Testing Fax Cards & Machines

Lets say you have a copier with a fax card or you just have a fax machine and you need to test it… well you are going to need to do a couple things…

1. First make sure that the phone line is analog. Get an analog phone and plug it in the line and call your cell…

Keep in mind Voice Over IP will give you a transmission. For that its best to speak with the client and ask them if the phone line is VOIP. If it is then they are going to have problems. Voice over IP or (VOIP) tends to kick fax signals off the line. You can add filters and such but if the voice over ip line gets busy enough, your fax is garbage.

2. Connect the Fax and send a fax to a test fax

3. Have some one at the other end send a return fax.

For something like that it would be good to sign up with an internet fax service. Makes things a whole lot simpler….

You can always check if the line has been wired wrong but in general that won’t give you an issue…

What will give you an issue is static on the line. This you will hear over an analog phone. If this is the case then you will generally have fax machines or cards that will have problems picking up…

Sometimes, you will send a blank fax this can be caused by a loose board or a bad ccd depending on your fax system.

Here are some tools that can make your life easier…

Broken Fax.com
A great resource for fax repair
Submitted: 2008-10-27 09:48:17
Common Brothers Fax Error Codes
Common Brothers Fax Error Codes
Submitted: 2008-10-27 09:48:30
fax reception test
free fax reception test service
Submitted: 2008-11-04 21:34:52
Test your fax machine (reception)
To test the receive functionality of your fax machine, point your web browser to FaxZero: this site lets you send faxes for free to anywhere in the United States and Canada. Within a few minutes, your fax machine should ring — hopefully, it will automatically answer and spit out the test fax.
Submitted: 2008-10-27 09:51:01
Test Your fax machine (transmission)
To test the send functionality of your fax machine, send a one-page fax to 1-510-545-0990 (a number in Northern California.) When it’s finished transmitting, point your web browser to Fax Toy — it’s a fun web site that displays whatever is faxed to that number. Within a minute, your fax should appear on the site. Click the thumbnail to see a large version.
Submitted: 2008-10-27 09:51:18
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