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The Ultimate Fax Over Internet Protocol Quiz
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If you've ever sent a fax over the Internet, you've already used Fax over Internet Protocol (FoIP) or IP faxing. To learn how you can get the benefits of traditional faxing with the cost savings of Internet transmission methods, take our informative quiz.
Internet Protocol (FoIP) or IP faxing uses _____ to send a fax.
FoIP, also called IP faxing, is a method of sending faxes over the Internet. FoIP uses an Internet network (packet-switched) instead of the telephone network (circuit-switched) to send transmissions.
Which of the following is an advantage of FoIP transmission over telephone transmission?
Using the Internet network to transmit faxes costs less and works faster than using the phone. If you already have access to the Internet, it's probably the most efficient method for you.
What does the "IP" in FoIP stand for?
The "IP" in FoIP stands for Internet Protocol. This is a series of steps used to transmit data over the Internet to the correct address; instead of using analog signals through phone lines, the fax information is transmitted through the Internet.
Which type of fax machine is FoIP-enabled?
You can transfer data over the Internet using traditional (called 3G) fax machines that use gateways between phone lines and the Internet or you can use an IP fax machine that connects directly to the Internet.
The FoIP setup is a lot like a VoIP setup which sends voices over the Internet. Can you send IP faxes using a VoIP server?
You can send IP faxes using a VoIP server, but since a fax requires more bandwidth than a voice, it usually requires special software that makes modifications to the VoIP.
In the store-and-forward approach, fax information is transferred from one fax server (also called a gateway) to another fax server as an e-mail attachment. What's the disadvantage of this method of sending faxes?
The main drawback with the store-and-forward approach to Internet fax transmission is that there is no feedback from the receiving machine. You don't know if it received the fax or if there were problems with the transmission.
Which type of IP fax feels just like a traditional phone-line fax?
In the case of real-time IP faxing, information is transferred between fax servers using a high-level Internet Protocol. This type of faxing feels like traditional faxing with the beeps that you're used to.
An IP address is an identifying:
Any device connected to the Internet has an identifying code known as an IP address. If you're sending a fax between two IP fax machines, the phone number is converted to the IP address for the receiving machine.
When choosing a fax server, be sure to choose one that is:
If you're sending a fax from an IP fax machine to a G3 fax machine, the IP fax machine uses the destination phone number of the G3 to activate the IP address of the fax server located closest to the G3 machine. Be sure to choose a local fax server so there are no expensive long-distance lines involved in the transmission of the fax.
Which type of protocol does real-time faxing use?
The process of converting between phone-line faxing, which is based on a protocol called T.30, and real-time IP faxing, which uses a protocol called T.38 is fairly complex. This translation or protocol conversion takes place at the fax server or gateway.
In order to send a fax, a traditional machine (G3) sends a _____ over the phone lines.
After a fax machine sends a signal over the phone lines to the receiving machine to initiate a fax session, the receiving machine responds with a series of tones that let us know the connection has been established.
Which type of signal does a fax machine use to communicate with another fax?
Once a fax session has started, the two fax machines communicate through a series of control signals informing the other one which paper size they can handle or whether they're color or black-and-white.
A software bundle in the fax server acts as a _____ between the two protocols -- T.30 for older G3 machines and T.38 for newer IP machines.
Since there are millions of fax machines still in use that only understand the T.30 protocol, a software program acts as a bridge or messenger between the T.30 and the T.38 protocol of the newer machines.
When network timing is off in the case of IP faxing, what is the most likely result?
Transmission time through an Internet network is not as reliable as it is through phone lines. If the timing is off in a fax session, machines might not be able to communicate with each other, and the transmission may be delayed or even aborted.
An IP packet is a collection of _____ organized in a way that lets destination fax machines understand it.
An IP packet is a collection of data organized in a way that lets destination fax machines understand and decode what's inside it. Packets are the data messengers of IP fax transmission.
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