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Windows 7: Windows FAX

10 Nov 2009   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Windows FAX

I rarely need to send/receive a FAX, but I would like to know how before I need to. In the past, I had a dialup FAX modem, but now I'm on cable, and I never thought about FAXing until just now. My printer also has a FAX function, but the only driver available for it on W7 is the one that W7/Windows Update installs.

In the Windows FAX/Scan program, the scanner works perfectly, but When I try to creat a new FAX, it says that I need a FAX modem. I have no idea of whether my cable modem is capable of that or not, but when I select to send a FAX, a window appears stating that I need a fax modem or server, but when I select to use a local modem, an error appears saying that I need to contact the administrator (me). From the interface, the only thing that appears to be for setting this up is the Tools>Options menu, but when I click on that, nothing happens.

The first question is whether it is typical for a cable modem to be able to handle a FAX or not?

Second, if it is, does anyone know how to set it up?


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10 Nov 2009   #2
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

As far as I understand, to send a fax, you will need a normal phone line, so you need a old plain modem. Your cable modem is not sufficient, because you need a phone line.

zx81
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10 Nov 2009   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I had a hunch that might be true, but I guess that I'll have to break down and call my cable company to confirm that. I use a FAX so infrequently, that it's not worth getting a second telephone line. I guess that I would have to drive to someone with a FAX service, if I need it.
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10 Nov 2009   #4
3strokes

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I had a hunch that might be true, but I guess that I'll have to break down and call my cable company to confirm that. I use a FAX so infrequently, that it's not worth getting a second telephone line. I guess that I would have to drive to someone with a FAX service, if I need it.
You can find some "virtual" fax services online; where you email your "fax" to them and they then relay it on an analog line to a fax machine/server/client.

However you might find that your recipient has email (apart from fax) and that it would have been faster (and cheaper) to just email each other...:-)
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10 Nov 2009   #5
roban

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

You cannot send a fax using a cable modem. As ZX81 correctly pointed out, you will need a PCI fax modem (about $12.00) and a phone line plugged into it.
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10 Nov 2009   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3strokes View Post
You can find some "virtual" fax services online; where you email your "fax" to them and they then relay it on an analog line to a fax machine/server/client.

However you might find that your recipient has email (apart from fax) and that it would have been faster (and cheaper) to just email each other...:-)
Yes, I came across a couple of them a little while ago, but they are subscription services, and I don't want an ongoing subscription. They did have a 30 day free trial, so in a pinch, I might give that a try.

The only time that I use a FAX service is when I must send required documents, not just email text. Then again, I suppose that I could send a scanned document via email as an attachment. That seems like it would be the same thing as using an online FAX service, because from what I read, they are just middle men, using email themselves.
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10 Nov 2009   #7
Tiffer

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Have you tried this service? Free Internet Faxing Service by Email2Fax.com Limited to the US, Hawaii and Canada, so no good for me in the UK, but may suit your infrequent needs.
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10 Nov 2009   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, that's worth a bookmark. I noticed that for a FAX number, that there is a charge of $3.49 per month, but I guess that wouldn't be needed except to receive a FAX, and that is something that I've never done.
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10 Aug 2010   #9
rickm1945

Windows 7
 
 

I have a fax machine which faxes through my cable modem. My windows fax tries to find a dial-up modem. All my phone calls are made and received through my cable modem. If HP can program their all-in-ones to work on a cable phone line I would surely think MS could do the same. Just a thought.
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10 Aug 2010   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It's probably a matter of models, but I have a HP AIO (5510v), but it won't FAX via cable, but they never supported it very well, even with XP x64.
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