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What Are My Options For Sending A Fax?


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#1 Richard93102

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 05:32 PM

Hi,
I have XP, and an Epson Stylus 5400 (3-in-1 printer, but it's not a fax).

What are the options for me to send and receive occasional faxes?

I looked into efax, but if I understood it correctly, they charge $16.95 per month, and I only rarely send a fax, so it's not worth paying that.
Perhaps I should just get a basic fax machine? But I kinda figured there would be a more high-tech way to go... ?

Any suggestions?
Many thanks,
Richard

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 05:37 PM

Take a look at: Faxing in Windows XP

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#3 Richard93102

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 06:34 PM

Thanks for the link...
I remember looking at that article "Faxing in Windows XP" some time ago, but I have cable internet...
I can certainly have a phone line connected to the pc, but I'm not sure whether it needs to be a separate line to the landline I use for regular phone calls...
The article is 5 years old... is the advice still up to date?
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 06:39 PM

The advice is still up to date, and I dont use a separate line for my faxing.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 09:38 PM

Thanks for the replies -
If you're talking on the phone and someone tries to send a fax, presumably it doesn't go through? I guess they can try later...?
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:20 PM

Correct the incoming fax would just get a busy signal.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:49 PM

Would I be able to have cable internet connected to my PC, as well as having the phone line connected (for sending and receiving faxes)?
Thanks,
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:55 PM

No you do not. Actually you could fax with just a dialup connection. Faxes still top out a 14.4Kbps (Some newer machines 33.6Kbps). I use to run a program called Cheyenne Bitware Fax. It was a great full featured freeware that turned a computer into a Fax server. Faxing is a very basic service from a hardware stand point.


NOTE: Bitware is no longer available and if you were to find the program fro sale used it is only supported by Win 9x\ME\NT

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