Why get a printer with a fax modem built in?

August 29, 2012 at 17:14:55
Specs: Windows 7
I need an all-in-one inkjet printer that can print, copy and scan. I don't think I need it to have the additional ability to send/receive a traditional fax using a phone line because I can use eFax.com to take care of my faxing needs. HP makes a printer model 7510 that they market as having fax abiltiy due to it's internal fax modem and "eFax" capability. I don't understand why I would need the printer to have a fax modem in order to use eFax.com. If I don't, then I can choose any other printer and am not limited to the 7510. Am I missing something here? Thanks very much for any help. Amy

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#1
August 29, 2012 at 17:25:19
It doesn't have a fax modem built in. If you look at the specs page the only ports it lists are USB and Wi-Fi (which isn't really a port). So that would mean it has no RJ-11 port for a POTS line for standard faxing.
Where are you seeing it advertising having a fax modem, I don't see anything on their webpage
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/ho...

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#2
August 29, 2012 at 17:38:23
THX 1138,
Thank you so very much for your quick response. I can't easily find where I read that it has a fax modem. I am still looking - seems like I may be mistaken. Either way, I am still trying to understand why this particular printer is being marketed for it's faxing capability. If I'm going to use eFax.com, can't I do that with any printer (or theoretically, no printer)? Here is an excerpt from pcmag.com from their review of this printer (HP 7510):

It also has built-in support for eFax Internet faxing, a third-party service that lets you send up to 20 fax pages and receive up to 20 pages per month for free, no phone line needed. (After those free pages, subscription charges kick in.) The printer is assigned an eFax phone number to which you can direct your clientele to send faxes. Faxes received at that number are automatically sent over the Internet to your printer for you to output. To send a fax, you just touch the eFax icon on the touch screen, type in the number, and press Send. We can attest to the fact that eFax works, but whether it would be cost effective for you depends on how much you expect to fax, and how much a dedicated phone line for a fax would cost.


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#3
August 29, 2012 at 17:59:19
Hi Amy,

I looked again at the specs and under the fax option, it only lists eFax for faxing.

Many households these days don't even have phone lines anymore, everyone is going with cell phones. So this is where that printer would work best. As you know, without a working phone line, regular faxing won't work so it's nice to have the Internet fax service available.

At this point, the choice would be how you personally want to fax (if you even need to, faxing is a dying format with email being so popular).

If you have a standard POTS line (Plain Old Telephone Service, - wired phone line) and you do a lot of faxing, then buying an all in one printer with a built in fax modem would be your better choice. You wouldn't have to pay for an online faxing service.

If you don't have a standard phone line or you do very little faxing, then going with a printer that uses the eFax service would be the best choice.


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#4
August 29, 2012 at 18:20:10
Thanks again. I agree with and understand what you are saying. What I am trying to figure out is which printer I should buy. I rarely fax, but do still need the capability. I am fine to simply have eFax capability. My question is that HP says their only printers that are eFax capable are the photosmart 7510 and Envy. From what I understand of efax, I thought all I would need is a computer with an internet connection, a subsription to efax.com, and ANY printer. Can't understand why the printer itself has to have an efax feature or even what that means. Sorry to be so confused about this. Thanks for your patience.

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#5
August 29, 2012 at 22:48:48
I don't know eFax specifically, but I'm guessing that it requires documents in its own specific format so that they can be faxed as an email attachment, in which case, what the 'efax capable' machines are offering is a method of converting any scanned image to an eFax file.

The built-in fax.modem is, as has been mentioned, only any use if you have a standard phoneline, and many businesses still use them like this (I do as well). You don't need to have the computer on to be able to use them and on my phone tariff they are free. I can also receive faxes and have them immediately printed in hard-copy or saved for the computer.

If you are only sending computer-produced faxes then you don't even need a printer, but if you want to send documents not on your pc then you need a scanner to get them into the machine - not all printers have scanners.

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#6
August 30, 2012 at 04:50:33
I think that HP are just saying that these printers have an eFax button that let's them send a fax without you having to do anything on the computer (perhaps even without using the computer at all). Rather like those printers that let you scan directly to the computer, or a memory card, at the push of a button.

It's just a matter of ease of use.


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#7
August 30, 2012 at 09:33:37
In any case the OP claims they don't need a typical pots line fax. So one should be able to scan to a file and then send it by some internet type fax system.

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#8
August 30, 2012 at 10:39:32
... which is exactly what these printers do.

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#9
August 31, 2012 at 06:10:39
I finally got through to someone at HP, and ijack is exactly right. Anyone with a computer, an internet connection, and a subscription to an efax service can efax (no phone lined needed) using any (or no) printer. However, certain certain printers, like the HP 7510, have the "eFax feature" which just allows you to fax without pressing any buttons on your computer - just saves you a physical step. Thanks for everyone's help.

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#10
August 31, 2012 at 08:41:11
We knew that. We were trying to say that you could use any scanner almost to scan an item and send it via some ISP based fax.

We agree that the efax was a gizmo sort of deal.


If you want, and you have a way to access a POTS line, you may still be able to scan from almost any scanner and send it via facsimile to some other device or account.


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