How TAP Works?
Messages are sent from the computer via a modem and software
to the paging terminal. The software communicates with the
paging terminal in a fashion that the paging terminal understands
(using the TAP protocol), the terminal then broadcasts the
message to the appropriate paging device. TAP is one of the
more popular wireless protocols.
What Information is needed to send a message via TAP?
Two pieces of information are need in order to send text messages
via TAP the modem
phone number (or the TAP terminal number) at the
paging terminal is needed and the pin or ID of the pager is
needed. The pin and id is often the numeric pager number but
Is TAP a standard?
TAP/IXO is considered an industry standard and is the
predominant communications protocol for paging in the US,
Canada, South America, Australia, and the majority of Europe.
Recently two newer protocols have been introduced that allow
for messages to be transferred via the Internet these newer
protocols allow for two way messaging but have not yet been
Why is it difficult to get my modem to connect to paging
Modems are designed to communicate at the fastest baud rates
possible, the newer ones have built in data compression and
error correction to compensate for poor phone lines. Paging
terminals tend to use the much older modems that communicate
at substantially lower baud rates, the older modems have no
use for data compression or error correction. Frequently you
will need to use an initialization string in order to slow
your modem down so that it can effectively communicate with
the paging terminal. Your software may autodetect a string,
or your software provider should be able to assist you in
determining an appropriate string for successful communication.
What software supports TAP?
Almost all paging software these days supports TAP. This
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Is TAP the same as SMS?
SMS messages are often sent using the TAP protocol. The
other prevailing protocol for SMS messages is UCP most software
supports both protocols. The term paging and SMS is frequently
used interchangably, especially in the US.
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