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Re: [hylafax-users] What fax modem to use with Hylafax considering the much reduced offer lately

Cosmin Prund wrote:

Hello everyone.

I'm new to the list and I'm here to ask the question in the subject line (what fax modem to use with Hylafax considering the much reduced offer lately). To start with I did read the archive and I'm very aware this question has been asked many times before. I also googled and did find pages like this one: http://www.etsimo.uniovi.es/hylafax/modems.php giving a list of modems that work with the Hylafax server. The problem is I'm having a **very** hard time finding **any** external modems lately, probably because no one's using modems for dial up lately!

I've found the following modems on sale at some shops:

(1) Generic US Robotics "56K* V.92 External Faxmodem"

(2) Modem US Robotics Message 56K, V.92

(3) Modem extern US Robotics Courier 56K, V.92

(4) Zyxel omni 56k

Unfortunately reading in the mailing list archive and on the page I linked above, none of this seems any good. The US Robotics seem the worst and the only page I found on the Zyxel was detailing errors.

Can you give me any recommendation on the modem? Am I worrying for nothing? Please note I want a modem that would work at least as well as my Canon fax.

The question does get asked a lot. And one of the reasons why there is not a set answer (or any answer, for that matter) is because the right answer is going to vary quite a bit depending on your needs and use. For example, factors such as feature support, price, design... all of these things make a significant difference in the answer.

You seem to want something that "works well" (most other people want this, too) and is external. Given those set of criteria I can only offer one suggestion: the MultiTech MT5634ZBA-V92.

However, that modem uses the Venus chipset which has long been end-of-life (so you're not likely to ever see any major fixes to bugs found in the firmware)... it was a good chipset, but it has a few flaws.

If you were to drop the external requirement then I'd say to get a Mainpine IQ Express (PCIe). Admittedly, I am biased on that recommendation, but I understand the advantages to it... not least of which is that Mainpine is actively developing the product... so if there were to come a problem... I know that it will get resolved.

BUT in both of those cases you may come to find that you do also have a price requirement as well... and in that case all I can say is to avoid USR chipsets and to avoid Linuxant (Conexant linmodem) and to roll the dice and try and see.



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