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There are several things involved in inside plant, however, in this step-by-step we will cover what it takes to create your frame within cairs.net.  The frame will include the row, block and pin location of your connections and connection paths. 

 

When navigating through the course you can click on any bolded text to go directly to the section in the Learning Center or simply use the links at the bottom of each module. 

Step 1: Creating your Site Hierarchy

Most times, your site levels will be created when we install your database, although you cannot delete levels you can add and modify existing Site Levels.


When you are adding sites, there are two types that correlate to your site levels.  The highest of your site levels are the Root Site and those below that are Child Sites.    


Just the links:


·     Creating your Site Levels

·        Creating your Root Sites

·       Creating your Child Sites

Step 2: Types

There are a few types of things that you have to determine before you can continue to create your facilities.  These are required field when you are adding your building, terminals, connections etc.  You must add at least one type for each of the following:


·         Connection Types

·         Path Usage

·         Building Types

·         Terminal Types

Step 3: Creating your Connection Groups

Your sites are created, now you get to add in connections and path ranges.  This is a three step process.  The first step is to create your Connections Groups, this pretty much is site, connection name and connection type.  Second step, add the Path Range to the connection group and the status of those paths, don’t worry it defaults to working!  Last step, add the Site Association to your Connection group, if the connection access multiple sites.    


Just the links:


·         Creating your Connection Groups

·         Adding Paths to Connection Groups

·         Adding Site to a Connection Group

Step 4: Creating your Buildings

Ok, you have sites and connections, so let’s tie it all together by creating your buildings.  This is a little longer process, but we will work through it step-by-step.  Step one, Create a Building, this is basic building information like site, building name, building type, etc.  Now we can Create the Terminal that will hold the cables in your building. Last part requires two steps, associating the connection to the terminal and assigning a path range to the connection. 


Just the links:


·         Creating your Buildings

·         Creating your Terminals

·         Adding a connection group to a terminal

·         Adding a path range to a terminal

Step 5: Creating your Terminals

There are two different terminals, one that contains binding post and the other that contains your frame. In this step we are going to create the terminal that will house your frame.  You are only creating the terminal, we will not assign a connection until a later step. 


Just the links:


·         Creating your Terminals

Step 6: Create your Frame

Now we get to create your Frame, the frame includes the row, block and pin for every connection group and path count that attaches to your switch.  If you want to be a completely dedicated plant, adding your frames will help to track the connection from start to finish. 


Just the links:


·         Creating your Frame

Step 7: Assigning Connections to a Terminal with Frame Location

Now that the frame is created you can add your connections and ranges into the terminals.  When you are assigning a path range, you will notice that instead of binding post location the Frame field becomes available. 


Just the links:


·         Adding a connection group to a terminal

·        Adding a path range to a terminal

Step 8: Sets

The next step is to create your sets. There are several parts that make up a whole set, for example, set features, equipment, services, accounts for calls, etc.  We have divided each part into its own section, but you will always start with Configuring a Set.  From there you can add:


·         Telephone Numbers

·         Features

·         Equipment or Services

·         Accounts


Just the links:


·         Configuring a Set

·         Set Buttons – Telephone Numbers

·         Set Button – Features

·         Equipment or Services Associated to a Set

·         Accounts for Call Charges

Step 9: Circuits

In addition to sets, you can add your circuits.  Much like sets, there are several sections that make up a complete circuit, for example, circuit types, main circuit, equipment or services, circuit segments, etc. We have divided each part into its own section, but you will always start with adding a main circuit.  From there you can add:


·         Accounts for Equipment & Services

·         Equipment or Services

·         Alternate Circuit Names

·         Circuit Segments


Just the links:


·         Circuit Types

·         Configuring a Circuit

·         Accounts for Equipment & Services

·         Equipment or Services Associated to a Circuit

·         Alternate Circuit Names

·         Circuit Segments

 

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