[ubuntu-in] Sending fax via Mobile Broadband devices ?

Onkar Shinde onkarshinde at gmail.com
Thu Dec 24 06:40:42 GMT 2009

On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Ramnarayan.K <ramnarayan.k at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> Was curious to know if there where any open source / Linux / Ubuntu
> software that allowed sending of faxes via a mobile broadband (usb
> based) data card (in my case its a ZTE EVDO AC8700 device). This
> device connects to the /dev/ttyUSBO port and it is a usbserial device.
> dmesg
> [  105.098571] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic
> [  105.098575] usbserial: USB Serial Driver core
> [  105.106131] USB Serial support registered for GSM modem (1-port)
> [  105.106218] option 2-1:1.0: GSM modem (1-port) converter detected
> [  105.106361] usb 2-1: GSM modem (1-port) converter now attached to ttyUSB0
> ***
> Did a search in synaptic and they show programmes for
> 1. Class 1 or Class 2 fax modem.
> 2. capi20 interface
> 3. The HylaFAX client software communicates with a HylaFAX server via TCP/IP
> am not sure what will work.
> I have installed efax-gtk and in the settings it does ask where the
> device is located - however i don't know how to test this ??

The software available in repositories is only for use with fax modems
(the old dialup modems with fax capabilities).
I don't think you can send Fax over DSL line or GSM modems. You need
standard PSTN line for that.

A better way to send Fax these days, in case you plan to send them on
regular basis, is to get all-in-one kind of device (print + scan +
fax) from various printer manufacturers.


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