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Simple Network Paging Protocol - Version 3 -Two-Way Enhanced (RFC1861)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004117D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 19 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

A. Gwinn: AUTHOR

Abstract

This RFC suggests a simple way for delivering wireless messages, both one and two-way, to appropriate receiving devices. In its simplest form, SNPP provides a simple way to implement a "shim" between the Internet and a TAP/IXO paging terminal. In its level 3 form, it provides an easy-to-use (and build) method for communicating and receiving end-to-end acknowledgments and replies from two-way messaging devices (such as ReFLEX units).

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Network Working Group A. Gwinn

Request for Comments: 1861 Southern Methodist University

Obsoletes: 1645 October 1995

Category: Informational

Simple Network Paging Protocol - Version 3 - Two-Way Enhanced

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 wireless messages, both

one and two-way, to appropriate receiving devices. In its simplest

form, SNPP provides a simple way to implement a "shim" between the

Internet and a TAP/IXO paging terminal. In its level 3 form, it

provides an easy-to-use (and build) method for communicating and

receiving end-to-end acknowledgments and replies from two-way

messaging devices (such as ReFLEX units).

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

for well over a year at several commercial paging companies, and

private businesses. Client software supporting this protocol has

become widespread, and is being integrated into many of the new

paging and messaging products being built. In addition to commercial

software, email filters and SNPP client software for Unix and Windows

(WikiPage) 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

With all due apologies to the Glenayre engineers (who take offense at

the term "nerd") 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. The benefits of the Internet

become even more realized when growing towards acknowledgment-based

messaging such as ReFLEX paging--where it may be impossible to

accurately predict costs associated with telco services such as 1-800

numbers.

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, a...