The line configuration allows a group of lines to be configured in a single step. Unlike the FFHWL configurator in earlier releases, it is no longer necessary to visit a separate Lines page to configure every line. To be selected as a group, a set of lines in a machine node must:
•be an unbroken sequence of line/thread numbers
•all have the same voice/fax board, line options and default ANI phone number (if defined)
•for voice and fax boards, have an unbroken sequence of channel numbers
The line configurator automatically assigns lines and threads to groups before and after any changes are made. Each group (or single line) has a starting and ending line number, and a count of lines included in the group:
To add another 23-line T1 board in the above node, you can change either the count or the ending line to read 46. The channel counts for the lines will be extended to match:
Note that the operation being performed is described at the foot of the form. If the message appears in red, it indicates that you may need to check that you are performing the wanted operation before you commit the change.
Selecting an Existing Range
To select an existing range, right-click the range in the main configurator window:
After the range has been selected, you can:
•extend the range by increasing the ending line number or the count
•reduce the range by decreasing the ending line number of the count - a warning will show that the lines beyond the reduced number will be deleted from the node.
•change the properties of all the lines in the range
•copy the range to a new set of lines by changing the starting line number
•change the machine in which the range is defined by changing the node name
•delete the entire range from the configuration by selecting '(not defined) in the node name pull-down
Selecting a Partial Range or Creating a New Range
Sometimes you need to define a few lines of a range differently, or create a completely new range. To do this, right-click the Lines and Threads heading item:
This operation initiates a special mode in which you can change only the starting line number of the range. The grayed-out main section of the display shows the contents of the range in which the starting line resides:
As you move the starting line up through its range, the end-point of the range stays constant and the count decreases:
The node box shows the node containing the range. If you select a starting point which is not in an existing range, the count is set to 1 and the ending point is the same as the starting point:
Clicking the Select button ends the special mode and reverts to normal configuration mode for the selected subrange. You can then modify, extend or copy this range of lines in the normal way.