Unfortunately, fax machines are still widely used in the United States for various legal purposes (such as voting). But in Brazil they are deprecated.
In this write-up I will explain how to send a fax to the United States using the PCI fax-modem with Windows 7.
This will not work from IFT because IFT uses the VoIP telephones. You need some “normal” residential landline. Also, I don’t think this would be possible with Linux.
The right way is to buy a USB faxmodem. They work with Linux. But I was not able to find a USB faxmodem in Brazil.
However, when I visited Moscow, I bought one for PCI
My model is called D-Link DFM-562IS.
Simply push it into the PCI slot. Do not use the included CD.
Windows 7 has a built-in program called Windows Fax and Scan. (Just type fax in the Search line.)
+1 (617) 123-4567
To access an outside line for local calls
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To access an outside line for long-dist
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Returning to the New Fax window, you should simply choose that new dialing rule from the drop-down menu, and then press the Send button.
Worked for me. First there is an audible dialtone, with some faxy sounds. But no sound during the transmission. There is some pop-ups explaining what is going on, like “transmission”.
Try it with your eFax first.
If something is wrong with your entered phone or dial rules, you will hear human voice announcing a problem. However, it is distorted to the point of being unintelligible. The faxmodem does not have a real speaker.
Nina is young, she has never seen a faxmodem. “What purpose could it serve?”
I cannot think of any other applications. As I wrote in my modem writeup, it is possible to use a cell phone as a modem. That’s because cell phone providers are somehow obliged to provide a dialup internet service. But I don’t think this is possible with a landline phone.
In any case, these types of dialup are now deprecated as most of people have Android phone. You can just turn your Android phone into a wireless access point, and at the same time turn on the 3G. This essentially turns it into a wireless router. The speed could be imressive if you get an HSDPA signal.