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Last updated: 07/29/03

AOpen's new FM56-PM MODEM employs the Conexant (Rockwell) Mono Pack RH56D/SP-PCI  Single Chip Host to provide a complete set of V.90/K56Flex FAX/MODEM features, including Telephone Answering Machine (TAM) and Voice Mail. 

Software installation is relatively straight forward, but would be a little easier if the Windows 95/98 configuration (.inf) files were in the root directory of the AOpen CD: plug in the MODEM and point Windows 95/98 at the  \Windows\Driver directory on the AOpen CD, etc.  Software includes Smith Micro's QuickLink III Message Center.

The FM56-PM, like many Plug 'n Play MODEMs on the market, is a controller less WinMODEM designed to operate only in a Windows environment.  If you need a MODEM for a pure DOS system, take a look at the FM56-ITU). 

The FM56-PM is well-packaged in plastic and comes in an attractive retail box.  It includes cables to interface the MODEM to AOpen  FX-3D Plus sound card and the wake-up on ring connector on AOpen motherboards.  The User Manual is on the CD and is fairly well written and illustrated.

In tests so far show this MODEM works well and carries on the tradition of reliable performance established by it's predecessor, the FM56-P.

AOpen's Web site includes software, FAQs, manuals, and detailed specifications.

If you have a motherboard with VIA's MVP3 chipset, be sure to download and install the IRQ routing driver before installing the MODEM on a Windows 98 computer.

The FM56-PM has a one-year limited warranty.


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