Data Center Connection Types

Our mailing systems require a connection to the Pitney Bowes Data Center in order to refill postage, download software updates and transfer data. Connecting your meter digitally is the primary method due to its speed, convenience, reliability and lower costs. It eliminates the need for an analog phone line, as well as the added cost and maintenance required for an analog line. Additionally, it provides substantially faster upload and download speeds.

The following charts will help you identify the most suitable connection method and prepare you for your installation.

Connection Method Options

Method

     Benefits

PC Meter Connect

 

  • Faster Uploads/download speeds
  • Secure to use on network
  • Removes the need for a costly phone line
  • Constant connection removing need to unplug cables and phone lines
  • Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for operating PC Meter Connect (PCMC)
  • Download and install the latest version of PCMC

Direct Network Connection

  • Faster Uploads/download speeds
  • Secure to use on network
  • Removes the need for a costly phone line
  • Constant connection removing need to unplug cables and phone lines

WiFi Connection

  • Removes the need to locate your meter next to a router or network point
  • Faster Uploads/download speeds
  • Secure to use on network
  • Removes the need for a costly phone line
  • Constant connection removing need to unplug cables and phone lines
  • WiFi connection removes trailing cables

 

Requirements for Constant Connection Methods

   Connection Type
 Online Store Item #

 PC Meter Connect
943-7

 LAN Adapter
771-8

 WiFi Adapter
49A-G

LAN/WiFi Kit
1FWL

Silex LAN/WiFi
K7LK

 mailstation/mailstation2 

  X  

--

 --

--

 X 

 DM100i/DM200L X --  -- -- --

 DM125/DM225

  X  

O

 --

 O 

--

 DM300/DM400

 X 

X

 O

--

--

 DM475

 X 

X

 O

--

--

    X  = Included with the system.

    O = Optional. Available to order through Pitney Bowes - Postage Meter & Mailing System Supplies.

    -- = Method of connection is not available at this time.

   = Available to order in November 2014.

Analog Phone Line Connections
Pitney Bowes mailing systems have built-in modems that enable a connection to our Data Center through a phone line. This method is not recommended as it is much slower than internet-based connections and may be subject to additional fees. However, we recognize this type of connection is useful in situations where a network connection is unavailable. Learn more about Phone Connection Requirements.

Internet Connection Issues
Issues with a Data Center connection can have many causes. Most connection problems involve either the Internet connection, software application configuration, or the mailing system itself. For more information review:

 

Updated:  September 19, 2014
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