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Re: 911 doesn't work, try a FAX

  • From: Derek Balling
  • Date: Sun Jul 04 13:12:55 1999

I've found, from my experience, they tend to be on analog PORTS on phone systems (e.g., they're given a DID in the PBX, but it just comes out on an analog port instead of a digital one).

Thus, if the PBX dies, so do most of the fax machines, at least in larger companies...


At 09:51 AM 7/4/99 -0700, Dirk Harms-Merbitz wrote:

Faxes tend to be on analog phone lines. They will still work even
when a companies phone system is down.


On Sun, Jul 04, 1999 at 01:54:07AM -0500, Sean Donelan wrote:
> At the last NANOG several folks chuckled when I pointed out that
> many real emergency plans include sending a FAX as a backup when
> the phones don't work.  I thought I would pass this news story along.
> --
> Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
>   Affiliation given for identification not representation