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My office has only one line. As I'm out a lot, I have automatic forwarding to my mobile number, which has voicemail. 

In the office I have a multi-function HP inkjet (scan/print/fax) which never receives faxes - only sends. Its a 7110 (I'd get the 7130 if I did it again - it has a duplexer) and it has an automatic document feeder and can scan a stack of calcs to Adobe Acrobat for emailing or archiving as well as faxing.  I can use the HP printer as a computer fax via the print command, just like the built in Microsoft fax wizard.

For incoming faxes, I subscribe to for $69 per year.  It offers a fax to email gateway which provides faxes in Adobe Acrobat format for easy archiving.  I can also use it to fax any graphic file on my computer to a third party (There is a charge, but I've never exceeded the "free" allocation). That means I can fax wherever I can get an internet connection, including from my living room sofa or a commercial WAP via my laptop's wireless card.

This may seem rather convoluted, but it is working extremely well.  I only have one voice mailbox to worry about, and its always with me. I have one place my faxes come to (my email) and I can access them from the office or from my webmail if I'm on the road. Outgoing faxes are easy whether they're digital or paper, and I can send digital faxes from my laptop.  If I want, I can internet fax to avoid tying up the phone, and incoming faxes never take up my phone line (I have DSL for internet). If I'm on the phone, the call gets forwarded to my mobile (and then to voicemail).

The multi-function fax/printer has the bonus of scanning multi-page documents at high resolution (fax machines usually top out at 100x200 optically). The only drawback is that my fax number isn't a local call, but it is in the same area code and most folks really don't care (don't look at my website...the number there is wrong).

At 11:06 AM 7/27/2004 -0500, you wrote:

I want to have the ability to send and receive faxes at home on my single phone line.  My computer (always on) has a phone line to fax modem that I have not used since I installed Cable internet access.  It also has the basic fax program that comes with Windows XP.  I can easily send faxes (print to fax from Word, or scan in a piece of paper and print to fax).


The trick is I want to be able to RECEIVE faxes automatically while still having access to an answering machine.  Specifically, I had an architect client once who had a home office with one line.  When you called, it rang a few times before the fax picked up and checked for a fax.  If no fax, it transferred to an answering machine.


Will the default Windows program do this?  If not, does anyone know of any software available for purchase (free?) that can handle this?  Maybe have the answering machine function as part of the software? 


My next option is purchasing an all-in-one fax/print/scan/copy device (my current printer and scanner are very old and slow).  Does anyone know of one of these devices with an answering machine built in?


Thanks for your help.



Jason Kilgore

Leigh & O'Kane, LLC

Kansas City, Missouri


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