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Carriers are, generally speaking, the service providers for the devices you want to send messages to, whether you're sending to cell phones or pagers. When the term is used in PageGate, however, it's referencing one of the outbound communication methods the program supports.
So, in concept, a carrier tells PageGate how to talk to the outside world with one of the supported protocols (see below), a recipient tells PageGate who to talk to and the connector modules do the talking.
PageGate supports the following delivery protocols:
•XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol)
A method used to communicate with a variety of notification and chat programs, such as Jabber.
•TAP (Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol)
The standard message delivery protocol for analog modem, or direct serial communications to paging providers and terminals.
•TAP-IP (Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol delivered by TCP/IP)
This protocol is used to send messages to a receiving TAP system, normally paging transmitters, by TCP/IP.
•SNPP (Simple Network Paging Protocol)
A standard message delivery protocol for internet communication to a wireless provider.
•WCTP (Wireless Communications Transfer Protocol)
A standard message delivery for Internet communications to a wireless provider (both HTTP and HTTPS are supported).
•SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
The protocol used to deliver email.
•GSM-AT (Global System for Mobile communication AT Command Set)
A method used to communicate with a cellular modem or other connected wireless device that provides a COM port in Windows and supports the AT command set for SMS delivery.
•GSM-AT-IP (Global System for Mobile communication AT Command Set over IP)
A method used to communicate with a cellular modem, router, gateway or other connected wireless device that accepts AT commands by TCP for SMS delivery.
Output a message as an ascii formatted file to a specified directory.
The GET method of passing CGI parameters to a web API.
The POST method of passing CGI parameters to a web API.
•FAX (Facsimile Machines)
Message delivery to destination Fax machines via faxmodem.
This protocol allows PageGate to integrate with a Microsoft fax server for facsimile messages.
Transmission of message text over a standard serial/RS232 port (direct connect or via modem).
Transmission of message text to a host via a TCP/IP connection
•TONE (Dual Tone Multi-Frequency)
A way to deliver touch tone messages to older numeric-only pagers and similar equipment.
•UCP (Universal Computer Protocol)
A delivery protocol for analog modem, or direct serial communications to a wireless provider.
For a detailed and contextualized breakdown of what these protocols mean for delivering your messages, have a look at the How PageGate Sends Messages section of the documentation.