Solved Using Facsimile as printer through Phone Line

September 9, 2011 at 03:53:03
Specs: Windows XP Professional SP2, Centrino 1.6GHz / 1GB

I have this Facsimile

which I had bought in 1995. It's got no connections other than two phone lines: 1 for external line and 1 for additional telephone.

In my office, there's PSTN line and 1 IBM R51 Windows XP Professional. My aim is to use this facsimile as a simple printer, to print e.g. simple text documents. Can I do that through one of facsimile's phone lines by connecting it to my Laptop's modem line?

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September 9, 2011 at 13:10:40
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You'd have to have either two pots lines or a special device (setup) to enable what amounts to a local call to that device. We used to make them to test modems a long time ago. There is some web pages out the on how to do this. It is a pretty simple setup.

Since that is so old it may have some very odd features and it could be possible to connect by some other means. I doubt anyone would know unless they had the owners manual.

I get the feeling it is not worth the effort but you can decide. I'd buy a 9 or 15 pin printer instead. They cost more but the supplies are next to nothing.

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September 10, 2011 at 03:58:50
Thank you for the reply. The info seems helpful, I will play with the modem options ans see if I can get any result.

As for why I 'd like to use this thermal facsimile as printer, it's because I 'm fond of thermal printing. I will use it at home and it's very quiet and does not consume any poisonous chemicals such laser toner, it's very handy.

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September 10, 2011 at 06:27:39
Hi Revivo

I do not think you will be successful in easily connecting the fax.

Remember it is not designed for local working, other than (maybe) producing a copy from a scanned page. Also thermal printing does tend to fade, sometimes quickly.

The fax communication protocol is special. When a pc emulated a fax, it had to have a modem (and software) that included support for this protocol.

Jefro's advice to use a dot matrix printer is good.

These do not use the chemicals you refer to, instead having a carbon ribbon.They can be found inexpensively on ebay under computing/printers or vintage.

If purchasing, you need to ascertain which printer(s) they emulate. Have found IBM graphics suits me best.

I use (and recommend) a OKI Microline ML192 Elite. It has a paper roll holder, holding a single part telex roll (could be multi-part if required), so I can print off short, variable length, pages when needed. Other times I use standard A4.

When printing from the internet, one can cancel the top and bottom header lines if required, which saves paper.

Please advise back on progress. As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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September 11, 2011 at 05:22:09
Hello and thank you for the suggestion. I'm located in Turkey. Actually, I do have a dot-matrix printer (a 1992 make Citizen Swift 200 which works as an "Epson LQ850" in the drivers list) and I use it to print my company's invoices; 3 carbon copies in one print, that's very handy and I have never needed to use a Laser or Inkjet printer.

However; independent of these conveniences, I 'm searching for the ways to use that facsimile as a simple printer, i.e. "hacking" it to act like a simple printer.

The basic plan is like that:

Have the facsimile connected to PSTN line to power its phone line and have Laptop's modem line connected to the second phone line of the facsimile. Or if there's no PSTN, use a simple circuit like the one given in, to power the phone line of facsimile and Laptop's modem line.

Then arrange a configuration such that when I dial a special number (example: ##2, or *#5, or any other special number) the Laptop's modem line will send the Text document to the facsimile as a fax then the facsimile will perceive it as an incoming fax and will simply print it.

I wonder if there are any tutorials about doing exactly this kind of thing.

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