Monday, July 06, 2009

Pitney Bowes Postage Meter and Squid Proxy

The software that comes from Pitney Bowes for loading postage into your meter doesn't work behind an IPCop running the Squid proxy - doesn't matter if its in Transparent Mode or not. I added ports and protocols, tried several options, and still no dice. It worked only when the proxy was turned off, which then makes the IPCop handle all traffic with IPTables which acts as a state-aware NAT box.

So this Geekspeek is meaningless - how do you use a Pitney Bowes postage meter when you are using an IPCop on your network?

  1. Open the IPCop web administration page.
  2. Go to Services -> Proxy (or Advanced Proxy).
  3. Uncheck "Enabled on Green."
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click "Save and Restart." - Don't close your web browser!
  5. Run your Postal Meter program and load your meter with cash.
  6. Go back to your browser and check "Enabled on Green."
  7. Scroll to the bottom and click "Save and Restart."

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