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Email / TNPP Gateway
The Email/TNPP Gateway is a Windows-based Internet communications software application designed specifically to act as a 'Gateway' between your paging network and the Internet. The Gateway connects to your paging terminal (or paging network) via a standard TNPP serial port (TAP version also available). The connection to the Internet is typically DSL, cable modem, or T1 circuit, connected to an Internet service provider. The Email/TNPP Gateway supports the following applications:
Email to Pager: The system functions as an Internet email server that converts incoming email messages to TNPP ID pages. The TNPP packets are then transmitted to the paging terminal or TNPP network on the serial port. By allowing an email interface to your paging system, you dramatically increase the value and functionality of an alpha-numeric pager. Anyone in the world with access to the Internet can page your subscribers by simply sending an email message. The Gateway can also forward email messages to the subscriber's true 'home' email address, ensuring that the subscriber has a "hard-copy" of the message for later review. OR...the message can be sent to the subscriber's mobile phone via email.
Web page to Pager: The Gateway can accept page requests from an Internet Web page. We give you a simple web page (.HTM file) which you can then modify by adding graphics or any other text that you wish. Web page input allows anyone with a web browser to access your 'paging' web page and send a message to your subscribers. Simply enter the pager number and the message, and click "Send". NOTE: There is a Windows version and a Linux version of the web page interface.
SNPP to Pager: (Simple Network Paging Protocol) SNPP provides a simple, direct way to send a page over the Internet. SNPP is similiar to TAP/IXO, but uses the Internet instead of a dialup modem. The sender starts up his SNPP Client (available free from Comm One), clicks on a name, types the message, and hits SEND. The SNPP Client connects directly to the Gateway, sends the message, and disconnects. The Gateway then forwards the message to your terminal via TNPP ID page. Because the SNPP Client connects to and communicates directly with the Gateway, the user is assured of message delivery. We can also customize your SNPP Client program so it shows your company name and only connects to your Gateway.
TNPP over the Internet: The Gateway supports connections from remote paging terminals via our Windows TNPP Internet 'Client' software. This allows you to link your remote terminals over the Internet, bypassing expensive leased lines. The TNPP Internet Client software converts serial TNPP data to Internet packets and vice-versa. Clients can exchange paging traffic with the main terminal (Gateway) or with other Clients connected to the same Gateway. If your Internet connection fails, the Client software can use a modem and a POTS line to dial straight into the Gateway, quickly restoring the connection. Once the Client re-connects to the Gateway over the Internet, the dialup connection is automatically dropped.
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Email Features:
  • SMTP Email Server: receive standard email messages from the Internet and convert them to TNPP ID pages (or TAP) for output to a paging terminal (email attachments not supported)

  • Email Database: You have control over all the subscriber database entries, including email addresses, pager IDs, and forwarding email addresses.

  • Name or Numeric Addressing: allow email addresses to be either numeric (i.e. the pager ID) or normal text name addresses

  • Spam filtering: You set up a list of words and phrases that represent spam, and the software will filter out emails that contain those words and phrases.

  • Email Forwarding: In addition to sending the page, the Gateway can forward the email message to the subscriber's true home email address.

  • TNPP-to-Email: Convert ID pages received from your terminal into outgoing emails; this allows your terminal to send messages to all email-enabled devices, such as cell phones.

  • Max character length: Configurable maximum character length for email messages

  • Email cascading: break up long email messages into multiple pages for output

  • Sender/Subject: Optionally include the sender address and/or email subject in the page.

  • Email Routing: Route email messages to different destination addresses/terminals, depending on the email address pager ID.

TNPP-over-Internet Features:
  • TNPP over Internet: allows you to network your paging terminals and transmitters over the Internet, avoiding expensive leased lines. One Gateway can support up to 60 remote connections.

  • Dial backup: assures that a lost Internet connection won't halt your paging operation; remote TNPP Clients can dial into the Gateway machine.

  • TNPP Routing: The Gateway functions as an Internet 'TNPP router', routing packets to the correct terminal/node by destination address.

  • Secondary Gateway: For the ultimate in redundancy, a secondary (backup) Gateway can be installed. Each remote Client can be configured to connect to the secondary if the primary Gateway is unreachable.

  • Destination/Source validation: only accept TNPP traffic with valid destination and source addresses

  • TNPP Batching: Batching allows multiple single-page packets to be assembled into one long multi-page packet to increase efficiency.

  • Tech Page: will page you if a remote terminal loses its connection to the Gateway

  • Gateway-to-Gateway communications: Gateways can communicate with each other, allowing you to network multiple Gateways and Clients.

SNPP Features:
  • SNPP: fast, direct, and reliable message entry over the Internet

  • SNPP Greeting: send a custom greeting back to the SNPP Client when it connects to send a message

  • Customized SNPP: We can provide you with a customized version of the SNPP Client that will have your company name and icon.

  • Name lists: The user can store a personal list of names and pager IDs, allowing him to simply click on a name and send a message.

  • Max character length: Configurable maximum character length for SNPP messages

  • SNPP-to-Email: SNPP messages can be converted to email and forwarded to the subscriber's home email address.

General Features:
  • AutoPage: send a page every 'X' minutes (configurable) to verify that the system is up and running

  • Test Page: lets you easily send a test page to the local terminal or any connected terminal over the Internet

  • Configurable TNPP port: TNPP port (to the paging terminal) is fully configurable as to data rate, crc type, data direction, etc.

  • Configurable TCP/IP port numbers: TCP/IP port numbers used are fully configurable (email=25, SNPP=444, ...)

Requirements:
  • Windows XP, Server 2003/2008, or Windows 7 operating system
  • CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Dedicated Internet connection from an Internet service provider
  • Static IP address
  • Internet Domain name for receiving email (i.e. "yourcompany.com")
  • Available RS-232 serial port (for paging terminal connection)
  • Available USB port (for security key/dongle)
  • Your paging terminal should have an available TNPP or TAP serial port

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