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Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 188.8.131.52 on Cisco AS5300, Cisco AS5800, Cisco 3600, and Cisco 3700 Series
November 25, 2002
These release notes describe Cisco MICA Portware Version 184.108.40.206 on Cisco AS5300 universal access servers with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, and higher. This is a V.92 initial release.
These release notes describe the following topics:
New Features for Version 220.127.116.11
Cisco MICA Portware Version 18.104.22.168 is a feature release that adds the following new features to existing Version 22.214.171.124 functionality:
•V.44 Lempel-Ziv-Jeff-Heath (LZJH) data compression algorithm—V.44 LZJH is a new compression standard based on Lempel-Ziv that uses a new string-matching algorithm that increases upload and download speeds to make Internet access and Web browsing faster. V.44 is enabled by default.
Refer to the V.44 LZJH Compression for Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers feature module for more information.
•V.92 Modem on Hold—V.92 Modem on Hold allows a dial-in customer to suspend a modem session to answer an incoming voice call or to place an outgoing call while engaged in a modem session. V.92 Modem on Hold is disabled by default. Refer to the
V.92 Modem on Hold for Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers feature module for more information.
•V.92 Quick Connect—V.92 Quick Connect speeds up the client-to-server startup negotiation, reducing the overall Internet service provider (ISP) connect time by avoiding some of the initial signal handshaking. V.92 Quick Connect is enabled by default. Refer to the
V.92 Quick Connect for Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers feature module for more information.
Cisco MICA Portware Version 126.96.36.199 is supported only with Cisco IOS Release 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, or higher releases. For Cisco IOS software release compatibility information, refer to the Compatibility Matrixes for Cisco AS5x00, Cisco 3600, and Cisco 3700 Platforms with Cisco MICA 6-Port and 12-Port Modem Module Portware.
The Cisco 3600 and Cisco 3700 series are supported in Cisco MICA Portware Version 188.8.131.52 through Version 184.108.40.206, but only Version 220.127.116.11 contains the bundled firmware for the Cisco 3600 and Cisco 3700 series.
Cisco MICA Portware Version 18.104.22.168 is supported on the following platforms:
•Cisco 3600 series
•Cisco 3700 series
Note Many client modems used in Europe are known to have problems with the Modem on Hold feature. The vendors are aware of the issue and are working to correct it. If you are having trouble with the Modem on Hold feature in Europe, it is suggested that the customer contact the client modem vendor to verify that the modem complies with the telephony signaling for call waiting, caller ID, and 3-way calling in their particular country.
Note For a list of modems tested with Cisco MICA portware, use the following link:
Table 1 Feature Content by Modem Version
Portware Version Feature Content
Feature release. New features added to existing 22.214.171.124 features. Supports Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, and higher1 .
•V.92 Modem on Hold
•V.92 Quick Connect
•V.44 LZJH Data Compression
Maintenance release. New features added to existing 126.96.36.199 features. Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5) support.
•V.110 blind connect feature for compatibility with nonstandard clients (CSCdr39887), which is enabled by bit 9 in S-register S54.
–S71 and S72 (Decouple maximum symbol rates for V.90 and V.34)
–S64, finer granularity in modulation selection (CSCdm94337)
Maintenance release. New features added to existing 188.8.131.52 features. Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5) support.
•W, X, and (,) dial modifiers
•Support for IPDC protocol for call control signaling
•Additional V.110 speeds (CSCdm43898): 38,400, 28,800, 24,000, 12,000 bps
•Additional dial modifiers (CSCdk10292)
•Decoupled V.90 power levels for S-registers S39 and S59 (CSCdm52396)
•New values for S54 general capabilities register
•Signal quality threshold changes
•Parity for error controlled connections (CSCdj92333)
•Added client modems for V.90 Digital Impariment Learning (DIL) sequence detection
Feature release. New features added to existing Version 184.108.40.206 features.
•V.110 ISDN rate specification
•spe download command
•Cisco AS5800 supported on Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)T onlyModulation
•ITU-T Recommendation Q.931 V.110 Bearer Rates:
1200 bps, 2400 bps, 4800 bps, 7200 bps, 9600 bps, 14,400 bps, 19,200 bps, 38,400 bps.
•ITU-T Recommendation Q.931 Intermediate Rates:
8k, 16k, 32k, and 64k bps.
Maintenance release. New features added to existing Version 220.127.116.11 features.Signaling
•Resource Pool Management (RPM):
–Ring-back tone generation.Port Management
•Improved port management interfacing for acquiring modem/port data for AAA records.
SS7 support added to Version 18.104.22.168 features.Signaling
•Continuity Testing (COT) of DSO channels in SS7 networks.
V.90 and RFC-2217 dialout support for fax/data.
Note The Cisco DialOut Utility (CDU) is no longer supported. Refer to the
Cisco DialOut Utility End of Sale/Shipping bulletin and the
Sample NAS Configurations for Cisco DialOut Utility document for information.Modulation
•V.90 standard supporting rates of 56,000 to 28,000 in 1333.3-bps increments.
