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Fax and Modem Services over IP Overview

Fax and Modem Services over IP Overview

Last Updated: December 4, 2012

This application guide includes descriptions and configuration instructions for fax and modem transmission capabilities on Cisco Voice over IP (VoIP) networks. It is written for developers and network administrators who are installing, configuring, and maintaining fax and modem applications on Cisco voice gateways.


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Information About Cisco IOS Fax Services over IP

Fax Transmission in the PSTN

Facsimile (fax) transmission is the sending of an image, drawing, or document over a distance by converting it into coded electrical signals at the originating end, passing the signals from the originator to the receiver over a transmission medium, and converting the signals into a replica of the original at the receiving end.

When sending a fax, a fax machine uses a scanner to convert the paper image into digital bits, a single-chip microprocessor called a digital signal processor (DSP) to reduce the number of bits, and a modem to convert the bits into an analog signal for transmission over an analog dial-up phone line.

When receiving a fax, the fax machine uses its modem and printer to convert the incoming bits into black and white images on paper.

The information conveyed in a fax transmission consists of both protocol (control information, capabilities, identification) and document content . The document content consists primarily of the document image plus additional metadata that accompanies the image. The means by which an image of a document is encoded within the fax content is the image data representation .

When a fax has been sent successfully, the sender receives a confirmation that indicates that the fax content was delivered. This confirmation is an internal signal and is not normally visible to the sending user, although some error messages are visible to allow a page to be resent.

The ability to send the representation of a page to a remote location developed over a number of years. The first images were sent over wires as early as 1843, but modern fax machines did not start appearing in offices until the 1960s. At that time, a single-page letter took about six minutes to send over public phone lines using the new Group 1 standard for transmission that was introduced by the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) in 1968. The Group 2 standard, introduced in 1976, reduced the time to send a page to three minutes, but still could not provide transmission at a dense enough resolution for the clear reproduction of small print. In 1980, the Group 3 standard was introduced. The Group 3 standard improved fax scanning resolution and introduced digital transmission techniques to enable transmission rates of 14400 bits per second (bps). Group 3 fax machines are the most common today by far. Group 4 is a standard for digital phone lines such as ISDN, and it operates at 64 kbps. Each standard specifies special tones that identify calls as fax calls and enable handshaking to define fax capabilities at both ends of the call. All of the fax standards have evolved with a goal of sending more data faster over the public switched telephone network (PSTN).

The PSTN is composed of switched time-division multiplexing (TDM) circuits, which are either single lines or trunks. A line connects a single telephony device to a switch, whereas a trunk connects a switch to a switch. The network provides exclusive and full use of a circuit between two endpoints and is full-duplex (simultaneous transmission in both directions), unless the call is data. Trunks are one of the following types:

  • Analog trunks, in which nearly all the audio is sent as an analog signal.
  • Digital trunks that carry bit streams encoded by the G.711 codec and sent at 64 kbps. The bit streams are also called pulse code modulation (PCM) streams.

Both circuit types have sufficient audio clarity, or dynamic range, to pass the tones required to send fax traffic across PSTN circuits.

Fax traffic consists of digital data modulated onto high-frequency carrier tones. There are various ways to modulate this information, such as Amplitude Modulation (AM), Frequency Modulation (FM) or Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), and Phase Modulation (PM) or Phase Shift Keying (PSK). In order to get higher bit rates (more information) across the same carrier circuit, these modulation techniques are often combined into forms of modulation called Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) or Trellis-Coded modulation.

Data Transmission Standards

The international standards that define data transmission techniques are used by both fax and modem transmission devices. The main difference between them is that modem payload originates as digital data, whereas fax payload is a paper image that has been encoded into a digital data stream. Another key difference is the initial handshaking that determines the facsimile or data capabilities of each party in the transmission.

There are standards that apply to both fax and modem machines and standards that apply to only fax machines, defining methods by which faxes are encoded and sent.

The traditional facsimile transmission standard, also called Group 3 (G3) fax, describes implementations of ITU-T T.30 and T.4. All Cisco IOS fax applications use T.30 and T.4 standards to interface with the PSTN or fax device.

For a comprehensive list of fax and modem standards, see the Standards,

Fax Transmission Phases

The T.30 specification is over 150 pages long, but a summary of its contents is provided in the following sections to provide some familiarity with the handshaking between calling and called parties and the basic procedures involved during fax transmission. The table below lists the five phases in a fax transmission.

Table 1 T.30 Fax Transmission Phases



Phase A Establishing a Voice Call

The calling party picks up a handset or prepares a fax and then dials a destination phone or fax machine.

Phase B Identifying Facilities and Capabilities

Facilities and capabilities are identified and negotiated between the calling and called parties.

Phase C Transmitting Content

The message or page is sent.

Phase D Signaling End of Transmission and Confirmation

The end of transmission and confirmation are signaled between the calling and called parties.

Phase E Releasing the Call

The call is released when a phone or fax machine hangs up.

Phase A Establishing a Voice Call

The call originator prepares a fax and dials a destination number. The destination fax device picks up the call. The originator and the destination are now connected in a voice call, but to transition to fax transmission one party must signal that it is a fax device. Either device can send its signal first, using one of the following methods:

  • The calling device sends a Calling Tone (CNG) to the destination device. The CNG identifies the calling device as a fax machine. The CNG is a repeating 1100-Hz tone that is on for 0.5 seconds and then off for 3 seconds.
  • The called device sends a Called Station Identifier (CED) tone, which identifies the called device as a fax machine. CED is a 2100-Hz tone that is on for 2.6 to 4 seconds.

Once these messages have been exchanged, the transaction can move to phase B.

