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Release Notes for Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Release 3.0

Contents

New and Changed Information

New Software Features for the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module

Important Notes

Gateway Security

Interoperability with TANDBERG terminals.

Inserting an RTM Module into the Cisco IPVC 3544 Chassis

Resolved Caveats - Release 3.0

Known Issues

Related Documentation


Release Notes for Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Release 3.0


August 2, 2005

This document describes all of the notable fixes, outstanding issues, features, and capabilities for the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module.

Use these release notes with Administrator's Guide for Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Release 1.0.

Contents

These release notes cover the following topics:

New and Changed Information

Important Notes

Resolved Caveats - Release 3.0

Known Issues

Related Documentation

New and Changed Information

New Software Features for the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module includes the following new features:

Support for 1344 Kbps, 1536 Kbps, and 2 Mbps bit rates

Support for the H.264 video codec

DTE Support

DCE Support

Default Port Naming

Data Triggered Support

Additional SNMP Trap Server Configuration Options

LOS Support

Four Serial Interfaces

Additional Video Protocol Support

Additional Video Resolution Support

Additional Audio Code Support

Integrated Web Server

SNMP with SNMP Traps

Support for QoS over IP

Reporting

Enhanced Variable Delay Packet Handling

TANDBERG Duo Video™

Automatic Gatekeeper Discovery and Registration

Automatic Gatekeeper Unregister and Re-registration

H.323 Alternate Gatekeeper Support

DNS Support

Security Level Options

H.323 Stack Version 4

Support for 1344 Kbps, 1536 Kbps, and 2 Mbps bit rates

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports the 1344 Kbps, 1536 Kbps, and 2 Mbps bit rates.

Support for the H.264 video codec

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports the H.264 video codec.

DTE Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now provides DTE support: EIA-530A (with RS-366 for signaling).

DCE Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now provides DCE support: V.35, EIA-530, and RS-449 (all with RS-366 for signaling).


Note You must have Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module later than version 2.0.0.68 to connect the serial gateway as a DCE endpoint.


Default Port Naming

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features default port naming.

Data Triggered Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features data triggered support.

Additional SNMP Trap Server Configuration Options

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features additional Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) configuration options.

LOS Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports Loss Of Signal (LOS) for seamless interoperability with encryption devices used in federal and military markets such as KIV-7 and KG-194.

Four Serial Interfaces

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module features four serial interfaces for up to four calls. Each call can run at up to 1920 Kbps.

Additional Video Protocol Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports H.261, H.263, and H.263+ video protocols

Additional Video Resolution Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports QCIF, CIF, 4CIF, VGA, SVGA, XGA, and NTSC video resolution modes.

Additional Audio Code Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports the G.711, G.723.1, G.728, G.722, and G.722.1 audio codecs.

Integrated Web Server

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features an integrated web server for remote management through a standard web browser.

SNMP with SNMP Traps

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features SNMP with SNMP traps for event indications.

Support for QoS over IP

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now provides support for Quality of Service (QoS) over IP based on DiffServ, IP TOS, and IP precedence.

Reporting

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now provides call detail, statistics, resource utilization status, debugging, and tracing reporting.

Enhanced Variable Delay Packet Handling

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now features enhanced variable delay packet handling, enabling high call quality even in unreliable IP environments.

TANDBERG Duo Video™

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports TANDBERG Duo Video™ and T.120 for rich media calls.

Automatic Gatekeeper Discovery and Registration

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports automatic gatekeeper discovery and registration.

Automatic Gatekeeper Unregister and Re-registration

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module now supports automatic unregister from the gatekeeper when no cable is connected. The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module also features re-registration with the gatekeeper upon recovery of cable connectivity.

H.323 Alternate Gatekeeper Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module features support for an H.323 alternate gatekeeper for redundancy.

DNS Support

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module features Domain Name Server (DNS) support for gateway configuration.

Security Level Options

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module provides an IT manager various security level options to choose from, allowing or preventing Telnet, SNMP, PING, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

H.323 Stack Version 4

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module features H.323 stack version 4. This provides the basis for future enhancements and is mandatory for interoperability with new emerging H.323 version 4-based devices.

Important Notes

This section contains important information regarding the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module.

Gateway Security

To ensure that the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module is secure from outside infiltration, we recommend that you change the default settings of the following options:

Gateway user name and password

SNMP service community parameters in the Board section, Basics tab of the Gateway interface.

Interoperability with TANDBERG terminals.

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module supports TANDBERG terminals on which software version B3.2 or later is installed.

Inserting an RTM Module into the Cisco IPVC 3544 Chassis

The Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module has two components that you must install in the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis. These components compliment each other. You must install these components in corresponding slots in the front and at the rear of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis.


