Solved How to hook up a fax machine

July 27, 2011 at 12:00:43
Specs: Windows Vista
I just bought a printer with fax and cannot use the fax. I'm not sure if I'm wiring it correctly. I have cable(my phone is also through cable), and I tried plugging it into the back of the computer, the modem or directly into the wall outlet and it will not work. Any idea what else I could try? What is the best configuration? I can print from it but the fax line does not seem to have a connection.
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July 27, 2011 at 19:37:37
"I'm not sure if I'm wiring it correctly. I have cable(my phone is also through cable), and I tried plugging it into the back of the computer, the modem or directly into the wall outlet and it will not work"

Did you READ the manual for the mutifunction printer/ fax / etc.???

Is your internet connection service and your phone service both being provided via a coaxial cable, not a telephone line?
If yes, does a regular phone work plugged into the telephone wall jack ?
If it doesn't, you can't use the fax feature when the device is plugged into the telephone wall jack - you must have a working (paid for) telephone "land line " connection for it.

If your internet connection service and your phone service are both being provided via a connection to a telephone line, then you must have a DSL or ADSL filtering device between the wall jack and the telephone jack on the mutifunction printer/ fax / etc., otherwise the fax function cannot work.

The telephone jack(s) on the computer is(are) for a dial-up modem,. It may support faxing with it too.

You are supposed to use a DSL or ADSL filtering device between the wall jack and ALL devices connected to the the same telephone line that you get DSL or ADSL internet service from, EXCEPT for the high speed DSL or ADSL modem, or combo router / modem.



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July 27, 2011 at 12:55:14
Fax requires an analog phone line.

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#2
July 27, 2011 at 12:57:11
I have cable for my phone too, and mine works fine. Call your cable company and see what they say.

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July 27, 2011 at 13:53:13
A fax does not "require" an analog phone line as such. It connects to any POTS line or any POTS compatible line. If you have a system like ooma it will work if you connect it to that.

Is your phone a normal off the shelf home type of phone? If so then put in a 2 into 1 modular connector adapter to add in the fax. Then see the owners manual for exactly how to send a fax.

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July 27, 2011 at 19:37:37
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"I'm not sure if I'm wiring it correctly. I have cable(my phone is also through cable), and I tried plugging it into the back of the computer, the modem or directly into the wall outlet and it will not work"

Did you READ the manual for the mutifunction printer/ fax / etc.???

Is your internet connection service and your phone service both being provided via a coaxial cable, not a telephone line?
If yes, does a regular phone work plugged into the telephone wall jack ?
If it doesn't, you can't use the fax feature when the device is plugged into the telephone wall jack - you must have a working (paid for) telephone "land line " connection for it.

If your internet connection service and your phone service are both being provided via a connection to a telephone line, then you must have a DSL or ADSL filtering device between the wall jack and the telephone jack on the mutifunction printer/ fax / etc., otherwise the fax function cannot work.

The telephone jack(s) on the computer is(are) for a dial-up modem,. It may support faxing with it too.

You are supposed to use a DSL or ADSL filtering device between the wall jack and ALL devices connected to the the same telephone line that you get DSL or ADSL internet service from, EXCEPT for the high speed DSL or ADSL modem, or combo router / modem.


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