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Simplified Paclink Setup and Configuration Instructions

 


 

 

OVERVIEW:

 

Paclink will require configuration before it can be used for Either an Internet Telnet or Radio packet connection.  However, once done, there should be little need to change it afterwards, other than to add additional email account addresses.

 

The steps below should be completed in the order shown. But, in order to active any email address
setup in Paclink Post Office and be able to receive email at this address you must FIRST send an 
email to anyone so that the main Winlink PMBO's can register this address in the network. You can use 
Telnet Channel that will be in one of the steps below.


SETUP Paclink Post Office:

 

Double click on the Paclink AGW Icon on the desktop
 

A pop-up menu will appear asking if you want to configure Paclink Postoffice -- Click OK, and you will see the screen below:

 


 


A. Enter a RADIO callsign.  It should be your base call without an SSID prefix.

 

B. Enter a Password (this will also be used in Outlook or other email client).

 

C. Leave the CMS sites with the default.  These are only used for registering a call sign.

 

D. Click the Local or LAN button, that way it will always be available to any other computers 
on the network.

 

E. The SMTP and POP3 ports normally default to 25 and 110.  If you have a problem with a virus 
program than change them to something like shown in the above screen shot. (You will also have to change 
in the Outlook or other email client account.

 

F.  You should click the Auto @ Startup button, so it stays current with updates.

 

When complete you will get a pop-up menu confirming the setup and that the account has been 
setup in Outlook Express.

 

This is the basic setup for a single email account 


SETUP Paclink AGW Properties:

 

Double click on the Paclink AGW Icon on the desktop
 

A pop-up screen will appear -- Click File and then Properties, on the top menu bar, and you will see this screen:

 

 

 

 

This has all the parameters for polling and using the AGWPE packet engine.  
(AGWPE MUST be installed FIRST.)

 


A. Enter the time in minutes you want to poll for messages 
(This will be used by both the Telnet and RF packet connections).  

 

B. You should decide about whether you want the program to check for the latest software updates. 

 

C. Make sure the path to AGWPE is correct, Normally you would have installed AGWPE on this same computer, so leave the 
Local Machine box checked.

 

D. As long as AGWPE is on this same computer leave  AGW TCP Port at  8000 and AGW Host at  
Localhost.

 

E. Leave the AGW User ID and the AGW Password blank.

 

F. Finally,  click Update.

 

You should not have to change anything in the three other AGWPE boxes, if this is Local.

 


SETUP Paclink AGW Channels

 

Now, click File and then Channels, on the top menu bar of Paclink AGW, and you will see the screen below.

 

Paclink AGW can be configured to connect with up to five connections that are prioritized from 1 to 5. Normally the first one would be a Telnet Internet connection, and then numbers 2 through 5 could be nearby Telpac Gateways.

 

Paclink AGW will start to initiate a connection with the first Channel in the list, and if unavailable, will then move to the next in the list.

 

The example below is for a Telnet Internet connection.

 


 

 

 


A. Check the Telnet button.

 

B. Enter a Channel Name for this connection. It can be anything that is meaningful to you.

 

C. Assign Channel Priority (Normally the Telnet Internet connection should be No. 1, and check 
the Channel Enabled
button. Leave the Keyboard Mode unchecked.

 

D. Since this is a Telnet connection all of the options in the Packet Properties area will be shaded 
and nothing will be entered there.

 

E. Fill in a Remote Callsign  and Remote Telnet Host address.  These are available on the 
Winlink web site, or from your local Emcomm group.

 

F. Leave the other three boxes with their default entries.

 

G. Click the Update this Channel button.

 

This is the basic setup for a Telnet Channel.

 

 

 


 

The example below is for a Radio Packet connection.

 


 

 

 


A. Check the Packet button.

 

B. Enter a Channel Name for this connection. As in the Telpac setup above it can be anything that is meaningful to you. It does not have to be the actual station call sign.

 

C. Assign Channel Priority (Normally the Packet connections would be Nos. 2 through 5, and check 
the Channel Enabled button. Leave the Keyboard Mode unchecked.

 

D. Since this is a Packet connection all of the options shown in the Telnet Properties area will be 
shaded and nothing will be entered there.

 

E. Fill in a Remote Callsign (including any SSID prefix) and leave the Inactivity Timeout at the 
default 2 minutes.

 

F. Leave the Connect Script as (none) and ignore the Connect Script Timeout.

 

G. Select the AGWPE Port using the arrow down button to the right of the entry field. (AGWPE MUST 
be installed ahead of time.)

 

H. Leave the Packet Length and the Max Frames Outstanding with the defaults.

 

I. Click the Update this Channel button.

 

This is the basic setup for a Packet Channel -- Add any additional you want in the same way.

 

 

 

 


SETUP Additional Accounts:

 

The steps listed above are all that is needed to use Paclink with only one mail address.  At some point if you want to add additional addresses (e.g. at the EOC Office) then you would use the screen below by clicking the Accounts Option off the top menu bar in the Paclink Post Office program.

 


Additional accounts called Tactical Addresses can also be setup


The screen is shown to the right, and has instructions for account names, etc.

 

When finished click the Add an Account button.

 

If you were at an EOC or other served agency, and wanted them to send and receive email through your Paclink program, here is where you would setup their new email account names.

 


The address will then be registered with the Winlink network, and you will receive a pop-up confirming this -- Click OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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