•Fax out (transmission) Group 3, standards EIA 2388 Class 2 and EIA 592 Class 2.0, at modulations V.33, V.29, V.27ter, V.21, and V.17.
R1 support plus K56flex maintenance.Signaling
•R1 noncompelled and semicompelled.
•Rockwell K56flex at 56,000 to 32,000 in 2000 bps increments.
Initial V.34+ release.Modulation
•ITU-T V.34 Annex 12 at 33600 and 31200 bps.
•ITU-T V.34 at 26,400, 24,000, 21,600, 19,200, 16,800, 14,400, 12,000, 9600, 7200, 4800, or 2400 bps.
•V.32bis = 14400, 12000, 9600, 7200, 4800; V.32 = 9600, 4800; V.22bis = 2400, 1200; V.21 = 300; Bell212A = 1200, Bell103 = 300; V.22 = 1200; V.23 = 1200/75.Signaling
•R2 compelled, noncompelled, and semicompelled.Protocols
•ITU-T V.42 (including MNP 2-4 and LAPM) Error Correction.
•ITU-T V.42bis (1K nodes) and MNP 5 Data Compression.Modem Standard
•ITU-T V. 25—Automatic calling or answering equipment on dialup lines. This standard includes the procedures for disabling echo control devices for calls that are established manually and automatically.
1 Support for V.92 and V.44 on the Cisco 36x0 and Cisco 37x0 has been added with Cisco IOS Release 12.2(11)YT. Cisco MICA Version 22.214.171.124 is the bundled portware with the Cisco IOS software.
Known Problems with Cisco MICA Version 126.96.36.199
This section describes known problems with portware Version 188.8.131.52. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.
•CSCdt39317—Specific PCMCIA client modem falls back to V.34 from V.90.
•CSCds50294—Modem occasionally goes into sudden connect failure mode.
•CSCdt45194—FTP transfer stops passing data when transferring 2x10 test file to a specific client modem.
•CSCdu04829—Specific client disconnects in trainup.
•CSCdu25569—V.110 flow control may corrupt user data.
•CSCdu24349—Dial-out to a specific vendor modem on E1 line type yields poor CSR.
•CSCdt68962—On rare occasions a Hex is marked bad without TIMER_ASSERT failure.
•CSCdt68782—On rare occasions a Hex is marked bad with TIMER_ASSERT failure.
Problems Resolved with Cisco MICA Version 184.108.40.206
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Downloading Portware Modem Code
Cisco supports portware configuration using service processing element (SPE) configuration commands and modem-pool commands. The spe command allows portware to be downloaded to the SPE.
SPE Download Tasks
To download modem portware/firmware using the spe command, enter the spe command, one configuration command per line.
Step 1 Enter the spe command and subcommands, one configuration command per line:Router# configure terminalRouter(config)# spe <slot>/<spe_begin> <slot>/<spe_end>Router(config-spe)# firmware location system:/ucode/mica_port_firmwareRouter(config-spe)# ^Z
For example, the following display shows a Cisco AS5300 SPE download to all modems in Slot 1 (that is, all modems on a feature card containing ten 6-port modem modules). The modem code resides in the Flash memory, and the modem code filename is mica-modem-portware.220.127.116.11.bin.Router(config)# spe 1/0 1/9Router(config-spe)# firmware location flash:mica-modem-portware.18.104.22.168.bin
Step 2 Copy the configuration from NVRAM into running RAM:Router# copy running-config startup-config
Download occurs when the modems become available and shows the SPE firmware upgrade option defined (default: busyout). The spe command generates NVRAM modem download and configuration file entries.
Note If the configuration is not saved as described above, download of the portware specified with the spe command will not occur after the next reboot.
For detailed information on the spe command, go to the following link:
Modem-Pool Download Tasks
If you have an account on Cisco.com, you can download modem portware/firmware using FTP if you are using Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0(5)T or earlier at the following link:
For further information about Cisco MICA portware and Cisco IOS software, see the following related sources:
•Release Notes for Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers for Cisco IOS Release 12.2 XA
•Release Notes for Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers for Cisco IOS Release 12.2 XB
•Cisco AS5x00 Cisco MICA 6-Port and 12-Port Modem Module Portware/Cisco IOS Software Compatibility Matrixes
•Cisco MICA Modem Dial Modifiers for Cisco AS5300, Cisco AS5400, and AS5800 Universal Access Servers
•Cisco IOS Release 12.2 Configuration Guides and Command References
•Cisco IOS Release 12.2 Master Indexes
•Cisco IOS Dial Services Command Reference for Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2
•AT Command Set and Register Summary for Cisco MICA 6-Port Modules
•Modem Management Operations
•SPE and Firmware Download Enhancements
•Cisco AS5300 access servers, Appendix A, "Managing Modems," and Appendix B, "Rom Monitor," in the Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Server Software Configuration Guide
•Modem Management Commands
Note The Cisco DialOut Utility (CDU) is no longer supported. Refer to the Cisco DialOut Utility End of Sale/Shipping bulletin and the Sample NAS Configurations for Cisco DialOut Utility document for information.
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