They are grayed because IB doesn't accept connections from anything other than localhost (although you may be able to specify a port, so technically the graying may be in error). But anyway ... you have to have TWS running and you have to have "Enable ActiveX and Socket Clients" checked from the Configure->API menu in TWS. If it still does not work, you may need the TWS API software installed. This can be found here: http://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/control/apicontrol.php?ib_entity=llc
... unfortunately IB's plugin is probably the biggest burden on the end user, and of course, they update frequently than anyone else to add to that pain.
I'm having problems connecting to Interactive Brokers. I performed the following steps:
Tools --> Configure Services --> New --> and then Selected Interactive Brokers.
All the fields are greyed out, I'm unable to add the necessary info to connect to the IB api. Am I doing something wrong? Sorry for the NOOB questions.
Any help would be appreciated.