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No.  Unless you're running Asterisk, which you can go read up on, you want to use a line splitter to have the FAX and phone both on the same line.

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Can lexmark x4650 be set to recognize fax?


For more details on how to setup your Lexmark X4650 printer for faxing, please refer to the User's Guide found on the Lexmark website.
Additional info:If you have an answering on the same line as your fax:

To make sure the printer picks up incoming faxes, set Auto Answer to On, and then set the printer to pick up after a greater number of rings than the answering machine. For example, if the answering machine picks up calls after four rings, then set the printer to pick up after six rings. This way, the answering machine picks up calls first and your voice calls are received. If the call is a fax, then the printer detects the fax signal on the line and takes over the call.

If you have a voicemail feature associated in the same line as your fax:

Voice mail and fax can share the same telephone line if you subscribe to a distinctive ring service offered by your telephone company. This feature allows you to have multiple telephone numbers on one telephone line. Each telephone number has a designated ring pattern (single ring, double ring, triple ring, or double and triple ring). The different ring patterns let you know which telephone number was dialed, and which device you should use to answer the call.


If you do not have distinctive ring service, then set the printer to receive faxes manually (Auto Answer Off). This setting lets you receive both voice calls and fax calls, but works best if you use voice mail more often. You need to turn off voice mail whenever you are expecting a fax.

Feb 16, 2012 | Lexmark X4650 InkJet Printer

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Fax won't answer


If you have an answering machine connected to the same line as your fax:

To make sure the printer picks up incoming faxes, set Auto Answer to On, and then set the printer to pick up after a greater number of rings than the answering machine. For example, if the answering machine picks up calls after four rings, then set the printer to pick up after six rings. This way, the answering machine picks up calls first and your voice calls are received. If the call is a fax, then the printer detects the fax signal on the line and takes over the call.

If you have a voicemail feature associated to the same line as your fax:

Voice mail and fax can share the same telephone line if you subscribe to a distinctive ring service offered by your telephone company. This feature allows you to have multiple telephone numbers on one telephone line. Each telephone number has a designated ring pattern (single ring, double ring, triple ring, or double and triple ring). The different ring patterns let you know which telephone number was dialed, and which device you should use to answer the call.


If you do not have distinctive ring service, then set the printer to receive faxes manually (Auto Answer Off). This setting lets you receive both voice calls and fax calls, but works best if you use voice mail more often. You need to turn off voice mail whenever you are expecting a fax.

I hope this helps.

Should you need further assistance, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center.

Feb 14, 2012 | Lexmark Pro901 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

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Before I moved, my Lexmark all-in-one printer worked perfectly, but after I moved, everything worked EXCEPT printing of an incoming fax. Everything sounds the same through the sounds the telephone makes as...


Please go through the following checklist:
  • Make sure to plug the telephone fax line from the phone jack in the wall to the Line port on the back of your printer. For more info, please refer to the Lexmark X125 User's Guide.
  • If you have an answering machine connected to the same fax line, be sure to configure it so that it answers first before the fax machine (e.g. if your answering machine picks up on the 3rd ring, set your fax to pick up on the 6th ring or more)
  • If the line has a voicemail feature, disable it or request for a distinctive ring from your phone company.

Sep 14, 2011 | Lexmark X125 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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How do I set up the fax auto answer on my Lexmark x364dn? Just started a new job that is very fax-centered, and I cant get my fax to auto-answer! Hooked up thru a GE phone/answering machine, no...


The factory default setting of the printer is set to auto answer, please sure that the connection between the fax machine and answering machine is properly connected. Please click on the link http://bit.ly/qCaWn8 to view more information.


For more information, please contact Lexmark Technical Support.

Mar 24, 2011 | Lexmark X364dn All-In-One Laser Printer

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How do I use the fax without going thru my computer just as a fax


Issue: How do I connect a telephone, answering machine or computer modem to my machine?
Solution: Connecting the telephone line and external devices to the MX310

Preparing the Machine for Faxing title-bar.gif Typical examples of connecting the machine are described below. The machine cannot send/receive faxes if the connection is incorrect. Connect the machine correctly.

i_important.gif Important

If the Power Disconnects Unexpectedly

If there is a power failure or if you accidentally disconnect the power cord, the date/time settings as well as all documents stored in memory will be lost. User data and speed dialing settings are retained. If the power disconnects, the following will apply:

bullet_s.gif You will not be able to send or receive faxes or make copies.

bullet_s.gif If a telephone is connected to the machine, you can receive voice calls.

bullet_s.gif Whether you are able to make voice calls depends on the type of your telephone.

sikaku.gif Methods of Connecting External Devices bullet.gif Connecting to an Analog Line t_01522.jpg
(A) Telephone line (analog)

bullet.gif Connecting a Telephone or Answering Machine Directly t_01623.jpg
(A) Telephone or Answering machine

i_important.gif Important

Do not connect the machine and external devices in parallel to the same telephone line using a splitter (A) . The machine may not operate properly.

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bullet.gif Connecting a Telephone or Answering Machine via a Computer t_01724.jpg
(A) Computer

(B) Telephone or Answering machine


sikaku.gif Methods of Connecting the Various Lines The following are some basic connection schemes that apply when you are connecting to a non-analog telephone line. These are examples and are not guaranteed to suit every connecting conditions. For details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the network device (control devices such as an xDSL modem, terminal adapter, or dial-up router) you are connecting to this machine.

bullet.gif Connecting to an xDSL t_01826.jpg
(A) Digital Subscriber Line

(B) Splitter

(C) xDSL modem (splitter may be built-in to the modem)

(D) Computer

bullet.gif Connecting to an ISDN Line For details on ISDN connection and settings, see the manuals supplied with your terminal adapter or dial-up router.

Please be informed that you can access Canon's online support site for your printer by clicking here. You can find many solutions to your problems by searching their database once you have navigated to the support page for your model.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If not, reply back with a comment to this thread.
If so, please take just a moment to rate this post. Thanks!

Apr 03, 2009 | Canon PIXMA MX310 All-In-One Printer

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I am unable to send fax, I get a 'phone line error' message. The phone line is fine, I checked it by pluging a seperate phone into it. When I go to 'On Hook Dial' I do not get a dial tone on the fax...


Please check the dial tone by following the instructions given below:
1. Press "Fax Mode."
2. Press "Menu."
3. Press "Up Arrow" or "Down Arrow" repeatedly until On Hook dial is highlighted.
4. Press "Select" twice.
You can now hear the dial tone of the telephone line.
5. Enter the number to which you want to send a fax.
Note: Press the keypad numbers to use an automated answering system.
6. Press "Start Black."

Mar 29, 2009 | Lexmark X8350 Print, Scan, Copy and Fax...

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Lexmark X 4270 and Telephone Answering Machine


there are fax/phone switch that you can use to connect the phone and fax machine to use a single line. price range from $46 and up.
that is probably the best solution, other than switch the line manually.

Feb 23, 2009 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Not receiving any faxes but sending


Note: check your equipment for:
Fax machine must be connected to an answer machine

Receiving a fax automatically:
1 Make sure the Fax Auto Answer light is on.
2 To set the number of telephone rings before the printer automatically receives faxes,
Receiving a fax with an answering machine
When a telephone ring is detected, the answering machine picks up the call.
If the printer detects a fax, it receives the fax and disconnects the answering machine.
If the printer does not detect a fax, the answering machine receives the call.
2 Set the answering machine to answer incoming calls before the printer does.
For example, if you set the answering machine to answer calls after three rings, set the printer to answer calls
after five rings.
3 To set the number of telephone rings before the printer automatically receives faxes.

Oct 31, 2008 | Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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