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Need to make an old pc into a fax server Need software

I need to turn an old pc into a fax server. My intent is to use it to send out 1000's of faxes over night. Anybody know any good free/opensource software I can use on a windows xp system.

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    Frank Zabroski May 24, 2009

    I am really in need of free/open source software for this project I am doing.

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No, but you can buy fax software that can send out the same fax to a mailing list or call list automatically, like an autodialer. However, windows fax might give you some features, but not that robust. I don't know of any free software like that, though.

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I'm not sure why you would like this type of set up but I can only assume don't want to through that fax machine away.
the only I can of how this can be arranged is by setting up a fax server, this being said, you would also have to configure a client from which you would send the fax to the server which would in turn send it to the fax machine. as far as I know a sofware called hyla fax can assist you with this daunting task which requires that your sever be running linux http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page although there are other windows solutions like ActFax...http://www.actfax.com/en/installation.html this is usually used at a business level in which enterprises receive faxes in massive quantities and need to have that fax either be printed or emailed to some one in the company.
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Hi,

1) The first is the obvious one....Microsoft Windows 2003 Server! 2K3 server has basic fax services built right into the O/S for free. This is the perfect solution for a small office such as a real estate office or doctor's office. All you need is a basic fax/modem in the server, and you're ready to go. Server 2k3 can be configured to route faxes to a particular email address, print the faxes to a network printer, or store the faxes in .TIF format on a network share, or any combination of the three.

The disadvantage of this setup is that it does not distinguish between users or phone numbers. ALL incoming faxes will be routed to the same email address. Again, this is why I say it is perfect for a small office. My smaller customers use this method to simply route all faxes to a receptionist, who in turn reads the fax, figures out who it's for, and then forwards it on to the appropriate recipient. The fax server does not support multiple trunking phone lines and does not distinguish between recipients or senders, but treats all faxes the same. SBS 2k3 also supports this feature. Server 2000 does not support this feature, and no add-ins are available to add it, to my knowledge.

The MS software allows you to send a basic fax if it is properly formatted. I believe it only accepts .TIF files, but this is easily verifiable on Microsoft's website.

2) The big boomer in the faxing industry is called RIGHTFAX. This is a completely different animal than the basic little faxing package that comes with windows. Rightfax is quite expensive to set up, deploy, and support from Captaris is also expensive. However, the software is very powerful. The main difference is that RIGHTFAX can distinguish between incoming and outgoing faxes, and routes faxes directly to the users.

First, you to set up and reserve from the phone company a range of phone numbers that all "trunk" (or ring) to the same physical location. For example, I have ONE phone line coming into the building, but I want that ONE line to have 100 different phone numbers. So Sprint will set me up with all the numbers from 555-5000 to 555-5100 and they all ring to the same line.

Then RIGHTFAX does its magic. Using a special kind of "super modem" called a Brooktrout board, it can actually receive faxes on all of these lines. (100 lines is not the limit, I'm just using that as my example, the limit is crazy high, like over a thousand lines) Then, based on the phone number that was dialed, it can route the call to the appropriate user. It integrates in with Active Directory AND MS Exchange, so it can email faxes directly to Exchange recipients. It's truly amazing that it works at all, but it is very consistent.

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Their tech support is pretty good, they got me up and running in a week or so, and were extremely knowledgeable about their product.

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