need fax modem for linux, is there any that will be compatab

January 19, 2013 at 16:36:41
Specs: Linux i686)Ubuntu, 6gb ram
trying to locate a fax modem that is compatable with linux, Ubuntu, fedora, or Xubuntu..

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#1
January 19, 2013 at 20:39:08
do you have a serial port??

http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Robotics...

larry


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#2
January 20, 2013 at 03:25:04
Hi Bill, you should advise your location city/state/country as this may have a bearing on answers.

It is not so much the hardware, but the software required:-

a) application (and maybe installation) programs and drivers for one or more of the o/s you mention

b) the fax program itself for the same o/s's.

Generally this type of installation is used only for sending, but not receiving as this would mean having to leave the computer constantly on.

Here in the UK, there are internet services (some free) proviidng fax services.

Why fax anyway?

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#3
January 20, 2013 at 05:03:52
Generally this type of installation is used only for sending,

Not necessarily Mike. I had a US Robaticx FAX Modem that would receive faxes while the computer was off. It would store the fax in its own internal memory as a voice answering machine would to be download from the computer next time it was turned on. It worked well until Email became a far more efficient way of communicating

http://www.usr.com/products/modem/m...

But that was over ten years ago and I don't know if they still make such a model. In this day and age of ubiquitous Emal I cannot understand why anyone would want to use such an ancient technology as fax.

Even if you want to send a copy of a typewritten document to someone that you do not have a digital copy off you can scan it and send that. A scanned documents likely to be a lot better quality than any Fax was.

Stuart


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#4
January 20, 2013 at 07:55:40
"I cannot understand why anyone would want to use such an ancient technology as fax."

its more secure

larry


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#5
January 20, 2013 at 08:17:58
its more secure

That is assuming that everyone in an organisation has there own personal fax terminal. But they don't, fax machines tend to be communal. Consequently by the time the intended recipient gets to read the fax there is no telling who might have read it in the meantime,

Faxes can be intercepted en-route. It is not easy and you need specialised equipment to do it, but it can be done.

Email can be just as secure - if you know how.

Stuart


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#6
January 20, 2013 at 08:36:07
" fax machines tend to be communal"
Your right, I pick up fellow employees faxes all the time but, at least the sender knows that it is someone in the organization they are sending it to.

"Faxes can be intercepted en-route"
I'm sure thats true but, what are the number of time faxes have been compromised verses emails

larry


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