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Setting Up PhonePad for Remote Mode

Setting Up PhonePad for Remote Mode

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Setting Up PhonePad for Remote Mode

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Remote mode is used to connect to a PhonePad database installed on a remote server.  However it can also be used to connect to a PhonePad database located on a local server.  In both cases, a server application (DBServer) must be run on the server.  Please refer to the PhonePad Installation Guide for instructions on how to set up the server.

 

There are a few steps you need to go through to setup PhonePad for Remote mode connection.

 

Step 1 - Select Remote Mode

 

First of all, select Remote under Connection Mode.

 

 

 Remote Mode

 

 

Step 2 - Configure the Remote Settings (Compression and Encryption)

 

Next, click on the Remote Settings button to set the Encryption and Compression options.

 

 

RemoteConnectionSettings

 

 

The Remote Settings window allows you to specify the amount of data compression you require.  Compressing the data can speed up communications over the Internet.  For a LAN, this should be set to 0.  For the Internet, 6 is the optimum setting.

 

You can also encrypt all communications between the workstation and the PhonePad server by checking the Data Encryption checkbox.  This provides security over Wide Area Networks and the Internet, and prevents anyone with a packet sniffer from capturing and viewing your data.

 

 

Step 3 - Specifying the Remote Connection Settings

 

Now the server details have to be set up.  Click on the Server tab.

 

 

 ServerSettings

 

 

Server IP AddressYou can check the server's IP address by running the ServerManager (located in the PhonePad folder) on the server or Host PC.

 

 The small button next to the Server IP Address is the Ping button.  It can be used to "ping" the host computer to find out if it can be "seen" from the current workstation.  If it can't be seen then you will be unable to connect to DBServer.

 

Main PortThe main port is how PhonePad communicates with the server (DBServer).  The default setting is 12005 - you should use this setting unless another application is already using this port.

 

Administration PortThe administration port is used by various PhonePad utilities to perform administration functions on the server (DBServer).  The default setting is 12006 - you should use this setting unless another application is already using this port.

 

You need to perform these settings on each workstation that will be connecting in Remote mode.

 

 

Step 4 - Test the Server Connection

 

Click the Test Server button to test the connection between the workstation and the PhonePad server.

 

 

Server Configuration

 

In PhonePad 3, DBConnect was used to setup and configure the PhonePad Server.  With PhonePad 4 this is now done by the new ServerManager utility.

 

 

Delayed Connect

 

If you have PhonePad configured to automatically start when Windows starts, then it's possible that your computer's network interface card may not have initialized and established a connection with your network.  This could result in PhonePad not being able to connect to the PhonePad Server (DBServer).  You can get around this problem by enabling the Delay Connection option.

 

 

 DelayedConnection

 

The Delay Interval is in milliseconds (1000 milliseconds = 1 second).  Set the delay long enough to allow your computer to establish a connection with your network.  This will vary depending on your hardware.  Try 1000 to 2000 milliseconds as a starting point.