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Setting Up the CPS in the Classroom

When you reserve a CPS RF system from the ATC, you receive a kit in a carrying case. The kits are lightweight and relatively easy to carry around campus.

The CPS RF kit should include:

  1. 32 response pads
  2. 1 CPS receiver

Setting up the CPS System


Make sure the computer you're using is connected to a video projector, and that the projection system is displaying what is on your computer system. If you need assistance, please call x5220.

  1. Plug the CPS receiver into an open USB port on the classroom PC.


Unlike the older infrared CPS model, with the new radio frequency kits, you no longer need to place the receiver in a central classroom location. The receiver will easily be able to interpret clicker responses sent from all locations in the classroom regardless of the classroom lighting and size.

  1. Distribute response pads to students or set them in a location so that students can grab them as they walk into the classroom.

Connecting CPS to a Computer


Electronic classroom computers and ATC laptops are maintained and configured by the ATC to work smoothly with the CPS and associated software. If you would like to install the CPS software on your personal laptop or office PC to run your question files in the classroom, please contact the ATC at x5220 for the software.

  1. Plug the USB end of the receiver into your computer or panel (in an electronic classroom).
  2. The CPS software has a built-in feature to test your connection. Run the software by going to Start > All Programs > CPS and select "CPS.exe" from the list.
  3. In the CPS software, go to the Settings menu and choose Delivery Options, then select the Receiver tab.
  4. Select the Detect CPS Receiver button.
  5. The software will attempt to auto-detect a port. If you get a "Port Detected" message and a checkmark, the system is working properly.
  6. Select the OK button to close the window (continue to the next section)
  7. If you do not get a "Detecting Receiver Unit" message, power on one of the response pads and try pushing any of the buttons.
  8. If you get a green checkmark, the unit is working properly. You will get a message indicating that the connection is successful.
  9. Select OK to exit the test, and then OK again to exit the settings (continue to the next section).
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