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 i-Telex call numbers for johannes  ( 380170JFK )

 380170 johannes i   main rack RFT F2000                          970012 varint i    mini rack Olivetti TE550e

 529671 heiss d        test rack Siemens T1000z                371665 ekovk d   micro rack RFT F20000     

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I-Telex USB / RS232 Terminal Software Overview 

i-Telex is a hobby telex network via  the Internet. Launched in 2000 by Philipp Hachtmann and Henning Treumann to awaken old teleprinters back to life. However, as appropriate modems for the system were increasingly difficult to obtain and also some additional functions, such as Keyboard dialing were required, it was decided to develop a completely redesigned version by Fred Sonnenrein called i-Telex to allow connections over the Internet instead of plain telephone network. Just take care to use a correct router like Fritz!Box or similar with port forwarding. The Speedport Modell 723/724 A/B dont work properly.
 
As time passed by, the available boards to connect teleprinters was increased with a PC interface board using a RS232 or a USB connection. Now there was a possibility to use a PC as a simulated teleprinter. However the software like Hyperterminal or PuTTY or others are working fine but they are a little bit dull, so I decided to write a small Visual Basic 6.0 program for personal use only.

frmTerminal

 
Asking the i-Telex community if there was some request for a dedicated Terminal Program the answer was YES, so I started to overlook the initial program to render the use somewhat easier to others. The purpose of the program was to easy connect the PC to the i-Telex system and implement some utility features in the program itself as a Phonebook, Preset messages , Favortite Telex Numbers and an Phonebook update utility to update directly from the i-Telex servers to obtain a real time up to date list of i-Telex members, and so on for example
 
 
frmPhonebookupdate  frmPhrases
frmTextWindow
 
As the quantity of i-Telex members are increasing, one could not "remember" so many telex numbers anymore. Altough there is a list you can print to your teleprinter calling Hennings Siemens 1200SD teleprinter on 92612 and typing KLKL.  Some earlier version were released and they worked fine but there was a difficulty to keep the so called Phonebook up to date.
 
In the earlier versions the update was done with a simple Excel table in .csv format that could be downloaded from my website, but that implemented that I should update this list in regular intervals and make the updated list available on the website. This is still functioning for the earlier releases, but it is not the ultimate method to update a phonebook.
 
Fred Sonnenrein send me some VB Code snippets that he used for the Server Communication. I wanted to read the memberslist directly from one of the i-Telex servers. I was able to implement this function to my terminal program so now updates are available in "real time" because they are downloaded from one of the servers which are synchronised automaticly every time a new member is added or some entry was changed. For the terminal program, only the telex NUMBER and NAME are important. Now this function can update the phonebook within a minute.To prevent abuse of the i-Telex servers the update can be executed only once a day.
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Software

The free Terminal Software (actual 3.0.3 Release) can be downloaded on this temporary download page,  The software comes into a ZIP file and may be extracted allmost anywhere. Before installing, read carefully the Installing procedure to prevent mal functioning. If you had already installed the 3.0.3 version, please make a backup of the user changed files as Preset / Config ecc. As I am working on an improved 4.0.0 version, the 3.0.3 release will be the actual one you can download. As soon I have some spare time I will continue to develop and improve the 4.0.0 version and will anounce it here and make it available on the download page:  Download Page 
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Installation

The software comes into a ZIP file and may be extracted allmost anywhere. There may be some files in use when you run the setup.exe and these cannot be overwritten, you may close any other application before proceeding the setup.If you had already installed the 3.0.3 version, please make a backup of the user changed files as Preset / Config ecc. Then just run SETUP.EXE
 
  • Do NOT change the default directory as stated just leave it to:   c:\i-telex-usb 
  • Setup may ask you to keep or overwrite some files like fonts and / or libraries, it will be safer to keep those files.
  • The software comes with a really nice Siemens T100 type of font stg 100 f.e.tiff , this will be the default font at program startup.
  • If there occurs an error like: cannot write ieframe.dll just select "ignore the error" and skip to the next point.
  • The setup will create a program entry but no desktop shortcut, the program is installed here: c:\i-telex-usb you may make a shortcut for yourselve by draging the i-telex-usb.exe and click "create shortcut here". The same procedure can be used to add the program to the taskbar. 
If all the operations proceed correctly, setup will end and you may proceed to the first use of the program as  you may / must set some features for the program to operate correctly.
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 First Use of the program

As you may use the Terminal Software for the first time, you may / must set some features for the program to operate correctly.
The program at startup reads a configuration file with some important infromation. If you have installed the ethernet board you had to enter a dial out number to connect the i-Telex board.
 
 
dialout
 
The program's default is number 9.  You may have changed this number in 0 or some other one digit number according to the above picture, then you can tell the program to use this by editing the configuration file using the build-in editor by clicking on the "Edit Config" button.
 
