Beam RST825 SatRADIO User guide

FX2600
Fax Adapter
User Guide
FX2600
Fax Adapter
User Guide
Version 1.0
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Product name: FX2600 Fax Adapter User Guide
Manual revision: 1.0
Release date: December 2007
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Contents
INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................. 4
IRIDIUM FAX SERVICE OVERVIEW: ............................................................................................... 4
FAX – MO TO PSTN.......................................................................................................................... 4
FAX – MT TO PSTN........................................................................................................................... 4
FAX – ISU TO ISU ............................................................................................................................. 4
FAX ADAPTER PACKAGE CONTENTS............................................................................................. 5
SETUP AND CONFIGURATION........................................................................................................... .
BEFORE YOU START ...................................................................................................................... 5
CONNECTING TO THE FAX ADAPTER WITH HYPERTERMINAL .................................................. 6
POWER UP SEQUENCE .................................................................................................................. 8
SETUP – COUNTRY CODE.............................................................................................................. 9
SETUP – POLLING INTERVAL....................................................................................................... 10
SETUP – ENTERING THE SETUP STRING ................................................................................... 11
COUNTRY SUPPORT .................................................................................................................... 12
FIRMWARE UPDATES ................................................................................................................... 13
LED STATUS INDICATORS .............................................................................................................. 15
BEAM PRODUCT COMPATIBILITY LIST ......................................................................................... 16
SENDING / RECEIVING FAXES........................................................................................................ 17
CONNECTING THE FAX ADAPTER .................................................................................................... .
RST100 REMOTESAT ...................................................................................................................... 18
RST310 INTELLIDOCK ..................................................................................................................... 19
RST978 HANDS-FREE KIT ................................................................................................................. 20
RST620 TRANSAT ........................................................................................................................... 21
RST600 DATAMODEM .................................................................................................................... 22
RST075 BASIC CRADLE .................................................................................................................... 23
RST625 RAPIDSAT.......................................................................................................................... 24
RST825 SATRADIO PORATBLE ........................................................................................................ 25
RST820 SATRADIO FIXED ............................................................................................................... 26
RST805 / RST810 SECUREPLUS..................................................................................................... 27
USB -> ADAPTER ............................................................................................................................. 28
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ................................................................................................ 29
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Introduction
The Iridium Fax Service allows a fax to be sent or received anywhere in the world via a Group 3 fax
machine connected to an Iridium phone.
Iridium Fax Service Overview
The Fax Adapter is a small hardware device that operates as an intermediary between a Group 3 fax
machine and your Beam device. The Fax Server is a store-and-forward platform located at the
Iridium Gateway in Tempe, Arizona.
Mobile Originated (MO) Fax to PSTN
A fax is sent from a fax machine connected to the Fax Adapter, and sent via the Beam device over
the Iridium Satellite Network to the Iridium Fax Server at the Iridium Gateway and then sent to the
other parties fax machine over PSTN.
Mobile Terminated (MT) Fax to PSTN
A fax is sent from another parties fax machine over the PSTN to the Iridium Fax Server at the Iridium
Gateway where an SMS is sent to the Beam device. The Fax Adapter will then poll the Beam device
at a predefined interval so check for new SMS alerts. If there is a new alert (i.e a fax waiting at the
Iridium Fax Server), the Fax Adapter will download the fax via the Beam device and pass it onto the
fax machine to print out.
Iridium Subscriber Unit (ISU) to ISU
A fax is sent from a fax machine connected to a fax adapter, which is sent over the Iridium Satellite
Network via the Beam device to the Iridium Fax Server and is then downloaded by the other parties
Fax adapter once it receives the SMS alert.
IMPORTANT: As incoming faxes are initially sent as an SMS to the users Beam device, it
is important that you do not delete any Iridium Fax SMS’ if you see them on your Iridium
handset or Intelligent handset. The SMS will be deleted automatically after the successful
retrieval of the fax it pertains to.
