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    Modems/PABXs (XP Pro)

    Can anyone help? I have a Dell laptop w internal modem I use when on the road, doing site visits. Clients are, more and more, moving over from analog PABXs for their office telephony to digital PABXs. The effect of this is that I can't get online w. the laptop.

    Is there such a thing as an adaptor you can chain between the laptop and the phone socket to "digitize" the TX/RX signals for the modem? Any ideas?

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    Re: Modems/PABXs (XP Pro)

    The simple workaround is to ask onsite IT to give you a Guest network connection that lets you out onto the Internet. Most sites with digital PABXs have something like this for visiting VIPs - so VIPs get the courtesy without being access to all local files. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Modems/PABXs (XP Pro)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 14-Dec-03 13:04. The joy of digital photography - a product photo!)</P>I used to use a product called "Modem Doubler" which you would insert between the handset of any phone and the handset jack on the phone itself. The box then made the appropriate noises for that interface, like an old-fashioned acoustic coupler. Couple years ago when our branch office's DSL conked out, this was the only way to get on the Internet! The performance through such a device is relatively slow (e.g., 24Kbps on a good day), but it can be a lifesaver when nothing else works (and it can "pulse" to get online through your Great-Aunt's 50-year-old phone hardwired into the wall).

    There are products that claim to connect to digital phone lines, but I've never tried any of them, and I don't remember their names.
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