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Re: What does "TAD" mean when it appears on the screen?
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.
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Page 77 of the manual states that if you choose Option C "Answer all voice and fax calls yourself" - it will require user intervention to for the device to accept a fax. This is done by pressing the Auto Answer button so that the Auto Answer light is extinguished. The device will NOT answer at all. This means no messages will be recoded by the TAD portion of the unit. You will need to have a separate TAD or voice mail from your local phone company to save messages for you.
I didn't see it in the documentation - but I suspect that the device may reject fax calls if it is out of paper. You should try sending a fax to the device to see how it works. The last thing you would want is for the sender to think that he has successfully sent a fax to you, when in fact, he hasn't. This may allow you to use the device for calls and the TAD - which is what I suspect you're trying to do. Otherwise, simply disconnect the unit until you return.
try this paul. hook your phone line from your wall jack to your "line" jack on your fax. then run another phone line from your "external" jack on your fax to your "line" jack on your TAD. now, make sure your fax machine is still set to TAD. here is whats important...set your TAD to 4 rings or less. 2 is the recommened setting. also very important...when you record your outgoing message on your TAD, make sure you leave about 5 seconds of silence before you start recording your message. the reason for this is the fax machine needs to "hear" the CNG tones that originate from the sending fax so that it knows its a fax and then can take over the call. if it doesn't hear those tones because of noise (voices, etc), it will let call go to TAD. you can try to set your TAD to 4 rings, but that doesn't leave much time for fax to "hear" these tones. if you set to 4 and don't get all your faxes, try lowering the setting to 2 or 3 rings.
TAD on the screen means Telephone Answering Device. Check your users manual for correct set-up...if youve lost manual go to www.brother.com there are manuals there to download. In their SUPPORT section.
Pending faxes are faxes whose transmission has been delayed either deliberately or unintentionally. Normally, when a fax cannot be sent at the first attempt, the fax machine will redial the recipient's number. If you choose to delay sending a fax, the machine will send it at the time you select for transmission. During the delay period and at any point up to completion of the call, you can cancel the delayed transmission by deleting the fax from the Pending Faxes queue. To do this:
Press the Fax button on the operator panel and then press Options (once only). The Pending Faxes menu will be displayed. Press Select. If a fax is pending, the printer will display Cancel Fax (the fax number you dialed appears below these words). Press Select to delete the pending fax. In response to the Are you sure? prompt, press 1 for Yes ( 2=No). Press Options (once only). The Pending Faxes menu will now display None.