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Fax Adapter Package Contents
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
One FAX Adapter, Part Number FAX0601
One 2 Meter, RJ-11, 2 wire, phone cable
One RJ11 Emergency Plug
One DB9(M) to DB9(F) cable
One 100VAC ~ 240VAC dual input power adapter
3 Mounting Screws
4 Rubber Feet
One DB9 Null Modem Adapter
User Guide – including Warranty Statement
Setup & Configuration
Before you can use your Fax Adapter with your Beam device, there are a couple of settings that need
to be made first.
Make sure you have the following available before you proceed:
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A PC / Laptop with an available COM port
An RS232 Serial Data Cable M/F (supplied with the accessory kit)
Null Modem Adapter F/F (supplied with the accessory kit)
Your Iridium phone number (MSISDN)
Your Country Code (refer to the Fax Adapter user’s guide)
Fax Adapter
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Connecting to the Fax Adapter with Hyperterminal
To configure your Fax Adapter, some settings need to be set using a PC / laptop running
Hyperterminal or an equivalent application. The follow steps guide you through setting up a
Hyperterminal connection to your fax adapter.
If you currently have the power applied to the Fax Adapter, disconnect it before
continuing.
1. Connect the Serial Cable and Null-Modem Adapter between the PC COM port and the Fax
Adapter.
2. Launch Hyperterminal by accessing it from the Start Menu, under Programs -> Accessories ->
Communication or click Start, Run and type in hypertrm and click OK.
3. Once Hyperterminal is open, type in a name for the new Connection as per the illustration below:
Click OK on this screen.
4. Select the COM port you have the Fax Adapter connected to on the following screen.
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Click OK on this screen.
5. Set the Communication Port properties to 19200, 8, None, 1, None as per the illustration below:
Click OK.
6. Now apply power to the Fax Adapter
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Once you have applied power to the Fax Adapter, you should see the following text coming up in the
Hyperterminal window. Note that it can take 15-20 seconds for it all to appear:
The firmware version will be displayed in the first line as highlighted above. If you do not
have at least V.010R please upgrade the firmware to the latest version before continuing.
Refer to the Fax Adapter User’s Guide on how to upgrade the firmware.
Powering up sequence
It is important that the Fax Adapter is not powered up until the Beam device it is connected to is
switched on and Registered on the Iridium Network first.
IMPORTANT: The Fax Adapter must always be the last device to have power applied.
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1. Set Country Code
The Fax Adapter by default is configured to work correctly with North American fax machines,
however can be changed to support fax machines from a range of other countries.
This is done by entering a command in Hyperterminal. If you are unsure on how to connect to the Fax
Adapter using Hyperterminal, see the section Connecting to the Fax Adapter with Hyperterminal.
Make sure you know your country code before continuing. These can be found in the Fax Adapter
User’s Guide if you are unsure, and will be entered as a 3-digit number. (For example USA would be
001 and the UK would be 044).
Once at the command prompt in Hyepterminal, type in AT and then hit ENTER. The Fax Adapter
should respond with “OK”.
Type ATCxyz (where xyz is your 3-digit country code).
Type AT\S to verify that the Fax Adapter has stored the country code correctly.
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2. Set polling interval
The polling interval is the interval at which the Fax Adapter will check the Beam device to see if there
are any new faxes waiting to be received from the Iridium Fax Server.
Note that if you are in a voice / data call when the device is due to poll for new messages that the call
will not be interrupted and will wait until the next polling interval after the call is terminated to check
for new messages.
The polling interval can be set to what is most convenient for your scenario, however it is
recommended that it be set to at least 5 minutes to allow time in between polls to send / receive calls.
Recommended polling interval is 10 minutes.
The polling time is set in “Tens of seconds”. Therefore a value of 1 would equal a 10 second polling
interval and a value of 6 would equal a 60 second (1 minute) polling interval.
At the command prompt in Hyperterminal type in AT and hit ENTER. The Fax Adapter should
respond with “OK”.