Phase B Identifying Facilities and Capabilities

The following sequence of events identifies facilities and capabilities for fax transmission:

  1. The called device sends a Digital Information Signal (DIS), which describes the called fax machine's reception facilities, such as maximum page length, scan line time, image resolution, and error correction mode. Many standard facilities are contained in the DIS message, and they are defined in the T.30 specification.
  2. The calling device examines the DIS message and in response sends a Digital Command Signal (DCS) that tells the called device which facilities to select for the reception of the fax transmission.
  3. The called device may also choose to send the following optional messages:
  4. Called Subscriber Identification (CSI) provides some detail as to the identity of the called device.
  5. Non-Standard Facilities (NSF) informs the calling device that the called device may have some extra features that can be utilized during the fax transmission.
  6. The calling device can then choose to send a Transmitting Subscriber Identification (TSI) message. Also, in response to an NSF message, the calling device can send a Non-Standard facilities Setup (NSS) message to select extra reception parameters on the called device.
  7. The calling device now sends the Training Check (TCF) message, which includes a stream of 0s for about 1.5 seconds through the HS modulation that was agreed upon during the DIS-DCS handshake. The called device then responds with a Failure To Train (FTT) if the modulation speed is not acceptable or with a Confirmation to Receive (CFR) if the modulation speed is acceptable. Training is a process that verifies the communication path.
  8. Once the training has been completed and the modulation speed is agreed upon, the fax devices move to phase C and start the transmission of T.4 page data using HS modulation.
Phase C Transmitting Content

Phase C is referred to as the In-message Procedure. During this phase, high-speed T.4 page data is sent one line at a time. Each burst of line data is followed by an End Of Line (EOL) message. Because the EOL information is sent as T.4 data, it would not necessarily be seen in a T.30 trace. When the sending device has finished sending pages or wishes to return back to control mode, it sends 6 EOLs in a series that constitutes a Return To Control (RTC) message. The RTC message indicates the end of phase C, and the call progresses to phase D.


If the fax machines decide during phase B to use Error Correction Mode (ECM), the format of the data sent during phase C may be different. With ECM, the T.4 page data is grouped into high-level data link control (HDLC) frames rather than being sent in a raw stream. This means that if the HDLC blocks of T.4 page data are not received error-free, a Partial Page Request (PPR) message can be sent, listing the frames that were not received and asking for them to be resent. The details of the transmission differences during phase C with ECM enabled are explained in Annex A of the T.30 specification.
Phase D Signaling End of Transmission and Confirmation

After the T.4 transmission and the subsequent return to control mode, the sending device must send one of the following signals:

  • Partial Page Signal (PPS)--Devices that send faxes with ECM can send a PPS, which must be acknowledged by a Message Confirmation (MCF) signal from the receiving device.
  • End Of Procedure (EOP)--This signal indicates that transmission of pages is complete and that there are no more pages to send. The EOP must be acknowledged with an MCF from the receiving device, after which the devices can move to phase E.
Phase E Releasing the Call

Following the fax transmission and the postmessage transactions, either the calling device or the called device can send a Disconnect (DCN) message, at which point the devices tear down the call, and the telephony call control layer releases the circuit. DCN messages do not require a response from the opposite device.

Fax Transmission over IP Networks

An IP, or packet-switched, network enables data to be sent in packets to remote locations. The data is assembled by a packet assembler/disassembler (PAD) into individual packets of data, involving a process of segmentation or subdivision of larger sets of data as specified by the native protocol of the sending device. Each packet has a unique identifier that makes it independent and has its own destination address. Because the packet is unique and independent, it can traverse the network in a stream of packets and use different routes. This fact has some implications for fax transmissions that use data packets rather than using an analog signal over a circuit-switched network.

Differences from Fax Transmission in the PSTN

Individual packets that are part of the same data transmission may follow different physical paths of varying lengths. They can also experience varying levels of propagation delay (latency) and delay that is caused by being held in packet buffers awaiting the availability of a subsequent circuit. The packets can also arrive in an order different from the order in which they entered the network. The destination node of the network uses the identifiers and addresses in the packet sequencing information to reassemble the packets into the correct sequence.

Fax transmissions are designed to operate across a 64-kbps, PCM-encoded voice circuit, but in packet networks the 64-kbps stream is often compressed into a much smaller data rate by passing it through a digital signal processor (DSP). The codecs normally used to compress a voice stream in DSPs are designed to compress and decompress human speech, not fax or modem tones. For this reason, faxes and modems are rarely used in a VoIP network without some kind of relay or pass-through mechanism in place.

Fax Services over IP Networks

There are two conceptual methods of carrying virtually real-time fax-machine-to-fax-machine communication across packet networks:

  • Fax relay, in which the T.30 fax from the PSTN is demodulated at the sending gateway. The demodulated fax content is enveloped into packets, sent over the network, and remodulated into T.30 fax at the receiving end.
  • Fax pass-through, in which modulated fax information from the PSTN is passed in-band end-to-end over a voice speech path in an IP network. The following two pass-through techniques are possible:
    • The configured voice codec is used for the fax transmission. This technique works only when the configured codec is G.711 with no voice activity detection (VAD) and no echo cancellation (EC), or when the configured codec is a clear-channel codec or G.726/32. Low bit-rate codecs cannot be used for fax transmissions.
    • The gateway dynamically changes the codec from the codec configured for voice to G.711 with no VAD and no EC for the duration of the fax session. This method is specifically referred to as codec upspeed or fax pass-through with upspeed.

In addition to the methods for real-time fax transmission, a method called store-and-forward fax breaks the fax process into distinct sending and receiving processes and allows fax messages to be stored between those processes. store-and-forward fax is based on the ITU-T T.37 standard, and it also enables fax transmissions to be received from or delivered to computers rather than fax machines.

Cisco Fax Services

Some of the methods described in this section have different characteristics depending on the call control protocol used by the network, which may be H.323, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), or Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP). Where the characteristics are different, they are noted.

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This section describes the following aspects of the fax services available on Cisco IOS gateways:

Concepts Related to Cisco Fax Services

The following concepts are useful in understanding how fax transmission methods are implemented on Cisco IP networks:

Voice Gateways and Dial Peers

A Cisco voice gateway provides an interface between the IP network and the public switched telephone network (PSTN) or telephony (fax) device. When a call comes into the IP network over a gateway, that gateway is called an originating gateway (OGW). Similarly, a gateway over which a call passes out of the IP network is called a terminating gateway (TGW).

A traditional voice call over the PSTN uses a dedicated 64-kbps circuit end to end. In contrast, a voice call over the packet network contains several discrete segments or call legs. A call leg is a logical connection between two routers or between a router and a telephony device. A voice call comprises four call legs, inbound into and outbound from both the OGW and the TGW.

Dial peers are software constructs that sort calls, route calls, and define characteristics applied to each call leg in the call connection, based on call source and destination endpoints. Dial peers are used for both inbound and outbound call legs. It is important to remember that these terms are defined from the perspective of the router. An inbound call leg is created by any call that comes in to a router, regardless of whether the router is an OGW or a TGW. An outbound call leg is created by any call that leaves a router, regardless of whether the router is an OGW or a TGW, as shown in the figure below.

