Remote control mobile app setup

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This is a walk through of a typical setup for three users. The names and passwords should be changed to suit your requirements.

Setup Host PC

We are going to set up the Chime Master Church Bell remote mobile app.

First we will set up the Management Suite on our host PC. Go to Chime Master dot com slash downloads. Scroll down the page and find the link to the Management Suite installation package. Click the link and the file will begin to download.

In preparation for installation of the software, make sure that the bell system is not connected to the USB port of the PC until after the software is installed.

Also temporarily disable any third-party antivirus software before running the installer.

When the installation zip file has finished downloading, open it. We can close the browser window, find the setup application and double click it to begin.

Let's move the setup window off to the side so we can see when drivers install.

Agree to the EULA. next next next.. The software requires the .NET framework which is usually already a part of newer Windows systems. ... and close.

Now connect the bell system to the host PC and wait for the drivers to install for the Millennium+ carillon. A notification that it is "ready to use" will appear when it is finished or you can click on the device setup icon to watch its progress.

Right click the desktop start icon. Notice that the default action in bold is to OPEN. Select properties at the bottom of this context menu, click the advanced button and check RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR. OK OK continue ...

Right clicking the start icon, we see the bold default action is to RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.

Let's launch Management Suite to make sure it is functional. When we launch the Remote screen, we should see a copy of the bell system's display. Close the remote screen, and notice that the menu only shows the functionality included with the free version of Management Suite.

We can key in our license code to unlock the premium features by right clicking over the menu and selecting LICENSING

In addition to support for the mobile app - the premium license supports scheduling One time events and annual events Creating your own random play lists for each season and even more features for millennium and platinum carillons

After the license has been accepted, Management Suite must be restarted for the premium features to be registered.

In windows 10, Setup the windows firewall by searching for FIREWALL and launching Windows Firewall advanced. see our installation instructions for other versions of windows.

Select Inbound Rules from the the left column, then New Rule from the actions window on the right.

The new rule is for a Port - not a program - it is a TCP port 6 7 7 7.

The rule allows the connection to the port and is applicable for all types of connections. We'll name it CHIME REMOTE.

Launch management suite and open the ADMINISTRATOR options panel.

To support the mobile remote app, we need to enable the host server when we start management suite. For this setting to take effect, we have to restart the management suite.

After restarting Management Suite, open the ADMINISTRATOR options again. Make a note of the App Host Address. This is the address of this PC on the local area network.

After we connect the mobile app to the network it will be able to reach the bell system host PC at this address. Note that this address probably will eventually change by itself unless it is made static. Your IT person can make this happen.

Next we will add User Accounts for those who will be logging into the bell system using mobile apps on their phones and tablets. You should set up a separate user for each phone or tablet that will be used.

First add Father Russ and set his password to rusty. We will trust him to do the right thing with access to all functions at all times.

Next we'll set up the account for the Sexton, Jerry. His password is justy. While strong passwords are encouraged, you want to remember that if you use strange characters you will have to find them on your phone's keyboard.

Jerry will only need the basic functions for funerals and weddings between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Finally add the Organist, Mike, with all features. His password will be musty.

We have to leave the management suite running with the main menu up at all times in order for the remote app to connect to the bell system. You can lock the PC while remaining logged in to prevent others from accessing the bell system through the PC's keyboard and display.

Setup mobile app

Next we will set up the mobile app on the phone or tablet.

We have to connect the phone to the Internet either through 4G or the church wifi network to get the app installed from the App Store or Play Store.

Launch the Store and search for CHURCH BELL REMOTE. Find the Chime Master Church Bell Remote with the distinctive gold button and brown bell logo.

Tap the INSTALL button.

The app will install automatically after it downloads, then we will exit the store.

At this point, we need to be sure that we are connected to a wifi access point that is on the same local area network as the host PC that is running Management suite

Then launch the app from the gold button.

The EULA is easy to agree with, and a reminder will pop up that we need to finish setting up our link to the host PC in the Settings menu. We are reminded again in the display at the top of the app.

Tap the Settings button - then HOSTS - then ADD, to create a new link.

You may later create a separate entry for the same system that you use while connected to the Internet from anywhere. This is an advanced topic, so for now we will name this host

    wifi AT CHURCH

We need to edit the IP Address to match the one we made note of from the Management Suite's ADMINISTRATOR options panel.

Tap the name of the connection in the list to make sure it is selected before returning to SETTINGS.

The selected host will be displayed next to Host here in the settings menu and also in the gray area at the top of the remote screen.

It may take a few seconds to make the connection. The connection timing can be lengthened in the SETTINGS menu if errors occur.

Once connected to the host, we are prompted for the User and Password for this phone.

We will log in as Mike, remembering to capitalize his name the way we entered it in the User Accounts window of Management Suite.

After authentication, you will see the remote control buttons that are enabled for the user who is logged in.

Tapping Monitor (plus) will turn up the inside speaker. After a tap on Peal the blue status line will indicate when we can tap PLAY to begin ringing.

Tap the STOP button when you want the bells to stop. (they will stop after a pre-programmed time anyway). The bell system indicates that it received an Operator Cancel and when the bells have finished ringing out, it indicates that it is in Standby mode awaiting our next command.

Tapping the selection entry button opens an edit window for selection entry. Tap this window for the keyboard.

Amazing Grace is selection 1 2 2 5 , then DONE

Tap selection entry again to close the entry screen.

Tap the Android back button to close the remote control screen. This will log you out of the bell system.

To remove the app from memory, tap Android's recent apps button and swipe the apps off of the screen.

When you launch the remote the next time, you will not have to type anything to log in. It should be ready to go, so long as your phone is connected to the church WiFi and the correct host has been selected.