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If your printer is connected to a modem make sure that the port has a dial tone. To check for dial tone, try to plug in a phone to the same port that you printer is connected to. If it doesn't have dial tone, you might want to check with your phone provider. Or you can plug in the printer straight to a wall jack.
Once the printer is connected to a line that has dial tone, you can then setup the printer to receive faxes. To set it up, on the control panel of your printer, press on Setup > Fax Setup > Ringing and Answering.
If you have an answering machine, set your printer to pick up 3 rings higher than your answering machine. If not, set it to pick up on the 5th ring that way you will still have time to pick up the phone if it's a voice call.
If you have a voicemail service from your phone provider, you'll need to contact your phone provider to get a distinctive ring feature. Once you'll have that feature, you can assign a distinctive ring to your printer. You can find that under Fax Setup > Ringing and Answering > Ring Pattern.
Take your incoming phone line and plug it into the place that says "line" on your fax machine. Plug another phone cord into where it says "phone" and connect this to your telephone. Test to make sure you have chosen the right places by dialing a phone number to fax to and listen for the dial tone. If you get a dial tone, then you have set it up correctly.
On the fax machine look for the button that says "menu". Push it and use the up and down arrows to navigate the options on the display. Look for fax set up and press "ok" or "enter" on the fax machines keyboard to access this area. Look for "number of rings" and change the fax machine to a number of rings that is less then your voice mail box if you have one. Then close and save your choices.
Have someone send a test fax by dialing your phone number for the line connected to the machine. The fax machine will pick up on the number of rings set and automatically begin receiving and printing a copy of your incoming fax.
You cannot use magic jack.
You can also choose to manually answer an incoming fax if you see that your display on the fax machine says "ringing" or incoming" you can push the "start" button and this will start receiving your incoming fax.
The machine is probably set to "manual receive." Check the receive mode. In "Manual" mode the machine will ring until the start" button is pressed. Fax mode will allow the machine to receive faxes as will the "Auto" mode which will allow both faxes and telephone calls automatically.
Press the 'RECEIVE MODE' button on the right side of the control panel, its next to the large 'FAX START' button. Here are your options :
Select Receive Mode MANUAL —You must answer all calls yourself. If you hear fax tones, press Fax Start to begin receiving the fax, then hang up. You can use this mode with Distinctive Ringing. (See Distinctive Ring , page 8-1.) FAX ONLY —The fax machine automatically answers every call as a fax call. You cannot receive a voice call, but you can dial out and make a voice call. FAX/TEL —The fax machine automatically answers every call. If the call is a fax, it prints the fax. If the call is not a fax, it signals you with a double-ring (ring-ring), different from the phone company ringing, to alert you to pick up the call. If you select this setting, you’ll need to set the Ring Delay and F/T Ring Time features (on the following pages). If you have extension phones on the same line as the fax machine, set Ring Delay to 4. (See For FAX/TEL Mode Only , page 5-5.) TAD:ANSWER MACH. —This is the only setting in which you can use an external answering machine. Your telephone answering device is connected to your fax machine, and answers every call. Once the TAD answers, the fax machine listens for fax tones. If it detects fax tones, it prints the fax. The TAD setting works only with an external telephone answering device (TAD); it does not work with telephone company Voice Mail. Ring Delay and F/T Ring Time do not work in this setting.
1.DO YOU GET DIAL TONE ON -ON HOOK DIAL BUTTON OR ON THE HANDSET ?
IF NOT PLS CHECK THE PHONE LINE OTHERWISE---
2.TRY RINGING THE MACHINE FROM OTHER PHONE,CAN U HEAR THE RING ? IF YES ,PLS CHECK WHAT NOS OF RINGS ,THE MACHINE IS SET TO RECEIVE, AS WELL AS SET THE CORRECT RECEIVE MODE , I.E. FAX /TEL/ANS-FAX...
3 IF U STILL DON'T GET FAX TONE WHILE RECEVING ,THEN TELEPHONE LINE CARD SHOULD BE BAD...
TRY REPLACING TEH SAME ,SHOULD RESOLVE THE PROBLEM.
TAD is Telephone Answering Device.
TAD mode is the only mode that can be used with an external telephone answering device (unless you are using a distinctive ring number for receiving faxes). Your telephone answering device must be connected to the jack on the fax machine (labeled "EXT" for USA). When someone dials your telephone/fax number (to send a fax or to speak to you), all the telephones (including the FAX) will ring according to the number of rings you set on the TAD. The Ring Delay setting is not recognized in the TAD mode. If you do not answer the call, the TAD will answer. As your outgoing message is playing, the Fax is in the background, silently listening for fax tones. If the FAX hears fax tones, it will automatically go into the receive mode. If the FAX does not hear fax tones, it remains silent, allowing the caller to leave a message. The above information is correct for a Brother fax machine.
Is your fax automatically picking up the call or do you have to push a panel button to start the receive fax process?
Perhaps the fax is already "in" your fax machine's memory and only needs a manual printout. Check the fax call log.
Where the telephone line comes in from the wall, make sure that it is plugged in the "line" or "wall" port. There is probably another port call "tel" or "acc". If the line is plugged into that port you will still get a dial tone but you are not connected to the fax's modem. You hope that's it.
Pick up the receiver and see if you hear a fax tone noise. If so then push the start button and hang up. Is this machine on a dedicated line or shared with the main phone number? Sometimes some people will pick up the receiver on their fax machine dial the fax number and wait for a tone before sending. If this is the case the machine can not recognize that is a ax. Make sure your machine is set for auto receive if it is on a dedicated line.