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Old 06-19-2015, 01:48 PM   #1
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How do I use a fax-modem to send and receive a fax through a Linux distro?


Hello,
Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called a "fax-modem" that I used to use on some of my pc's. Back then, I never used the fax feature and always just used the regular dial-up modem part to connect with Bulletin Board Systems (BBS's) or dial-up internet service providers at dial-up speeds.
I haven't heard of these being used anymore so I'm not sure if they are still being made or even used now days (probably not or almost never). But, assuming I had one, how would I use it to send and receive a fax using a Linux distro of some kind?
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
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do you also have a second "twisted COPPER " telephone line ?

i am betting there is a "mailbox's plus" or us mail or UPS office
or a office depot or a western union or and so on


near you
 
Old 06-19-2015, 04:28 PM   #4
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do you also have a second "twisted COPPER " telephone line ?
I already know it can be done over a standard telephone line, but how do I do it over the internet using my broadband cable connection? That's what I need to know.
 
Old 06-19-2015, 04:55 PM   #5
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I already know it can be done over a standard telephone line, but how do I do it over the internet using my broadband cable connection? That's what I need to know.
Hi...

From what I have read, I don't think this is possible. If you want to be able to do this, then you can try purchasing a dial-up modem (external hardware ones would probably be best, like this one,) and then install a program like efax-gtk.

Or, if you want to stay with broadband, try the suggestion here.

Regards...

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Old 06-19-2015, 04:59 PM   #6
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You need a fax service. You generally have to pay to have that service. There were companies around a lot but who faxes anymore? They'd rather risk your data on email.
 
Old 06-19-2015, 05:23 PM   #7
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There were companies around a lot but who faxes anymore?
Those services that still require or prefer a real signature ... Standalone FAX machines and FAX/MODEMs are still around although about the only one I've seen is the Zoom USB FAX/MODEM (and I do have one).

As stated you need a a web FAX service like efax.com. FYI hylafax is one linux application that uses a traditional FAX/MODEM to send/receive FAXs over a regular phone line.

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Old 06-19-2015, 05:39 PM   #8
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Probably overkill: http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page
 
  


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