IPS-400 / IPS-400-CE - User’s Guide
3.2. Communicating with the IPS
The IPS offers two separate user interfaces: the Web Browser Interface
and the Text Interface. The Web Browser interface allows you to contact
the IPS via a TCP/IP network, using a standard, JavaScript enabled web
browser (such as Microsoft® Internet Explorer.) The Text Interface consists
of a series of ASCII text menus, which may be accessed via TCP/IP
network, Local PC or modem.
Note: The IPS features a default IP Address (
and a default Subnet Mask ( This allows initial
network access to command mode without first setting up the
unit’s network parameters (providing that you are contacting the
IPS from a node on the same subnet.) When attempting to access
the IPS from a node that is not on the same subnet, please refer to
Section 5.3.4 for further configuration instructions.
1. Access the Command Mode: This procedure differs slightly,
depending on whether you’re contacting the IPS via the Web Browser
Interface or Text Interface.
a) Web Browser Interface: Start your JavaScript enabled Web
Browser. Enter the IPS’s default IP address (
in your browser address bar and then press [Enter]. A password
prompt will be displayed. Since at this point, the user name and
password have not yet been defined, you can simply click OK
without keying in a user name or password. The Plug Status
Screen will be displayed as shown in Figure 3.1.
b) Text Interface:
i. Via Telnet: Telnet to the IPS’s default IP address
( The Plug Status Screen (Figure 3.2)
should be displayed.
ii. Via Local PC: Start your communications program (e.g.,
Hyperterminal) and then press [Enter]. The Plug Status
Screen should be displayed as shown in Figure 3.2. The
default communications parameters for the Console Port are
9600 bps, No Parity, 8 data bits, One stop bit.
iii. Via Modem: Use your communications program to dial
the number for the phone line which is connected to your
external modem. Note that in order to communicate with the
unit via modem, you must first access the command mode
via Network or Local PC, and use the Serial Parameters
Menu to set the Port Mode to "Modem" as described in
Section 5.3.2.
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