preseteditor
At this point you may change only the not commented lines, those without ///. Do NOT alter the other ones!
  • In the example the dial out number is 9, you change this as you have set it in the i-Telex board a single digit number from 0 to 9
  • then save these settings and proceed to "customising". or close the window.
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Customising the program

As you may use the Terminal Software for the first time, you can set the program to display your name at startup.
you can tell the program to use this by editing the configuration file using the build-in editor by clicking on the "Edit Config" button.
 
frmCustomise
At this point you may change only the not commented lines, those without ///. Do NOT alter the ///  ones!
  • In the example the username is set to Johannes .... just type whatever you want to display at startup not exceeding 30 characters
  • You can set how after many characters the Character Counter ruler turns from green into yellow (default = 55)
  • You can set how after many characters the Character Counter ruler turns from green into Red + Bell (default = 65)
  • You can set how after many characters the Character Counter ruler will automaticly insert CR+LF (default = 70)
 

Then save the settings and close the window. You must restart the program to activate the changes.

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I-Telex USB / RS232 Communication Settings

The Terminal Software cannot be connected to the USB or RS232 board if the Communications Settings are not set to proper values. At startup the program scans all the available COM ports. All ports from 1 to 16 are allowed. To set these properties, just click on the "Com Settings" button. Now a dialog window opens and you may choose the Com Port Dropdown list.
 
comset
In this example the com port is number 8 yours may be different, just click on the 8 to set the correct port.
  • To start set the flowcontrol (Handshake) property to to NONE
  • To start set the ECHO property to OFF
  • Then save the settinge by clicking the OK button
  • If you want to exit without any change just press EXIT
  • Keep in mind that the Canc & Save buttons will have no effect on the settings and the settings will NOT be saved or cancelled
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Utility Keys

The programm has two differrent pannels with active keys, the left pannel ist used during a i-telex connection. The right pannel contains the utility buttons as shown in the picture below.
 
frmFunctionKeys
On this pannel are the utility keys for the program to operate. Here below a short list from left to right and from top to bottom of the buttons with a sintetic description. Every button has a tooltip text, just hover over the button to display the tooltip.
  • Open Port this button opens a predefined communication port and connects to the TW39/USB or TW39 RS232 board.
  • Clear Text this button clears the entire text window
  • Edit Presets this button opens the build-in editor and the preset file, you may define your mostly used phrases
  • ComSettings this button opens the Communications Setting window to choose the proper com port and other properties.
  • Send File this button opens a dialog window where you can select a text file to transmit to your i-Telex partner. Only if connected
  • Edit Config this button opens the build-in editor and the preset file, you may change some of the settings. Use carefully.
  • Update this button invokes the phonebook update utility, it will download the up to date phonebook directly from the i-Telex server. Please do not abuse the use of it.
  • Online List this button opens your standard browser and displays a member list from the i-Telex Server. Please do not abuse the use of it.
  • Font this button opens a dialog window where you can change the font type size and collor of the text window. Changings will not be saved, at program start up the font will be set to default stg 100 f.e.tiff . Using an other font as the default you may see some strange behaviour of the Keystoke counter and Character count device, it is only estetical and does not compromise the functionality.
  • Configuration this button will work only if the comm port is open and there is no connection established. It invokes the TW39 Configuration utility so you can change the settings of the USb / RS232 board. Please read the TW39 manual first.
  • Refresh This button is used to update the Favortites list after editing the phonebook.
  • Homepage This button invokes your standard browser and displays the i-Telex USB / RS232 Terminal page..
On top of this pannel you will see three text labels, displaying the folowing information after beeing connected to the USB / RS232 board. 
 
1) type of connection
2) Com Port in use
3) elapsed time after connection
 
More information for setting the communications propoerties you wil find under Communication Settings.
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 i-Telex Keys

The programm has two differrent pannels with active keys, the right pannel contains the utility buttons .
The left pannel ist used during a i-telex connection as shown in the picture below.
 
 frmTelexKeys
The i-Telex buttons have for the most parts the usual teleprinter icons, and the others are pretty self explainatory in the list below a short description for each key and the normal use of it. Every button has a tooltip text, just hover over the button to display the tooltip.
 
At the top row, the first 4 buttons are to establish a i-Telex connection to an existing i-Telex partner p.e. 380170 , to do so proceed as follws:
 
 
connect keyConnect invokes the Manual Dial Mode , the text window will display. "Wählen" (Dial) now you must dial the Outgoing number followed by the number of your desired i-Telex partner. in ths case 938017.
 
 
whois keyWho Is  triggers the i-Telex partner Answerback device responding in this case to: 380170 johannes I.
 
 
 
heris keyHere Is send your own aswerback device ID p.e 123456 telex nl.
 
 
 
endconnect keyDisconnect wil close the existing i-Telex connection with your partner and the terminal program is in stand-by.
 
 
 
bell keyBell this key will ring the Bell (%) on your partners teleprinter.
 
 
 
local keyLocal Mode this will set the terminal to local mode, you can write delete ecc, but nothing will be send. This option is only active at terminal stand-by. To end the Local Mode just press Disconnect.
 
 
timestamp keyTime & Date this will print the local time and date to your i-Telex partner.
 