Type in AT\Uxy (where xy is the polling value in tens of seconds as described above)
For example, to set the polling interval to 10 minutes, you would type in AT\U60.
To verify the stored polling interval in the Fax Adapter, at the command prompt, type in AT\S and hit
ENTER. The “SMS TIME” value listed in the output will display the currently set value.
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3. Setup String
NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE FAXES IF YOU DO NOT
COMPLETE THIS STEP.
The Fax Adapter utilises a setup string to inform the Fax Adapter of your MSISDN (Iridium Phone
Number), your service type and your SIM type. The setup string is stored in non-volatile memory
within the fax adapter and will retain its value through power cycles.
You will only need to enter the setup string once, however if you change your MSISDN,
then you will need to enter the setup string again with the new number to inform the Fax
Adapter of your MSISDN.
There are 3 sections to the setup string that you will need to ascertain before entering it in:
<MSISDN>
This is your 12-digit Iridium Phone number. If you have a data number as well,
ignore it, as you need to enter the Voice phone number. It will begin with 8816.
<ServiceType>
1
2-7
= Allow both MO and MT faxing
= Reserved for future use
<SIMtype>
1
2
= Postpaid or Prepaid SIM
= Crew Calling SIM
Once you have determined the above information, enter the following string on your Fax Machine’s
keypad. Ignore the “<” and “>” symbols.
<#><MSISDN><#><Servicetype><#><SIMtype><*><SEND>
For example assuming your MSISDN was 881631401234 and you had a Postpaid SIM, you would
enter: #881631401234#1#1*
<SEND>
If you have completed all the above 3 steps, your Fax Adapter is now ready to be connected to your
beam device.
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Country Support
Fax machines are configured to work correctly in the country in which they are sold. The Fax
Adapter, by default, is configured to work correctly with North American fax machines. The Fax
Adapter configuration can be changed to support fax machines from the following countries:
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Firmware Updates
Every time the Fax Adapter is used, its firmware version is communicated to the Fax Server. If the
Fax Server determines that the Fax Adapter requires a firmware update, it will command the Fax
Adapter to automatically retrieve and install the firmware update without the need for user
intervention.
Manual Firmware Update Procedure
Connect to your Fax Adapter as per the instructions outlined in the “Connecting to the Fax Adapter
with Hyperterminal” section of this document.
Once you have connected to the Fax Adapter, type in AT and press enter.
Type in ATL
The Fax Adapter should respond with “UPLOAD PROGRAM NOW”.
In Hyperterminal, Select the Transfer Menu and click Send Text File
Browse to the Fax Adapter firmware file (It should have a file extension of “.hex”) and click Open.
You should see a response similar to the following output:
The Fax Adapter will reboot it’s self and you will be presented with an output similar to that of when
you first connected. Make sure you note the firmware version displayed to ensure that your firmware
upgrade was successful, as per the following screen:
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Current Firmware Version
The Flash is now complete!
NOTE: If the Fax Adapter stops responding, you can use the “RJ11 Emergency Plug” to get the Fax
Adapter to respond to HyperTerminal commands. The “RJ11 Emergency Plug” is a short (2 inch)
piece of wire with an RJ11 connector at one end, as shown in the Fax Adapter Package Contents
section of this guide.
⇒ Remove Power to the Fax Adapter.
⇒ Insert the RJ11 Emergency Plug into the RJ11 jack.
⇒ Apply Power to the Fax Adapter. Fax Adapter should respond with “UPLOAD PROGRAM NOW”.
⇒ Select Transfer -> Send Text File from the Hyperterminal menu and re-upload the firmware.
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LED Status Indicators on the Fax Adapter
FAX LED lights GREEN after first page of an Mobile
Originated Fax is received.
FAX LED lights RED when an SMS notification (Mobile
Originated Fax Failure, Mobile Terminated Fax, and Over the
Air Firmware Update) is received.
PWR LED lights
GREEN when
power is applied.
TD/RD LED’s flash
while communicating
with the Beam device.
