Setting up the IP2v with V5.31 firmware

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Also see TCB-IP2.

Setting up the IP2dv to communicate with LMR radios

A detailed description of the setup process can be found here: Setting up the IP2v with V5.19 firmware. It may be useful as a reference even when using other firmware versions, but some of the settings changes described there are no longer necessary; see the following instead.

Setup summary:

  • Port 1 (the LMR interface):
    • If you are interfacing any audio source (such as a receiver) to the LMR port, turn off AGC for that port after setting the receive audio level, as the PTT phones don't deal well with background noise creeping up during silent periods as the AGC adjusts.
  • Port 2 (the phone interface):
    • From the settings form select the Port Type tab, set the type to "Motorola V860" and click "Restore Defaults".
    • From the Radio Setup tab > Time to ignore RX activity after TX drops: change from 0.0 to 0.5 sec. Doing so blocks the courtesy beep that the phone sends when it quits transmitting so it can't coming back through the system and cause problems.
    • When a PTT call is about to time out (after about 20 seconds of inactivity), the V860 sends a noise burst to the IP2dv. Normally the IP2dv ignores it, but if the receiver glitches active when that happens, try this: enable VOX, change the threshold from 5% to 10%, then disable VOX again (so only "Resource-Specific Activity" is selected).

Setting up to dispatch over Verizon PTT using the IP2dv and LinkTDS

You will need a computer with a microphone and speakers (or a headset) and a connection to the LAN (local area network). There are two software packages to download and install (they may also be on a CD-ROM). LinkTDS is available from <http://link-comm.com/index.php/S=0/site/evaluate_tds>. RCI can be downloaded from the "TCB-iP2 Software and Firmware link here: <http://link-comm.com/index.php/site/tcbsupportcomments/60/>.

The IP2dv will need to be connected to the V860 phone (headphone jack and USB). Also plug it into the LAN and connect power. It generally takes a couple of minutes for it to start up and get the phone ready.

Next run LinkTDS and press CTRL-R. That will open a resources panel on the right-hand side. Hover your mouse pointer over the IP2 resources listed there (they will probably be called "Handheld" or "Verizon" and note the IP address displayed in the tooltip that pops up. It will probably start with 192.168... See <http://link-comm.com/tds/docs/Administration_Quickstart.htm> if you have trouble with this step (also see the links in the following paragraph).

Start the RCI software (you can leave LinkTDS running or shut it down). Set up a telnet connection using the IP address noted previously. If you have trouble with this step (or the previous one), see <http://link-comm.com/tcbwiki/index.php?title=Setting_Up_IP2_Network_Connections> and <http://link-comm.com/tcbwiki/index.php?title=Using_the_IP2_LCD_Interface> for more information.

Use RCI to set up your list of Verizon PTT contacts using the instructions here: <http://link-comm.com/tcbwiki/index.php?title=Setting_Up_Verizon_PTT_Contacts>. It might also be helpful to check out the notes about CSV import/export and backing up settings here: <http://link-comm.com/tcbwiki/index.php?title=Controlling_radio_frequencies_with_the_IP2>.

Suggestions and Troubleshooting

  • Put the PTT number or group that you call the most in route 1 (see Setting Up Verizon PTT Contacts).
  • The IP2dv cycles power to the connected phone as part of the startup process. If RCI is running and connected to the IP2dv during that time (the first two minutes or so) and the phone cycles power more than once, try shutting down RCI until the startup process is finished. RCI will show an exclamation point warning on port 2 during that time.
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