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H.323: the multimedia communications standard for local area networks

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1 Author(s)
Thom, G.A. ; Delta Inf. Syst. Inc., USA

This article provides an overview of ITU-T Recommendation H.323, “Visual telephone systems and equipment for local area networks which provide a non-guaranteed quality of service.” This recommendation applies to multimedia communications over packet-switched networks, such as Ethernet, which run TCP/IP, IXP/SPX, or other related protocols. In addition to the multimedia terminal, other H.323 components are defined which provide for conference admissions (gatekeeper), multipoint communications (multipoint controller, multipoint processor), and interoperability (gateway) with terminals on other types of networks. H.323 has application to a variety of network media, including local area networks, enterprise networks, metropolitan area networks, wide area networks, dial-up line connections to LANs, and the Internet. This provides the capability to have global multimedia communications from the desktop using existing network infrastructures

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 12 )