Fax over IP solution

Gigabyte / Gbtuacpi
July 24, 2010 at 03:10:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.133 GHz / 2045 MB
Greetings,

So my company just made a massive move to a new building. I have a scenario where there is a corner office in the warehouse that's going to have one of those old analog fax machines. The problem is all the 66 phone blocks where I'm supposed to punch its number down to is on the opposite side of the warehouse and the previous company that used the building cut all the lines between the two. It's a big warehouse.

My manager doesn't think it's worth running one long line accross the ceiling just for a fax. However, we do have network connectivity between the two via fiber with switches. I need a FOIP solution. We currently use GFI Faxmaker to assign personal faxes to 50 users but this solution won't work for this one corner office user. He needs to be able to fax physical and receive physical copies. Is there some kind of device(s) out there that I can put between the two to allow this kind of setup? Basically, analog to IP and IP back to analog conversion.

66 phone block>ethernet switch at phone block location>ethernet switch at fax location>fax machine


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#1
July 24, 2010 at 05:47:53
The only thing I know of is something like WinFax Pro where the physical copy is scanned, then sent to the computer that has 2 modems, incoming & outgoing. It dials & sends the fax. An incoming fax is received by the same PC with the modems & sent to your boss's PC or any PC. He can print it.

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#2
July 24, 2010 at 05:48:07
Is there some kind of device(s) out there that I can put between the two to allow this kind of setup? Basically, analog to IP and IP back to analog conversion.

Not that I've ever heard of sorry. However, there is another solution you could consider. My wife works from a home office and she has a fax number. When you send her a fax, it goes to a server on the internet and she gets it from there. This is nice because it doesn't require me to supply an analog line for the fax. And, she can send and receive hard copies using a printer and a scanner.

She's working out of town at the moment so I can't just go ask her who this is with but I suspect a google of "online fax server" or maybe "internet fax" etc should yield some useful links.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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#3
July 24, 2010 at 13:52:20
Okay. Thanks. I'll research some more. Any more suggestions would be appreciated.

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#4
July 30, 2010 at 06:12:28
You can try Internet fax services, which are easy to use and cost effective. All that that you need is a simple internet connection. You'll save a lot on office consumables, fax equipment, paper, toner, etc. If you want to print your faxes you can use a simple printer for that, for all your PCs.

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#5
July 30, 2010 at 20:57:15
We do exactly what you are looking for (reliable FoIP to/from a standard fax machine). Call or email me for more details.

eric {at} faxlogic {dot} com
FaxLogic, LLC
Dallas, Texas
Tel: +1 972-664-3800


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#6
July 31, 2010 at 05:27:33
Hey Eric,

There are some of us here that would like to see this solution (it just might come in handy some time) so how about posting it in here instead of taking it to a private conversation.

Doing so (going private) negates the whole purpose of the forums.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#7
July 31, 2010 at 08:47:19
Understood. The only reason I didn't expand on the solution in my reply is because we are in private beta right now, coming up on our scheduled public release in the fourth quarter. But I'm happy to add more people to the beta before then, if there's interest. Either way, I will come back and post more detail when we exit out beta period.

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