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MOBILE FIRST MEANS WHAT? IT MEANS SMS FIRST, OF COURSE. THE ONLY GORILLA IN MOBILE… IS SMS TEXT MESSAGING OF COURSE. 4.5X BIGGER THAN TOTAL GLOBAL SMARTPHONE APPS ‘ECONOMY’ (source: http://communities-dominate.blogs.com)

 

Keypoints:-

  1. There are more mobile phone accounts than humans alive.
  2. SMS text messaging is used by 75% of all mobile phone users on the planet by SAP latest numbers February 2015.
  3. SMS text messaging today in 2015 has more than twice the active user base than total installed base of all smartphones across all OS platforms, whether they use apps or not.
  4. If you are now pursuing a mobile strategy, and are thinking ‘mobile first’ of course you have to go SMS first.

DIGITAL REACH IN 2015 OF ALL HUMANS ALIVE (7.2B PEOPLE)

DEVICE USERS % OF HUMAN POPULATION
iPhone 300 million download iPhone apps 4%
Tablets (any OS) 600 million 8%
Whatsapp 900 million 12%
Facebook on mobile 1200 million 17%
Skype 1200 million 17%
Android 1300 million 18%
Facebook (all tech) 1400 million 19%
PCs (all types) 1500 million 21%
eMail on mobile 2200 million 31%
Mobile internet 2200 million 31%
eMail on any tech 2500 million 35%
Internet on any tech 3000 million 42%
SMS 5400 million 75%

 

 

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How to Run VCOM as Windows Service Using “AlwaysUp”

VCOM

VCOM is a Windows Application. It is NOT a Windows Service. VCOM will auto-run when user has logged into (entering user name and password) Windows. Otherwise, VCOM will not run.

To run VCOM as a Windows Service you can install a 3rd party software call “AlwaysUp”.

 

Install & Configure VCOM in AlwaysUp

  1. Download “AlwaysUp” here … or from 3rd party web site ….
  2. Install it.
  3. Add a new service.
  4. Point to the path of “vcom.exe”.
  5. Ensure the status is “Automatic”.
  6. To view the GUI of VCOM, click on “Switch to Session 0”.
    then it will display the VCOM GUI:
  7. To return to Windows desktop from VCOM GUI, click “Return now”.

 

Warning

  1. After VCOM service is started by AlwaysUp, sometimes, this message by “Interactive Services Detection” will appear “A program running on this computer is trying to display a message”:
    click on “View Message” to switch to VCOM GUI:

  2. To return to Windows desktop from VCOM GUI, click “Return now”.

 

 

How Does MOBTEK Q24 STK MODEM HUB (model B-8-L-SG) Work?

 

MOBITEK® Q24 STK MODEM HUB, model B-8-L-SG, has 8 modems supporting 8 SIM cards. Each modem in the hub has an IP address with different port number:

  • modem 1 => 192.168.1.10:961
  • modem 2 => 192.168.1.10:962
  • modem 3 => 192.168.1.10:963
  • modem 4 => 192.168.1.10:964
  • modem 5 => 192.168.1.10:965
  • modem 6 => 192.168.1.10:966
  • modem 7 => 192.168.1.10:967
  • modem 8 => 192.168.1.10:968

On PC side, you will need to install a virtual com port driver that will map com port to the IP address, e.g.:-

  • COM Port no. 11 => modem 1 (192.168.1.10:961)
  • COM Port no. 12 => modem 2 (192.168.1.10:962)
  • COM Port no. 13 => modem 3 (192.168.1.10:963)
  • COM Port no. 14 => modem 4 (192.168.1.10:964)
  • COM Port no. 15 => modem 5 (192.168.1.10:965)
  • COM Port no. 16 => modem 6 (192.168.1.10:966)
  • COM Port no. 17 => modem 7 (192.168.1.10:967)
  • COM Port no. 18 => modem 8 (192.168.1.10:968)

Then your Reload System/Software communicates with the COM port number, e.g.:-

  • Reload1.exe => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 11
  • Reload2.exe => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 12
  • Reload3.exe => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 13
  • Reload4.exe => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 14

Or if you are using multi-threading, then

  • Reload.exe => thread no. 1 => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 11
  • Reload.exe => thread no. 2 => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 12
  • Reload.exe => thread no. 3 => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 13
  • Reload.exe => thread no. 4 => MobitekSTKAPI.dll => DisplayMainMenu() => COM Port no. 14
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How to Run VCOM as Windows Service

VCOM is a Windows Application. It is NOT a Windows Service. VCOM will auto-run when user has logged into (entering user name and password) Windows. Otherwise, VCOM will not run.