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Beam Product Compatibility List
The below table is a list of Beam Terminals that can currently be used with the Fax Adapter.
The following pages explain how to connect the Fax Adapter & Group 3 fax machine to each
of the below Beam units.
RST100
RemoteSAT
RST075
Basic Cradle
RST310
IntelliDOCK
RST625
RapidSAT
RST978
Hands-free
Kit
RST825
SatRADIO
Portable
RST620
TranSAT
RST820
SatRADIO Fixed
RST600
DataMODEM
RST805/810
SecurePLUS
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Sending / Receiving Faxes
Mobile Originated FAX (ISU to PSTN)
On your Group 3 Fax Machine, enter: <Country Code><Phone Number><∗><SEND>
The Fax will be sent to and stored in the attached Fax Adapter. The Fax Adapter will then dial the
Iridium Fax Server and send the Fax.
Mobile Originated FAX (ISU to ISU)
At the Fax Machine, enter: <MSISDN><∗><SEND>
The Fax will be sent to and stored in the attached Fax Adapter. The Fax Adapter will then dial the
Iridium Fax Server and send the Fax.
Note: The receiving Fax Adapter must have been properly configured with the correct MSISDN, via
the use of the setup string (as detailed earlier in this document), before attempting an ISU-to-ISU fax,
otherwise the fax will not be delivered
Mobile Terminated FAX (PSTN to ISU)
1. From your Group 3 fax machine, dial the Iridium Fax Server at +1 480 345 4340
2. After the call is connected, a voice will be heard over the fax machines speaker prompting you to
enter the 12-digit MSISDN of the destination Iridium phone/fax.
3. The fax will scan the pages and send it to the Iridium Fax Server.
For “auto-dialing” fax machines, enter the Fax Server phone number and MSISDN, separated by 3 or
4 “pauses” (Pauses are typically inserted with a dedicated “Pause” button on the fax machine, or
sometimes with a special character like a comma “,”. Check your fax machine documentation for
further information). Example (assuming you are sending a fax to 881631401234):
14803454340,,,,881631401234
Mobile Terminated FAX (ISU to ISU)
At the Fax Machine, enter: <MSISDN><∗><SEND>
Example (assuming you are sending a fax to 881631401234): 881631401234*<SEND>
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST100 RemoteSAT
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the COMM Port on the rear of the Beam RST100 RemoteSAT.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the RST100 is first powered on and
registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST310 IntelliDOCK
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the COMM Port on the rear of the Beam RST310 IntelliDOCK.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the RST310 is first powered on and
registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST978 Hands-free Kit
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the 9-pin Data Port on the side of the Beam Hands Free Interface (HFI).
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the HFI is first powered on and the
handset is registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST620 TranSAT
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the 9-pin Data Port on the side of the Beam Hands Free Interface (HFI).
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the HFI is first powered on and that
the Intelligent Handset displays that it is registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST600 DataMODEM
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the 9-pin plug on the RST600 Data Cable.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the RST620 is first powered on and
given time to register on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST075 Basic Cradle
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the 9-pin Data Port on the back of the Cradle.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the handset is first powered on and
registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST625 RapidSAT
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the RS232 Data port on the inside of the RapidSAT pelican case.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the RapidSAT terminal is first
powered on and registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST825 SatRADIO Portable
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the Data port on the inside of the SatRADIO pelican case.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the HFI SatRADIO is first powered
on and registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST820 SatRADIO Fixed
One end of the supplied 2-wire
RJ11 cable is plugged into the
RJ11 port on the Fax Adapter,
and the other end is plugged into
Power
The supplied Serial Data Cable connects from the 9-pin serial connection on the back of the Fax
Adapter to the COMM Port on the rear of the Beam RST820 terminal.
DO NOT use the Null Modem adapter in this setup!
Before applying power to the Fax Adapter, make sure the RST820 is first powered on and
registered on Iridium Network.
