3. Quick Start Guide
This Quick Start Guide describes a simpliﬁed installation procedure for the
VIP hardware, which will allow you to communicate with the unit in order
to demonstrate basic features and check for proper operation.
Note that this Quick Start Guide does not provide a detailed description
of unit conﬁguration, or discuss advanced operating features in detail. In
order to take full advantage of the complete range of features offered by the
unit, it is recommended to review the remainder of this User's Guide after
performing the Quick Start procedure.
3.1. Hardware Installation
3.1.1. Apply Power to the VIP
Refer to the power rating nameplate on the VIP back panel, and then
connect the unit to an appropriate power source. The VIP features a
self-adjusting power supply that automatically adapts for 115 or 230 VAC
operation. Set the Master Power Switch on the VIP back panel to the ON
position; the front panel indicators should light. After a brief pause, the
RDY indicator should begin to ﬂash, indicating that the unit is ready to
3.1.2. Connect your PC to the VIP
In order to conﬁgure the VIP unit, invoke commands or retrieve data,
you must ﬁrst access the VIP command mode. The VIP offers three
different methods for activating the command mode; from a local PC that
is cable connected directly to the VIP Console Port, from a remote PC
that communicates with the VIP via modem, or from a remote PC that
communicates with the VIP via Ethernet connection. To connect your PC
to the VIP, proceed as follows:
• Control via Network: Connect your 10Base-T or 100Base-T network
interface to the VIP’s Network Port.
• Control via Console Port: Use the supplied null modem cable to
connect your PC COM port to the VIP’s Console Port.
• Control via Modem: Connect your phone line to the VIP’s
Note: The VIP features a 10Base-T, half duplex Interface. When
connecting to a 100Base-T interface, most router switches will
autosense to determine if the device is 100Base-T or 10Base-T, and
then conﬁgure the network interface accordingly. If your router
switch does not autosense, the network interface port must be
manually set to 10Base-T, half duplex mode.