RSVP is the IP service that allows applications to request end-to-end QoS guarantees from the network. Cisco VoIP applications use RSVP for call admission control, limiting the accepted voice load on the IP network to guarantee the QoS levels of calls. The VoIP Call Admission Control using RSVP feature synchronizes RSVP signaling with H.323 Version 2 signaling to ensure that the bandwidth reservation is established in both directions before a call moves to the alerting phase (ringing). This ensures that the called party phone rings only after the resources for the call have been reserved. Using RSVP-based admission control, VoIP applications can reserve network bandwidth and react appropriately if
bandwidth reservation fails. Prior to Cisco IOS Release 12.1(3)XI and 12.1(5)T, VoIP gateways used H.323 Version 1 (Slow Connect) procedures when initiating calls requiring bandwidth reservation. This feature, which is enabled by default, allows gateways to use H.323 Version 2 (Fast Connect) for all calls, including those requiring RSVP. To enable backward compatibility, commands are available to force the originating gateway to initiate calls using Slow Connect procedures if the terminating gateway is running Cisco IOS Release 12.1(1)T or later. You can configure Slow Connect globally for all VoIP calls by using the h323 call start voice-service command, or configure Slow Connect per the individual VoIP dial-peer by using the call start voice-class command. A timer can be set by using the call rsvp-sync resv-timer command to limit the number of seconds that the terminating gateway waits for bandwidth reservation setup before proceeding with the call setup or releasing the call, depending on the configured QoS level in the dial peers.