Category: Network & Modems
Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 2.1 MB
Operating System: Windows 98/2000/ME/NT/XP/Vista
Latest Version / Release Date: 18.104.22.168 / 07 Aug 2009
BCM 56K Voicemodem is produced by Broadcom Corporation. A voice modem is a modem which can play as well as record sound over a telephone line. With the proper software, it is possible for the modem to support the functions of an answering machine. The product is capable of recording and playing the Windows wave device. The software of the answering machine uses the machine's sound card to play as well as record. Also, this software may include the dialing functions as well as functions of answering calls when using the microphone, the headphones or the speakers of the sound card. To enhance functionality, one can use third party software such as ModemSpy to enhance the functionality of the modem especially in the achievement of full-duplex functionality which enables the user to talk and hear simultaneously. Most voice modems provide half-duplex functionality.
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Some of the characteristics that define high-quality voice modem include reliable operation. There are modems which have bugs for flow control among other implementations which can bring about hanging calls or skipping audio. A modem should also have excellent features for sound. There are those which are not good at recording as well as the detection and reporting of silence; or they may produce some noise. Caller ID support is another important feature as is multiple instances support. Internal modems drivers in most instances cannot withstand two or more similar devices within one computer. When incompatible, the computer may crash or all modems may be inoperable except one. Caller ID does not have automatic modem support. Modems are also capable of distinctive ring support. Modems with speakerphone capability have more components for audio to give a microphone interface. Thus the modem can dial as well as answer. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and BCM 56K Voicemodem errors before installing any driver updates.