Sound Card Packet  with AGWPE

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Most recent AGWPE version is:  2013.415  15 Apr 2013

Introduction
Overview
Computer requirements
Packet Engine Pro

Configure AGWPE
Download and Install
Basic AGWPE Setup
2 Radio Setup
2 Card Setup

Sound Device Setup
Basic Device Settings
Rename Sound Device
Additional Settings
Using the Tuning Aid

Problems?
Program Behavior
Receiving
Transmitting
Connections
Firewalls

AGWPE Features
AGWPE on a Network
Baud Rates & Modes
Remote Control
TCP/IP Over Radio
Tips and Tricks
Traffic Parameters

Compatible Programs:
Setup Help

Radio Interface
Getting Started
Kits and Pre-assembled
USB SignaLink
Receive Audio Cable
Transmit Audio Cable
PTT (TX Control) Cable
2 Radio Modification

About Packet
Packet Overview
Exchange Modes
TNCs and AGWPE
What To Do with Packet
Common Frequencies
Frame Headers
Further Reading
 

Download and Install AGWPE

1. Download the last official release of the AGWPE Program

  • The AGWPE downloads page is at http://www.sv2agw.com/downloads/default.htm . This will certainly have the most recent file.
     
  • You can also download the AGWPE program from the AGW Programs page on this site. While we try to keep the most recent release on that page, we can't guarantee it, so using the link above to sv2agw.com site is the best bet.

2. Install AGWPE

Note: To completely remove a prior version of AGWPE from your system, simply delete the files in the AGWPE folder or, even simper, delete the folder. You can not use the Windows' "Add or Remove Programs" routine in the Control Panel, since AGWPE is not "installed" in Windows like most other programs.

Another option is to rename the older version's folder rather than delete it.

  • Create a new folder for AGWPE that is NOT in the C:\Program Files folder, for example, C:\Ham\AGWPE or C:\AGWPE. It can be any path or name you prefer, just as long as it is not in the Windows Program Files folder. The reason? More recent versions of Windows do not allow changes to files located in its Program Files folder, and AGWPE needs to be able to change configuration files in the AGWPE folder.

    Hint: Create a new folder for each version of AGWPE that you download, since each version of the program uses the same file names. You want to avoid mixing files from different versions.

  • The AGWPE files come in a zipped file, agwpe.zip. Extract the files into the AGWPE folder you have created. After you do this, AGWPE is installed!

    AGWPE does not use the typical Windows "Add or Remove Programs" install routine from the Control Panel (Start> Settings> Control Panel> Add or Remove Programs ).

  • The main AGWPE program is named AGW Packet Engine.exe. You will find it helpful to create a Windows shortcut to this file and put it on your desktop, or the task bar or some other easily accessible spot

  • The next step is to run and configure AGWPE:

    Basic Setup for AGWPE (1 sound card & one 1 radio)   or
    Setup AGWPE for  2 radios     or
    Setup AGWPE for  2 sound cards

  • Some additional installation information:

Key Files: Many files come in the agwpe.zip file. Most are unnecessary. The files you absolutely need are:

  • AGW Packet Engine.exe
  • AGWPE.cnt
  • agwpe.sys
  • any files ending in ".ini", which are configuration files that AGWPE creates after you first run and configure AGWPE

Other files that are not essential but that you should probably keep are the HTTP folder and all its files; AGWPE.HLP (although it's out of date); and the intnet.txt file. If you start to use some AGWPE features, you may need these files and don't want to be stuck figuring out why the feature won't work.

You do not need the develop.zip file unless you plan to program something to link to AGWPE.

The other .zip files are zipped Language files. If you plan to use the default language of English, you do not need to unzip or retain the alternate language files in the AGWPE folder. For more information on using alternate language files see the Tips and Tricks page.

Parallel Port Drivers?  You do not need to download and install the drivers.zip file from the AGWPE site despite what the AGWPE program Help file or the AGWPE web site may say. Such drivers  have not been necessary since version 2001.38.

Last Updated:
18Aug2015

by Ralph Milnes NM5RM

 

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