Setting up Other Connection Methods

TeleFinder supports TCP/IP, Direct Serial, and Connection Tool connection in addition to the more common modem connections. Using a variety of connection methods can make your BBS accessible to more users. You can also use different connection methods to take advantage of higher transfer rates provided by technologies like ISDN.


Use the TCP/IP connection method when you want your BBS to be available via the Internet, or to PC's running TeleFinder/User for Windows on a TCP/IPnetwork. TCP/IP is a cross-platform networking protocol used to run the global Internet as well as many local area networks. You need to run MacTCP or Open Transport TCP/IP to be able to use this connection method. To use the TCP/IP Connection Method follow these steps:

• Select MacTCP or Open Transport TCP/IP from TeleFinder's Connection Method menu. This brings up the MacTCP Connection Configuration dialog.


• Enter 1474 in the Port Number text box. All TeleFinder BBSes should communicate on port 1474 whenever possible. If the BBS you want to connect to uses a different port number, enter that number here in place of 1474.

For a POP3 Node, enter Port 110.


• Click in the OKbutton to save the configuration.


Direct Serial

You can use this method to access the BBS for testing through a serial cable. With a "null modem"cable you can connect the Macintosh Modem port to the Printer port and logon to the BBS from the same Macintosh it is running on.

To use the Direct Serial connection method follow these steps:

• Select Direct Serial from TeleFinder's Connection Method menu. This brings up the Serial Configuration dialog.


• Select the port the null modem cable is connected to from the Ports list.

• Select 38.4Kfrom the Baud Rate pop-up menu.

• Click in the OK button to save the configuration.


Note: A "Mac IIto ImageWriter"cable works well as a null modem cable.


Connection Tools

Connection Tools are a component of the Macintosh Communications Toolbox. They provide a convenient way of using a diverse array of communications devices. There are Connection Tools to support connections over an AppleTalk network, Modems, and ISDN.

The following examples show how to use two common tools, the AppleTalk ADSP Tool (AppleTalk)and the Planet ISDNTool (ISDN).

To use a Connection Tool follow these steps:

• Select "Connection Tool" from TeleFinder's Connection Method menu. This brings up the Connection Settings dialog.

• Choose the specific Connection Tool you want to use from the "Method"pop-up menu. This displays the options for that tool.

• Select the appropriate settings from the options dialog here.


AppleTalk ADSP Tool Setup

When using the AppleTalk ADSP Tool select these options:

•Enter a "Local Name" when configuring TeleFinder Server. This makes the BBS visible in the "Remote" list of other AppleTalk ADSP Tools on the network.

•Select the BBS you want to connect to from the "Remote"list when configuring TeleFinder/User.


The "Connection Type" text box should always contain 'ADSP'.

Click in the OKbutton to save the AppleTalk ADSP settings.


Planet ISDN Setup

When using the Planet ISDN Tool it is important to select a compatible "Protocol Profile" and "Rate Adaption." Users in the United States should:

•Select the "X.25 - 64K" profile.

• Turn "56K Rate Adaption" on.

European and Japanese users also need to use the same protocol profile when accepting calls or placing calls with the United States. Otherwise the 56K rate adaption may be left off.

Click in the OK button to save the Planet settings