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What is Fax-Passthrough?

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Short and sweet for this lovely Wednesday morning:

Fax passthrough encodes fax traffic with in a G.711 voice codec and sends it across the VoIP network as a voice call. The call may use any codec (G.711, G.729, G.723) etc. initially and once a 2100 Hz CED tone is detected, the device (ATA, for example) tells the far end gateway to switch over to G.711 using a peer-to-peer message. This message is called a NSE message (Named Signalling Event) with in the RTP stream.

Here are the important things to know about NSE-based passthrough for fax faxes and modems:

  • The 2100 Hz CED tone played from the terminating fax is the stimuli tone for initiating NSE-based passthrough for normal G3 fax devices. If the DSP on the TGW never detects this tone then the switchover to passthrough will never occur.
  • Upon detecting the 2100 Hz CED tone, the TGW initiates the passthrough switchover using an NSE-192 message. The OGW responds with an NSE-192 message.
  • The NSE-192 message upspeeds the codec to G.711, disables VAD, and sets the jitter buffer appropriately.
  • The NSE-193 is triggered by an ANSam tone that is only found with high speed modem and SG3 fax calls. The NSE-193 signals that the echo cancellers on the voice gateways need to be disabled.

Written by Matthew Berry

May 2nd, 2012 at 9:27 am

Posted in Blog

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  1. +1


    30 Jul 12 at 12:01 am

  2. Is there a specific cable that can be ordered to connect from an analog fax or phone to a panduit voice patch panel that in turns ties via RJ21 to a VG224 ?


    10 Aug 12 at 9:07 am

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