Thank you for installing the Jiffy® Internet Cafe Manager software. Jiffy is a modern and sophisticated system that gives Internet Cafe owners the ability to efficiently manage their business.
If you have come this far, it means you may have successfully installed the appropriate Java Runtime Environment (JRE) as well as the Jiffy Application Server.
But if you are one of the very few who opt to read documentation first before running "setup", then this section will be helpful to you.
Jiffy Application Server
Since it is written in the Java programming language, it needs a suitable Java Runtime Environment (JRE) - Java 5.0 or higher - to run.
Java applications have the potential for running on most operating systems - Microsoft Windows, Linux and other flavours of Unix including Apple's Mac OS. However, the currently available installation program targets the Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP environments. A Linux version will soon be published.
Pentium III 700MHz or its equivalent (Minimum)
Pentium IV 1.4GHz (or higher) or its equivalent (Recommended)
- Operating System:
Windows 2000 Professional or Server with (Service Pack 4), Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
256MB or more (Recommended)
- Java Runtime Environment:
JRE version 5.0 or higher which you can dowload free of charge from here. The Jiffy Application Server will not run on previous versions of the JRE. (Note: you do not require the Java Development Kit, the JRE is sufficient.)
- Web Browser:
Internet Explorer 6, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 (or higher), Netscape Navigator 7.0, Safari.
The Jiffy Client is not written in Java and so does not require the Java Runtime Environment.
Intel Celeron/Pentium II or higher (or its equivalent)
- Operating System:
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP.
128MB or more (Recommended)
InstallationThe first step is to download and install the Java Runtime Environment from:
Jiffy Application ServerAfter installing the JRE, run the Jiffy Application Server installation wizard: jiffy-appserver1.8.12-setup.exe. Provide the necessary information whenever the wizard prompts you to do so.
Important: When asked to provide the HTTP/1.1 Web Console Port, you may leave the default value of '8080' as the port number. This port is used to access the Jiffy Web Console with a web browser via a URL like this:
http://hostname:port number (e.g. http://localhost:8080). This port number must be unique and available which means that no other application must have registered it for its own use.
Note that you can change it to any other value (typically between 1024 and 65535). However, if you do not wish to include the port number in the URL, set the port number to '80', but be sure that no other application, e.g. another Web Server or Proxy Server is using it.
For the Jiffy Server Port, you may also leave the default value of '5555' as the port number or you may change it to another value. This port is used by the Jiffy Client stations to connect to the Jiffy Server. The same rules that apply to the HTTP/1.1 Web Console Port also apply to Jiffy Server Port.
When you are done with the Jiffy Application Server installation wizard, open Windows' Services Control Manager: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. Locate and select the service called 'Jiffy Application Server', right-click on it and choose 'Start' from the context menu. If that is too long a process, simply open a command prompt window and enter: net start "Jiffy Application Server" at the prompt.
If the service successfully starts, then all went well and you are in business! If not, refer to the Jiffy Manual under the Troubleshooting section for help.
After starting the service, enter the following URL in your browser's address field:
http://hostname:port number/setup to begin with the web-based setup. Where hostname refers to the name or IP Address of the host machine and port number is the port number you chose for the HTTP/1.1 Web Console Port.
If you are accessing the Jiffy Web Console from within your Local Area Network (LAN), then the computer's hostname will do but if you are coming in via the Internet, then you must provide a publicly identifiable IP Address as the hostname.
When the web-based setup page opens, enter your company information as requested. You would also have to create the site's Administrator's account. Provide a user name e.g. 'admin' or some other name for this account and enter its password and confirm it. Please choose a strong password that cannot be easily guessed.
When you are done, click the Finish button to continue or you may wish to do so at some other time by entering http://hostname:port number in your browser. You would be prompted to log in. Enter the Administrator's account user name and password you had created earlier, as this would be the only user account available at this stage.
Phew, finally, we are done? Yes, but not quite. In order to setup your site and get it ready for use, please refer to the Jiffy Manual for further information.
Jiffy ClientTo install the Jiffy Client software on any of your computers, simply run its installation wizard: jiffy-client1.8.10-setup.exe. Provide the necessary information whenever the wizard prompts you to do so.
Important: When asked to provide the Jiffy Server name, enter the hostname of the machine that the Jiffy Application Server is running on. You may provide its IP Address instead, but it is advisable to provide its hostname as this would ensure that you do not have to reconfigure your Jiffy Client stations each time the Server's IP Address changes.
For the Jiffy Server Port, you may leave the default value of '5555' as the port number if you did not specify a different value when you installed the Jiffy Application Server. If you did, enter the correct value, otherwise, the Jiffy Client stations will not be able to connect to the Jiffy Server.
That is basically all there is to installing Jiffy Client. Please refer to the Jiffy Manual for further information on how to get the Jiffy Client stations ready for use.
The on-line Jiffy Manual contains the most recent information about Jiffy.
If while using Jiffy - the Client or Application Server, you run into any issues that you believe may be a bug, do not hesitate to contact us and tell us exactly what happened and what you were doing when it happened. You can send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also send comments or feature requests directly to us via the above address.
Note - You should not seek technical support from us unless you are qualified to do so. For support options, see Jiffy Support Services on the Creektown Software web site.
The Java Runtime Environment is available as a separately downloadable product. See the download web site.
The Java Runtime Environment allows you to run applications written in the Java programming language.
For additional information, refer to these Creektown Software pages on the World Wide Web:
- Creektown Software's home page.
- The Jiffy home page. Here you can get the latest information on Jiffy.
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