Listing of September 1996 Reviews
By Joel T. Patz
There was a time when you could get everything in
a modem-speed, dependability, data and voice functions, and a
nice price to boot-but you couldn't get them all in a Hayes product.
The Hayes Office Communications Manager changes that.
It features a Plug-and-Play Accura 28.8Kbps modem capable of a
115.2Kbps maximum throughput. It handles Group 3 faxes at 14.4Kbps
(supporting both Class 1 and 2 fax compression standards). It
also supports V.42, MNP 2-4 error control, V.42bis and MNP 5 data
compression and, of course, the Hayes standard AT command set.
I couldn't find a program that did not work with this Hayes modem.
The Accura 288 is loaded with voice features and
the software to support them. The modem includes VoiceView TalkShop
for Windows 95 and 3.1x, which allows you to talk and receive
data during the same phone call. The modem can recognize whether
the incoming call is voice, fax or data and produces a distinctive
ring for each. You also get Caller ID options.
With the bundled Smartcom Message Center (along with
the "LE" version) software, you can set up a digital
voice mail system with multiple mailboxes and password security.
Use the prerecorded voice files for greetings or create your own.
The included Labtec microphone lets you take advantage of the
modem's full-duplex speakerphone capabilities and, if you're out,
pager notification alerts you that messages are waiting. Smartcom
also has sophisticated applications that can set up a fax-on-demand
service and more.
Hayes Office Communications Manager
Pros: Installation; ease of use; functionality
Platforms: Windows 95, 3.1x
Hayes Microcomputer Products
WinMag Box Score: 5.0