Different types of dial peers handle different kinds of call legs. The following types of dial peers are used for fax over Cisco IP networks:

  • Plain old telephone service (POTS) dial peers handle call legs between a voice gateway and the PSTN or a telephony device.
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) dial peers handle call legs between a voice gateway and the IP network.
  • Multimedia Mail over IP (MMoIP) dial peers handle call legs between a voice gateway and a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server or Extended SMTP (ESMTP) server.


For more information on voice gateways and dial peers, see Dial Peer Configuration on Voice Gateway Routers.
Figure 1 Call Legs and Dial Peers on Cisco IP Networks


Tool Command Language (TCL) is used for scripts that direct interactive voice response (IVR) applications, which are used in Cisco voice networks for various purposes. IVR applications typically involve the real-time gathering of data from callers by means of digit collection and voice prompts. For example, you might have a debit card application that asks a user to enter a personal identification number (PIN) and then collects and verifies the digits that the user enters.

A gateway can have several IVR applications to accommodate different gateway services, and you can customize IVR applications to present different interfaces to various callers. IVR applications are used to implement the following fax services:

TCL scripts are provided on the Cisco Software Center website. You download them to a location that is accessible to the voice gateway that is running the fax application and then configure the gateway with the name and location of the script.


For more information on TCL IVR, see the Cisco IOS TCL and VoiceXML Application Guide .

Quality of service (QoS) refers to the ability of a network--whether the network is a complex network, small corporate network, Internet service provider (ISP), or enterprise network--to provide better service to selected network traffic over various technologies, including Frame Relay, ATM, Ethernet and 802.1 networks, and SONET, as well as IP-routed networks that may use any or all of these underlying technologies.

The primary goals of QoS are to provide better and more predictable network service by providing dedicated bandwidth, controlled jitter and latency, and improved loss characteristics. QoS achieves these goals by providing tools for managing network congestion, shaping network traffic, using expensive wide-area links more efficiently, and setting traffic policies across the network.

QoS for fax transmissions means assuring that echo cancellation (EC) and voice activity detection (VAD), which are normally enabled for voice calls, are turned off as soon as a call is identified as a fax call. If EC and VAD are enabled, they can interfere with the successful reception of fax traffic.

The advantages of carrying fax over packet networks are reduced cost and saved bandwidth and are associated with QoS issues that are unique to packet networks. A major issue in the implementation of fax over IP networks is the problem of inaccurate timing of messages caused by delay through the network.

The delay of fax packets through a packet network causes the precise timing that is required for many portions of the fax protocol to be skewed and can result in the loss of the call. The fax-over-packet protocol in the interworking function must compensate for the loss of a fixed timing of messages over the packet network so that the T.30 protocol operates without error. Error Correction Mode (ECM) is enabled in the T.30 protocol.

An end-to-end fax over IP call is susceptible to the following sources of delay:

  • Network delay--Network delay is caused by the physical medium and protocols that are used to send fax data and by buffers that are used to remove packet jitter on the receiving end. This delay is a function of the capacity of the links in the network and the processing that occurs as the packets transit the network. The jitter buffers add delay when they remove the packet delay variation of each packet as it transits the packet network. This delay can be a significant part of the overall delay because packet delay variations can be as high as 70 to 100 milliseconds in some Frame Relay networks, and even higher in IP networks.
  • Processing delay--Processing delay is caused by the process of demodulating and collecting digital fax information into a packet for transmission over the packet network. Encoding delay, which is one type of processing delay, is a function of both the processor execution time and the amount of data collected before a packet is sent to the network.

Delay issues are compounded by the need to remove jitter, which is the variable interpacket arrival time that is caused by conditions in the network that a packet traverses. An approach to removing the jitter is to collect packets and hold them long enough so that even the slowest packets arrive in time to be played in the correct sequence. This approach, however, causes additional delay. In most fax over IP methods, a time stamp is incorporated in the packet to ensure that packet data is played out at the proper instant.

The T.30 standard provides for ECM that allows a fax page to be broken into HDLC-like frames that allow transmission errors to be detected. ECM works by sending a fax page in a series of blocks. After receiving the complete page data, the receiving fax identifies any frames with errors. The sending fax then retransmits those frames. This process is repeated until all frames have been received without errors.

If a receiving fax machine is not able to receive an error-free page, the fax transmission may fail, and one of the fax machines may disconnect. If a network has packet-loss levels greater than 3 to 5 percent, fax transmissions consistently fail when ECM is enabled. Fax relay packet loss concealment disables ECM so that fax calls with up to 9 percent packet loss succeed and calls with packet loss of 5 to 7 percent succeed with acceptable quality.

For more information, see the following documents:

  • QoS: Quality of Service for Voice.
  • Fax relay packet loss concealment: Chapter 1, "Configuring Cisco Fax Relay" or Chapter 1, "Configuring T.38 Fax Relay."

Fax Pass-Through and Fax Pass-Through with Upspeed

Fax pass-through is the simplest technique for sending fax over IP networks, but it is not the default, nor is it the most desirable method of supporting fax over IP. T.38 fax relay provides a more reliable and error-free method of sending faxes over an IP network, but some third-party H.323 and SIP implementations do not support T.38 fax relay. These same implementations often support fax pass-through.

Fax pass-through is the state of the channel after the fax upspeed process has occurred. In fax pass-through mode, gateways do not distinguish a fax call from a voice call. Fax communication between the two fax machines is carried in its entirety in-band over a voice call. When using fax pass-through with upspeed, the gateways are to some extent aware of the fax call. Although relay mechanisms are not employed, with upspeed the gateways do recognize a CED fax tone and automatically change the voice codec to G.711 if necessary (thus the designation upspeed ) and turn off echo cancellation (EC) and voice activity detection (VAD) for the duration of the call.

Fax pass-through is also known as Voice Band Data (VBD) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). VBD refers to the transport of fax or modem signals over a voice channel through a packet network with an encoding appropriate for fax or modem signals. The minimum set of coders for VBD mode is G.711 u-law and a-law with VAD disabled.

Once a terminating gateway (TGW) detects a CED tone from a called fax machine, the TGW exchanges the voice codec that was negotiated during the voice call setup for a G.711 codec and turns off EC and VAD. This switchover is communicated to the originating gateway (OGW), which allows the fax machines to transfer modem signals as though they were traversing the PSTN. If the voice codec that was configured and negotiated for the VoIP call is G.711 when the CED tone is detected, there is no need to make any changes to the session other than turning off EC and VAD.

