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Hi

I have a mac. This is good.
I also have fax. This is also good.
I need a scanner. I look at the two and would love to intoduce them to
each other...

I reckon some serious jiggerypokery is needed. Like getting the Fax to
think that my mac is a fax too, producing a dialtone, protocolling, etc.

If anyone has any idea how I can do this, preferably without lots of
hardware, I'd really appregciate hearing it.

Thanx in advance, etc.


Abe   :o]>
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I believe there is a device from Tandy electronics which allows you to join two phone plugs together for this purpose - it also takes a 9V battery to power the lines...

you shouldn't need to simulate a dialtone when faxing to the mac...

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Karl
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by:abefx
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Sorry Karl...
Like I said in the question. No hardware.
I want to plug my modem straight into my fax and go.
The fax needs to be fooled into thinking there's a valid fax machine on the other end.
The Mac then needs to 'accept the call' and get the data.
I'm looking for a 'SOFT' solution.
Quack Quack. Try again.

Question. CAN IT BE DONE?

Abe                  ;o]>
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by:karl_s
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No it cannot be done, the problem here is both machine need to be connected to a phone line (powered) in order to work.. therefore if you connect these devices directly, they will not operate correctly..device such as modems usually need to draw power from the phone line...
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by:abefx
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Ok. A straight connction is out.
But even if I go get the cable (model/description/price/tech details so I can builb one?????)
I'll surely need some kind of software.
Which software?
Sorry man, I'm an expert in my field, and I gotta do better than this for my bucks!
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by:abefx
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(Should be BUILD!)

BTW. I have a fax friend (which powers a line from the mains - any use? Adaptable??)

I just *know* you can do this!

Abe    ;o]>
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Provided this device doesn't make any line noise, yes, it is the piece of hardware you are looking for.. power both your fax & modem from this poser supply, tell your fax (manually) to answer the line, and hit the start button on your fax... all should go well, and you should get the fax on your mac!
You should not need any more software than what you normally use with your fax modem.. (if you don't have NE software, try FaxSTF, i can't remember who it's from..) I assume, of course, that you have a fax modem...
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Cheers man.
I'm off to download some software.

Assuming, of course, I can find it!

Abe                        ;o]>

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