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Connecting the Fax Adapter – RST805 / RST810 SecurePLUS
Due to the complexity of the RST805 / RST810, advanced setup configuration is required
to integrate your Fax Adapter. Please contact Beam for more information.
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USB to Serial Adapter
Please Note: Issues have arisen where USB to Serial Adapters have caused unexpected
results and failures in some applications. Careful consideration of this should be noted
when using a USB to Serial adapter with the Fax Adapter.
Beam’s USB to Serial adapter has been tested and certified to work with the Fax Adapter, should
such a scenario require.
Use of other USB to Serial adapters are at the discretion of the customer, however other USB to
Serial adapters that do not carry Beam’s certification cannot be supported.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a Group 3 Fax machine?
A. Group 3 and 4 faxes are digital formats, (as opposed to Group 1 and 2 faxes which are analogue
and no longer manufactured) and take advantage of digital compression methods to greatly reduce
transmission times. The fax page(s) are converted into a compressed TIFF (Tagged Image File
Format) graphical image and then transmitted.
Q. How do I check the currently set Country Code, Polling Interval or Configured MSISDN in
the Fax Adapter?
A. From an active Hyperterminal connection type in AT\S and press ENTER. You will receive a short
configuration status in a format similar to the following output:
MSISDN: M881631049192
This is the currently configured MSISDN as per the setup string
FUNCTION: F1
CARD_TYPE:C1
COUNTRY CODE: C061
SMS TIME:\U030
This is the <Servicetype> as per the setup string
This is the <SIMtype> as per the setup string
This is the currently defined Country Code
This is the Polling Interval (in Tens of seconds)
OK
Q. How do I know what firmware is currently running on the Fax Adapter?
A. Open a Hyperterminal connection and connect to the Fax Adapter as described in the “Connecting
to the Fax Adapter with Hyperterminal” section of this document. Once connected, the Fax Adapter
will output some information. The first line will contain the Fax Adapters current firmware revision. It
will look similar to the below output.
AT08/15/2007-002 IRIDIUM-V.010R+++ATH
Note: You must be running V.010R or later to use the fax adapter with a Beam device.
Q. How many pages can I send / receive?
A. The fax adapter has the ability store up to 10 letterhead pages (less for A4), or 1MB of scanned
images.
Q. How long does it take to send a Mobile Originated (MO) Fax?
A. Depending on how many pages you are sending, and the content of each fax page will govern
how long it will take to transmit the fax. An average minimum transmission time for a small amount of
text on a single page is approximately 5 minutes.
Q. How long does it take to receive a Mobile Terminated (MT) Fax?
A. This will vary, depending on the number of pages, the content of each fax page, and also the
currently set Polling Interval of the Fax adapter. For example, if you have a polling interval of 10
minutes, and someone sends a fax to your device just after it has already polled for new faxes, it will
take at least 10 more minutes plus the time to download the fax page(s).
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Q. Can I queue up more than Mobile Originated (MO) Fax at a time?
A. No. Only one fax can be sent at a time. If another fax is attempted to be sent while another is in
progress, the user will hear a tone on the fax machine, similar to that of an engaged tone.
Q. What happens if I send more fax pages than the Fax Adapter can handle?
A. Once the memory in the fax adapter is full, it will truncate any further data, which will be lost
respectively. Therefore if you tried to send 12 pages and the Fax Adapters memory is full after 10
pages, only those 10 pages will be sent. The same result applies when receiving faxes as well.
Q. What happens if power is lost whilst sending a fax?
A. If power is lost to the fax adapter during transmission, the fax image that is stored in the Fax
Adapter is lost, and subsequently needs to be re-sent once power is re-established.
If power is lost to the Beam device only during transmission, the Fax Adapter will attempt to retry
sending the fax to the Iridium Fax Server every 30 seconds, and therefore will reconnect and begin
transmitting the fax at the page where the interruption occurred, as once the Beam device is powered
back on and Registered on the Iridium Network.
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