Before pass-through features were introduced (in Cisco IOS Release 12.1(3)T for the Cisco AS5300, and later for other Cisco IOS gateway platforms), fax pass-through was achieved by manually configuring a dial peer that only matched fax calls to set the codec parameters to G.711 with no EC and no VAD (or to clear-channel codec). Control of fax pass-through is achieved through named signaling events (NSEs) that are sent in the RTP stream.

NSEs are a Cisco-proprietary version of IETF-standard named telephony events (NTEs), which are specially marked data packets used to digitally convey telephony signaling tones and events. NSEs use different event values than NTEs and are generally sent with RTP payload type 100, whereas NTEs use payload type 101. NSEs and NTEs provide a more reliable way to communicate tones and events by using a single packet rather than a series of in-band packets that can be corrupted or partially lost.

Fax pass-through and fax pass-through with upspeed use peer-to-peer NSEs within the Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) stream or bearer stream to coordinate codec switchover and the disabling of EC and VAD. Redundant packets can be sent to improve reliability when the probability of packet loss is high.

When a DSP is put into voice mode at the beginning of a VoIP call, the DSP is informed by the call control stack whether the control protocol can support pass-through or not. If pass-through is supported, the following events occur:

  1. For the duration of the call, the DSP listens for the 2100-Hz CED tone to detect a fax or modem on the line.
  2. If the CED tone is heard, an internal event is generated to alert the call control stack that a fax or modem changeover is required.
  3. The call control stack on the OGW instructs the DSP to send an NSE to the TGW, informing the TGW of the request to carry out a codec change.
  4. If the TGW supports NSEs, it responds to the OGW instruction and loads the new codec. The fax machines are able to communicate on an end-to-end basis with no further intervention by the voice gateways.

For configuration instructions, see Chapter 1, "Configuring Fax Pass-Through."

Fax pass-through call flow is shown in the figure below.

Figure 2 Fax Pass-Through and Fax Upspeed Call Flow

Cisco Fax Relay

Cisco fax relay is the oldest method of supporting fax on Cisco IOS gateways and has been supported since Cisco IOS Release 11.3. Cisco fax relay uses Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) as the method of transport. In Cisco fax relay mode, gateways terminate T.30 fax signaling by spoofing a virtual fax machine to the locally attached fax machine. The gateways use a Cisco-proprietary fax-relay RTP-based protocol to communicate between them.

Unlike fax pass-through, fax relay demodulates the fax modem bits at the local gateway, sends the information across the voice network using the fax relay protocol, and then remodulates the bits back into tones at the far gateway. The fax machines on either end are sending and receiving tones and are not aware that a demodulation/modulation fax relay process is occurring.

The default method for fax transmission on Cisco IOS gateways is Cisco fax relay. This is an RTP-based transmission method that uses proprietary signaling and encoding mechanisms. Cisco fax relay capability is widely available and has been in the Cisco IOS gateway software since Cisco IOS Release 11.3, which introduced DSPs to enable voice applications. The mechanism for Cisco fax relay is the same for calls that are controlled by SIP, MGCP, or H.323 call control protocols.

Before T.38 standards-based fax relay was introduced, no command-line interface (CLI) was required to enable Cisco fax relay. Today Cisco fax relay is still the default, but explicit CLI enables a choice between the fax relay methods.

Cisco fax relay is the default operation and, in the absence of any explicit CLI on the dial peer, is used when a fax transmission is detected. If voice calls are being completed successfully between two routers, fax calls should also work. Events that occur during a Cisco fax relay call fall into the following call phases:

For configuration information, see Chapter 1, "Configuring Cisco Fax Relay."

Cisco Fax Relay Fax Setup Phase

When a DSP is put into voice mode at the beginning of a VoIP call, the DSP is informed by the call control stack whether fax relay is supported and if it is supported, whether it is Cisco fax relay or T.38 fax relay. If Cisco fax relay is supported, the following events occur:

  • Initially a VoIP call is established as if it were a normal speech call. Call control procedures are followed and the DSP is put into voice mode, after which human speech is expected to be received and processed.
  • At any time during the life of the call, if a fax answer or calling tone (ANSam or CED) is heard, the DSP does not interfere with the speech processing. The ANSam or CED tone causes a switch to modem passthrough, if enabled, to allow the tone to pass cleanly to the remote fax.
  • A normal fax machine, after generating a CED or hearing a CNG, sends a DIS message with the capabilities of the fax machine. The DSP in the Cisco IOS gateway attached to the fax machine that generated the DIS message (normally the TGW) detects the HDLC flag sequence at the start of the DIS message and initiates fax relay switchover. The DSP also triggers an internal event to notify the call control stack that fax switchover is required. The call control stack then instructs the DSP to change the RTP payload type to 96 and to send this payload type to the OGW.
  • When the DSP on the OGW receives an RTP packet with payload type set to 96, it triggers an event to inform its own call control stack that a fax changeover has been requested by the remote gateway. The OGW then sends an RTP packet to the TGW with payload type 97 to indicate that the OGW has started the fax changeover. When the TGW receives the payload type 97 packet, the packet serves as an acknowledgement. The TGW starts the fax codec download and is ready for fax relay.
  • Once the OGW has completed the codec download, it sends RTP packets with payload type 96 to the TGW. The TGW responds with an RTP packet with payload type 97, and fax relay can begin between the two gateways. As part of the fax codec download, other parameters such as VAD, jitter buffers, and echo cancellation are changed to suit the different characteristics of a fax call.

Cisco fax relay fax setup is shown in the figure below.

Figure 3 Cisco Fax Relay Fax Setup Call Flow

Cisco Fax Relay Data Transfer Phase

During fax relay operation, the T.30 analog fax signals are received from the PSTN or from a directly attached fax machine. The T.30 fax signals are demodulated by a DSP on the gateway and then packetized and sent across the VoIP network as data. The TGW decodes the data stream and remodulates the T.30 analog fax signals to be sent to the PSTN or to a destination fax machine.

The messages that are demodulated and remodulated are predominantly the phase B, phase D, and phase E messages of a T.30 transaction. Most of the messages are passed across without any interference, but certain messages are modified according to the constraints of the VoIP network.

