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i have a Zoom Fax Modem 56Kx. how do i send and receive faxes with it. i have this communicate lite communications software, but i don't know how to use it. i'm pretty sure i know how to send faxes: just type the phone #. but how do i receive them? like how do i choose a phone #, is it my home phone #? thanks for all help

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If you check your user manual, I think you will find that your Zoom supports Distintive or Custom Ringing. If it does, your best bet is to order this feature ($5.00 a month in most states)

If you don't use this feature (or your Zoom model doesn't have it)... you have two choices.....

Use a seperate box that will do the splitting of the signal (1 regular ring goes to Jack #1 and 2 shorter rings goes to jack #2) It is still a single phone line, so if it is in use, it is in use......  But the point is you can recieve faxes on that line, wihout intervention, because the shorter ring-ring is the indication that it is the "fax line", then the software will answer based on the # of rings you setup..... This still leaves the regular ring for voice.....

If the zoom model doesn't support custom ring (or teen line or whatever your local telco is calling it) I would spend the money to get an outside box that will do this for you, then get the 2nd # from the phone co. and use that for the incoming fax, and the software won't know the difference.....

I use custom ring all the time for different purposes..... My home # has a custom ring for my students who have questions, My fax line has custom ring for fax and house guest for example....

Start with your free 'lite' software. It may be enough for you.... Find out what you get in an upgrade, before you spend money... you may have to go to full blown software to get custom ringing..... Upgrades are usually less than $100.....
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do i necessarily have to have a voice modem to send/receive faxes? if i decide to go with the separate box and keep the the same line, would it still be my home #? thanks  for all


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No the Voice part is really nice if you want to announce this is a fax line, and I am going to beep in your ear in 3 seconds..... As opposed to simple Beep..... Beep.....

The same line is still the same line! So your home # remains the same.... you get a new # withOUT a new line. then use the Ring or RING_RING (two short rings) to "say" this is the FAX number, (but your still only one LINE (two numbers, one line) So, if it is busy, well, it is one line, so it is busy.....

Depending on where you are, this service has different names, but everybody (phone co. offers it) as it is only software and they can charge money (usually $5. a month) no lines or extra pairs involved.... a little software magic, and they get an extra $5.00 a month for no more copper.....

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