[CS-FSLUG] External Modem

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Wed Mar 19 14:09:29 CDT 2008

Ed Hurst wrote:
> Fred A. Miller wrote:
>> Josiah Ritchie wrote:
>>> What software are you using to receive the faxes? I'd like to know
>>> more about the project as I could perhaps use something similar in my
>>> own situation.
>> As an aside, if you have a broadband service for your PHONE connection 
>> (service) then don't even try to use a FAX. A FAX works ONLY as analog, 
>> and all broadband services are digital.......NOT compatible.
> Quite correct, Fred. Since I'm using DSL/analog phone, this will work
> just fine.

Ok....good deal.

> Josiah, Hylafax is the original workhorse of the *nix world for faxing
> from computer. While there are plenty of nerdy details possible, most of
> the default values are tolerable when the setup scripts are run. The
> Hylafax website is woefully incomplete, and I found a couple of HOWTOs
> which do a better job of explaining. After reading through some of it
> twice, it began to make sense to me.

It will work well, but as you indicate, it's NOT for a newbie. ;)

> The feedback from the scripts didn't tell me much, but when I tried to
> run wvdialconf to test the modem, that's when I discovered the thing had
> died. I saw the modem lights flash from the probing, but the modem
> didn't respond apparently, because wvdial wasn't happy, and probed other
> ports. When I tried to use YaST for a graphical dialup setup, it also
> couldn't find the hardware.
> Some swear by efax an independent Open Source tool, which is far
> simpler, but I am under the impression it's no longer being developed,
> so it's almost obsolete.

Yes.......I think it's "dead." Since modems and FAXing in general are 
"on the way out," I would imagine that most projects will die before long.


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