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Last post Author Topic: Fax Software  (Read 5727 times)

famewolf

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Re: Fax Software
« Reply #25 on: May 11, 2015, 12:01:43 AM »
I had much the same problem, and my solution was to purchase a Brother MFC-J65IODW A3 lnkjet printer, FAX, scanner, which came bundled with all the necessary software. The price was NZ$200 net - $350 retail, less $50 store discount and less $100 cashback from Brother (you had to request the cashback online within 2 weeks or so of buying the thing).
I jumped through the hoops for the cashback and found the printer and the bundled software to be very good.
Unfortunately, the printer is not used frequently, and I discovered that, if it is not used frequently, then the inkjet print heads clog up and it's a mission and half to clean them. If you can't clean them yourself, then you will be able to get them cleaned by a specialist, under the extended 3-year warranty, which is another mission.
The printer functionality is kinda redundant in my case, as the functionality is rarely required anyway, and even then it is usually only my teenage daughter who needs it for a school project. Having an A3 scanner can be a very useful input device though..

The printer can be connected as a WiFi device and as a USB device. For Fax, it is plugged in to the phone adapter (ADSL on the other side). Incoming Fax is simple: incoming phone calls are detected and if they have the Fax carrier signal, then the Printer/Fax deals with it, otherwise it is handed over to the voice phone. Outgoing Fax is also simple.

Fax is for the birds. My objective is to go paperless, and so, working with paper is a PITA. If you don't need to print any incoming faxes, then you can manage them as PDF or TIFF image files, which means that clogged-up inkjet print heads might not be a setback.

When not in use remove the ink cartridges and put them in ziplock bags that have a folded wet paper towel in them.    This will keep them from drying out when left to sit for long periods of time.   Re-insert when you need to print.  

Also if you only need to occasionally send a fax you can use online services like faxzero.com,gotmyfax.com etc to send "1 or 2  a day"....free at the time of my posting anyway....you upload pdf's etc..some have max page counts for free sends some sites don't...mix and match for best fit.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2015, 12:20:23 AM by famewolf »

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Re: Fax Software
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2015, 07:31:37 AM »
When not in use remove the ink cartridges and put them in ziplock bags that have a folded wet paper towel in them.    This will keep them from drying out when left to sit for long periods of time.   Re-insert when you need to print.

if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)
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Re: Fax Software
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2015, 08:07:42 AM »
if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)

Good point.

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Re: Fax Software
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2015, 08:41:27 AM »
Yes, I gather it's the printhead that dries out and gets clogged with successive "cleaning" cycles, not the cartridges.

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Re: Fax Software
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2015, 03:35:50 AM »
I just use Pamfax for the occasional fax-out.

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