what is this? motorola alphamate

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_ncal.verio.com>
Date: Wed Dec 23 22:14:00 1998

On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, Doug Yowza wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Dec 1998 SUPRDAVE_at_aol.com wrote:
> > picked this up the other day. its a small unit comprising a relatively full
> > size keyboard and a 3x40 line lcd display. machine also has connections for
> > rs232, telephone, and din plugs for modem and printer. machine can also run on
> > batteries or ac power. is this a TDD? might be worth something if it is.
> I tried to buy a lot of those once. I thought they were portable
> terminals, but they turn out to be "portable paging entry terminals" used
> to send pages to pagers, I assume.

Yes. There's a pretty standard protocol for alphapagers. You call the
dialup number at 1200,8,N,1. It asks for something (I forget
now...COMMAND? maybe?) then you hit M (for message I guess) then it asks
ID= and you enter the 10 digit pager number. Then you enter the message.
It will then be sent out to the alpha pager.

Ok, so I totally forgot the protocol, the above is half-assed remembrance
from when I was experimenting with it. But anyway, you don't need one of
these terminals to send messages to alpha pagers. You can do it with any
computer and modem. The terminal is just to make it easy for office
clerks or what not to send out pages to field service personnel or

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