To run VCOM as a Windows Service you can manually create a Windows Service using these steps. However, take note that you cannot run VCOM as both Windows Application and Windows Service mode at the same time.

 

Configure VCOM as Windows Service

  1. First, IP address of MobiGATE and all 8 modems must be properly configured in VCOM application.
  2. Disable “auto-start” in VCOM application:
  3. Exit completely VCOM application.
  4. Download and install Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools from Microsoft web page or from here …
  5. Only 2 executable files are needed:
    1. INSTSRV.exe
    2. SRVANY.exe
  6. After you have installed, run this command in command prompt:
    C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools>INSTSRV.exe VCOM "C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\SRVANY.exe"
  7. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe), check the registry to verify that the ImagePath value under “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VCOM” is set to
    "C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\srvany.exe"
    
  8. Right click on VCOM, from the Edit menu, click “Add Key”. Type the following and click “OK”:
    Key Name: Parameters
    Class : <leave blank>
  9. Select the “Parameters” key, click “Add Value”. Type the following and click “OK”:
    Value Name: Application
    Data Type : REG_SZ
    String : C:\Program Files\VCOM\VCOM\vcom.exe
    
  10. Exit Registry Editor and goto “Computer Management > Services” configure “VCOM” to run “Automatic”
  11. After service is started, 8 COM ports are created:

Warning

  1. After VCOM service is started, then you start VCOM application, the application could NOT show all the 8 modems and 8 COM ports:
    VCOM application must be closed.
  2. If you want VCOM application to show all modems, then you must first stop the VCOM service, the only start VCOM application.
  3. VCOM cannot be running as both Windows Application and Windows Service mode at the same time.

 

Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-my/help/137890/how-to-create-a-user-defined-service

How to Solve “Unable to open database file” in PHPRunner

PROBLEM: PHPRunner v.10 unable to open project files created using PHPRunner v. 5 with this error message …

 

TROUBLE SHOOTING

SOLUTION
SOLVED?
Edit the “.phpr” file created by PHPRunner v. 5, change  the database connection variables. No.
Use PHPRunner v. 5 to re-build PHP files and update the “.phpr” with correct database settings. No.
Use PHPRunner v. 6.2 to re-build PHP files and update the “.phpr” created by PHPRunner v. 5 in above.

PHP v. 6.2 is able to open “.phpr” file created by v. 5.

No. PHPRunner v. 10 us unable to open the “.phpr” file created by v. 6.2.
Use PHPRunner v. 10 to create a new project and connect to MySQL database server. Open the “.phpr” file to review the connection string. No because “.phpr” structure is different between PHPRunner v. 10 and v. 5
Use PHPRunner v. 8 to open “CRM.phpr”, re-build PHP files and update the “.phpr” created by PHPRunner v. 5 in above. Yes. PHPRunner v. 10 is able to open “.phpr” file created by v.8.

 

CONCLUSION: PHPRunner v. 10 cannot open project files created by PHPRunner v. 7 and earlier.

SOLUTION: use PHPRunner v. 8 to  re-build project file created by earlier version of PHPRunner, then use v. 10 to open project files created by PHPRunner v.8.

Note

  1. PHP files generated by PHPRunner v. 5, 6, 7, 8 will have error message “mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead” when uploaded to crm.mobiteks80.com as they are NOT using “mysqli”.

How to Search for the IP Address of MOBITEK S80 3G Modem

There are 2 methods:-

  1. USR-TCP
  2. USR-VCOM

 

  1. USING USR-TCP
    Click on ” Search in LAN” and you will find your modem in the “Device list in the Net”.Once you click on the modem which is visible on that list, you can view the parameters (including the IP address) of MOBITEK S80 3G MODEM.
  2. Using USR-VCOM
    Once done with the USR-VCOM setup, click on “Search” and select T24. 

    The modem that been detected by the USR-VCOM will be shown as below with the IP address:

VCOM Cannot Be Used to Change IP Address of MobiGATE

Conclusion:

  • VCOM Cannot Be Used to Change IP Address of MobiGATE. 
  • The “Configure” button in VCOM is NOT able to change the IP address.
Select the MobiGATE then click on the “Configure” in VCOM.
Enter the new IP address for the MobiGATE
new IP address and Submask Address been entered
When OK is clicked, no response except .ion
Did the IP address changed? No, IP address remains at 192.168.10.69
What happens if I fill all the fields provided? — NOTHING
After OK is pressed -NOTHING HAPPENS