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Step 4: Defining Modem and Communication Settings

Modem settings enable you to add customized modem definitions and edit initialization strings by selecting a modem from a list of existing modems.

Communication setting enables you to define the session type, session parameters and select the script file and setup file. Communication and terminal settings are both saved to a setup (.PTS) file. This file can be used on PowerTerm startup (see Step 1: Starting PowerTerm, page ), or opened during a PowerTerm session (see Step 5: Saving the Terminal Setup File ).

All sessions in the sessions list are saved in the PTCOMM.INI file.

From the Communication menu, select Modem Setup. The Modem Setup dialog box is displayed:

 

Modem Information

Modem Name: Specifies the name of the modem.

Init String: Specifies the initialization string, which defines the way the modem communicates with another modem.

Modem List: If you added modem settings previously using the Add button in the Modem Setup dialog box, the available modems will appear in the Modem List. You can select a modem by double-clicking on its name. When you select a modem, its name and initialization string appear in the Modem Information fields.

Add: Adds the modem settings to the Modem List.

Options

Clear: Clears the Modem Information fields for the selected modem. You can clear the Modem Information fields as follows:

    1. Select the modem from the Modem List. The parameters of the selected modem appear in the Modem Information fields.
    2. Click the Clear button. The Modem Information fields are cleared, and you can redefine this information for the defined modem.

Modify: Updates the data entered in the Modem Information fields for the selected modem in the Modem List. Modem settings are modified as follows:

    1. Select the modem you want to modify from the Modem List.
    2. Clear the Modem Information fields, as described above.
    3. Enter the new parameters in the Modem Name and Init String fields.
    4. Click the Modify button. The Modem Information fields of the selected modem are updated.

Delete: Deletes settings for a modem. You can delete a modem as follows:

1. Select the modem to delete from the Modem List. The parameters of the selected modem appear in the Modem Information fields.

2. Click the Delete button. A confirmation message is displayed.

3. Click OK to delete the selected modem from the Modem List.

Enter the modem name in the Modem Name field.

Enter the initialization string in the Init String field.

Click Add. The new modem settings appear in the Modem List.

Click OK once you have selected the required modem settings. You can now define your communication settings, as described below:

From the Communication menu, select Connect. The Connect dialog box is displayed:

Available session types differ according to the selected terminal emulation.

A description for each session type follows:

Session Type

Description

TELNET

Uses the Telnet protocol over TCP/IP for network communication. For this session type, you must specify the host computer name or the IP address in the Parameter. s Host Name text box. You can also specify the TELNET port number (default 23).

The WINSOCK.DLL file must be on the search path.

COM

Uses serial communication with the PC's COM ports. For this type, you must define the baud rate, port number, parity, stop bits and flow control. Optionally, you can specify a phone (dial) number.

INT 14

Uses BIOS interrupt 14. For this type, you must define the baud rate, port number, parity, stop bits and flow control. Optionally, you can specify a phone (dial) number. Available on PowerTerm 16bit version under Windows 3.x.

BAPI

For TCP/IP connections with parameters similar to those of TELNET. Before you use this option, make sure you installed the BAPI support software on your PC.

CTERM

Uses the DIGITAL CTERM protocol for network communication with a remote or local VAX/OpenVMS host via DIGITAL PATHWORKS 32. For this session type, you must specify the host computer name in the Parameter. s Node Name.

LAT

Uses DIGITAL LAT protocol for network communication with a VAX/OpenVMS host via DIGITAL PATHWORKS 32. For this type, you must specify a service name and optionally a password if required.

TN3270

TELNET for 3270. Check the Use TN3270E Protocol box if you want to work with TELNET SNA extensions. You can also specify the LU name of the host (LU name or LU pool).

MS SNA Server

For connection via Microsoft SNA Server. Specify the LU Name (or LU pool).

NWSAA (IPX)

For connection via IPX to Novel Netware for SAA. Note that Service Name is the same as Novel. s Profile. You must select an LU Category. You can specify an asterisk as the server name and PowerTerm will connect to the appropriate Netware for SAA server.

NWSAA (TCP/IP)

Same as previous for TCP/IP connection. You must specify the server's IP address or host name in the Server Name field.

TN5250

TELNET for 5250.

APPC

In System Name and Device Name, specify the appropriate AS/400 names. Check Auto Signon if you want to skip the sign on stage.

RLOGIN

Uses the RLOGIN protocol over TCP/IP for network communication. For this type you must specify the host computer name or the IP address. You can also specify the port number in the Host Name field.

SUPERLAT

This is a version of the LAT protocol for network communication with a VAX/Open VMS host, which requires Meridian's SUPERLAT. For this type, you must specify a service name and, if necessary, a password.

Terminal

Type: Changes the currently supported emulation.

To change the emulation, select the required emulation from the dropdown list.

If the terminal type 5250 Display is selected, the Device Name field is enabled.

ID: Changes the ID returned by the emulation program to the host.

To change the ID, select the required ID from the dropdown list.

Device Name: When using multiple sessions, each new session can be automatically given a new name, followed by the session number. For example, if the device name was Test, then the first session would be Test1, and the next Test2 and so on.

To enter the device name, simply enter "devicename+" in the Device Name field and save the setup file.

Script File: Specifies the name of a script to be run before communication is established.

To specify the file name, either type it in the text box or click the browse button. The Browse Login Script dialog box, shown below, displays the script files located in the PowerTerm directory.

Select a file and click Open.

By default, scripts are listed with a .PSL extension. You can, however, specify any name for your script. If your script file carries a different extension, you can list them by typing the extension (proceeded by an asterisk and a dot) in the File name text box, and then press the <Enter> key.

Setup File: Specifies the name of the setup file to be opened before communication is established.

To specify the setup file name, either type it in the text box or click the browse button. The Browse Terminal Setup dialog box, shown below, displays the setup files located in the PowerTerm directory:

Select a file and click Open.

By default, scripts are listed with a .PTS extension. You can, however, specify any name for your script.

Sessions List

If you saved session settings using the Save As button in the Connect dialog box, you will see the session names in this list. You can select a session by double-clicking its name. This establishes communication with the host. Note that as you select a session, its parameters appear in the dialog box.

Connect: Connects to the host according to the displayed session parameters.

Save As: Saves the current session settings.

You can save a session as follows:

1. Define session parameters.

2. Click the Save As button. The Save Session dialog box is displayed:

PowerTerm offers a default session name. You can overwrite this name and specify your own session name.

3. Click OK.

The session is displayed in the sessions list. After saving a set of communication parameters from the Sessions List area, you can use it to start a communication session.

Modify: Updates the selected session in the sessions list area, with the data entered in the upper section of the dialog box. A session is modified as follows:

    1. Select the session you want to modify from the Sessions List.
    2. Enter the new parameters in the upper section of the Connect dialog box.
    3. Click the Modify button. Saves the new parameters for the selected session.

Delete: Deletes a session setting. You can delete a session as follows:

1. Select the session to delete from the Sessions List.

2. Click the Delete button.

3. A confirm message is displayed. Click OK to delete the session setting.

From the Terminal menu, select Setup. The Terminal Setup window is displayed.

From the Emulation tab, select 5250 Display.

Click OK.

From the Communication menu, select Connect. The Connect dialog box is displayed:

In the Host Name field enter the name of the AS/400 host.

In the Device Name field enter the device name for the emulation session (up to a maximum of 10 characters).

When using multiple sessions enter "devicename+" and each session will be automatically assigned a new name. For example, if the device name entered was John+, then the first session will be John1, the second John2 and so on.

Click Connect.

The AS/400 session begins and is assigned the device name specified above.

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