The fax modem is an expansion device for computers, they come in both internal and external form factors and allow the computer to send and receive faxes through a telephone line. Additional software – usually provided with the device – is required to utilise the fax modems capabilities. The fax modem comes with similar restrictions to standalone fax machines and old dial-up data modems where only one transmission can be made at a time.
Technipages Explains Fax Modem
Fax modems come with associated software that can send electronic documents such as emails or PDFs into faxes and send them. By being able to send electronic documents directly these faces tend to be high quality as they have not lost quality in the printing and scanning stages. Optical scanners are also available to complete the fax machine functionality if it is necessary to scan paper documents before sending them. Documents can be received directly to the computer through the fax modem, this saves further printing costs providing an easy method to easily and quickly store documents long term and to keep them easy to find.
Fax modems are different from data modems used to browse the internet and cannot be used for this purpose, dual-purpose modems with support for both data and fax functionality are available, however.
Equipping a computer with a fax modem can provide advantages over a standalone fax machine: if an optical scanner is unnecessary the fax modem itself is cheaper than a standalone device. Significantly less desk clutter is created both by the lack of large standalone fax machine and the reduction in paper printed for and by the fax machine.
Common Uses of Fax Modem
- I’ve connected my new fax modem to my PC.
- My fax modem is broken.
- I need to plug in my fax modem.
Common Misuses of Fax Modem
- I’m going to fax modem that document to you.