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How to receive faxes automatically

Currently, my Brother MFC-440CN is hooked up to my phone line (sharing same line as our house's land line/answering machine). I want to set it up so that it can receive faxes automatically if we're not at home or if I'm too busy to drop everything and answer. Right now, someone has to manually answer the faxes to receive. Is there a setting I should try? Would I be able to distinguish between a fax and a regular phone call?

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  • ALK1 Jul 20, 2008

    what is the difference between a line connection and a phone connection?

  • Anonymous May 16, 2009

    For some odd reason, our fax is not receiving faxes now. I will use this remedy to attempt to receive a new fax and will let you know.



    As i type these words, a fax is coming over the line. I just called my wife and she is faxing one and it apparently WORKS !!!



    HOORAY !!

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I went into fax setup and all is good ! Trying ti send and receive just isn`t working ?I have an answering machine but have it off because of crazy phone calls . So I set it up as Fax/telephone instead of TAD ? I have a brother LC61 series ?

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First this is a good machine, I use the same one and have my fax setup for the same thing. If you have a (TAD) Telephone Answering Device first you have to set up your phone to pick up before the fax, do this by setting the phone to pick up on three rings and the fax to pick up on four. Go to Menu/Fax/Setup Receive/Ring Delay. While there make sure Easy Receive is on. The machine itself will distinguish between regular calls and facsimiles and will display this info at the time of the call on its LCD screen, make sure you are using the line connection and not the phone connection. Hope this helped.

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Manual mode turns off all automatic answering functions unless you are using the Distinctive Ring feature or you are using an external answering machine on the same line as the Brother machine.


*Distinctive Ring is a function of your Brother machine that allows a person with one line to receive fax and voice calls through two different phone numbers on that one line. Brother uses the term "Distinctive Ring," but telephone companies market the service under a variety of names, such as Custom Ringing, Personalized Ring, Smart Ring, Ring Master, Ident-a-Ring, Ident-a-Call, Data Ident-A-Call, Teen Ring, SimpleBiz Fax & Alternate Number Ringing and BT Call Sign.
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Your Brother machine's Easy Receive (Fax Detect) feature is turned ON by default. To adjust your Brother machine's Easy Receive (Fax Detect) setting, please follow these steps:

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