APS-16
3.4. Communicating with the APS-16 Unit
4. Hardware Installation
4.1. Configure Setup Switches
4.1.1. Default Baud Rate
4.2. Initialize Unit to Default Settings
4.3. Connecting Devices to the APS-16
5. Configuration
5.1. Access to the APS-16 Command Mode
5.2. Defining and Reading the Site I.D.
5.3. Port Configuration
5.3.1. Configuration Conventions
5.3.2. Port Modes
5.3.3. Command Availability
5.3.4. Port Configuration Menu
6. Operation
6.1. Any-to-Any Mode
6.1.1. Port Connection and Disconnection
6.1.1.1. Using ASCII Commands to Connect Ports
6.1.1.2. Disconnecting Ports
6.1.2. Defining Hunt Groups
6.2. Passive Mode
6.3. Buffer Mode
6.3.1. Reading Data from Buffer Mode Ports
6.3.2. Port Buffers
6.4. Modem Mode
7. Saving Configuration Parameters
7.1. Sending Parameters to a File
7.2. Restoring Saved Parameters
8. Command Reference Guide
8.1. Command Conventions
8.2. Command Response
8.3. Command Summary
8.4. Command Set
A. RS-232 Port Interface
B. Specifications
C. Customer Service
Index
APS-16

3.4. Communicating with the APS-16 Unit

 

Perform the following procedure to enter the Command Mode, explore the unit's basic features, and check for proper operation.

1                     Start your communications program (e.g. ProComm).

2                     Issue the "Wake Port" command to access the Command Mode and make certain the port is ready to receive commands. Type /, then simultaneously press [Ctrl] and [E], and then [Enter] (/^E [Enter]). The "APS>" prompt should appear.

 

a) If you are performing this overview via modem, please refer to Section 5.1 for additional instructions.

b) If the "APS>" prompt is displayed, you have successfully accessed the Command Mode.

c) If the "APS>" prompt is not displayed, this may indicate a communication problem. Check the following:

•                      Cable Connection: Check the cable connection between the APS-16 and the PC. Make certain the cable connectors are firmly seated.

•                      Communication Parameters: Make certain the APS-16 and ProComm are using the same parameters.

 

3. Type /H [Enter] to display the Help Screen (Figure 3.1).

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Figure 3.1: The Help Screen

 

1                     Type /S [Enter] to display the Status Screen (Figure 3.2). The Status Screen summarizes conditions at all Ports. The various fields of the Status Screen are explained in Section 8.4.

2                     Port Connection: The APS-16 can perform two different types of port connections; Resident Connections and Third Party Connections.

 

 

a) Resident Connection: Your resident port (e.g. Port 1) issues a /C command to connect to a second port.

 

b) Third Party Connection: Your resident port (e.g. Port 1) issues a /C command to create a connection between two other ports.

i. To connect Port 2 to Port 3, type /C23 [Enter].

ii. While Ports 2 and 3 are connected, Port 1 will still recognize APS-16 commands. Type /S [Enter] to display the Status Screen. The "STATUS" column should now list Ports 2 and 3 as connected, and Port 1 as "Free".

iii. Issue a Third Party Disconnect command to disconnect Ports 2 and 3; type /D 2 [Enter]. The unit will display the "Are you Sure (y/n)?" prompt. Type y and press [Enter] to disconnect.

iv. Type /S [Enter] to display the Status Screen. The "STATUS" column should now list Ports 2 and 3 as "Free".

6. Define the Site I.D. Message to indicate the name or location of the unit. The Site I.D. cannot include non-printable ASCII codes such as nulls and Line Feeds.

a) Type /F [Enter]. A prompt will appear. Key in the desired text (up to 32 characters) and press [Enter].

b) To display the Site I.D., type /J [Enter].

c) The Site I.D. will be cleared when the unit is initialized.

This completes the introductory overview of the APS-16. After you have determined that the unit is operating properly, configure the unit as described in Sections 4 and 5.