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To keep track of switches at your site(s), add switch records within the Switches menu.  As you add a switch record into cairs.net, provide switch type, manufacturer, software load, truck routes, and install information.  Once the basic switch record is added, add: connection records and create SMA, import port numbers (EQN) into cairs.net, indicate the site(s) using the switch, class of service (DSN Access for EWSD), class of restriction (PSTN Access for EWSD), line class codes, and create speed dial groups within the switch record.

You can also modify and delete existing switch records, view script history, data files, and feature key maps.

Before adding a switch into your database, Unique Communication needs to import the software load information for each switch type.  You will provide a company representative a file containing the information.  Once the information is successfully imported, you can start adding your switches into the database.  If the software load information changes in the future, a Unique Communications representative can talk you through the process of updating the imported information. 

Setting Up a Switch Record - Video

Adding a New Switch Record

Manage your switches by creating a record for each one within the Switches menu. Once you add a switch record, you can expand and add connections, import port numbers (EQN), and perform all other switch related functions.

1.    Click the Switches menu

2.    In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.    There are two ways to open the General – Switch window to add a new record:

·         On the toolbar directly above the Navigation pane, click the drop-down arrow next to New. From the list, select Switches.

·         Within the Actions pane, click the Add New Switch link.

4.    The General - Switch window opens. There are two panes of information; the top pane displays general switch information. The lower pane displays the various connections to the switch.

5.    Within the top pane, complete the following switch information (required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)): 

·         Manufacturer* – click the drop-down arrow to access a list and from the list, select one of the following switch manufacturers:

·         Nokia Siemens Networks

·         Nortel

·         Avaya

·         Lucent

·         Cisco

·         Other

·         Tadiran Telecom

 

·         Switch Type* – click the drop-down arrow to access a list and from the list, select one of the following switch types:

·         Unknown

·         EWSD

·         HiPath

·         CS2100

·         CS1000 M1

·         Ayava

·         Lucent 5ESS

·         Hardware

·         SL100

·         Unified Communications Manager

·         Tadiran

 

! We have hard-coded the Manufacturer and Switch Type into the software, you cannot edit these fields.

·         Software Load* – click the drop-down arrow to access a list and from the list, select the appropriate switch software version.

·         Switch Name* – type the switch name.

·         Use Routing – click the box to insert a checkmark to indicate the switch uses routing. This field is for Nortel switches and system-wide moves only. If you check this, the next three fields are required.

·         DSN Trunk Route – type the DSN trunk route (Note: a required field for system wide moves on the Nortel platform).

·         Commercial Trunk Route – type the commercial trunk route (Note: a required field for system wide moves on the Nortel platform).

·         Message Trunk Route – type the message trunk route (Note: a required field for system wide moves on the Nortel platform).

·         Description – type an optional switch description.

·         Install Date – type the switch installation date.

·         Port HASU Summary Prefix Length – type in the value for the number of characters in the Port field that are used to group the ports together, for example, if you are using the port HOST 00 0 00 00, the value would be nine. When you generate the Spare Port Combined Summary the report is grouped by HOST 00 0.

·         Port HASU Summary Detail Prefix Length - type in the value for the number of characters in the Port field that are used to group the ports together, for example, if you are using the port HOST 00 0 00 00, the value would be nine. When you generate the Spare Port Detailed Summary the report is grouped by HOST 00 0.

6.    Within the Actions ribbon group, click Save (to save and stay) to continue adding information for the switch or click Save & Close (to save and exit) return to the Switches list.

! When adding a EWSD switch type, after clicking Save, you are asked if you want cairs.net to automatically create the DSN/PSTN access codes. Click Yes to have cairs.net automatically create or No to create the codes manually.

Deleting a Switch Record

In order to delete a switch record, the switch must be free of all assignments. Cairs.net offers two ways to delete a switch record:

1.    Click the Switches menu.

2.    In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.    Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·         Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.    Once the list displays, highlight the switch you want to delete. There are two ways to complete the deletion:

·         Within the tool bar directly above the Navigation pane, click the red X.

·         Double-click the switch name within the list. The General – Switch window opens. Within the Actions ribbon group, click the Delete button.

5.    Once you click Delete, a message box appears verifying that you really want to delete the switch. Click Yes within the box to continue or No to cancel the operation.

 

Viewing Switch Records

View existing switch records within the Switches menu.

1.    Click the Switches menu.

2.    In the Navigation pane, click Switches.

3.    Depending on the amount of records you have within your database, the list may not readily populate. To populate the list, perform one of the following actions:

·         Within the search box, type any portion of the record and then click the magnifying glass.

·         Click the Show All button.

4.    Once the list displays, you can sort it based on a few common characteristics. There are four views you can choose from within the Views pane and each sorts or categorizes the switches based on the common element. The following views are available:

·         Simple List – the default view. The records are listed in alphabetical or numerical order.

·         Site – sorts the list based on associated sites. If a switch is associated to multiple sites, the record appears under all headings.

·         Manufacturer – sorts the list based on manufacturer name.

·         Switch Type – sorts the list based on switch type.

5.    To change the view, within the views pane click the option button next to the selection. The list changes to your appropriate selection. Click the plus sign (+) next to the heading to view the expanded list.

6.    To view an individual record, double-click the row to open the General – Switch screen.

 

 

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