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Telephoning and Faxing through a Ethernet Card

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How do you sucessfuly dial a telephone or fax number, which usualy goes through a modem, through a ethernet card.  I have windows 98.
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The two technologies are completely different. Phone and fax communications are circuit based which means that they claim a dedicated link through the phone network, while ethernet is packet based which means that the message is chopped up into small chunks which are sent over the ethernet cable like postcards. You may have a connection onto the Internet from the Ethernet connection. If you do, then you'll have a system administrator to help you out.

You can make *simulated* telephone calls over a network from computer to computer through your ethernet card. Install software like MS Netmeeting on both machines and use that instead of the phone to talk through your soundcards.

This won't allow you to dial a regular phone. You can use the Internet to make telephone calls to a regular phone if you use Internet phone software. Have a look at http://www.vocaltec.com for an example of such a package.

If one machine has a fax modem, you can fax from other machines through the network by sharing the fax as a printer. You can also send faxes over the Internet through an email service run by The Phone Company (http://www.tpc.int).
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