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Simple Network Paging Protocol - Version 2 (RFC1645)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002481D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 12 page(s) / 29K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A. Gwinn: AUTHOR

Abstract

This RFC suggests a simple way for delivering both alphanumeric and numeric pages (one-way) to radio paging terminals. Gateways supporting this protocol, as well as SMTP, have been in use for several months for nationwide paging and messaging. In addition, email filters and SNPP client software for Unix and Windows are available at no cost. Please contact the author for more information.

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Network Working Group A. Gwinn

Request for Comments: 1645 Southern Methodist University

Obsoletes: 1568 July 1994

Category: Informational

Simple Network Paging Protocol - Version 2

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This RFC suggests a simple way for delivering both alphanumeric and

numeric pages (one-way) to radio paging terminals. Gateways

supporting this protocol, as well as SMTP, have been in use for

several months for nationwide paging and messaging. In addition,

email filters and SNPP client software for Unix and Windows are

available at no cost. Please contact the author for more

information.

Earlier versions of this specification were reviewed by IESG members

and the "822 Extensions" Working Group. They preferred an alternate

strategy, as discussed under "Relationship to Other IETF Work",

below.

1. Introduction

Beepers are as much a part of computer nerdom as X-terminals

(perhaps, unfortunately, more). The intent of Simple Network Paging

Protocol is to provide a standard whereby pages can be delivered to

individual paging terminals. The most obvious benefit is the

elimination of the need for modems and phone lines to produce

alphanumeric pages, and the added ease of delivery of pages to

terminals in other cities or countries. Additionally, automatic page

delivery should be somewhat more simplified.

2. System Philosophy

Radio paging is somewhat taken for granted, because of the wide

availability and wide use of paging products. However, the actual

delivery of the page, and the process used (especially in wider area

paging) is somewhat complicated. When a user initiates a page, by

dialing a number on a telephone, or entering an alphanumeric page

through some input device, the page must ultimately be delivered to

some paging terminal, somewhere. In most cases, this delivery is

made using TAP (Telocator Alphanumeric input Protocol, also known as

IXO). This protocol can be a somewhat convoluted, and complicated

protocol using older style ASCII control characters and a non-

standard checksumming routine to assist in validating the data.

Even though TAP is widely used throughout the industry, there are

plans on the table to move to a more flexible "standard" protocol

referred to as TME (Telocator Message Entry Protocol). The level two

enhancements to...