Can I send and receive Fax messages through computer?
Thread poster: xxxSanjiv Sadan
xxxSanjiv Sadan
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Dec 7, 2005

I use windows xp machine. I want to know whether I can receive and send fax messages through computer itself because in that case I won't have any need to buy expensive fax machine?

And if the computer is off whether I'll be able to receive fax messages?

Thanks


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Yes, you are Dec 7, 2005

There are a lot of fax programs.
What you will need, is a modem or an ISDN-Card in your PC.
If you use an ISDN-Card I can recommend the Fritz-solutions from AVM. They come with all software you need, a fax software is included in the package.
If you use a modem, so possibly it comes with some fax software too.
If no, you might want to check the Symantec solution named WinFAX. Some informations about it are provided here.

You might also be interested in the search results by Google for "fax software freeware".

Best
Jerzy


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Fax modem Dec 7, 2005

You need the actual fax modem hardware in your computer, of course.
The Windows XP fax driver is quite sufficient for basic fax jobs (send and receive). To send a fax, you simply "print" a document, selecting the fax as your "printer".

To receive a fax, you go to the Printers option in your control panel, select "Fax". A window will come up and you click on the "receive now" icon. (Then the other person calls and you receive the fax.)

If you want your computer to receive faxes when you are away (like a desktop fax machine), you must leave it on all the time, presumably in some sort of hibernation mode.
If the computer is turned off completely, the modem will not receive a fax.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski

There is a somewhat related topic on faxes posted recently.

Here: http://www.proz.com/topic/39932




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xxxtlmurray
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Internet fax solution Dec 7, 2005

Sanjiv Sadana wrote:

I use windows xp machine. I want to know whether I can receive and send fax messages through computer itself because in that case I won't have any need to buy expensive fax machine?

And if the computer is off whether I'll be able to receive fax messages?

Thanks


I use an internet solution from Innoport.com. Faxes you receive are e-mailed to you in a PDF or a TIFF, your choice. You can send in a number of ways:
- e-mail a file (PDF, Word, others, but I recommend PDF) with a specially-drafted e-mail with the recipient's fax number
- log on to their web site, fill out the (optional) cover page, and upload a file

Very handy, and a heckuva lot cheaper than eFax.


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Matt Baird
Germany
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Myfax.com Dec 7, 2005

This is the online service I use. Like the previous post, faxes are sent via email. You receive your own fax number and faxes are received as attachments in emails. To send, you simply send an email with your fax document attached (you may need a scanner if, for example, you are returning signed documents by fax).

There are numerous options online. Google "internet fax" and you'll find many options on the first page alone.

Best regards,

Matt


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Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Can you have a non-US fax number with Innoport.com? Dec 7, 2005

tlmurray wrote:
I use an internet solution from Innoport.com.
[snip]
Very handy, and a heckuva lot cheaper than eFax.

Yes, but does Innoport.com let you pick up a fax number outside the USA? I don't think so. I'm based in Finland and more than 95% of my customers are in Finland. No way I'll force them to send me faxes to a US number. eFax/jConnect let me have a local (Finnish( fax number.


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