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Fax Over Satellite - FoIP
Use Any Group 3 Fax Machine Over Ground Control's iDirect Satellite Network
For Fixed and Mobile Satellite Systems available from Ground Control.
Faxing Over Satellite
Faxing over satellite is as easy as plugging in any fax machine into our $99 Cisco ATA device connected over our global iDirect VSAT satellite network. The Cisco ATA is issued a local phone number (from any country) so incoming faxes can be received identically to any fax machine in the world.

FoIP Optimized for Satellite
Ground Control satellite network is optimal for FAX transmissions over satellite. Our network latency is one of the lowest in the satellite industry (500 - 650 milliseconds), and our iDirect Network has a bit error rate better than 10-9 (which is defined as a clear channel and excellent for FoIP). Finally, all faxing is optimized by using a 1:1 CIR unshared channel of 80kbps x 80kbps so that no packets are dropped resulting in a failed fax transmission. Trust that we take care of the complexities of Faxing over satellite so you can take care of business.

Starting FoIP Service with Ground Control
Fax Machine
Step 1. Purchase The Cisco ATA Device
Any standard group 3 fax machine will work with the $99 Cisco ATA phone adapter available from Ground Control. FoIP service is often used in conjunction with VoIP Phone service.
FoIP Service Plan Icon
Step 2. Choose The FoIP Service Plan
There is only one FoIP service plan to choose, unless you are an Public Safety organization where faxing services are only required during emergencies.
Step 3. Choose A Phone Number From Any Area
You may choose any number from most any location. A person with a satellite dish in Oregon (or Afghanistan) may wish to have a Denver fax number. Callers simply dial the Denver number and the FAX rings in Oregon (or Afghanistan).
FoIP RJ-11 port
Step 4. Plug the FAX Into The Cisco ATA
After your account is provisioned, your ATA will have a standard dial-tone, a "local" number, and the ability to send and receive Faxes from anyone on the planet

 FoIP Service Plans (global)
Monthly Cost
(U.S. Dollars)
   Priority FoIP Service (FAX) using optimal G.711u Codec (80x80Kbps CIR) per line. $189.95
   EMR Priority FoIP Service Emergency Services any 10 days per month plan $129.95
   Optional International Phone Number (choose a LOCAL number from most any country) $0
  ► Fax service includes 80kbps x 80Kbps unshared CIR 1:1 (using G.711u codec) for optimal performance.
  ► Fax up to 16.6 hours per month. Additional faxing time charged $0.04 cents per connected minute.
  ► Cost per minute is based on a U.S./Canadian VoIP number calling a U.S./Canadian Fax line.
  ► Please ask for competitive rates for Faxing calls made outside the assigned FoIP country local number.
  ► FoIP Services from Ground Control have a one year term that reverts to month-to-month at end of term.
  ► There is a one time $49 equipment provisioning fee and a $59.95 FoIP line activation fee with purchase.

The Cisco ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) works with ANY standard group 3 Fax machine. You may connect up to 2 fax machines (or one phone and one Fax) to the Cisco ATA, each with different phone numbers. The Cisco ATA cost is $99.
pdf ATA Brochure pdf Cisco ATA Guide

  Cisco ATA Sideview

Follow Me - Fax Machines Can Move Anywhere
Once the Cisco ATA has been provisioned by Ground Control, fax machines connected to it may be used anywhere, not just over the satellite connection for which they are optimized. Simply connect the ATA to any Ethernet port that issues a (DHCP) IP address, and our servers will establish a link with the ATA and activate it for use. This "Follow Me" feature is perfect for individuals who travel or have multiple offices.

Ground Control Satellite Dish Equipment & Service - United States
If you do not already have an iDirect satellite system and service with Ground Control, here are links to Fixed Location Satellite Equipment and Mobile Satellite Equipment.

Choose an FoIP iDirect Service Area - for any region

FAX Alternative
We have found the portable hand scanners available today for $60 work exceptionally well as a fax replacement. Handheld scanners simply roll down a document and convert that document into a high-resolution .jpg file instantly. Image files are then transferred to any computer via usb cable much like a digital camera.

Hand Scanner Over Satellite

The hand scanner pictured above is widely available on for about $60 U.S. and our experience with it has been outstanding.


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