In Your Face

Multiplicity

Phone or fax 'em using only one line.

Competition for the fax machine or an Internet access line can heat up during a busy afternoon, as any entrepreneur can attest. And productivity suffers if even one worker can't get a fax out. But in a very small company, entrepreneurs may not be able to justify the extra expense of adding another telephone line just for faxing. Thankfully, your fax and phone frustration can be put to rest pretty easily.

Computer networking hardware manufacturer 3Com is targeting small businesses with technology that gives entrepreneurs the ability to use individual phone lines for simultaneous transmission of faxes and phone calls, says company product line manager Joe Celia.

The $745 Office Connect Remote Dial Analog Router allows you to put a workgroup or small office on one piece of equipment at a fraction of the cost of providing modems and phone lines to each user, says Celia.

Basically, Celia adds, a combination of two 56k modems gives users near-ISDN speeds without having to install expensive ISDN phone lines. But there's another bonus--you don't have to be a techie to install this product, you just plug it in and turn it on.

Contact Sources

3Com Corp., (800) NET-3COM, http://www.3com.com

Stephen Farley, fax: (203) 762-1250

Multimedia Access Corp., (508) 339-9553, http://www.mmac.com

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This article was originally published in the February 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: In Your Face.

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