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I use Mighty Fax.  I downloaded it and had it free for thirty days.  Then I paid $20-30 (I forgot).  It works great it conjunction with my scanner.  I have it connected to my second phone line (via computer modem.)  The following is what the help FAQ's say about a single phone line:
"The program will answer all incoming calls. It can't tell a voice call from a fax call.
Some customers who want to use a single phone line for both fax and voice use an inexpensive switch box - available at electronic/computer stores (for instance Office Depot carries a line of these). The phone line connects to one side of the switch box, and the other side has phone lines running to the computer and the answering machine. The switch box routes incoming calls to one or the other as appropriate.
Another alternative, if your phone company provides it, is Distinctive Ring. This allows you to have a second phone number - on the same line - with a different ring from the regular phone number. Bell Atlantic and other phone companies have a "Ring Leader" device which plugs in to your phone jack, and routes regular phone calls to your phone and distinctive ring calls to your computer. It costs about $70 to purchase and install.  There are several other similar devices available from electronic supply stores and/or computer stores."
Glenn Otto, P.E.
Virginia Beach, VA
-----Original Message-----
From: Jason W. Kilgore [mailto:jkilgore(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:07 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: FAX software - sorta off topic

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