Each server can be configured to contain multiple groups. A group consists of several panel accounts using the same IP address and port. Up to 20,000 accounts can be assigned to a group.

Group Name

Group Name

Enter a name for this group. If no name is entered, the default name is the port number.

Enable this group on server 1

Select to allow the listed server to serve this group.

Network Settings


Choose either TCP or UDP.

Encryption Passphrase

If the panel sends encrypted messages, then enter the passphrase used to encrypt and decrypt messages. The passphrase must match the passphrase entered in the NETWORK OPTIONS panel programming.

Port Number

Select the port number that the receiver listens to for incoming alarm messages and traps. The default is 2001 for the first group and increases by three with each group added. After assigning port numbers, select Apply then Restart Service to save changes.

Enable TCP

Select to enable communication from TCP-enabled panels. The default is enabled.

Enable UDP

Select to enable communication from UDP-enabled panels. The default is enabled.

Communication Settings

Changing any of the Communications Settings and selecting Apply will clear any pending messages.

Container Format

The format to use when sending messages to automation. The order is determined by the automation server that is communicating with the SCS-VR. An example container format is: %05g%5a %m%13x. Based on the table below, the example would send the following information to the automation server: Group number padded with 5 leading zeros, account number padded with 5 trailing spaces, message payload, and carriage return.

Expected ACK

The expected response from automation when SCS-VR dispatches a message.

Outgoing ACK

The message sent in response to the automation.

Message Expiration Delay (Hours)

Enter the number of minutes the SCS-VR holds a message to automation before discarding it. To never discard the message, enter a zero. Default is 0 (zero).

The following is a list of types of delays for message deletion:

  • Checkin Message Deletion Delay (Hours)

  • Alarm Message Deletion Delay (Hours)

  • Other Message Deletion Delay (Hours)

Automation Connections

Outbound Tab

Both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses are supported in outbound primary and backup address fields.

  • Primary Server Address—The IP address of the primary outbound automation.

  • Port—Select the Port number for the primary server. Default is 2002.

  • Backup Server Address—Enter the IP address of the backup outbound automation.

  • Port—Select the port number for the backup server. Default is 2002.

Inbound Tab

  • Primary Server Address—Select the port number for the primary inbound automation. Default is 2002.

  • Port—Select the port number for the backup inbound automation. Default is 2003.

Keep connections to automation servers alive

Select to keep outgoing connections to automation servers open after dispatching a message. All communication between the SCS-VR and the automation server uses TCP protocol. Default is enabled.

Always send messages to the backup server

If selected, the SCS-VR treats the backup server as a second primary server.

Enable inbound automation connections

If selected, the Inbound tab is displayed. This allows port configuration so the SCS-VR can listen for inbound automations.


Lists the status of any pending messages for a particular group.