 
 
status keyStatus this key will display the actual hardware status to the text window.
 
 
 
figuresFigures send the 1... command to your i-Telex partner to set his teleprinter to receive figures correctly.
 
 
 
lettersLetters send the A... command to your i-Telex partner to set his teleprinter to receive letters correctly.
 
 
 
ryRY send a row of RY 's to your i-Telex partner, usefull for testing teleprinter equipment.
 
 
 
foxFOX send the usual test sequence " the quick brown fox jumps over.... " to your i-Telex partner.
 
 
 
cr keyCR Cariage Return (WR) send CR command only to your i-Telex partner.
 
 
 
lf keyLF LineFeed  (ZL) send LF command only to your i-Telex partner.
 
 
 
read msg keyRead Messages will display any messages present in the Memory. Dialog based, it will ask you if the message shall be deleted or to display next message. For the next message, just press Read Message again. To delete the displayed message just press the Delete Message button.
 
 
can msg keyDelete Message this key will delete the present displayed message. To see the next message just press the Read Messages button again.
 
 
 
soundon keySound On This key turns on system sound from the program.
 
 
 
soundoff keySound Off This key turns off system sound from the program.
 
 
 
phonebook keyPhonebook This key invokes the i-Telex Phonebook window. To use the phonebook properly see the Phonebook section.
 
 
 
settings keySettings This key is to set future programm settings. No function in the 4.0.0 release (yet).
 
 
 
print keyPrint This key will invoke the print dialog window for printing the text from the text window to the standard printer No function in the 4.0.0 release (yet).
 
 
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Phonebook 

The programm has a build-in phonebook that can be displayed using the Phonebook button, then a window opens, like the picture below showing an allready updated and edited phonebook.
 
 
frmPhonebook  
To use this phonebook, you can choose from several options:
 
  • Direct Call:  just click on the desired number or name and press call, the program will call automaticly the number with the dial out prefix (9)
  • Set Favorite: You can define up to 22 favorite i-Telex numbers that consequently will be displayed on the Favorites Window. Just click on the left hand checkbox and the entry turns green as proof you set this number as favorite, to undo this just click the left hand checkbox again.
  • Preview: this button restores the default display order if you may have changed the sorting in Name or Number.
 
Before you close the window, be sure to save the changed phonebook. After closing the phonebook press REFRESH to update  the Favorite list. 
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Phonebook update utility

update
 
An other feature is the phonebook update utility. Just press the UPDATE button which invokes the phonebook update utility, it will download the up to date phonebook directly from the i-Telex server. ATTENTION Please wait until the entire memberslist is downloaded before closing the window. You can update only once a day, to prevent abuse of the i-Telex Servers
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Preset common Phrases

 
phrases
 
An other feature is the use of very common phrases as "Hello I am Johannes from Italy .... " or "My e-Mail address is johannes.kok@ ..."In the middle of a i-Telex chat, some times you need to state you e-Mail address and you will be typing it over and over. The Preset Utility let you edit and save up to 10 common used phrases, so you can use them into a conversation with just one mouseclick. Press the "Edit Presets" button to open the buid-in editor to create or edit your own phrases.
 
edit preset
In this editor you can create or edit your mostly used phrases to use within a i-Telex chat, just by one click. After editing be sure to save the changes and then close te window. On the main form you can activate these presets just by clicking on them during a chat.
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Favorite i-Telex numbers

 
frmFavorites
 
Once you opened the communications port and you are connected to the USB / RS232 board, just click on the disired number on the list, the program will call the i-telex member automaticly.
 
Just be aware that the program will use the pre-configured dial out number whitch may vary from one to another. The default number (Amtswahl) is 9.
 
Any other number can be used, just edit the programs configuration file with the buid-in editor. "Edit Config" Pay attention, any change will activated ONLY by restarting the program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Text Window

The programs text window displays all the information, receive and sendet text and system related messages. During an active i-Telex connection, as you write, a character counter and a colored ruler traces how many keystrokes are put in. To prevent overshooting the page at your partners teleprinter this counter and ruler advise you over the actual state.
    • Character count from 1 to 55 (default) will color the ruler  green.
    • Character count over 55 (default) will turn the ruler yellow.
    • Character count over 65 (default) will ring the bell once and color the ruler red.
    • Character count at 70 (default) will insert automaticly CR + LF and reset the ruler and counter.

 

frmTextWindow

you may change these settings using the Config Editor  You can clear the text window at any time using the Clear Text button.
You can also change the font of the text window by pressing the Font button. Changes will last only for the current session, at startup the program returns to its default font stg 100 f.e. the Siemens T100 font emulation.
 
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I-Telex USB / RS232 Feedback

As an developer, Feedback  is very welcome. Bugs, improvements, ideas on this page/website, the software or other will be appreciated.  Thanks for passing by. 
 
feedback
 
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