During phase B, fax machines interrogate each other's capabilities. They expect to communicate with each other across a 64-kbps PSTN circuit, and they attempt to make best use of the available bandwidth and circuit quality of a 64-kbps voice path. However, in a VoIP network, the fax machines do not have a 64-kbps PSTN circuit available. The bandwidth per call is probably less than 64 kbps, and the circuit is not considered a clear circuit.

Because transmission paths in VoIP networks are more limited than in the PSTN, Cisco IOS CLI is used to adjust fax settings on the VoIP dial peer. The adjusted fax settings restrict the facilities that are available to fax machines across the VoIP call leg and are also used to modify values in DIS and NSF messages that are received from fax machines.

The call flow of the Cisco fax relay data transfer phase is shown in the figure below.

Figure 4 Cisco Fax Relay Data Transfer Call Flow

T.38 Fax Relay

The T.38 fax relay feature provides an ITU-T standards-based method and protocols for fax relay. Data is packetized and encapsulated according to the T.38 standard. The encoding of the packet headers and the mechanism to switch from VoIP mode to fax relay mode are clearly defined in the specification. Annexes to the basic specification include details for operation under Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and H.323 call control protocols.

T.38 fax relay provides an ITU-standard mechanism for a voice gateway to inform another voice gateway of the desire to change the media stream from a voice stream to a data stream. The desire to change the media stream is indicated by the call control protocol, and not through a change in the RTP payload or bearer information. Annexes to the T.38 specification define the switchover mechanism for the following call control protocols:

  • H.323--T.38 Annex B
  • SIP--T.38 Annex D

T.38 fax relay uses data redundancy to accommodate packet loss. During T.38 call establishment, voice gateways indicate the level of packet redundancy that they incorporate in their transmission of Facsimile User Datagram Packet Transport Layer packets (UDPTLs). The level of redundancy (the number of times that the packet is repeated) can be configured on Cisco IOS gateways.

There is work under way to implement T.38 fax switchover independently of the call control mechanisms. This is referred to as "bearer level signaling" and makes use of named signaling events (NSEs). The following sections address call-control-initiated switchover mechanisms:

For configuration information, see Chapter 1, "Configuring T.38 Fax Relay."

H.323 T.38 Fax Relay

The T.38 Annex B standard defines the mechanism that is used to switch over from voice mode to T.38 fax mode during a call. The ability to support T.38 must be indicated during the initial VoIP call setup. If the DSP on the gateway is capable of supporting T.38 mode, this information is indicated during the H.245 negotiation procedures as part of the regular H.323 VoIP call setup.

Once the VoIP call setup is completed, the DSP continues to listen for a fax tone. When a fax tone is heard, the DSP signals the receipt of fax tone to the call control layer, which then initiates fax changeover as specified in the T.38 Annex B procedures. The H.245 message flow shown in the figure below contains the following events:

  1. The detecting TGW sends a ModeRequest message to the OGW, and the OGW responds with a ModeRequestAck.
  2. The OGW sends a closeLogicalChannel message to close its VoIP UDP port, and the TGW responds with a closeLogicalChannelAck while it closes the VoIP port.
  3. The OGW sends an openLogicalChannel message that indicates to which port to send the T.38 UDP information on the OGW, and the TGW responds with an openLogicalChannelAck.
  4. The TGW sends a closeLogicalChannel message to close its VoIP UDP port, and the OGW responds with a closeLogicalChannelAck.
  5. Finally the TGW sends an openLogicalChannel message that indicates to which port to send the T.38 UDP stream, and the OGW responds with an openLogicalChannelAck.
  6. T.38-encoded UDP packets flow back and forth. At the end of the fax transmission, either gateway can initiate another ModeRequest message to return to VoIP mode.
Figure 5 H.323 T.38 Fax Relay Call Flow

SIP T.38 Fax Relay

When the call control protocol is SIP, T.38 Annex D procedures are used for the changeover from VoIP to fax mode during a call. Initially, a normal VoIP call is established using SIP INVITEs. The DSP needs to be informed that it can support T.38 mode while it is put into voice mode. Then, during the call, when the DSP detects fax HDLC flags, it signals the detection of the flags to the call control layer, and the call control layer initiates a SIP INVITE mid-call to signal the desire to change the media stream.


For initial INVITE in SIP calls, Cisco UBE and voice gateways do not support having both fax (T.38) and audio capabilities together.

The SIP T.38 fax relay call flow shown in the figure below contains the following events:

  1. The TGW detects a fax V.21 flag sequence and sends an INVITE with T.38 details in the SDP field to the OGW or to the SIP proxy server, depending on the network topology.
  2. The OGW receives the INVITE message and sends back a 200 OK message.
  3. The TGW acknowledges the 200 OK message and sends an ACK message direct to the OGW.
  4. The OGW starts sending T.38 UDP packets instead of VoIP UDP packets across the same ports.
  5. At the end of the fax transmission, another INVITE message can be sent to return to VoIP mode.
Figure 6 SIP T.38 Fax Relay Call Flow

MGCP T.38 Fax Relay

The MGCP T.38 fax relay feature conforms to ITU-T T.38, Procedures for Real-Time Group 3 Facsimile Communication over IP Networks, which determines procedures for real-time facsimile communication in various gateway control protocol (XGCP) applications.

MGCP T.38 fax relay provides two modes of implementation:

  • Gateway-controlled mode--Gateways negotiate fax relay transmission by exchanging capability information in Session Description Protocol (SDP) messages. Transmission of SDP messages is transparent to the call agent. Gateway-controlled mode allows use of MGCP-based T.38 fax without the necessity of upgrading the call agent software to support the feature.
  • Call-agent-controlled mode--Call agents use MGCP messaging to instruct gateways to process fax traffic. For MGCP T.38 fax relay, call agents can also instruct gateways to revert to gateway-controlled mode if the call agent is unable to handle the fax control messaging traffic; for example, in overloaded or congested networks.

MGCP-based T.38 fax relay enables interworking between the T.38 application that already exists on Cisco gateways and the MGCP applications on call agents.

MGCP-based T.38 fax relay has the following call flow:

  1. A call is initially established as a voice call.
  2. The gateways advertise capabilities in an SDP exchange during connection establishment.
  3. If both gateways do not support T.38 fax relay, fax pass-through is used for fax transmission. If both gateways support T.38, they attempt to switch to T.38 upon fax tone detection. The existing audio channel is used for T.38 fax relay, and the existing connection port is reused to minimize delay. If failure occurs at some point during the switch to T.38, the call reverts to the original settings it had as a voice call. If this failure occurs, a fallback to fax pass-through is not supported.
  4. Upon completion of the fax image transfer, the connection remains established and reverts to a voice call using the previously designated codec, unless the call agent instructs the gateways to do otherwise.

