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Connection Ranges and Buildings

A connection range refers the path numbers servicing a building. For example, a connection 1A (a 500 path connection) services building 1665, however, only paths 100 through 200 are punched down into the building. Therefore, your path range is 100 to 200. Before you can add a range into a building, the connection group must reside within the building and terminal. 

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Adding a Connection Range to a Building

1.       Click the Facilities menu.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Buildings.

3.       To populate the Buildings list, you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in the building name or portion of the name and then click the magnifying. glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       When the Building list opens to the right, double click the building name. 

5.       The Building window opens.  Within the Connection Paths ribbon group, click the Add Range button.

6.       The Add Range popup opens.  To add the range, complete the following information:

·         Terminal – click on the dropdown arrow to access a list, from the list select the terminal to assign a connection range to.  When you select a terminal, the Connection Group dropdown becomes available for selection.  The right pane within the Add Range popup displays the connection group and paths currently existing within the terminal.

·         Connection Group – click on the dropdown arrow to access a list, from the list select the connection group name.  Once selected, the Beginning Path, Ending Path and Frame or Binding Post dropdown boxes become available for selection.

·         Beginning Path – this field auto-populates with the connection’s beginning path.  To select a different beginning path, click the dropdown arrow to access a list, from the list select the number of the first path  you are assigning into the terminal.

·         Ending Path – this field auto-populates with the ending connection path.  To select a different ending path, click the dropdown arrow to access a list, from the list  select the number of the last path you are assigning into the terminal.

·         Don’t Track Binding Post – click the field to insert a checkmark to indicate binding post or frame location will not be tracked.  Once clicked the remaining fields become unavailable.  

The next field becomes available based on how you created the terminal.  If you created the terminal to hold binding post information, then the First Binding Post field becomes available, however, if you designed the terminal to hold frame locations, the Frame, First Row, First Block, and First Pin fields become available.

·         First Binding Post – click the dropdown arrow to access a list and from the list select the number of the first binding post containing the first path. 

·         Frame – click the dropdown arrow to access a list and from the list, select the frame name.  Once you select a Frame, the First Row dropdown box becomes available.  You will also see the detailed Frame Usage information in the right hand pane of the window.  To see the non-visible information, drag the scroll bar along the bottom of the pane. 

·         First Row – click the dropdown arrow to access a list and from the list, select the first row.  Once you have selected a row, the Block dropdown becomes available.

·         First Block – click the dropdown arrow to access a list and from the list, select the first block.  Once selected, the pin drop down becomes available.

·         First Pin – click the dropdown arrow to access a list and from the list, select the first pin.

7.       After completing all the range information, the Save button becomes available.  Click the Save button to save the range and close the popup.  Alternatively, click the Cancel button to stop the operation and return you to the General – Building window without adding the range. 

8.       Within the Terminals pane, a Connection Path Ranges list appears under the Connections list. 

9.       To view the complete range, click the plus (+) sign next to the Start Path number.

10.   Within the Actions ribbon group, click on the Save (to save and stay) button or click on the Save & Close (to save and exit) button.

Modifying a Connection Range of a Building

1.       Click the Facilities menu.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Buildings.

3.       To populate the Buildings list, you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in the building name or portion of the name and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       When the Building list opens to the right, double click the building name. 

5.       The Building window opens.  Within the Connection Paths ribbon group, click the Modify Range button.

6.       The Modify Range popup opens.  Use the dropdown list to make the necessary changes.

7.       Once you have completed modifying the range information, the Save button becomes available.  Click the Save button to save the range and close the popup.   

8.       Within the Terminals pane, the Connection Path Ranges list appears under the Connections list. 

9.       To view the complete range, click the plus (+) sign next to the Start Path number.

10.   Within the Actions ribbon group, click the Save (to save and stay) button or click on the Save & Close (to save and exit) button.

Deleting a Connection Range from a Building

Before a connection range can be deleted from a building, the paths must be free of all assignments. 

1.       Click the Facilities menu.

2.       In the Navigation pane, click Buildings.

3.       To populate the Buildings list, you must either:

·         Within the search box, type-in the building name or portion of the name and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.       When the Building list opens to the right, double click the building name. 

5.       The Building window opens.  Within the Connection Paths ribbon group, click the Delete Range button.

6.        The Delete Range window opens.  Use the dropdowns to select the terminal and connection group.

7.       The Beginning and Ending Path auto-populate with the paths originally assigned into the terminal.  From the Beginning Path, select the start path number to delete.  For example, if you have a 50 pair cable and you want to delete pair 40 to 50, select 40 in the Beginning Path drop down.

8.       In the Ending Path drop down list, select the end path number to delete.  With the above example, the End path would be 50.  Keep in mind that you cannot delete a path unless it is free of all assignments.

9.       Click the Delete button.  The popup closes and the range no longer appears in the Terminals pane. 

 

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