Sending a Fax
btillman99 at yahoo.com
Fri May 6 11:00:50 UTC 2011
From: Doug Hardie <bc979 at lafn.org>
To: FreeBSD Questions <questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Thu, May 5, 2011 10:21:29 PM
Subject: Sending a Fax
One of my clients needs to send a lot of faxes. He has a Brother 8680DN which
will fax. Any ideas how to send a file to it and get it to send a fax? I am
not finding anything beyond printing for that unit via
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I read the other replies to your post so let me put in my 2 cents worth. For the
last few years, I have basically abandoned faxing in favor of e-mailing PDF and
other document files. Paperless is not only more efficient but its green too.
Still there are those who must or insist on cutting down huge swaths or forest
in order to send out more paper which will only end up in the land-fills. OK
that's my 2 cents worth so now I will address your question.
I would assume that the Brother Fax machine you have should be able to handle
network printing which means it should handle network faxing. It not then it
will almost certainly have to be decommissioned if network faxing is what you're
after. Some have said you can get FreeBSD using Linux emulation to talk to it,
but unless you really know what you're doing this will be like reinventing the
wheel. Personally, I doubt you could get this to work and even if you did, it
would be such a complex setup that no one but you would know how it works and
the next IT person who steps up to manage it will curse the day you were born.
Not to mention getting your people in userland to understand and use this
process will prove fruitless because unless the users can simply point and click
it will never be accepted by them. So unless you plan on being there to hold the
user's hand throughout each fax.....get the picture.
HylaFAX is a nice alternative and the port in FreeBSD has been tried and tested
by many and it has earned it's stripes. But you will need a modem of some kind
to work with it and I doubt that the modem inside the Brother unit you have will
work. On top of that, if your client is using Windows as their workstation OS
then you wil need a client to interface with HylaFAX unless again you plan on
being there to massage and handhold them through the entire process. There are
several Windows clients available for HylaFAX, a few of them are free but
require more than a point and click process to run. The makers of HylaFAX have
an excellent client which works just like a simple print queue process but it
costs $35 per seat. Other clients are available and cost a few $$ per seat as
well. I have a nice setup with HylaFAX and Windows clients but I just don't fax
anymore so I hardly ever use it.
I assume the Brother machine will do other tasks like printing, scanning, etc...
but to get it to interface with FreeBSD will be a major undertaking. No offense
but the users in this group will make suggestions which sounf like you just
simply plug-n-play. When in reality, it will take a huge effort for which there
will be little or no documentation available and in many cases will never work
in the first place because drivers don't exist for what you want to do.
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