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Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 on Cisco AS5300, Cisco AS5800, Cisco 3600, and Cisco 3700 Series

Table Of Contents

Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 on Cisco AS5300, Cisco AS5800, Cisco 3600, and Cisco 3700 Series

New Features for Version 2.9.4.0

Compatibility Requirements

Supported Platforms

Cisco MICA Portware Features

Caveats for Cisco MICA Version 2.9.4.0

Resolved Version 2.9.4.0 Caveats

Caveat Notes

Unresolved Caveats

Downloading Portware Modem Code

SPE Download Tasks

Modem-Pool Download Tasks

Related Links

Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco.com

Technical Assistance Center

Contacting TAC by Using the Cisco TAC Website

Contacting TAC by Telephone


Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 on Cisco AS5300, Cisco AS5800, Cisco 3600, and Cisco 3700 Series


March 17, 2003

These release notes describe Cisco MICA Portware Version  2.9.4.0 on Cisco AS5300 and Cisco AS5800 universal access servers supporting V.92 and V.44 with Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, and higher. This is a V.92 maintenance release.

This document includes the following sections:

New Features for Version 2.9.4.0

Compatibility Requirements

Cisco MICA Portware Features

Caveats for Cisco MICA Version 2.9.4.0

Downloading Portware Modem Code

Related Links

Obtaining Documentation

Obtaining Technical Assistance

New Features for Version 2.9.4.0

A new general purpose bit mapped S-register (S82), similar to S54, has been added as a part of the resolution of CSCdy17030. See the "CSCdy17030—Do not mark DSP OOS for checksum error" section.

Changes have been made to the call setup code of the S54 GENERAL_PURPOSE_MAP s-register. See the "CSCdw05174— Improvement for shorter Call Setup time needed for Cisco MICA" section.

Cisco MICA Portware Release 2.9.4.0 is based on the V.92 Cisco MICA Portware maintenance release 2.9.2.0, and it includes the caveats listed in the "Caveats for Cisco MICA Version 2.9.4.0" section. Cisco MICA Portware Release 2.9.4.0 contains all of the fixes and caveats listed in the following Cisco MICA Portware releases:

2.9.2.0

2.7.3.0

2.9.1.0, and earlier versions (2.7.2.1, 2.7.2.0, and so on)

See the Cisco MICA portware release notes for Cisco AS5300 index page to find all earlier version release notes.

Compatibility Requirements

If you are using V.92 and V.44, Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 is supported with Cisco IOS Releases 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, and higher. If you are using V.90 or below, Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 is supported with Cisco IOS Releases 11.2(16+)P, 11.3(5)T/NA/AA, 12.0 (all), 12.1 (all), and 12.2 (all).

The Cisco 3600 and Cisco 3700 series are supported in Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.1.0 through Version 2.9.4.0, but only Version 2.9.1.0 contains the bundled firmware for the Cisco 3600 and Cisco 3700 series.

On all Cisco IOS software platforms that support Cisco MICA portware but that do not support V.92 and V.44 (all Cisco IOS software releases prior to 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, and 12.2(11)T and all Cisco IOS software that supports the Cisco 3600), Cisco MICA portware 2.9.2.0 and follow on releases are supported as long as V.92 and V.44 are disabled in the configuration.

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.

For platform-specific information, refer to the Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers Release Notes.


Note Many client modems used in Europe are known to have problems with the Modem on Hold (MOH) 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. For more information, refer to the Configuring and Troubleshooting V.92 Modems document on Cisco.com.


For a list of modems tested with Cisco MICA portware, refer to the Modem Interoperability List for V.34 and V.90 Modems document on Cisco.com.


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.


Supported Platforms

Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.4.0 is supported on the following platforms:

Cisco 3600 series

Cisco 3700 series

Cisco AS5300

Cisco AS5800

Cisco MICA Portware Features

Table 1 Feature Content by Modem Version 

Portware Version
Feature Content 

2.9.4.0

V.92 maintenance release.

New s-register (S82) added as part of the resolution to CSCdy17030.

Changes made to the call setup code of S54, GENERAL_PURPOSE_MAP s-register as part of the resolution to CSCdw05174.

Includes caveats and caveat fixes from Cisco MICA Portware Releases 2.9.2.0, 2.7.3.0, 2.9.1.0, and earlier releases.

2.9.2.0

V.92 maintenance release. Capabilities exchange enhancements added to address CSCdu43488—Capabilities exchange needs to be fully implemented.

2.9.1.0

Feature release. New features added to existing 2.7.3.0 features. Supports Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB, 12.2(11)T, and higher1 .

