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Connect Multiple PIN or Prox Ethernet Employee Time Clocks over the Internet

KB0152: Connect Multiple PIN or Prox Ethernet Employee Time Clocks over the Internet

Solution:

Multiple employee Ethernet time clocks are accessible remotely over the internet with the TimeVue or TimeSource software. In summary, the following steps are required:

    • Install each clock on the local area network (LAN) at the remote location.
    • Temporarily install the appropriate version of the Tibbo Device Server Toolkit on a workstation on the same LAN as the clocks.
    • Using the Tibbo Device Manager, program an available unique IP Address into each clock.
    • Setup unique port numbers for each clock to forward in the router so that each clock can be accessed through the Static Public IP address from this remote location.
    • At the TimeSource\TimeVue computer’s location, install the appropriate version of Tibbo Device Server Toolkit.
    • Using the Tibbo VSP Manager, create a virtual serial port for each clock and assign each clock to the Static Public IP address at the remote location.

NOTE:

      The following procedure is technical and may require the assistance of your network administrator or Internet service provider.

Solution:

      1. Programming an IP address and Port assignment using the Tibbo DS Manager: After installing each clock at the remote location, download and install the appropriate version of Tibbo and program a unique IP address into each clock using the Tibbo Device Server manager.

        For 32-bit Win Vista\7:

            download Tibbo from this link:

        Tibbo Download

        For 64-bit Win Vista\7:

            download Tibbo from this link:

        Tibbo Download

        Reference the instruction guide at this link: Tibbo Device Server Toolkit for Win Vista\7

          • Starting with STEP 4 in the instruction guide, select the first device in the DS manager, click the Change IP button and assign an IP address to the first clock.
          • With the IP address still highlighted, click the Settings button to the right.

            Assign the first clock to Port 1001 in the Network tab.

          • Follow Step 6 and Step 7 in the main instruction guide to set the correct Ethernet module properties in the Connection and Serial port tabs.
          • For each additional clock, repeat the above steps but assign each clock to the next higher network port number. For example, clock 2 is assigned to port 1002, clock 3 is assigned to port 1003, etc.
          • Verify that each clock’s IP address can be pinged on the local network.

        For Windows XP:

            download Tibbo from this link:

        Tibbo Download

        Reference the instruction guide at this link: Tibbo Device Server Toolkit for WinXP

          • Refer only to STEP 4 in the instruction guide, select the first device in the DS manager, click the Change IP button and assign an IP address to the first clock.
          • With the IP address still highlighted, click the Settings button to the right.

            Assign the first clock to Port 1001 in the TimeCalc tab and make sure the other property settings are correct and match the settings in the instruction guide and click OK.
          • Repeat the above steps for any additional clocks. but assign each clock to the next higher network port number. For example, clock 2 is assigned to port 1002, clock 3 is assigned to port 1003, etc.

      2. Setup Port Forwarding on your router: Setup port forwarding for the IP address of each clock on the router. Use the ports designated in the Tibbo DS Manager for each clock. For example, port 1001, 1002, 1003 etc.

 

      1. Create a Virtual Serial Port using the Tibbo VSP Manager: Make sure the appropriate version of Tibbo is installed on the computer doing the polling at the TimeSource or TimeVue software installation location. Refer to the download and instruction guide links in Step 1 of this KB.

 

        • For Windows XP, follow Steps 1 and 2 in the “Creating a Virtual Serial Port” section of the Tibbo WinXP instruction guide.
        • For Win Vista/7, follow only steps 1, 2, and 3 in the “Configuring the Tibbo Software” section of the Tibbo Win Vista/7 instruction guide.
        • Assign each clock a unique, unused COM Port in the VSP Properties window.
        • Near the bottom of the VSP Properties window, enter the Public IP address of the remote clock’s router and enter the Port number assigned to that particular clock.

        • Repeat the steps in this section for each clock.
        • The Tibbo DS Manager is not needed for any additional configuration.

 

      1. Setup each clock in the TimeSource or TimeVue software:

 

        • In TimeSource, go to Edit\Clocks and setup each clock as TYPE RS232 and use the COM Port assigned to each clock in the previous section.
        • In TimeVue, go to Setup\Time Clocks and setup each clock as TYPE RS232 and use the COM Port assigned to each clock in the previous section.

      • Click the Test button to the far right of the Clock screen to verify that you can communicate with each clock.