This hardware-based 56k USB fax modem lets you access the internet through a dial-up service, when broadband connections are not available. The compact 56k modem is powered through USB, making it a perfect accessory to have on hand when you're traveling with your laptop or need to have a backup connection to the internet for your desktop. You can use this versatile USB modem as a backup internet connection, for traveling to remote locations, or in rural areas where broadband connections are not available. It supports transfer rates up to 56Kbps (data) and 14.4Kbps (fax) and is compatible with the latest transmission standards (V.92, V.90, and so on). The controller-based modem uses on-chip processing to deliver dial-up access without taxing your computer's performance, saving your system's resources and minimizing the load on the CPU. The USB modem also enables your laptop or desktop computer to function like a fax machine, capable of sending and receiving faxes. It supports the latest fax transmission modes, providing fax transfer rates at 14.4Kbps. With a compact and lightweight design, the USB modem is portable, tucking easily into your laptop bag or travel case. It's powered through the USB host connection, making it fast and easy to connect without requiring an external power adapter.