A fax relay MGCP event allows the gateway to notify the call agent of the status (start, stop, or failure) of T.38 processing for the connection. This event is sent in both call-agent-controlled and gateway-controlled mode.

Gateway-Controlled MGCP T.38 Fax Relay

In gateway-controlled mode, a call agent uses the fx: extension of the local connection option (LCO) to instruct a gateway about how to process a call. Gateways do not need instruction from the call agent to switch to T.38 mode. This mode is used if the call agent has not been upgraded to support T.38 and MGCP interworking, or if the call agent does not want to manage fax calls. Gateway-controlled mode can also be used to bypass the message delay overhead caused by call agent handling; for example, to meet time requirements for switchover to T.38 mode. If the call agent does not specify the mode to the gateway, the gateway defaults to gateway-controlled mode.

In gateway-controlled mode, the gateways exchange NSEs that do the following:

  • Instruct the peer gateway to switch to T.38 for a fax transmission.
  • Either acknowledge the switch and the readiness of the gateway to accept T.38 packets or indicate that the gateway cannot accept T.38 packets.
CA-Controlled MGCP T.38 Fax Relay

In call-agent (CA)-controlled mode, the call agent can instruct the gateway to switch to T.38 for a call. In Cisco IOS Release 12.3(1) and later releases, CA-controlled mode enables T.38 fax relay interworking between H.323 gateways and MGCP gateways and between two MGCP gateways under the control of a call agent. This feature supersedes previous methods for CA-controlled fax relay and introduces the following gateway capabilities to enable this functionality:

  • Ability to accept the MGCP FXR package, to receive the fxr prefix in commands from the call agent, and to send the fxr prefix in notifications to the call agent.
  • Ability to accept a new port when switching from voice to fax transmission during a call. This new ability allows successful T.38 CA-controlled fax between H.323 and MGCP gateways in those situations in which the H.323 gateway assigns a new port when changing a call from voice to fax. New ports are assigned in H.323 gateways using Cisco IOS images from Release 12.2(2)T to Release 12.2(7.5)T. Note that MGCP gateways in MGCP-to-MGCP fax calls simply reuse the same port. CA-controlled T.38 fax relay enables MGCP gateways to handle both situations, either switching to a new port or reusing the same port, as directed by the call agent.

T.37 Store-and-Forward Fax

The T.37 store-and-forward feature provides an ITU-T standards-based method for store-and-forward fax. The fax transmission process is divided into distinct sending and receiving phases with the potential to store the fax between sending and receiving, if necessary.

A store-and-forward fax gateway takes calls from G3 fax machines, converts them into e-mail messages, and sends them over an IP network. Another store-and-forward fax gateway at the terminating end of the network receives the e-mail message, converts it back into a fax message, and delivers it to a far-end G3 fax machine. The transmitting gateway is referred to as an on-ramp gateway, and the terminating gateway is referred to as an off-ramp gateway. With store-and-forward fax, you can do the following:

  • Send and receive faxes to and from Group 3 fax devices.
  • Receive faxes that are to be delivered as e-mail attachments.
  • Create and send standard e-mail messages that are delivered as faxes to standard Group 3 fax devices.

Cisco fax gateways support the T.37 standard as independent on-ramp gateways, independent off-ramp gateways, or combined on-ramp and off-ramp gateways. The two phases, on-ramp fax and off-ramp fax, are often combined to provide fax throughput over an IP network. Advantages of T.37 store-and-forward fax include delivery at off-peak hours, sophisticated retry-on-busy algorithms, and the ability to broadcast a single fax to multiple receiving fax machines.

With store-and-forward fax, the on-ramp gateway receives a fax from a traditional PSTN-based Group 3 fax device and converts it into a Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file attachment. The gateway creates a standard Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME) e-mail message and attaches the TIFF file to the e-mail. The gateway forwards the e-mail, now called a fax mail, and its attachment to the messaging infrastructure of a designated Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) server. The messaging infrastructure performs message routing, message storage, and transport, and can be custom store-and-forward SMTP software or a standard Internet mail transfer agent (MTA) such as UNIX sendmail or Netscape MailServer. The IETF standards for fax transmission are covered by RFC 2301 through 2306. TIFF-F describes the data format for compressed fax images.

Many MTAs on the market work without modification with both the on-ramp and off-ramp features of store-and-forward fax. We recommend that you dedicate a mail server to fax mail and avoid the conflicting configuration requirements of traditional e-mail and fax-mail servers. Optimize each mail server for its individual functions--for example, fax messages should usually retry transmissions every 5 minutes whereas normal e-mail should retry every 30 minutes, and fax messages should give up after 3 to 4 hours whereas normal e-mail should not give up for 4 to 5 days.

After the fax mail is stored on the SMTP server, it can be delivered in two ways: either as an e-mail message with attachment when the recipient downloads e-mail messages or as a fax to a standard PSTN-based G3 fax device. In the latter case, the SMTP server mail delivery infrastructure delivers the fax mail to the off-ramp gateway, which converts the attached TIFF file back into standard fax format and then sends the information to a standard PSTN-based G3 fax device. The off-ramp gateway is also responsible for generating delivery status notifications (DSNs) and message disposition notifications (MDNs), as appropriate.

A topology for T.37 store-and-forward fax is shown in the figure below.

T.37 store-and-forward fax is implemented on Cisco gateways using TCL IVR applications. For configuration information, see Chapter 1, "Configuring T.37 Store-and-Forward Fax."

Figure 7 T.37 Store-and-Forward Fax Topology

IVR Applications for Fax

The following IVR applications have been developed for fax:

Fax Detection IVR Application

Fax detection supports the use of a single E.164 number for both voice mail and fax mail by providing the capability to detect through an interactive voice response interface whether an incoming call is voice or fax. Fax detection can be configured to use either the distinctive fax calling tones (CNG) or a manually dialed digit or both to distinguish fax calls from voice calls. Fax detection supports the following modes of operation:

  • connect-first--The gateway connects incoming calls immediately to a voice-mail server, which plays a greeting, or audio prompt, based upon the number called. The gateway also listens for CNG throughout the duration of the call and connects the call to the configured fax application if CNG is detected.
  • listen-first--The gateway listens for CNG for 9 seconds; an audio prompt can be played during this time. If CNG is detected, the call is connected to a fax application or server. If CNG is not detected, the call is connected to a voice application or server.
  • default-voice--The gateway is configured to recognize a particular dual tone multifrequency (DTMF) tone to indicate voice calls and a different DTMF tone to indicate fax calls. If no DTMF tone is heard and no CNG tone is heard for 9 seconds, the call is treated as a voice call.
  • default-fax--The gateway is configured to recognize a particular DTMF tone to indicate voice calls and a different DTMF tone to indicate fax calls. If no DTMF tone is heard and no CNG tone is heard for 9 seconds, the call is treated as a fax call.

