How to Receive fax while using dial up modem

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September 28, 2010 at 01:59:59
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB
How can I configure my Modem (Motorola SM56 Speakerphone Modem) to be able to RECEIVE and SEND faxes and be used as a dial up modem to connect to internet without shutting down the FAX service?
If I want to connect to internet with it simultaniously when it is monitoring for faxes it does not connect to internet and gives an error that the description said the modem might be monitoring a fax service.
Is it possible to do this without disable fax services and restarting the computer?

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September 28, 2010 at 04:07:44
You have fax software built into Windows XP, you need to configure:

This may or not be what you want:

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September 28, 2010 at 05:54:04
No. You can only have one service at a time on a line.

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March 24, 2011 at 12:38:35
Use a fax to email service. Internet fax service is more secure and reliable to use then the fax machine. I use ( They provide a low monthly fee for fax service that helps to eliminate the costs of a fax machine, long-distance service, additional phone line, and it reduces paper costs as well. Also new features are available: registered fax, popcompanion, fax mail merge and many others. Registered fax certifies both the actual fax content and its delivery.

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March 24, 2011 at 14:29:11
Fax to Email is only practical if you have a broadband connection. If you are going to send an Email on a dial up system you might jest as well send a fax.

As the OP has a dial up connection then the original fax is most applicable.

But as wizard-Fred says, you can only use the Internet or fax separately, you cannot use them both simultaneously. However, if you have a V92 modem with Modem-on-hold, an incoming call, such as voice or fax, can put the modem on hold, attend to the incoming call and then resume the Internet session.

As far a security goes, conventional fax is probably the most secure communication system you will get as it is a point-to-point system and is very difficult to intercept.


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