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I have a new phone carrier(Vonage) and a new DSL modem from at&t. Prior to obtaining either, my fax machine worked fine. Now, I can't send or receive faxes..(Why)

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This is a common issue with all fax machines that use a voip service. Basically, the reception and transmission features of the fax machine are not compatible with voip service. There is a modification that you can perform that usually allows you to avoid this problem, you must lower all transmission and reception speeds of the fax modem; this allows the data to be properly carried over the line without much loss or degradation.

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