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I also have vonage and this fax macine - the incoming fax was going to vonage answering machine.
I went to setup (that little button above and to the right of the OK button to "basic fax setup" and changed my rings to answer from 5 to 2. This will work for me, because I only set it to auto answer when I know a fax is inbound - you might want to adjust so you can aswwer a call if you do not have a dedicated fax line.
You may not need a separate fax line from Vonage. If you don't need a dedicated fax line, you can try changing the "Bandwidth Saver" settings on your Vonage voice line from your account on the Vonage website. Perform the following:
1. Login to your Vonage account online and click the "Features" tab. 2. Scroll down to the "Bandwidth Saver" link and click on the "Configure" button. 3. You will see a scrollbar with 3 settings: 30kbps, 50kbps and 90kbps
NOTE: My "Saver" was set to 90kbps (Highest Sound Quality) by default.
4. Click on 30kbps (Normal) and click "Submit". 5. Wait about an hour before testing as it could take that long for the change to take effect. 6. Send a test fax to the HP fax test service at 1-888-hpfaxme (1-888-473-2963).
NOTE: This is a GREAT service provided by HP. If your fax goes through correctly, you will receive a return fax within five minutes.
We upgraded to Verizon FiOS and never thought the increased upload speed (4mbps) would present an issue sending faxes. WRONG. We never had fax issues with DSL, Comcast or even Broadstripe VOIP service but for some reason Vonage + FiOS = no fax. That is until we set our Vonage VOIP sound quality to "Normal". Our phone voice quality has been much more reliable since throttling back. This sentiment has also been shared by other Vonage users who have experienced echoing and noise when utilizing the higher quality settings.
Your phone coversations may not have FM quality sound but they will have AM quality and usually that is just fine.
If your fax machine has a Telephone Answering Device (TAD) setting, you can share your voice line with your fax machine and be able to receive faxes and voice messages. Hopefully this will work for you.
The machine told you poor line quality. Try a different phone line to verify. Try it at a friends house to verify it. If you are using Vonage, that is the problem. I have Vonage and every fax I test with has some issues with poor line.