Media Gateway Control Protocol (MEGACO/H.248.1)

MEGACO is used to control a Media Gateway in a VoIP system. MEGACO can be Text or Binary (ASN.1) encoded.


Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

H.248 [attachment:H.248decoded.gif decoded] by Ronnie Sahlbergs decoder in the 0.10.9-SVN-13213 build.


The MEGACO dissector works for TEXT encoding of the protocol if EOL is used as SEParator. Dissection of binary encoding has recently been added (2004-10-25) as a separate dissector, but is currently only working if M3UA is used as transport.

If TCP is used there may be issues with desegmentation; such traces would be valuable.

Preference Settings

Example capture file

XXX - Add a simple example capture file to the SampleCaptures page and link from here. Keep it short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Ethereal can open gzipped files automatically.

Display Filter

A complete list of MEGACO display filter fields can be found in the [ display filter reference]

Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter MEGACO protocols while capturing. However, if you know the ["TCP"] or ["SCTP"] port used (see above), you can filter on that one.