receiving faxes


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I would like to use WindowsXP to receive and send faxes but I have two
important concerns:

If I regularly forward my phoneline to my cell to receive business calls,
will it distinguish the ring before it forwards it? I don't want my phone
calls going to the fax, or my faxes coming to my cell phone.

Also, does my computer actually have to be on for this to work?

Any help is much appreciated, thanx, Annette
 
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Annette said:
I would like to use WindowsXP to receive and send faxes but I have two
important concerns:

If I regularly forward my phoneline to my cell to receive business calls,
will it distinguish the ring before it forwards it? I don't want my phone
calls going to the fax, or my faxes coming to my cell phone.

Also, does my computer actually have to be on for this to work?

Any help is much appreciated, thanx, Annette

Once you set up Win XP Fax Services to receive faxes, if your phone
rings, WinXP will answer it. That is, it either will answer all calls
or no calls.

If you have two phone numbers assigned to one line, such that they
produce different ring patterns (distinctive ring), you can by third
party hardware that will recognize the distinctive ring for the fax
number and answer that but not the other ring pattern. Similarly, there
are third-party hardware devices that will answer all incoming calls,
listen for a fax handshake, and route the call appropriately (i.e., to a
fax machine/modem or to a regular phone). I don't know if any of these
devices are capable of forwarding the call to another number (i.e., your
cell). See http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=fax+switch

As to your second question, some motherboards have Wake-on-Ring which,
combined with a fax modem that has wake-on-ring, can be configured to
turn on the computer when there is an incoming call. More common is a
provision that lets the modem bring the computer out of standby. This
would be on the "Power Management" tab of the modem's Properties pages.
 

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