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DHCP is the way systems on a network get an address from the network. In a home environment, that's usually done by the router. Unless your fax machine is attempting to send faxes via the internet (rare), that isn't why your machine can't send or receive a fax. If you're talking about sending a fax from your computer, then not having an address is indeed the reason you can't send a fax from your computer.
You will need to see why your router isn't giving the fax machine an ip address. Is it connected to the router? Wireless? Wired?
Yes; the machine has printer capabilities. It comes equipped with a USB port (cord may not have come with machine and needs to be purchased). Just connect the machine to your computer via the USB and your computer will search for software to install it as a printer. You may also install it using the software that came with the machine.
On this machine you can check the menu selection to see how you have set the answer mode. There are different ways you can reviece faxes, to print right away, or store them in memory.
With these types of problems when one area does work, and the menu selections are correct, either the software is not working right especially when it is connected to the computer via USB, or the machine has a hard failiure of the modem circuit board on the fax machine.
If the machine is old and it is connected to the computer, there are software differences with the drivers, XP and Vista. Some drivers are too old for some of these faxes even if the machine still works, the drivers are outdated and the manufacture will not upgrade them.
There are other questions I have reguarding this type of problem.
Problem lies in your Receive Mode setting. If you don't have a dedicated phone line for the fax machine, you need to set it up for either Manual where you answer every call or Fax/Tel whereby the Fax machine determines if the incoming call is a fax or phone call. Instructions per Intellifax 4100 Manual.
Select a Receive Mode
Choose the mode that best suits your needs by pressing the Mode button
repeatedly until the FAX and FAX/TEL lights show the setting you want to use.
You must answer every call yourself.
The Brother machine must be started manually
to receive faxes.
For use with a dedicated fax line.
Every call is answered as a fax.
For receiving fax and voice calls on one line.
The FAX answers every call and receives a fax or
double rings for you to pick up a voice call.
For use with an answering device.
The TAD answers every call and stores voice messages.
Fax messages are printed.
if its coming from a fax server this cannot be stopped. You should upgrade to a newer better machine that is up to industry standard. Fax servers are basically faxing you from a computer. This is a different process than faxing from an actual fax machine and the page size can be conflicted. Only high end newer machines can compensate for this.
You can hook a fax to any standard phone line. That is what they are designed for. The only issue is if you share the fax with your telephone, you will need to set the machine up to receive the fax before you answer the phone.