V.92 Quick Connect

V.92 Modem on Hold

V.44 LZJH Data Compression

2.7.4.0

Non-V.92 maintenance release. New features added to existing 2.7.3.0 features:

S74—Minimum duration of TRN1d signal in milliseconds (CSCdv46797). See

2.7.3.0

Maintenance release. New features added to existing 2.7.2.0 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.

New S-registers:

S71 and S72 (Decouple maximum symbol rates for V.90 and V.34)

S64, finer granularity in modulation selection (CSCdm94337)

2.7.2.0

Maintenance release. New features added to existing 2.7.1.0 features. Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5) support.

W, X, and (,) dial modifiers

Call Tracker

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

2.7.1.0

Feature release. New features added to existing Version 2.6.2.0 features.

V.110 ISDN rate specification

spe download command

Cisco AS5800 supported on Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)T only

Modulation

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.

2.6.2.0

Maintenance release. New features added to existing Version 2.6.1.0 features.

Signaling

Resource Pool Management (RPM):

Ring-back tone generation.

Port Management

Improved port management interfacing for acquiring modem/port data for AAA records.

2.6.1.0

SS7 support added to Version 2.5.1.0 features.

Signaling

Continuity Testing (COT) of DSO channels in SS7 networks.

2.5.1.0

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.

2.3.1.0

R1 support plus K56flex maintenance.

Signaling

R1 noncompelled and semicompelled.

2.2.3.0

K56flex support.

Modulation

Rockwell K56flex at 56,000 to 32,000 in 2000 bps increments.

2.0.1.7

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

MF

DTMF

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 2.9.1.0 is the bundled portware with the Cisco IOS software.


Caveats for Cisco MICA Version 2.9.4.0

This section describes known problems with portware Version 2.9.4.0. If a workaround is not provided, a solution is being developed.


Note The capabilities exchange feature for V.92 and V.44 is supported only in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(2)XB6 and higher. If you are using Cisco IOS Release 12.2(2)XA, 12.2(2)XB5, or earlier releases, you must modify S54 in a modem cap to enable V.92 and V.44 operation. See the Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.2.0 on Cisco AS5300 and Cisco AS5800 Universal Access Servers for details on enabling V.92 using S54 for Cisco IOS software versions that do not contain this caveat (CSCdu81035).


Resolved Version 2.9.4.0 Caveats

CSCdt68782—On rare occasions a Hex is marked bad with TIMER_ASSERT failure.

CSCdv46797—Capability needed to reduce EC training time (see the "Caveat Notes" section for more information).

CSCdu24851—Single-bit program memory corruption can be found in Cisco MICA.

CSCdx38371—DSP soft reset occurs during call setup.

CSCdx16437—SP background watchdog bits are not tickled in 2 sec. during powerup.

CSCdw64340—Cisco MICA S7 and S37 registers do NOT share a single value.

CSCdv70155—Cisco 3600/Cisco MICA—X25 data bytes are corrupted during pad transfer.

CSCdu24349—Dialout to a specific vendor modem on an E1 line type yields poor CSR.

CSCdu35756—Bell212A modulation misreported as V.22.

CSCdu25847—Add capability to detect modem degradations and trigger reload.

CSCdw25193—DSP SXM bit is not preserved in continuous_checksum routine.

CSCdw50879—SP_DIAG message should not take modem OOS.

CSCdx18952—Time-out delay for S detection needs to extend in V.90 phase 3.

CSCdx13950—Interactive connections drop with compression error with V44.

CSCdw62027—Cisco MICA timer free+forget is not atomic.

CSCdx34593—Unexpected no-carrier timeout during Modem On Hold. (MOH)

CSCdx52942—Single-bit checksum code needs to be merged to 2.9.1.x branch.

CSCdw05174—Improvement for shorter Call Setup time is needed for MICA (see the "Caveat Notes" section for more information).

CSCdy17030—Do not mark DSP OOS for checksum error ((see the "Caveat Notes" section for more information).

Caveat Notes

This section provides specific caveat details from the "Resolved Version 2.9.4.0 Caveats" section.

CSCdy17030—Do not mark DSP OOS for checksum error

A new s-register has been added to control whether or not the checksum failure message from the service provider (SP) takes the modem Out-of-Service (OOS).

Table 2 S82 [1] General Purpose Bit Mapped Register #2

Value
Description

0

Disable data queue overflow disconnect (CSCdx13950) and disable SP checksum Out-Of-Service functionality (CSCdy17030).

1

(Default) Enable data queue overflow disconnect, disable SP checksum Out-Of-Service (OOS) functionality.

2

Disable data queue overflow disconnect and enable SP checksum OOS functionality

3

Enable both data queue overflow disconnect and SP checksum OOS functionality.



