H.323 Specifications

Table of contents:

The H.323 standard is actually a suite of specifications that controls voice and video transmission over IP networks. The following are some commonly used specifications:

  • H.225 Handles call setup and teardown between H.323 devices on a packet-based network, terminal to gatekeeper signaling using Registration, Admission, and Status Protocol (RAS), and call signaling. H.323 can use ISDN Q.931 signals, formatted as H.225 messages, to interoperate with legacy voice networks.
  • H.235 Specifies security for messages between the gateway and gatekeeper.
  • H.245 Controls the traffic flow, performs DTMF Relay, limits media transmission rates, negotiates capability, and controls opening and closing channels for media streams. Uses TCP.
  • H.261 and H.263 Specify video conferencing standards.
  • H.450 Controls supplementary services between H.323 entities. Examples of supplementary services include call waiting, hold, transfer, park, and pickup.
  • T.120 Used for real-time multipoint data transfer during videoconferences. Allows application sharing, whiteboarding, and file transfer. Uses TCP.
  • H.320 Defines the standard for video conferencing over ISDN networks. H.320 uses H.221 frames for media. It requires a gateway to interwork with H.323 conferencing over IP because H.221 frames must be translated into RTP packets, and vice versa.

H 323 Network Components

Part I: Voice Gateways and Gatekeepers

Gateways and Gatekeepers

Part II: Gateways

Media Gateway Control Protocol


Session Initiation Protocol

Circuit Options

Connecting to the PSTN

Connecting to PBXs

Connecting to an IP WAN

Dial Plans

Digit Manipulation

Influencing Path Selection

Configuring Class of Restrictions

SRST and MGCP Gateway Fallback

DSP Resources

Using Tcl Scripts and VoiceXML

Part III: Gatekeepers

Deploying Gatekeepers

Gatekeeper Configuration

Part IV: IP-to-IP Gateways

Cisco Multiservice IP-to-IP Gateway

Appendix A. Answers to Chapter-Ending Review Questions


Cisco Voice Gateways and Gatekeepers
Cisco Voice Gateways and Gatekeepers
ISBN: 158705258X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 218

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