Solved I want to utilize the windows 7 fax and scan feature.

June 25, 2012 at 15:17:14
Specs: Windows 7
How can you find out if your computer has a modem? How do I find out if my computer has a modem? Please do not give me the answer of the phone jack. If there is not an additional jack on the back of the computer, does that mean that I do not have a modem? I only have one jack and that has the ethernet plugged into it.

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#1
June 25, 2012 at 15:18:52
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"Please do not give me the answer of the phone jack"

Why not, it would tell you in less than a second if you have a modem or not. If you don't have a jack that looks slightly smaller than the RJ-45 ethernet port, then you don't have a modem.


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#2
June 25, 2012 at 15:21:25
If there is not an additional jack on the back of the computer, does that mean that I do not have a modem?

Yes that means you don't have a dial up modem which is not to be confused with a broadband modem.

You could always go to control panel and modems or look in device manager are two other places to check

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#3
June 25, 2012 at 18:53:11
Normally a modem tends to mean an old dial up type modem. That in almost all countries needs to be connected to a standard phone connection.

I'd think that less and less new computers offer such a device. That doesn't mean you can't use fax and scan features. It just means you need some way to connect to either your phone or you may be able to use online fax and scan to email. Using your broadband you might be able to use your copier to scan and fax over the internet.

Might be that your printer scanner may have that ability to scan and phone to some landline also.

Hang up and live.


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#4
June 25, 2012 at 19:25:51
wanderer wrote:

> Yes that means you don't have a dial up modem which is not to be
> confused with a broadband modem.

This surprises me. Is the jack for a DSL modem different from a
phone jack? Don't they both use the same wires to the telco?

I know the Ethernet jack is larger and has 8 wires, while the phone
jack has 4 connectors and gets by with just 2 wires.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
June 26, 2012 at 07:52:47
You will not find a DSL broadband modem in your computer like you would a dial-up modem. It will be a separate device with two jacks. One will be an RJ-11 (4 wire) jack for connecting to the telephone line, the other will be an RJ-45 (8 wire) ethernet port for connecting to your computer. Some of the newer braodband modems also have a built-in wireless router so you won't have to purchase one separately.

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#6
June 26, 2012 at 09:11:07
Why do they put DSL modems in a separate box? Why not on a
PCI board or in an external drive bay like a memory card reader?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
June 26, 2012 at 09:20:02
Could you get a dsl modem or other type of modem in a computer? Yes you can. That is why I started out with an assumption of a dial up modem. Modem is a word that covers many types of connections. I think everyone above made an assumption that the OP wanted to use common dial up POTS to use and not some other means. We might be wrong.

Telling if any device is within a computer is not always easy. Some pci but not all report. They don't have to but to make it easy for consumers they almost all do. Not all commercial pci. Then you might be on some other bus like a pc card or express card and that would involve both the card slot working and a reporting card.

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#8
June 26, 2012 at 09:24:32
I stand corrected, I guess they do make PCI DSL modems.
I was under the assumtion that Jeff wanted to use the standard POTS line because he was asking about faxing.

Jeff if you have a DSL connection, you can't use it for faxing in the conventional way. If you had a dial-up type modem you would just use standard faxing software to call another fax machine or computer using fax software. If you have DSL, you would have to use an online faxing service as DSL modems have no way of dialing a telephone number and transmitting the analog fax signal.


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#9
June 26, 2012 at 10:44:20
THX,

I'm not the original poster, just a curious interloper. :)

Thanks!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
June 26, 2012 at 11:38:55
Dial up and broadband are very different. For example dialup is limited to 56K. DSL doesn't have that limit.
dialup connects to another modem. DSL does not.

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#11
June 26, 2012 at 17:00:42
wanderer said:

> Dial up and broadband are very different. For example dialup is
> limited to 56K. DSL doesn't have that limit.
> dialup connects to another modem. DSL does not.

The point was that they both use the same connectors and the
same wires that go to the phone company, so that isn't a way
to tell them apart.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
June 26, 2012 at 17:07:18
One point that hasn't been mentioned is that not all dial up modems are capable of FAX or TAD (Telephone Answering Device). The specs must indicate those features. Otherwise you can connect a stand alone business FAX machine to any phone modem.

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#13
October 11, 2013 at 11:43:46
dialup connects to another modem. DSL does not.

Just to be pedantic a DSL Modem does connect to another modem. It is the first device encountered in the DSLAM (Disgital Subscriber Line Access Multiplier) which is located at your telephone companies premises. The DSLAM contains a DSL Modem card for every subscriber connected to it. Often as many as 50 subscribers to one DSLAM.

When you first connect a DSL modem the first thing it does is synchronise with the Modem in the DSLAM. Once that is completed, then the log on to your ISP can be completed.

Stuart


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#14
October 11, 2013 at 11:50:41
I I guess they do make PCI DSL modems.

I wouldn't recommend a PCI DSL modem becase then your computer would have a direct connection to the Internet. Not a very good idea unless your computer is running a version of linux and is being used as a proxy server.. As most DSL modems connect to a router it is by far a more preferable way of doing it.

Stuart


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