For configuration information, see Chapter 1, "Configuring Fax Detection."

Fax Rollover IVR Application

The fax rollover IVR application provides a configured fallback to T.37 store-and-forward fax if a call attempts to use fax relay and fails. An OGW must be configured with fax relay, store-and-forward fax, and also with the fax rollover application. Then, if a fax relay attempt fails, the call is forwarded to an SMTP server by a mail transfer agent (MTA) using T.37-standard protocols for store-and-forward fax.

For configuration information, see Chapter 1, "Configuring Fax Rollover."

Information About Cisco IOS Modem Services over IP

Modem Passthrough over VoIP

When service providers and aggregators are implementing VoIP, they sometimes cannot separate data traffic from voice traffic. These carriers that aggregate voice traffic over VoIP infrastructures require service offerings to carry data as easily as voice.

Modem passthrough over VoIP provides for the transport of modem signals through a packet network by using pulse code modulation (PCM)-encoded packets.

Modem passthrough performs the following functions:

  • Suppressing processing functions like compression, echo cancellation, high-pass filter, and voice activity detection (VAD)
  • Issuing redundant packets to protect against random packet drops
  • Providing static jitter buffers of 200 milliseconds (ms) to protect against clock skew
  • Differentiating modem signals from voice and fax signals, indicating the detection of the modem signal across the connection, and placing the connection in a state that transports the signal across the network with the least distortion
  • Maintaining a modem connection reliably across the packet network for a long duration under normal network conditions

On detection of the modem answer tone, the gateways switch into modem passthrough mode. With modem passthrough, the modem traffic is carried between the two gateways in real-time transport protocol (RTP) packets, using an uncompressed or lightly compressed voice codec--G.711 u-law, G.711 a-law, or Voice Band Data (VBD). Packet redundancy may be used to mitigate the effects of packet loss in the IP network. Even so, modem passthrough remains susceptible to packet loss, jitter, and latency in the IP network.

The figure below illustrates the connection from the client modem to a modem ISDN channel aggregation (MICA) technologies modem network access server (NAS).

Figure 8 Modem Passthrough in an IP Network

Voice Band Data

The modem passthrough feature is also known as Voice Band Data (VBD) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). VBD refers to the transport of modem signals over a voice channel through a packet network with an encoding appropriate for modem signals. The minimum set of coders for VBD mode is G.711 ulaw and alaw.

For VBD mode of operation, the path between the originating and answering gateway remains in a voice configuration. The modem signals are encoded using an appropriate speech codec suitable for the task, and samples are transported across a packet network. Currently G.711 is supported.

Some system requirements for the use of VBD follow:

  • Use a voice codec that passes voice band modulated signals with minimal distortion.
  • Have end-to-end constant latency.
  • Disable Voice Activity Detection (VAD) and Comfort Noise Generation (CNG) during the data transfer phase.
  • Disable any DC removal filters that may be integral with the speech encoder used.
  • Be capable of tone detection, including mid-call dual tone multifrequency (DTMF), as well insertion of tones, announcements, and voice prompts.


To use VBD, you should consider the appropriate application of echo cancellers on a VBD channel.

Passthrough Switchover

When the gateways detect a data modem, both the originating gateway and the terminating gateway switch to modem passthrough mode. This switchover includes the following:

  • Switching to the G.711 codec
  • Disabling the high pass filter
  • Disabling Voice Activity Detection (VAD)
  • Using special jitter buffer management algorithms
  • On detection of modem phase reversal tone, disabling the echo canceler

At the end of the modem or fax call, the voice ports revert to the previous configuration and the DSPs switch back to the original voice codec.


The gateway detects modems operating at speeds up to V.90.

Controlled Redundancy

Packet loss is a persistent issue in voice applications. The disruption of speech, which is characteristic of packet loss, can be somewhat resolved with controlled redundancy and the RTP (RFC 2198). Controlled redundancy reconstructs missing information at the receiver end from the redundant data that arrives in the transmitted packets.

Some of the requirements for a controlled redundancy are as follows:

  • The packets have to carry a primary encoding and one redundant encoding.
  • Because the use of variable size encodings is desirable, each encoded block in the packet must have a length indicator.
  • The RTP header provides a time-stamp field that corresponds to the time of creation of the encoded data and redundant blocks of data correspond to different time intervals than the primary data. So each block of redundant encoding requires its own time stamp.

You can enable redundancy so that the modem and fax passthrough switchover causes the gateway to transmit redundant packets and redundancy can be enabled in one or both of the gateways. When only one gateway is configured, the other gateway receives the packets correctly, but does not produce redundant packets. When redundancy is enabled, 10-ms sample-sized packets are sent. When redundancy is disabled, 20-ms sample-sized packets are sent.


The current Cisco implementation of RFC 2198 reflects a redundant encoding of 1X or 1 repeat of the original packet. This means that any loss scenario in which two or more consecutive packets are dropped would cause a loss of data translated into a retrain, Failure To Train (FTT), or call drop, etc. in modem and fax passthrough.

Clock Slip Buffer Management

When the gateways detect a data modem, both the originating gateway and the terminating gateway switch from dynamic and adaptive buffers to static de-jitter buffers. The use of a static de-jitter buffer is required for modem passthrough because the adaptation process in a dynamic de-jitter buffer causes a retrain on the modem connection. When the modem call is concluded, the voice ports revert to dynamic jitter buffers.

In addition, the modem passthrough data management algorithm is designed to handle and compensate for clocking differences in the PSTN between the originating and terminating gateways. This additional clock-slip monitoring prevents issues that show up in long duration modem calls.

