I got a call a few days ago about a complaint that a phone line was "noisy and slow". Well, I went over to the department, and I used my buttset to make some calls to other people to see how noisy the line was, and it seemed just fine to me and the other people. As far as being slow, well, this campus is out in the boonies, maybe 5 miles from the CO, so the lines, if they're hard copper, have loading coils on them which limit the bandwidth. People seem to have no problem with that, but this particular fax machine complained about it when the company installed the machine.
The fax machine is a HP combination fax, scanner, printer, and copier. I didn't get the model, but it's a new one that has a flat glass with lid on the top, just like a copier. The clerk said that the previous fax machine worked just fine with the same phone line. So I don't think there's a problem with the line other than it's physically longer than the average.
Apparently the HP hardware and/or software complained about the phone line quality when it was set up. Apparently other more normal fax machines just put up with the phone line limitations and go about their business.
So yesterday, I heard that this HP combo unit was the second one that had been installed, after the original one failed. However, it, too, had failed!! Now isn't that pathetic? Schadenfreude! :-*
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