Note To avoid decreasing your call success rate (CSR) with a ring no answer, do not enable the SP checksum out-of-service (OOS) functionality for the Cisco AS5300 or Cisco AS5800 with Cisco IOS releases prior to 12.2(2)XB7. CSCds09499 and CSCdy00812 need to be integrated in your Cisco IOS software version before enabling the OOS functionality. Otherwise, Cisco IOS continues to allocate calls to the out-of-service modem, which results in a Ring No Answer, which decreases your CSR.
CSCds09499 —Cisco AS5300:CSM should not allocate calls to busy or bad modems
CSCdy00812—Cisco AS5800:%MICA-3-NAK:NAK from modem 21 in state 50—payload 0x20 seen


CSCdw05174— Improvement for shorter Call Setup time needed for Cisco MICA

According to the V.8 specifications, Cisco MICA sends 400 ms of silence before the ANSback tone. It was observed that there is no longer a need for staying in a 400 ms loop in the SP, because this silence is inherently already there, due to the time spent elsewhere in the code.

The last bit of the GENERAL_PURPOSE_MAP (S54) has been allocated to give the you flexibility whether to stay in this 400 ms loop or not. S54=32768 disables the 400 ms silence loop before the ANSback tone. The default value of S54 (200) was not changes, so by default, the 400 ms silence loop in Cisco MICA is still enabled.

CSCdv46797—Capability needed to reduce EC training time

This caveat was brought over from the 272x branch to the 291x branch. This change makes the length of the TRN1d signal variable. As part of V.92, this signal is minimized to its shortest length while allowing for the best connection. So if V.92 is enabled in Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.7.4.0, the code added as part of CSCdv46797 is not used, regardless of the S74 setting. If V.92 is not enabled in 2.9.4.0, the value of S74 can be used to shorten the TRN1d sequence.

See the Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.7.4.0 on Cisco AS5300 and AS5800 Universal Access Servers and Cisco 3600 Series for further details regarding S74.

4-Point Training (S54=4) Debug Tool

There are two types of training, 4-point and 16-point. This information is provided by signal J in phase 3 of a modem connection. These size denotations tell the modems which constellation size is used when the modems are training up (in phase 4). 6-point is used the most, but if you do not have a very clean line, and you are having problems syncing up, you can set the constellation size to 4-point to see if you are having problems during training. With 4-point, there are less detection errors (the points are spread further away, so the detection is more lenient) than 16-point which has to be more precise.

Additionally, 4-point training is a more robust way of completing the full duplex train in V.34, V.90, and K56Flex. The regular train uses an 8-point constellation. When the line is noisy, the standard allows you to switch down to a 4-point constellation, which allows you to operate reliably in a lower SNR environment and complete training. We have broken this out into an S-register (S54=4) as a debug tool for customer use.

See the Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 2.9.2.0 on Cisco AS5300 and Cisco AS5800 Universal Access Servers for more information about S54.

Unresolved Caveats

CSCdx63339 —Cisco Mica fails to response to a MHreq sequence from the client modem.

CSCdx48205—Few modems are marked OOS and recover with auto configuration.

If you have an account on Cisco.com, you can also use the Bug Toolkit to find select caveats of any severity. To reach the Bug Toolkit, log in to Cisco.com and click Service & Support: Software Center: Cisco IOS Software: BUG TOOLKIT. Another option is to go to

http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/Support/Bugtool/launch_bugtool.pl.

Downloading Portware Modem Code

Download new portware by going to the following link:

http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/mica

SPE Download Tasks

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.

To download modem portware 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 terminal
Router(config)# spe <slot>/<spe_begin> <slot>/<spe_end>
Router(config-spe)# firmware location system:/ucode/mica_port_firmware
Router(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.2.9.4.0.bin.

Router(config)# spe 1/0 1/9
Router(config-spe)# firmware location flash:mica-modem-portware.2.9.4.0.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:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/software/ios120/120newft/120t/120t7/spe1206t.htm


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:

http://www.cisco.com/kobayashi/sw-center/sw-access.shtml

Related Links

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

Release Notes for Cisco MICA Portware Version 8.2.3.0 on Cisco AS5300 Universal Access Servers with PIAFS (T1) Support for Cisco IOS Release 12.2(2)XA and 12.2(2)XB

PIAFS Wireless Data Protocol Version 2.1 for Cisco MICA Modems

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

V.90 and RFC-2217 dialout support for fax/data

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World Wide Web

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http://www-china.cisco.com

http://www-europe.cisco.com

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P3 and P4 level problems are defined as follows:

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