Modem speaker audio on external playback device
Modem Speaker Output to your Sound Card
Want to be able to hear the audio progress of faxes and voice calls on a speaker instead of the hard to hear internal fax/voice modem speaker? You can configure your internal or external fax/voice modem to output the audio to an external speaker or other device. These instructions are for use with some external or internal fax/voice modems that have a LINE OUT 3.5mm speaker jack for external audio.
NOTE: Mini USB type modems and many fax only modems do not have a built in modem speaker and the external LINE OUT speaker jack, so this method is not possible.
- Voice/Fax Modem with a LINE OUT 3.5mm speaker jack.
- 3.5mm Stereo Plug Male to Male Cable (long enough to connect from the modem to sound card)
- A Sound card on your computer with a LINE IN 3.5mm jack.
NOTE: If you do not have a sound card, you can plug an amplified speaker directly into the LINE OUT jack of the modem and these steps are not necessary. Consult your fax/voice modem manual for any additional requirements.
NOTE: If you do not have an available LINE IN jack on your sound card, you may be able to use the MIC IN jack instead.
Configure Sound settings in Windows
- Using the Male to Male speaker cable, Plug in the LINE OUT/LINE from the fax/voice modem to the LINE IN or MIC IN on your Sound Card.
- In Windows, Open the CONTROL PANEL, SOUND option.
- Find and Select the LINE IN or MIC IN recording device from the Recording tab.
- Click Properties.
- Click the Listen Tab.
- Enable the option “Listen to this device”
- Select the appropriate playback device (Default playback device, or your preferred device)
The instructions provided are specific for Windows 10.
Steps may differ for other versions of Windows.