Caution You must install the Rear Transmission Module (RTM) before you install the gateway board. Failure to do this can damage the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis and render it inoperable.

Before you insert the gateway board in the system slot (the top slot) in the front of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis, you must first insert the RTM in the top slot at the rear of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis.

Before you insert the gateway board in any of the lower three non-system slots in the front of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis, you must first insert the RTM in the corresponding slot at the rear of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis.

Before you insert the gateway RTM board in the top slot at the rear of the chassis, you must first remove the existing RTM and insert the new RTM.

Procedure


Step 1 Remove the rear panel of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis covering the slot by loosening the two fastening screws and opening the latches.

Step 2 Unlock the latches at the sides of the board by pulling the latches outwards to the sides.

Step 3 Slowly pull the RTM board halfway out.

Step 4 Detach the flat cable 16-pin connector.

Step 5 Remove the RTM board completely.

Step 6 Take the new RTM board and slide it into the guide railings of the appropriate slot at the rear of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis until the RTM board is halfway in.

Step 7 Attach the flat cable 16-pin connector to the socket in the middle of the RTM board.

Step 8 Continue to slide the gateway RTM board into the guide railings of the appropriate slot at the rear of the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis until the board makes initial contact with the backplane. Make sure not to use unnecessary force.

Step 9 Push the latches in toward the center of the RTM until they lock.


Caution Failure to implement this procedure can damage the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis and render it inoperable.


Resolved Caveats - Release 3.0

The following caveats have been resolved since Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Release 2.0:

The transfer of files from the serial side to the IP side using T.120 operates correctly.

Accurate information appears in the Call Details window when the serial link is down.

Video channel bit rate data is accurately calculated and displayed in the Call Details window.

T.120 channel data accurately appears in the Call Details window.

The T.120 application sharing mechanism is improved.

Known Issues

The following is a known list of issues for the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Release 3.0:

When the gateway IP address is modified in the Addressing tab of the Board section of the Gateway interface, the web browser might stop operating for approximately 50 seconds. To shorten this interval, relaunch your web browser.

We recommend that you use Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later as your web browser.

The Ethernet port might stop responding if disconnected and then reconnected when there are active calls in the gateway. To restore Ethernet port functionality, reset the gateway.

Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) interpretation problems occur when using the G.723.1 audio channel in gateway-to-Cisco IPVC 35xx MCU voice calls. Use the Force711ForMCU enable advanced command to configure the gateway to open a G.711 channel only. This setting is enabled by default when the gateway is shipped with transcoders. When the gateway has no transcoders or transcoder capabilities are disabled, disable the setting using the Force711ForMCU disable advanced command.

Modified Ethernet port settings take effect after the next reset.

When using an H.323 proxy that does not support the G.722.1 audio codec, unselect the Enable G.722.1 check box in the Media Modes section of the Settings tab in the Gateway interface.

You might experience poor audio quality when working with Aethra endpoints. Improve audio quality by unselecting the Enable G.722 check box in the Media Modes section of the Settings tab in the Gateway interface.

You might experience poor video quality when working with Aethra endpoints.

For secure operation, change Administrator passwords using a serial or Telnet connection.

To access the serial connection, connect the gateway to a PC equipped with a terminal emulation application and access the network configuration menu. When prompted, enter "P" to change the password.

To access the Telnet connection, click Telnet in the Advanced section of the Settings tab in the Gateway interface. When prompted, enter "P" to change the password.

Connection problems occur in IP-to-IP calls through two serial gateways using Polycom VSX 700.

H.264 interoperability issues might occur when working with eConf.

Interoperability issues might occur when working with a Polycom VSX endpoint on the serial side. To solve this problem, the VSX should be downgraded to version 7.5.1 or upgraded to version 8.0.

T.120 data collaboration sessions that transfer files of 1 MB or more can have problems.

If the Ethernet cable to the gateway disconnects while a Telnet session is active, the Telnet session can lock. You must start a new Telnet session to continue.

Related Documentation

For additional information about the Cisco IPVC 3540 Serial Gateway Module, see the Cisco IP/VC 3540 Serial Gateway Module Administrator Guide at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/ipvc/ipvc3540/sgate/rel1

For additional information about the Cisco IPVC 3544 chassis, see the Cisco IP/VC 3544 Chassis Administrator Guide at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/ipvc/ipvc3540/chassis/rel_1_0

For additional information about the Cisco IPVC 3540 Audio Transcoder Module for GW2P, see the Cisco IP/VC 3540 Audio Transcoder Module for GW2P Administrator Guide at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/ipvc/ipvc3540/gateway/rel_1_0

For additional information about Cisco MeetingPlace products or about obtaining documentation or technical support, see the Guide to Cisco MeetingPlace Conferencing Documentation and Support at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/conf/mtgplace/roadmap.htm