Fax & Voip – Part 2/3 – From Vad to Clock……

fax-machineCodec Translation
I have already mentioned before. In the path caller->called codecs can change several times, and every transformation can introduce distortion and delay.

To minimize fax issues all the legs involved must be using the same codec to avoid codec translation. It is really important the kind of codec: you must use in all the path alaw or ulaw ! Continue reading

Fax & Voip – Part 1/3 – All about codec in Fax transmission

faxmachinemurderCertainly there are huge benefits in adopting VoIP technology (i.e. Asterisk PBX), and certainly there will be many people who will be wise to use Voip PBX trunk instead of traditional phone lines.

But using Voip PBX you may start to notice that faxing just doesn’t seem to work as well as you remember it working on the old analog phone line.

Definitely: faxes work so well in the VoIP PBX/line as the old analogue line/Analog Pbx ?
The answer is: usually no !

Faxes in Voip env do not work as well as you in “old” phone line. FAX was designed for analog networks, and can not travel easly over a digital VoIP network.

The reasons are many: starting from the codec used by VoIP that are designed to compress voice and save bandwidth, and that corrupts the signals used by modems/fax, until the fact that the signal is transformed several times in the path caller-called, and Pbx Voip add more transformation point making more difficult transmit/receive fax.

Remember: it is very important understand that each transformation step introduces some distortion to the signal, imperceptible to the voice but not for the fax: and for faxes it is very important the signal quality !

In this series I’ll try to suggest some tips to increase the fax quality in Voip env.
Continue reading

Add Fax capabilities in Asterisk >=13

AsteriskRecomplieWithSpanDspBeginning with Asterisk 13 Digium will no longer make available the res_fax_digium module (FFA or commercial versione): if you want fax capabilities you should use the res_fax_spandsp module.

Yes, I know, it is possible to use IAX modem, but sometimes I prefer use T.38 protocolo to receive fax, and only res_fax_spandsp can support this protocol. I’ll show hot to install res_fax_spandsp in a working IncrediblePbx 13 inst.
Continue reading

Windows 10: Mapping Drives via GPO Script Failing

Some days ago I’ve upgraded some pc’s to Windows 10.
After that we’ve verified that using old-legacy software we cannot get any mapped drive (via GPO Script) using folder/file explorer.
If we link this disk on desktop, and try to use it, we get an error.
The only solution is to enable the “Linked Connections”.
1) In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:
2) Right-click Configuration, click New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new registry entry as EnableLinkedConnections.
3) Double-click the EnableLinkedConnections registry entry and type 1 in the Value data field: then click OK.
4) Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.