Solved Connect fax machine with RJ11 port to PC with RJ45 port

December 1, 2014 at 15:38:00
Specs: Windows 7
My computer has input for an RJ45,
but my fax machine uses RJ11, and has no other connection links.

I have an HP color laser printer that is connected to my Lenovo H415 30991DU.

Is there any way that my computer, fax, and printer can work in harmony?


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#1
December 1, 2014 at 17:23:23
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If the fax machine only has a standard phone jack (RJ11) then it cannot be connected to your computer. If it was intended to be connected to a computer it would have had a USB jack. Having a network jack (RJ45) would be less common but would mean that it was intended to be networked. There are fax machines and all-in-one machines available that would do what you want but that would require purchasing new hardware. Sorry.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
December 3, 2014 at 09:14:15
If you are happy with your laser printer then an inexpensive solution would be to buy a B&White or color all in one printer. That would scan, copy, print & fax. You will need either a wireless unit and wireless network, or access to a wired network.

I recently bought an Epson wide format color inkjet All in one for $200. I have been using Laser printers for years but my latest died on me. I am really impressed with this machine. It is an Epson WF-7620. It is wireless and prints, scans and copies up to 11 x 17- 2 sided. Came with full cartridges too. I don't work for Epson or any retailer.

You can configure multiple printer at the same time.

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#3
December 3, 2014 at 14:37:53
Thank you! I'm now considering home network with just one desktop computer, because someone in my neighborhood disposed of an all-in- one HP 6700 inkjet printer
that needed repair. Maybe. If I can use it as a scanner then I'll have a happy family.

Guess I'm a little crazy.


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#4
December 3, 2014 at 14:42:59
Forgot to mention, the machine I described above also has the ability to save a scanned document as a PDF. I then email the PDF instead of faxing. The resolution is superior and you can email color whereas fax is only b&w.

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#5
December 3, 2014 at 18:12:10
Another thing to consider, The all in one that was thrown out is probably an older model and ink tends to get harder to get and often more expensive as the machines get older. This is especially true for less expensive models and much less so for business versions. Then there is the fact that cheaper model printers are more costly to keep in ink, they are smaller cartridges and many have all of the colors (except black) in a single cartridge, better models usually have larger individual ink cartridges and can be refilled (though the mfg's do not recommend this).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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