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Mobile App Host

Setup the Church Bell Remote app host server

The Management Suite becomes a server when you enable the Mobile App Host. For this reason, Windows may put a security icon on the Management Suite icon and ask you if you are sure you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer. In addition to enabling the host in the Administration panel, you also need to modify the startup shortcut to run the program as an administrator.

  1. Right-click the icon on the desktop, and/or the shortcut in the start menu or taskbar
  2. Select Properties from the menu
  3. On the Shortcut tab, click the Advanced button
  4. Check the option to Run as administrator
  5. Click the OK buttons to close the properties menu

User Account Control

Newer Windows systems will prompt you every time you launch Management Suite if you want to allow changes to be made by the software. There are two ways to stop this from happening. First you could lower the User Account Control settings to minimum, but shouldn't do this unless the PC is only used with the carillon and you understand the risks. The other method is to schedule the Management Suite to automatically launch when the PC is started.

Scheduling Management Suite to autostart

Creating a task in the scheduler, then re-directing the desktop icon to launch it is the best way to avoid these difficulties. It is also a good way to set the Management Suite to autostart when the computer boots (or reboots after updates).

  1. Hold the Windows key and press R. In the run command field type
  1. In the right pane of Task Scheduler, click Create Task
  2. On the General tab, provide the task name mgmtsuite (do not use spaces in the name). At the bottom of this tab, check Run with highest privileges

OPTIONAL: if you want the Management Suite to start when the PC boots, select the Triggers tab. Click the [New...] button and select At log on

  1. On the Actions tab, click the [New...] button, select Start a program and [Browse] to the Management Suite icon on the desktop, or find the program in the Program Files folder. It will be in the Program Files (x86) directory in 64 bit operating systems. Click OK.
  2. On the Conditions tab, uncheck the power options if you ever need to run the Management Suite on battery power.
  3. Close the Task Scheduler
  4. Right click the desktop icon and select Properties, then edit the Target to:
schtasks.exe /Run /TN mgmtsuite

Setting up the mobile app

The Administration panel displays your computer's IP address that you will enter into the settings of the Church Bell Remote app when you connect your mobile phone or tablet to the local LAN via WiFi. If you have forwarded the computer's server port through your network firewall to the internet, you can find your public IP address by Googling 'What is my IP.'

Mobile App User Permissions

The Church Bell Remote mobile app will not connect to the carillon until you set up users and passwords. You can edit permissions after you have set up the users. Permissions include:

  • Selection Entry – ability to enter a specific song or bell function
  • F1-F8 – access to the pre-programmed function buttons
  • Tower Performance – use of the keyboard to perform (Millennium and Platinum)
  • Record Performance – use of the keyboard to practice (Millennium and Platinum)

For example, you may want to grant the cemetery owner across the street the permission to play a specific, requested song and F3 (toll) on Monday through Friday, and not the permission to adjust the volume. For this individual user, check the Selection Entry box and the F3 box; check boxes Monday through Friday and adjust times if desired.

Root Directory

This directory defaults to the user's My Documents directory for storing Millennium Suite files for backups and schedules. If several users login to the PC to schedule the bell system, they will not be able to access files saved by other users. You may also wish to use a network server to store your files on, and this can be specified here. This works best if the network directory is mapped to a drive letter.

Network Time Server

Normally the default timeservers work for the time sync function. If you do not have Internet access on your network or prefer to use your own server, enter its address and port (typically 123) and select if it uses the NTP or NIST protocol.