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fax/modemA combination fax board and data modem available as an external unit that plugs into the serial port of the computer or as an expansion card for internal installation. It includes a switch that routes the call to the fax or data modem, and incoming faxes are printed on the computer's printer. Most modern modems are fax/modems.
A fax/modem requires software that generates the fax transmission from typed-in text, a disk file or from a screen image. Fax/modems often transmit a sharper image than a fax machine, which obtains its source material by scanning the page.
Group 3 Service Classes
Group 3 fax/modems provide different levels of processing based upon their service class. Class 1 devices perform basic handshaking and data conversion and are the most flexible because much of the work is done by the computer's CPU. Class 2 devices establish and end the call and perform error checking. There are a variety of de facto Class 2 implementations and one Class 2.0 standard. See fax and Internet faxing.