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How to turn HTTPs off and on

Device communication - default settings

All current generation DicksonOne devices* (DWE, TWE, and TWP) are capable of communicating with a network on either port 80 (HTTP) or port 443 (HTTPs - secured). Most of the time, customers will prefer the secured communication port, so all devices ship defaulting to the HTTPs port.

In rare circumstances where your IT infrastructure is incapable of supporting HTTPs, or for whatever reason need to manually switch over to the HTTP port, this article will walk you through how to do that.

DWE Devices (small LCD display)
 
  • To make any configuration change to DWE unit, you must connect the device to a computer with a USB cable.
  • If you have the configuration widget already installed on your computer, click the icon on your desktop.
  • If not already installed, you can download it from here: www.DicksonOne.com/config
  • once inside the widget, it should recognize the device that is connected to your computer

  1. You can skip the "Connect" step, and proceed to the "Configure" screen.
  • From there, under "Network Settings", select the "Manual" button
2.  The box next to "Use SSL" will be checked by default. This means the device is currently communicating via the secure port 443 (HTTPS). To switch to HTTP, uncheck the box.
3. Select "Finish". The device will now reboot with the new configuration settings. After it has finished rebooting, you can disconnect it from the computer and replace it in the respective monitoring location

Note: If you use the default DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) IP address settings as opposed to "Static" IP addresses: Once you configure the new settings on one DWE unit, you can save these settings to a USB drive. Then, proceed to plug the USB stick into the remaining DWE units, press and hold the power button to reboot, and the device will be configured with the new HTTP settings. That way you do not need to connect each individual device to the widget via a computer. But this will only work with DHCP settings! It will not work if you use a static IP address.

4. To switch back to HTTPS (secured), repeat the process, but instead at step 2, check the box next to "Use SSL".

TWE/TWP (touchscreen devices)

For touchscreen devices, you can adjust the communication settings directly from the interface.
1.  From the primary graph screen, select the "Settings" icon in the lower right corner
2. Navigate to the Network settings page (the WiFi logo)
3. On the network settings page, there is a selector button labeled "Use HTTPS." Again, this will default to the "On" (green) position. Switch it to the "Off"(gray) position to turn off HTTPS and enable the device to communicate via HTTP (port 80).
4. And that's all there is to it. Repeat the process to switch back the secured port 443 (HTTPS), ensuring the switch is in the "On" (green) position