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I gave up my fax land line for vonage dedicated fax line. Now I cannot receive faxes. I can send but not receive. I have spent hours on the phone with them with no resolution. Is my 4 yr old Brother Intellitouch 4100 too old to be compatible? Help!

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Have you called your own fax line and just listened to the fax hand shake? might sound simple but I have called fax lines before and it just rang, or it was busy or static, if your not getting a clear fax hand shake, then it is the phone line, if there is no answer you may have turned your fax to manual receive mode, If you don't know how it should sound call a friends business fax line and listen to it. I have actually gone out to businesses that reported send or receive problems just to call the line and listen to a disconnect message, that would make it difficult to fax.

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