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Call Waiting Modem

Call Waiting Modem - PCSTATS
Abstract: Hate missing phone calls while yer surfing away? Then look at this Call Waiting Modem, which tells you when there's a call and lets you talk to the caller, or go back to surfing!
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Filed under: Peripherals Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Actiontec Apr 30 2000   Max Page  
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Call Waiting Modem


There are so many of us who have yet to be blessed with the gift of 'Cable Modem'. This review should be of special interest to those who still use the traditional dial up modem. As everyone knows, the major downside to this traditional connection has always been - aside from the speed - that when the computer is online, the phone is 'offline'.

There have been a few different methods devised to combat this inconvenience in the last few years including internet call monitoring, and digital voice-mail to name just two. Today, we'll be looking at a unique solution from Actiontec. They were good enough to send us one of their Call Waiting Modems to test out a while back. After using the modem for a while now, we're finally ready to post our thoughts on how it performed.

What's unique about this particular modem? Briefly, the call waiting modem lets anyone online know if there's an incoming phone call, gives them the ability to answer or ignore it, and suspend or resume their internet usage.

Actiontec's Call Waiting Modem comes with; the 56k PCI modem, voice/fax data communications software, Manual, 6 foot telephone cable and some bonus software (Cheyenne Bitware, Hot Office, Vocal Tec Internet Phone & Rapid Reader)

The 56K Call Waiting Modem by Actiontec

Going into more detail, the call waiting modem sports some spiffy and very unique benefits, as long as you have call waiting from your phone company, all for about $100 US.

  • When the computer is online, the modem will ring if there is an incoming call
  • You can pick up phone and talk to the caller, or ignore the call and keep surfing
  • If you pickup the phone to talk, hang up within 7 seconds and resume surfing without having to dial up again.
  • Decide to stay on the phone, or put the caller on hold, and the internet is automatically disconnected
  • Modem supports Linux :-) windows 3.x, 9X, NT, OS/2, UnixWare & DOS.
It also has the following typical modem capabilities:
  • V.90/K56flex support
  • V.80 video conferencing capable
  • Voice/fax communication capable
  • Multiple voice mailboxes, password accessible & instant paging message notification capabilities
  • Controller-based modem (processing done on card)
  • 32 bit PCI interface
  • 5 year limited warranty.

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Contents of Article: Actiontec
 Pg 1.  — Call Waiting Modem
 Pg 2.  Installation
 Pg 3.  Real World Tests

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