Modem Relay over VoIP

The Modem Relay feature provides support for modem connections across traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) networks. Modem relay demodulates a modem signal at one voice gateway and passes it as packet data to another voice gateway where the signal is remodulated and sent to a receiving modem. On detection of the modem answer tone, the gateways switch into modem passthrough mode and then, if the call menu (CM) signal is detected, the two gateways switch into modem relay mode.

Differences Between Modem Passthrough and Modem Relay

There are two ways to transport modem traffic over VoIP networks:

  • With modem passthrough, the modem traffic is carried between the two gateways in RTP packets, using an uncompressed voice codec--G.711 u-law or a-law. Although modem passthrough remains susceptible to packet loss, jitter, and latency in the IP network, packet redundancy may be used to mitigate the effects of packet loss in the IP network.
  • With modem relay, the modem signals are demodulated at one gateway, converted to digital form, and carried in Simple Packet Relay Transport (SPRT) protocol (which is a protocol running over User Datagram Protocol (UDP)) packets to the other gateway, where the modem signal is recreated and remodulated, and passed to the receiving modem.

In this implementation, the call starts out as a voice call, then switches into modem passthrough mode, and then into modem relay mode.

Modem Tone Detection and Signaling

This implementation of modem relay supports V.34 modulation and the V.42 error correction and link layer protocol with maximum transfer rates of up to 33.6 kbps. It forces higher-rate modems to train down to the supported rates. Signaling support includes the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), MGCP/SGCP, and H.323:

  • For MGCP and SIP, during the call setup, the gateways negotiate the following:
    • To use or not use modem relay mode
    • To use or not use gateway exchange identification
    • The value of the payload type for NSE packets
  • For H.323, the gateways negotiate the following:
    • To use or not use modem relay mode
    • To use or not use gateway exchange identification

Benifits of Modem Relay

Modem relay on VoIP offers the following benefits:

  • Modem tone detection
  • Packetized modem signal transmission over the WAN
  • Significant reduction of dropped packet, latency, and jitter effects on modem sessions
  • Reduction of bandwidth used (as compared to modem passthrough)

Packet Redundancy

You can enable payload redundancy so that the modem relay VoIP switchover causes the gateway to send redundant packets. Redundancy can be enabled in one or both of the gateways. When only a single gateway is configured for redundancy, the other gateway receives the packets correctly, but does not produce redundant packets. When redundancy is enabled, 10-ms sample-sized packets are sent. When redundancy is disabled, 20-ms sample-sized packets are sent.


By default, modem relay over VoIP capability and redundancy are disabled.

Clock Slip Buffer Management

When the gateways detect a data modem, both the originating and the terminating gateways switch from dynamic jitter buffers to static jitter buffers of 200-ms depth. The switch from dynamic to static is designed to compensate for Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) clocking differences at the originating and terminating gateways. When the modem call is concluded, the voice ports revert to dynamic jitter buffers.

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Standardization of Group 3 facsimile terminals for document transmission

ITU-T T.30

Procedures for document facsimile transmission in the general switched telephone network


Procedures for the Transfer of Facsimile Data via Store-and-Forward on the Internet, June 1998


Procedures for Real-Time Group 3 Facsimile Communication over IP Networks, June 1998


Procedures for Real-Time Group 3 Facsimile Communication over IP Networks, Amendment 1, April 1999


Revised Annex B of Recommendation T.38, November 1998


Revised Annex D of Recommendation T.38, November 1998

Fax Standards


Defines the encoding of printed information (content) into a digital stream ready for modulation.


Defines the handshaking protocol and capabilities exchange that takes place during fax transmission.

T.30 Annex A

Defines Error Correction Mode (ECM) facilities.

Fax and Modem Standards


Part of the capabilities exchange during the modem and fax answering procedures.


High speed data transmission, used for high transfer rates of High Speed (HS) fax page data (9600 to 14400 bps).


Low Speed (LS) data transmission, used for the fax control information (300 baud).


Medium speed data transmission, used for low transfer rates of High Speed (HS) fax page data (1200 to 2400 bps).


Modem and fax machine answering procedures.


High speed data transmission, used for medium transfer rates of High Speed (HS) fax page data (2400 to 4800 bps).


High speed data transmission, used for medium transfer rates of High Speed (HS) fax page data (4800 to 9600 bps).


Very high speed modems--A modem operating at rates of up to 33,600 bps for use on the PSTN and on leased point-to-point 2-wire telephone-type circuits.


A digital modem and analog modem pair for use on the PSTN at data rates of up to 56,000 bps downstream and up to 33,600 bps upstream.

1 Not all supported standards are listed.



MIBs Link


To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:


2 Not all supported MIBs are listed.




RFC 821

>Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

RFC 822

>Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages

RFC 1123

>Requirements for Internet Hosts--Application and Support

RFC 1652

>SMTP Service Extension for 8 bit-MIME Transport

RFC 1869

SMTP Service Extensions

RFC 1891

>SMTP Service Extension for Delivery Status Notifications

RFC 1892

>The Multipart/Report Content Type for the Reporting of Mail System Administrative Messages

RFC 1893

>Enhanced Mail System Status Codes

RFC 1894

>An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status Notifications

RFC 1896

>The Text/Enriched MIME Content-Type

RFC 2034

>SMTP Service Extension for Returning Enhanced Error Codes

RFC 2045

>Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies

RFC 2046

>Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part Two: Media Types

RFC 2047

>MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part Three: Message Header Extensions for Non-ASCII Text

RFC 2197

>SMTP Service Extension for Command Pipelining

RFC 2198

RTP Payload for Redundant Audio Data

RFC 2298

>An Extensible Message Format for Message Disposition Notifications

RFC 2301

>File Format for Internet Fax

RFC 2302

Tagged >Image File Format (TIFF)--Image/TIFF MIME Sub-Type Registration

RFC 2303

>Minimal PSTN Address Format in Internet Mail

RFC 2304

>Minimal Fax Address Format in Internet Mail

RFC 2305

>A Simple Mode of Fax Using Internet Mail

RFC 2306

Tag Image File Format (TIFF)--Profile for Facsimile

RFC 2326

Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)

RFC 2327

SDP: Session Description Protocol

RFC 2532

>Extended Facsimile Using Internet Mail

RFC 2543

SIP: Session Initiation Protocol

RFC 2705

Media Gateway Control Protocol

RFC 2821

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

RFC 2833

RTP Payload for DTMF Digits, Telephony Tones and Telephony Signals

RFC 2865

Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS)

RFC 2866

RADIUS Accounting

3 Not all supported RFCs are listed.

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