We have had clients put in networks just because they supported this usage.
Under OS/2, Linux, Unix or Windows, any program that can send a document to
a printer can fax it directly to a chosen destination. Only one modem is
required on the network for all stations to have this capability.
Fax from the desktop is much more reliable, takes much less time, and the received fax looks a lot better than faxing from a fax machine.
Fax programs can also receive faxes directly into the computer. This is useful particularly when you intend to run an OCR program on the fax to turn it into a text or word processor file. Another major reason to receive fax into the computer is if you are using a Data Capture program to extract data from faxed forms.
We usually recommend against receiving faxes by computer for general office use, as computers are nowhere near as reliable for this as a cheap fax machine, but software has improved and we know people doing this successfully.
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