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Re: Debian compatibility with US Robotics USR5637 external USB modem

On 2/27/2010 1:34 AM, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
Mark Allums put forth on 2/26/2010 1:06 AM:
On 2/25/2010 11:09 PM, Peter Tenenbaum wrote:

  -- partially as an emergency backup for the network,
but mainly so that I can run a fax and answering machine app on the
computer and get rid of my extremely low-quality answering machine.

I would like to suggest another option.  A router that can accept 3G
cellular internet air cards.  I use a Cradlepoint router and a Pantech
USB modem UM175.  Works astonishingly well, and you don't have to teach
Debian anything.  You just need a web browser with javascript.
Iceweasel/Firefox, Epiphany, Konquerer, and Google Chrome all work.

Can he send and receive faxes via PSTN over this 3G connection?  He clearly
states his main goal for the modem is fax and answering machine duty, with
internet dial backup as a secondary function.

Uh, no, I think. The aircards provide just internet. OP could use an internet-based fax service over the modem. Or, he might use a smartphone for the same purpose, many of the aircard routers like the Cradlepoint know about lots of phones, like Blackberries. If he had a phone that could do fax/efax, he might get away with it.

Of course, my suggestion of an HP All-in-one machine is my personal preference. Printer/scanner/copier/fax in one. These are available for less than US$200.00.

Mark Allums

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