CovertCall

Network Alert System - Installation

Network Alert System - Installation

Installation

System Requirements

  • Runs on 32 and 64 -bit Windows platforms (e.g. Windows 7 & 10)
  • Needs TCP/IP Installed. TCP/IP runs on most networks now-a-days. If you need help installing TCP/IP on your computer see "How to add TCP/IP to your network" below.
  • At the moment CovertCall won't work through a WAN (Wide Area Network) router, but will run on most LAN's (Local Area Networks). This basically means that it will run on most office network setups.

Installation Instructions

Once you have downloaded the file, please run the executable file and the install program will guide you through the installation.

First-time Installation

  • Install CovertCall on each machine. (CovertCall must be installed on at least two machines to work).
  • If you can't see anyone in your "Computers Online " list then look at the TCP/IP section.

Subsequent Upgrades

  • You only need to upgrade one machine and all the other machines will be upgraded when they send to or receive from the upgraded machine.
  • Shut-down CovertCall.
  • Run the CovertCall setup program.

Registration

This software is copyright. This means that after the 30 days evaluation you should only use this software if you have paid for it. One license is required for each copy that you run. i.e. If you are running this program on three machines you need to purchase three licenses (i.e. 3 Users).

To register your required copies of CovertCall, proceed as follows:
  1. Go to the www.fc-tech.net CovertCall program page and purchase the program using the shopping basket.
  2. Select the order link and scroll down and complete the On-line form and then press the "Place order" button.
  3. Once you have placed your order and payment has been confirmed, your Activation code will be e-mailed to you.
  4. Select the Register Product from the "Tools" menu and the following window will be displayed.

    Register CovertCall screenshot
  5. Type in your Company name and e-mail address as it is provided to you on the Activation e-mail/fax sent to you. It is important to remember that all the Registration inputs are case sensitive and must be typed in exactly as per the Activation notice.
  6. Enter the activation code and click the Register button.

How to add TCP/IP to your network

Note: Windows 7, Windows 10 and Window Server always have TCP/IP installed, so you should not need to install it.

To Verify, follow the steps described below.

Should your company have a network administrator, please consult them before making changes to a computer's network settings!
  1. Select the Windows Start button, then the Settings menu, and then the Control Panel from the Settings menu.
  2. Double click on the Network icon.
  3. Click Add and then select the Protocol option from the browse box and click Add.
  4. Select the Microsoft option from the left-hand browse box.
  5. Select the TCP/IP option from the right-hand browse box and click OK.
  6. The TCP/IP protocol is now added to the Network components browse box on the Configuration tab on the Network screen.
  7. Highlight the TCP/IP protocol and click the Properties button.
  8. Select the IP Address Tab and click the Specify an IP address radio button.
  9. In the IP Address field type in the IP Address ( e.g. "192.168.2.4" - 192.168.2.* is a fixed local address in terms of IP addressing, so you can use the last digit to set the unique IP address of each local user), and in the Subnet Mask field enter the mask "255.255.255.0". Note: Each user must have a unique IP Address.
  10. Click the OK button.
  11. Click on the Identification tab on the Network screen and check that the computer name, workgroup and computer description are correct (this will be used for identification purposes for servers and clients).
  12. Click the OK button and exit from the control settings screen.
Important: You do not have to have a network card or be on a network to make CovertCall work, as long as at least one TCP/IP adapter is setup. An adapter is a physical device like a Network card or a Modem. If you don't have a modem or a Network Card in your computer. You can still add a Modem in your Network settings even though it's not present. (CovertCall works when a TCP/IP modem adapter is setup in the Network properties even if the Modem is not plugged into the machine or connected to the Internet.)

How to check if TCP/IP is installed on your computer

To check if your computer has TCP/IP installed you can do the following:
  1. Select the Windows Start button, then the Settings menu, and then the Control Panel from the Settings menu.
  2. Double click on the Network icon.
  3. Look in the top list box in the Configuration tab.
  4. If you do not see an entry that starts with TCP/IP then you have not installed TCP/IP. You can install it using the How to add TCP/IP instructions.
If TCP/IP is installed on your computer and you still cannot see anybody in your CovertCall  "Computers online" list, then it might be the case that you have a personal firewall installed on your computer. You need to make sure that the firewall has been configured so that the following ports are available for CovertCall to use:

UDP port number (streamed port):       2230

TCP/IP port number (datagram port):    2240