How To Fax From A Computer

by on March 26, 2006

Q: How do I fax from my computer?

A: There are a lot of options for you so I will cover the 3 most common and easiest to use. They include faxing from your computer using the modem in your computer, faxing over the Internet using a fax service, and faxing though a multi-function machine, also known as an all in one, on your network.

Faxing from your computer though your modem is a very simple and straight forward and probably one of the best solutions if you only want to fax something once in a while and are not too worried about receiving faxes. While you can receive faxes remember your computer has to be on to do so which is why I don’t like this option the best for receiving faxes.

Since I am giving more of a quick over view please visit the windows documentation page to see the Windows instructions on how to fax and the Mac documentation page for the Mac instructions on how to fax. Both sets of instructions are great and will have you faxing and even receiving faxes within minutes if that is the route you want to go.

Our next solution is a great solution if you want to be able to send faxes from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection and receive faxes as well. Many companies use this software to send and receive faxes because they come straight to your inbox and you can easily forward the faxes to others or print them.

This is not a great solution if you only plan on sending occasional faxes though as you will have to pay a monthly fee. You can usually try these services for free though. Try eFax free instant activation.

The last option is a networked All-In-One or MFC (multi-function center) which does faxing, printing, scanning, coping, and faxing from your computer. If all you want to do is send a fax and maybe receive a fax this might be over kill. But if your needs are those of a traditional office where you need to fax (sending and receiving), print, and copy then this is an amazing solution especially if you have multiple computers in your home or office.

The key point to this is that the machine is networked. You do not need to leave a computer on in your office or in your house to send a print job, fax job, or receive a fax with this machine. It stays on like any regular fax machine would and you can easily print or fax from any of your computers to these MFC machines with a simple selection of File -> Print. The one I use is the Brother MFC-5440CN Network Inkjet Printer, Scanner, Copier, and Fax and I like it a lot. It works flawlessly with my Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems and I only paid about $130.00 dollars for it, which is what you will pay for a plain non networked printer alone.

It wont do photo quality printing and it wont do high resolution scanning, but if you are going to be using it for office related tasks, faxing, faxing from your computer, printing, copying, then it is a great solution.